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Residential Study Weekend on Night and Day

Friday 13–Sunday 15 September 2019
Wolfson College, Linton Road, 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 from Marion Dell:


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Other events

Orlando: Guest-Curated by Tilda Swinton (USA)

24 May–11 July 2019
Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001, USA
(Gallery open Thursday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm)

To coincide with the ‘Orlando’ issue of Aperture magazine, Tilda Swinton, as guest editor and curator, draws for this photography exhibition upon the central themes of Woolf’s novel — gender fluidity, consciousness without limits, and the deep perspective of a long life — to offer a collection of images and writings that celebrate openness, curiosity and human possibility.

The exhibition features photographs by Zackary Drucker, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamal Nxedlana, Elle Pérez, Walter Pfeiffer, Sally Potter, Viviane Sassen, Collier Schorr, Mickalene Thomas and Carmen Winant.

‘Orlando’ exhibition
Aperture magazine, ‘Orlando’ issue
New York Times interview with Tilda Swinton

Vita and Virginia (film)

Tuesday 2 July, various times
Picturehouse cinemas

Vita and Virginia, starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki, will come to selected cinemas for a one-night preview, ahead of a more widespread screening later in July. Go to and select your local cinema. You can watch a trailer here.

Vita and Virginia (film)

Friday 5 July onwards
Depot, Pinwell Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2JS

The Depot in Lewes will be screening Vita and Virginia for two weeks from Friday 5 July. There will be two screenings a day. On 5 July, the 5.30pm screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director Chanya Button and Charleston’s Reader in Residence, Holly Dawson.

Based on a true story detailing the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West. When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The ensuing relationship leads to the birth of Woolf’s bold, experimental novel – Orlando.

‘A gorgeous supplement to both women’s legacies. It’s a thoughtful celebration of their complexity and their love’ – Jourdain Searles, Fishnet Cinema

Tickets £9  or £8.10 for Friends of Charleston for the first week of screenings: call 01273 525 354 and quote ‘Charleston’

Vita and Virginia (film)

Monday 8 July, 6pm
2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street (off Whitworth Street West), Manchester M15 4FN

Vita and Virginia, starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki, will come to selected cinemas for a one-night preview, ahead of a more widespread screening later in July. This Manchester screening will be introduced by Dr Monica Pearl, lecturer in 20th-century American literature at the University of Manchester.

Tickets £9.50, book online

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 for VWSGB members)
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.
For further information, email, phone 01223 324 960, or see

The Waves (performance) – your involvement welcomed!

July 2019 (dates TBC)
Cambridge and London

Motion Hunger, a collective of artists, will be staging an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, exploring this genre-defying literary work. Our background in the study of literature and theatre practice has led us to question how we can lift rarely performed texts off the page and set them in motion. Motion Hunger’s artistic director, Rute Costa, graduated in English from Cambridge University. The core of her research was Virginia Woolf’s oeuvre, particularly on the intermediality of The Waves and its translation into performance. This project will be taking this further.

Drawing a complex map of (dis)connection, the performance will trace the intertwining stories of a group of friends growing old, together and apart. Our production will be staged simultaneously in two rooms, each audience accessing different perspectives on the lives of these characters as they unfold. Sometimes connected through livestream technology, sometimes entirely cut off, the audience will experience the isolation of each character, as well as the pull that keeps bringing them together. How much of ourselves is other people?

We are still in the development process of this project but we are extremely excited about what it is becoming. We welcome support and engagement from across the Woolf community , so if you have an interest or something you want to share with us then we encourage you to email Benjamin Chamberlain at

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 for VWSGB members)
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.
For further information, email, phone 01223 324 960, or see

Call for papers: 100 Years of Night and Day

31 July 2019 (conference 26 October 2019)
University of Westminster

One hundred years after its publication, the School of Humanities at the University of Westminster are hosting a one-day symposium to celebrate Virginia Woolf’s second novel, Night and Day. In her diary in 1920, Virginia Woolf wrote: ‘I don’t suppose I’ve ever enjoyed any writing so much as I did the last half of N. & D.’ Her happiness with the novel was characteristically short-lived. In 1932 she wrote that ‘N. & D. is dead.’

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to: the relationship between literature and mathematics and astronomy; dreaming and daydreaming; body consciousness; ghosts and haunting; writing practice represented in fiction; spatial geography; London and its addresses; women’s suffrage; marriage and courtship plots; literary celebrity; family portraits; generational conflict; vagueness.

We welcome papers that consider how writers other than Woolf have also explored Night and Day’s themes. Funding is available to contribute towards speaker travel costs. Lunch will be provided.

Please send abstracts of 150–250 words for 20-minute papers to by 31 July 2019.

Botanical Modernism(s)

Saturday 17 August 2019, 5pm until late
Monk’s House, Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF

A midsummer evening symposium on gardens and modernism run by the National Trust and the University of Belfast. 2019 is the 100th anniversary of Virginia and Leonard Woolf purchasing Monk’s House and its celebrated garden. Join us for a midsummer evening symposium considering the significance of the garden to Woolf, the Bloomsbury group and other modernist writers and artists alike.

Tickets £12/£8 (includes wine and snacks)
For further information and registrations, see the Botanical Modernism(s) website

Literature Cambridge Study Day: Reading The Waves

Saturday 21 September 2019, 11am–5pm
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP

The Waves (1931) is regarded by many as Virginia Woolf’s most remarkable novel. The book traces the life stories of six friends, three women and three men, told in six voices. Woolf explores their very different experiences, looking at how their lives interweave from childhood until old age.

Three leading scholars help us to understand the form and ideas of this lyrical work.
* Trudi Tate, ‘Introduction to The Waves’
* Claire Nicholson, ‘Clothing in The Waves’
* Alison Hennegan, ‘Six Characters in Search of a Self’
The day will finish with a round-table seminar.

Tickets £90 / £80 students and VWSGB members (includes tea, coffee and light lunch). Book online or by phone 01223 849 004.
Further information here

Modernist Alice

Autumn 2019 (date TBC)
Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU

Talk by Professor Dame Gillian Beer. You can buy lunch in the Lucy Cavendish dining hall from 12.30pm before the talk.

The Alice books transform from age to age and place to place. In the period of Modernism in Britain and Surrealism in Europe, they took devious and different directions. The talk will be illustrated with writing and images drawn from Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Walter de la Mare, Arthur Eddington, Vladimir Nabokov, Andre Breton, and others.

Free of charge: everyone welcome. Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College: see the Literature Cambridge website. For further information, please email:

30th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference

Thursday 11–Sunday 14 June 2020
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069, USA
International conference
Organiser: Benjamin D. Hagen; email:

Monk’s House

Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF

For 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

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