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Virginia Woolf’s Non-Literary Reputation – * CHANGE OF VENUE *

Saturday 26 January 2019, 2pm
Room MAL B20, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street (entrance in Torrington Square), London WC1E 7HX
See map (Main building is no. 1) at

20th Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture by Stuart N. Clarke, founder member of the Virginia Woolf Society. Doors will open at 1.30pm: please allow a good ten minutes to find the lecture theatre which is in the basement. Members of the VWSGB Executive Council will be available to guide attendees.

Following the lecture, at 3.30pm, the Reception (drinks, cake, raffle and book stall) will take place in the dining room of the Tavistock Hotel, 48–55 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EH. The hotel has very generously provided their services. 

We sincerely apologise for the late change of venue, which is due to the boycott of University of London administrative spaces, specifically Senate House, which academic and professional associations are supporting. See for further details. If you have any queries, please contact the Activities Secretary, Sarah Latham Phillips, at

Interactive Study Day on Orlando – ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT

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 (October 1928), this study day will focus on Orlando: A Biography.

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 Chair 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.

One-day Conference on A Room of Ones Own

Saturday 6 April 2019
Court & Jessel Room, First Floor, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Incorporating the 21st Annual General Meeting of the VWSGB.

Nino Strachey, Head of Research & Specialist Advice for the National Trust, ‘Rooms of Their Own: Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Eddy Sackville-West and the Stracheys’
Michèle Barrett, Professor of Modern Literary & Cultural Theory, Queen Mary, London, ‘A Room of One’s Own: Editing, Politics and the Woolf Archive’
Helen Pankhurst, International Development and Women’s Rights Activist and Writer, ‘Deeds not Words, the Story of Women’s Rights Then and Now’

Cost: £25 for members of the Society, the Institute and students, or £30 otherwise, to include lunch and other refreshments. Booking can be made electronically through the Institute of English Studies website, over the phone (020 7862 8683), or cheque made payable to ‘Virginia Woolf Society’. For further information, email

DallowayDay2019 (VWSGB)

Saturday 15 June 2019
Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
The VWSGB, in collaboration with Waterstones, will be celebrating DallowayDay at the Bloomsbury branch of Waterstones. We will be announcing speakers and ticket information later.

* We would be very interested to know of any other #DallowayDay events and would be happy to promote them for you. Please see above for details. *

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:

Other events

The Mark on the Wall

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 7pm
Wednesday 23–Sunday 27 January, 11am–5pm
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, 0167 Oslo, Norway

An exhibition of the work of PhD student Ane Thon Knutsen. In her practice-based PhD in graphic design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Thon Knutsen has studied Woolf’s story ‘The Mark on the Wall’ in relation to the fact that Woolf was teaching herself typesetting while writing it. Knutsen spent three months reproducing the entire short story on 1828 letterpress prints. The project examines the impact the activity of typesetting had on Virginia Woolf’s writing, creating a room of one’s own from ‘The Mark on the Wall’.

Free entry
For more information, see

Orlando (play)

Tuesday 5Saturday 9 February 2019, 7pm
The Corpus Playroom, 10 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

Adapted from Virginia Woolf’s novel, ‘the longest and most charming love letter in literature’ playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf’s close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West. Orlando, a beautiful charismatic nobleman, enjoys a lifetime of adventures, love and debauchery, spanning four centuries. At the midpoint of this period, while serving as ambassador to Constantinople, Orlando wakes from a seven-day sleep to find he has become a woman.

A dreamy adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s famous tale, Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando is a magical and poetic dance between gender and through time, a fantastical world in which courtly movement and biographical narration combine to tell the story of someone who lives outside of human expectations, and enjoys twice the experience that humanity has to offer.

Tickets £6–£10, book through website
Email; phone 01223 300 085

Modernist Alice

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 1pm
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:

From the Pens of Women

Monday 18 February 2019, 1pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Simon Lepper present a stunning programme of English Song settings of some of the 20th century’s best-loved female poets and writers, including Virginia Woolf, Ursula Vaughan Williams, Edna St Vincent Millay and Margaret Atwood.

Tickets: £16/£14 concessions + £3 booking fee. Book through Wigmore Hall box office 020 7935 2141, or online on the Wigmore Hall website

‘Virginia Woolf and Social Justice’, 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:

Clarissa’s Party

Saturday 8 June 2019
The Saint Mary’s Literary Society
(Time and address TBC)

Join us to celebrate Dalloway Day and Clarissa’s Party. Enjoy a day of good food and good company with other Virginia Woolf fans. There will be readings from selected parts of the book: if you would like to read, please inform us. There will be an afternoon seated lunch, including tea and coffee and half a bottle of wine, and a raffle. 1920s dress is more than welcome.
Tickets: £60 for VWSGB members and £65 for non-members; students £55; children £10. Please call and register your interest so we can gauge numbers: you can register your name and pay on the day.
For further information contact Betty on 07368 297 051 or Shirley on and 07423 221 396. Email or

Dalloway Day (RSL)

Wednesday 19 June 2019
Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Details to follow on

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

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:


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Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF

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