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Society events (members only)
‘From To the Lighthouse to Talland House’
Sunday 21 March 2021, 5pm GMT
Woolf scholar Maggie Humm will be in conversation with fellow VWSGB member Sarah M. Hall about her first novel, Talland House. Maggie will read from her novel, followed by an interview and Q&As.
Set between 1900 and 1919 in picturesque Cornwall and war-blasted London, Talland House takes Lily Briscoe from the pages of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and tells her story outside the confines of Woolf’s novel – as a student in 1900, as a young woman becoming a professional artist, her loves and friendships, mourning her dead mother, and solving the mystery of her friend Mrs Ramsay’s sudden death. Talland House is both a story for our present time, exploring the tensions women experience between their public careers and private loves, and a story of a specific moment in our past – a time when women first began to be truly independent.
Please register with Marielle O’Neill in advance: email@example.com (members only)
‘Virginia Woolf and Her Early Short Stories’ (including AGM)
Saturday 10 April 2021, 10.30am–1pm GMT
AGM and two talks: a centenary celebration of the publication of Monday or Tuesday. Incorporating the Annual General Meeting (this section is open to VWSGB members only).
Dr Sue Roe, Writer, Biographer and Woolf scholar: ‘Reflections on “Kew Gardens” and “Blue & Green” and The Waves’
Professor Frances Spalding, Emeritus Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge: ‘Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry and “The Mark on the Wall”’
Q&A chaired by Emeritus Professor Maggie Humm
This is now an online event free to all members and ticket holders. For more information, please contact Sarah Latham Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org).
‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’ (study weekend) – NOTE DATE CHANGE
Thursday 7–Sunday 10 October 2021
Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1NG
Emeritus Professor Maggie Humm, Dr Claire Nicholson, Dr Marion Dell, Janet Axten MA St Ives Archivist, Sarah Latham Phillips MA
Talks on To the Lighthouse, Virginia in St Ives, Julia Stephen, St Ives artists and writers, and St Ives local history. Visits to the Tate, Talland House garden and Zennor. Two dinners will be booked in St Ives, with lunch and refreshments provided during the day. Members will need to find their own accommodation.
For further information, please contact Sarah Latham Phillips: email@example.com
Society events open to non-members
Saturday 19 June 2021
Due to changing circumstances, we are unable to be specific about this event, but we will be celebrating in one way or another! Please keep an eye on this page for updates.
‘The Hogarth Press and Its Legacy’ (lecture)
Saturday 22 January 2022
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
22nd Annual Birthday Lecture by Jean Moorcroft Wilson, in memory of Cecil Woolf. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the Tavistock Hotel, 48–55 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU . Please contact Sarah Latham Phillips for details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Virginia Woolf Study Season (Lit Camb)
Literature Cambridge is offering the opportunity to study all 12 of Woolf’s major books in order of publication, starting with The Voyage Out (1915) and finishing with Between the Acts (1941). Each session has a live online lecture and seminar with leading scholars.
Most sessions are at 6pm GMT, but some are at 10am GMT, for the benefit of people in New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Australia and similar time zones. But you are welcome to book for any session, wherever you are in the world. Some sessions are repeated; details on the website. Book for as many or as few sessions as you please (subject to availability). If you book 12+ Woolf sessions you are welcome to come to a further Woolf session for free. Email Literature Cambridge if you qualify: email@example.com
VWSGB members can book for the Woolf Season at the student price.
Saturday 6 March 2021, 6pm
A Room of One’s Own (1929) 1: Androgyny, with Alison Hennegan
Saturday 13 March 2021, 6pm
A Room of One’s Own (1929) 2: Women, with Trudi Tate
Sunday 14 March 2021, 10am
A Room of One’s Own (1929) 2: Women (repeat session), with Trudi Tate
Sunday 21 March 2021, 6pm
Music in The Waves (1931), with Emma Sutton
Saturday 3 April 2021, 6pm
The Waves (1931) 1: Percival, with Ellie Mitchell
Sunday 4 April 2021, 10am
The Waves (1931) 2: Friendship, with Trudi Tate
Saturday 10 April 2021, 6pm
Flush: A Biography (1933), with Alison Hennegan
Sunday 11 April 2021, 6pm
The Waves (1931) 3: Gardens with Karina Jakubowicz
Saturday 24 April 2021, 6pm
Reading The Waves Across a Lifetime, with Dame Gillian Beer
Sunday 2 May 2021, 6pm
The Years (1937), with Anna Snaith
Saturday 8 May 2021, 6pm
Three Guineas (1938) and Music, with Claire Davison
Saturday 29 May 2021, 6pm
Between the Acts (1941) 1: Costume, with Claire Nicholson
Saturday 5 June 2021, 10am
Between the Acts (1941) 2: Dispersed are We, with Karina Jakubowicz
‘Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel’ (musical performance)
Various dates and venues as below
On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, Lucy Stevens began a UK tour of her new performance piece, ‘Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel’, which weaves the life of Virginia Woolf, in her own words, with music and songs by female composers who were her contemporaries: Ethel Smyth, Liza Lehmann and Rebecca Clarke, among others. Much of their music is out of print and rarely performed. Through Woolf’s writing, it reveals her troubled childhood and her views on literature, Bloomsbury and the challenges women face as artists. Lucy Stevens has recently released Ethel Smyth’s songs on Somm Recordings (see below). For further information, see Lucy Stevens’ website.
Thursday 22 April 2021 – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8YU
Sunday 2 May 2021 – The Great Hall, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ
Monday 14 June 2021 – London School of Economics, The Shaw Library, Holborn, London
Thursday 15 July 2021 – Deal Music Arts Festival, East Kent
Wednesday 28 July 2021 – Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire
Thursday 14 October 2021 – Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB
Saturday 30 October 2021 – Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG
Sunday 31 October 2021 – Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorset DT1 1HF
Wednesday 24 November 2021 – The Guildhall Arts Center, Grantham, St Peter’s Hill NG31
Thursday 25 November 2021 – Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth LN11
Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle
Monday 12 July 2021 – Deal Music Arts Festival, East Kent
‘The March of the Women’ CD, with songs that feature in the stage performance, is available from the website for £12
‘Profession and Performance’ (conference)
Thursday 10–Sunday 13 June 2021
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069, USA
The 30th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. Organiser: Benjamin D. Hagen: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the conference webpage for further information
‘Woolf and Ethics’ (conference)
Lamar University, Beaumont TX 77710, USA
The 31st Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. Organiser: Amy C. Smith: email@example.com
‘Virginia Woolf’s Women I’ (study week)
Sunday 10–Friday 15 July 2022
Summmer course by Literature Cambridge
Our 2022 Virginia Woolf course will explore Woolf’s Women, looking at some of her fascinating women characters. These include Mrs Dalloway and her daughter; Mrs Ramsay and Lily in To the Lighthouse; plus the intriguing figure of Orlando, who leads us to wonder: What is a woman, to Woolf? And what about the women in Woolf’s life who were so important to her writing: her mother Julia Stephen; her sister Vanessa Bell; friends such as writer Katherine Mansfield and composer Ethel Smyth; lover Vita Sackville-West; plus scholars such as Jane Harrison and Janet Case?
There will be a rich programme of lectures, seminars, supervisions (tutorials), walks, talks, and visits to places of interest in Cambridge. Our teachers include Gillian Beer, Claire Davison, Alison Hennegan, Karina Jakubowicz, Isobel Maddison, Claire Nicholson, Trudi Tate, Claudia Tobin and Clare Walker Gore. Marion Dell of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and an expert on Woolf’s family history will give a talk on Julia Stephen. Susan Sellers will read from her acclaimed novel about Woolf and her sister, Vanessa and Virginia.
We plan to offer a second course in the following week, Sunday 17–Friday 22 July, Woolf’s Women II, which will study different themes.
For further information, see the Literature Cambridge website
Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF
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We are constantly looking at new volunteering roles at Monk’s House. Do you have a particular skill we can utilise? You don’t need to be a Virginia Woolf expert as full training will be given so why not consider joining our friendly volunteer team at Monk’s House and learn new skills, meet new people and have fun? If you would like more information, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 474 760.
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