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Society events

Virginia in Sussex

Friday 26–Sunday 28 October 2018
Deans Place Hotel, Seaford Road, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5TW

Come and join us for a special residential study weekend exclusively for Society members. We will be based at Deans Place Hotel in the lovely village of Alfriston near to Charleston Farmhouse, Berwick Church and Monks House. Our guest speakers will be Juliet Nicolson, granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and consultant on the forthcoming film Vita and Virginia; and Nino Strachey, whose relative Lytton was at the centre of the Bloomsbury Group. She has just published Rooms of Their Own: Eddy Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West. Other speakers include Woolf specialists Professor Maggie Humm, Sarah Latham Phillips, MA and Anthea Arnold.
For full details and a booking form please contact Marion Dell on

Residential Study Weekend on Night and Day

Friday 13–Sunday 15 September 2019
Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD

Celebrating the novel’s centenary, to be held partly in conjunction with the Oxford Centre for Life Writing (Advisory Director Hermione Lee), Wolfson College. Information and booking available at the Society’s Birthday Lecture on 26 January 2019, and thereafter from Marion Dell:


Society events open to non-members

Virginia Woolf’s Non-Literary Reputation

Saturday 26 January 2019, 2pm
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (map and directions:

20th Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture by Stuart N. Clarke, co-founder of the Virginia Woolf Society.
Tickets: £15 for VWSGB members and £20 for non-members (to include a wine reception and a printed copy of the lecture). Payments via the Institute of English Studies website , over the phone (020 7862 8683), or cheque made payable to ‘Virginia Woolf Society’. For further information, email

Interactive Study Day on Orlando

Saturday 9 March 2019, 10.30am–4.30pm
First Floor, Oriental Club, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES

In recognition of 90 years of since its first publication, this study day will focus on Orlando: A Biography. With Dr Sue Roe, Dr Claire Nicholson, Sarah M. Hall and Sarah Latham Phillips.

Dr Claire Nicholson is a lecturer for Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education, specialising in Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. She has published articles in the UK and America on various aspects of Woolf, particularly on the use of clothing imagery in her fiction. Her publications include The Voyage Out: Centenary Perspectives (co-editor) and Volume 1 of The Women Aesthetes. She has lectured at BBC Wales, the British Library, the National Portrait Gallery and many other art galleries and universities and is now the Chairman of the Virginia Woolf Society.

Dr Sue Roe has taught for many years at Sussex University. She is the author of books on Virginia Woolf, Gwen John, the Impressionists, Picasso, Matisse and a new publication in 2018 on the Surrealists and Montparnasse. Sue has taught many workshops over the years on Virginia Woolf.

Sarah M. Hall is the author of two books about Woolf and Bloomsbury and is Publicity & Marketing Officer for the VWSGB.

Sarah Latham Phillips is a Freelance Lecturer, teacher for adult education and Events Organiser.

Tickets: £47 for VWSGB members and £52 for non-members; two student places available at £25 (but please email first). Lunch and refreshments included. Tickets are non-refundable unless the place can be re-sold. Please email for details. Further reading and plan of the day will be sent in due course.

One-day Conference on A Room of Ones Own

Saturday 6 April 2019
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Incorporating the 21st Annual General Meeting of the VWSGB. Further details to follow in the January 2019 issue of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin.


Other events

Mrs Dalloway (play)

25 September–20 October 2018
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

On a single day in 1920s London, Clarissa Dalloway prepares to throw a party for her high-society friends. On the same day, in the same city, First World War veteran Septimus Warren Smith seeks help from the ruling class that Clarissa entertains. Forward Arena present a fast-paced, dynamic staging of Virginia Woolf‘s classic tale, in a bold new version by Hal Coase (Callisto: A Queer Epic), directed by Thomas Bailey.

Tickets: £15–22 from the Arcola website.

Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

Tuesday 2 October–Sunday 9 December 2018
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

In the centenary of suffrage, this exhibition draws attention to the many connections between Virginia Woolf, her contemporaries and those who have been inspired by her work. Starting with modern masters Vanessa Bell, Barbara Hepworth, Gwen John, Winifred Nicholson and Laura Knight the exhibition moves through mystics and surrealists such as Dorothea Tanning, Dora Carrington, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Ithell Colquhoun and Georgiana Houghton and into the extraordinary work of contemporary female artists such as Carol Bove, Tamara Henderson and Penny Slinger. The exhibition is curated by Laura Smith for Tate St Ives.
For further information, see the Fitzwilliam Museum website.

To the Lighthouse, all-day reading

Sunday 14 October 2018, 9.30am–8.30pm
Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU

Free and open to all. Come for an hour or so, or come all day. Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College: see the Literature Cambridge website.
Lunch will be available to buy in the Lucy Cavendish dining hall, 12.30–1.30pm. If you intend to come for lunch, can you let us know so we can tell the kitchen:

A Room of One’s Own tour

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 11am–3.30pm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

The tour, led by Dr Claire Nicholson, includes a visit to the Woolf exhibition and a viewing of the manuscript of ‘Women and Fiction’ (1929); followed by walk to King’s College, venue for the celebrated lunch party in A Room of One’s Own, to view the collection of Bloomsbury art; then to Newnham College to view the exhibition of Bloomsbury-related material and visit the venue for Woolf’s 1928 lecture which formed the basis for A Room of One’s Own.

Cost: £25 (£20 concessions/Friends). Booking essential: phone 01223 332 904 or email Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

The ‘Cook Sketch’ and ‘The Villa Jones’: Virginia Woolf’s Lost 1931  Sketches

Tuesday 30 October 2018, 1pm
Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU

Clara Jones (King’s College, London) will introduce two previously unpublished sketches written by Virginia Woolf in 1931. Discovered in the pages of a little-known notebook held in the Morgan Library in New York, the ‘Cook Sketch’ and ‘The Villa Jones’ differ formally but collectively suggest an alternative starting point for the much-discussed political turn in Woolf’s writing during the 1930s.

Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College: see the Literature Cambridge website. For further information, please email:

Virginia Woolf and the Writing of History

Thursday 8–Saturday 10 November 2018
University of Rouen ERIAC, France
International conference
See the website of Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes (French Society for Woolf Studies).

The Odd Couple: Virginia Woolf and Rupert Brooke

Wednesday 5 December 2018, 1.15pm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Free lunchtime talk by Dr Claire Nicholson. Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 pm on the day.

29th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference

Thursday 6–Sunday 9 June 2019
Mount St Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
International conference
Organiser: Drew Shannon; email:

Virginia Woolf’s Gardens

Sunday 14–Friday 19 July 2019
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

This Literature Cambridge summer course focuses in gardens, which were very important to Virginia Woolf and appear in many of her writings. Join us in Cambridge for an intensive week of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and excursions to places of interest in Cambridge.

We will study ‘Kew Gardens’, Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando and Between the Acts. Tutors include Gillian Beer, Alison Hennegan, Karina Jakubowicz, Claire Nicholson, Suzanne Raitt, Nadine Tschacksch and Clare Walker Gore. Plus artist Kabe Wilson and garden historian Caroline Holmes.

£1650 full price
£1550 members of the Virginia Woolf Society
£1450 early booking price (bookings made by 15 November 2018)

Further pricing information and booking form found here
Bookings via the website with a booking form and bank transfer, or email us to arrange this.
01223 324 960

Fictions of Home: Jane Austen to the Present

Sunday 21–Friday 26 July 2019
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

This Literature Cambridge summer course explores ideas of home in literature, from the early 19th century until today, including Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, Charles Dickens, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, and ending with contemporary refugee writers.

An intensive week of lectures, supervisions, seminars, and excursions, with leading Cambridge scholars.

£1650 full price
£1550 members of the Virginia Woolf Society
£1450 early booking price (bookings made by 15 November 2018)

Further pricing information and booking form found here
Bookings via the website with a booking form and bank transfer, or email us to arrange this.
01223 324 960


Monk’s House

Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF

Garden Tour

Fridays 3 August, 7 September and 5 October 2018, 3–4pm

Leonard Woolf was a keen gardener, while Virginia took much inspiration from the garden for her works. Join a guided tour with our garden research volunteer to find out more about the trees, plants, flowers and history of this beautiful Bloomsbury garden.

Meet on the lawn by the conservatory. Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather on the day. Monk’s House garden is partly accessible with some steps and uneven paths throughout. The tours are free, but normal admission charges apply. Unfortunately this event is not suitable for dogs.

The Woolfs in Rodmell: A Village Tour

Thursdays 30 August, 27 September and 25 October 2018, 2–3pm

Unlock the history of Rodmell, the village so loved by Leonard and Virginia. The Woolfs moved to Monk’s House in Rodmell, East Sussex, in 1919 but what was the village like in Virginia’s lifetime? Why not come and join a guided tour and learn more about the history of the place the Woolfs called home.

Meet at Visitor Reception. As the village tour will be a walk out of doors please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather. While not strenuous this is a walking tour along village roads which may be uneven in places. Unfortunately this event is not suitable for dogs.

Tickets: £2.50. Booking advisable: 01273 474 760.

For other events at Monk’s House, see the website.

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 or call 01273 474 760.



Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL

For events at Charleston Farmhouse, tel. 01323 811 626 or see the website. You can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.

For a variety of literature events, please see the website of the Institute of English Studies.