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Society events

‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’, Autumn Conference

Thursday 1–Sunday 4 October 2020
Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NG

Members will need to find their own accommodation. For further information, please contact Sarah Latham Phillips: latham_phillips@yahoo.com

 

Society events open to non-members

Virginia Woolf and Her Early Short Stories – NOTE DATE CHANGE

Saturday 17 October 2020, 10.30am–4.30pm
Oriental Club, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES

A one-day conference, incorporating the Annual General Meeting.

Speakers:
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”’
Sarah Latham Phillips, MA: ‘The Influence of the Visual Arts on the Early Short Stories of Virginia Woolf’

Tickets: £35 for VWSGB members/students, £38 for non-members, to include sandwich lunch and coffee.
NOTE: If you paid for the original April date but are unable to attend this one, please contact Sarah Latham Phillips (latham_phillips@yahoo.com), with full details of your name and postal address, to arrange a cheque refund.

 

Online events

The Waves Online Study Session: 2. Six Characters in Search of a Self

Saturday 27 June 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

Throughout Woolf’s writing there are questions, tensions, struggles to reconcile: the relations between self and other, individual and society, inner and outer; reality and fantasy; the relations between thinking and feeling; the imagined and the real (or, more precisely perhaps, the reality of the imagined, and the difficulty of determining what constitutes ‘the really real’). All these will be familiar predicaments to just about everyone who thinks! And they are particularly significant in The Waves. Live online lecture and seminar with Alison Hennegan.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

A Room of One’s Own Online Study Session: 1. After the War

Sunday 5 July 2020, 10am–12pm BST / 11am–1pm CEST

Trudi Tate will explore what Woolf has to say about the First World War in A Room of One’s Own. For Woolf, as for many intellectuals of the period, the war changed things very profoundly. How had European civilisation come to destroy itself this devastating conflict? Indeed, perhaps the war threw the very idea of civilisation into question.
The need to rebuild fractured societies and to secure a just peace were surely the most pressing issues for Britain and for all of Europe in the 1920s. Women must be part of that process. How did the war alter our perception of the world, and where would we go next? What part might literature play in this process? (This is a repeat of the session held on 30 May.)

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

A Room of One’s Own Online Study Session: 3. Space

Saturday 11 July 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

Virginia Woolf claimed that a woman needed money and a room of her own if she was to write fiction. Money is important in this argument, but it is the room that dominates the imagination of readers. This lecture will follow the progress of the narrator/s as she travels through spaces that admit her and around those that do not. She seeks out a new territory to occupy on her own terms. Woolf emphasises how rare these spaces are, and stipulates the exact conditions under which they might be created.

Live lecture and seminar via Zoom with Karina Jakubowicz.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

A Room of One’s Own Online Study Session: 3. Space

Sunday 12 July 2020,  10am–12noon BST / 11am–1pm CEST

Virginia Woolf claimed that a woman needed money and a room of her own if she was to write fiction. Money is important in this argument, but it is the room that dominates the imagination of readers. This lecture will follow the progress of the narrator/s as she travels through spaces that admit her and around those that do not. She seeks out a new territory to occupy on her own terms. Woolf emphasises how rare these spaces are, and stipulates the exact conditions under which they might be created.

Live lecture and seminar via Zoom with Karina Jakubowicz. (This is a repeat of the session held on Sat 11 July.)

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

A Room of One’s Own Online Study Session: 2. Women and Education

Saturday 18 July 2020, 10am–12pm BST / 11am–1pm CEST

Every aspiring woman writer, Woolf argues, needs ‘a room of her own’. But, she wonders, has there ever really been ‘room’ for women in the world? In this justly celebrated essay, which grew from lectures which she gave in 1928 to women undergraduates in Cambridge, Woolf addresses the price paid, by women themselves and by society at large, for their systematic exclusion from history, literature and, perhaps most significantly of all, education.
Lecture and seminar via Zoom with Alison Hennegan. (This is a repeat of the session held on 6 June.)

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Between the Acts and Gardens Online Study Session

Saturday 25 July 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

Online lecture and seminar on Woolf’s fascinating posthumous novel. Live online with Karina Jakubowicz.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Orlando Online Study Session: 1. Property

Saturday 1 August 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

Orlando is a book about gender, and this means that it is also a book about property. Woolf was interested in property in terms of land ownership, and this shapes the sexual politics of the book. Live lecture and seminar via Zoom with Karina Jakubowicz.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Orlando Online Study Session: 1. Property

Sunday 2 August 2020, 10am–12pm BST / 11am–1pm CEST

Orlando is a book about gender, and this means that it is also a book about property. Woolf was interested in property in terms of land ownership, and this shapes the sexual politics of the book. Live lecture and seminar via Zoom with Karina Jakubowicz. (This is a repeat of the session held on Sat 1 August.)

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Night and Day Online Study Session

Saturday 8 August 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

A rare chance to study Woolf’s brilliant second novel, Night and Day, with Ellie Mitchell.

The plot of Night and Day resembles the romantic comedies of Shakespeare. Its structure recalls the serial novels of the Victorian period, while its settings are distinctly Edwardian. It’s a good read, yet critics are sometimes unsure how to read it. A month after the novel’s publication, Woolf wrote in a letter to her brother-in-law, Clive Bell, that ‘some say the first chapters are the best, and others say the last, and some say it’s in the tradition, and others say it’s not, but the great battle [ … ] is between those who think it unreal and those who think it real.’

This study session is a chance to explore the delights of this early novel, and to learn the contexts of its composition and publication. Is the book really a traditional narrative, or does it contain some of the formal innovations for which Woolf later became famous?

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

The Voyage Out Online Study Session

Saturday 15 August 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

In Virginia Woolf’s first published novel, we can already see clear traces of the writer she would become. We can also see some of the themes and concerns which would exercise her for the rest of her writing life. In her heroine, Rachel Vinrace, deeply gifted musically, but disastrously unconfident socially, we watch the struggles of one young woman to attain self-knowledge, independence of thought and action, and the ability to find and form relationships of genuine value and connexion.

With Alison Hennegan, retired Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Orlando Online Study Session 2: Clothing and Gender

Saturday 6 September 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando follows the fortunes of the central character who defies conventions of biography, time and gender by living through four centuries and changing sex halfway through. It questions gendered identity and the role played by dress in its construction. How and why does dress affect behaviour? Can Orlando be the same, whether dressed in trousers or skirts? With Claire Nicholson, Chair of the VWSGB.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Reading The Waves Across a Lifetime: Online Study Session

Saturday 12 September 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

Leading Woolf critic Dame Gillian Beer reflects upon her reading and teaching of Woolf’s most lyrical novel, The Waves.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Elizabeth von Arnim and Virginia Woolf Online Study Session: Literary Influences

Saturday 19 September 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

Elizabeth von Arnim’s novels are ‘laugh-out-loud’ funny (as Woolf put it). But they are also quite serious, exploring a broad range of political issues. Von Arnim is a fascinating and complex writer whose comedy is now receiving far greater attention than at any time since her death in 1941, and whose personal and literary associations are increasingly revealing.

We will focus on Elizabeth von Arnim’s comedy Expiation (1929), recently republished by Persephone Books. This edition will be our core text, read as a counterpart to Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927), a novel von Arnim admired enormously. You might also want to read von Arnim’s The Enchanted April. With Isobel Maddison.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

‘Kew Gardens’ and ‘A Mark on the Wall’ Online Study Session

Saturday 26 September 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST

When Virginia Woolf was on the brink of writing Jacob’s Room she imagined her short stories, ‘The Mark on the Wall’, ‘Kew Gardens’, and ‘An Unwritten Novel’ ‘taking hands and dancing in unity’ to create something ‘entirely different.’ Prior to this she had written ambitious novels that nonetheless retained traditional narrative forms, but Jacob’s Room would be hailed as a distinctively modern text.

What makes her later writing ‘modern’ and her earlier work traditional? What did these three stories do to contribute to this change? This lecture will answer these questions by looking closely at each story, and establishing how Woolf developed her narrative technique. It will also explore how her personal circumstances, in particular the founding of the Hogarth Press, allowed her to make bolder creative decisions.

Live online lecture and seminar with Karina Jakubowicz.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

 

Other events

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel (performance) – POSTPONED TO 2021

Various dates and venues

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, Lucy Stevens begins 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.

For further information, see www.lucystevens.com

‘Profession and Performance’, VW Conference – POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2021

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD 57069, USA
International conference
Organiser: Benjamin D. Hagen: benjamin.hagen@usd.edu
See the conference webpage for further information

 

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 monkshouse@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01273 474 760.

Charleston

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.