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DallowayDay2019: Queering Dalloway (VWSGB)

Saturday 15 June 2019
Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ

Join Waterstones and the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain as we celebrate the third DallowayDay, this year with the theme of Queering Dalloway. We’ll start by following in the footsteps of Bloomsburyians on their home turf, then look at how Mrs Dalloway has been adapted for stage and ballet, and in the evening explore queerness in the Bloomsbury circle and beyond.

All-event tickets include the walk and are limited to 25; however, the panel events (including refreshments) can be booked separately

2.00    Stuart N. Clarke, co-founder of the Virginia Woolf Society of GB and chief editor of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin, will lead a Queer Bloomsbury walk
3.15    Tea and cake in the yard: homemade cake from a Bloomsbury recipe
4.00    Adapting Mrs Dalloway discussion panel
– Thomas Bailey and Hal Coase, director and adapter respectively of the recent Mrs Dalloway play at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney
– Uzma Hameed, dramaturge for Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works for the Royal Ballet
– Chaired by Lucy Scholes, literary critic and reviewer
5.15   Wine & nibbles
– Includes Nino Strachey book signing
6.00    Queer Bloomsbury discussion panel
– Nino Strachey, author of Rooms of Their Own: Eddy Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, and Head of Research at the National Trust
– Anne Chisholm, writer and reviewer, editor of Carrington’s Letters and biographer of Frances Partridge
– Stuart N. Clarke, independent scholar, editor of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin and of many of Woolf’s works, including Orlando: The Holograph Draft
– Chaired by Maggie Humm, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of East London, and author/editor of a number of books about Woolf and Bloomsbury
7.30    DallowayDay2019 closes
8.00    Waterstones Gower Street closes

All events: walk + 2 panels + 2 refreshments (max. 25)     £30/£24 VWSGB or Waterstones members
Adapting Mrs Dalloway + tea & cake in the yard     £10/£8 VWSGB or Waterstones members
Queer Bloomsbury + wine & nibbles     £10/£8 VWSGB or Waterstones members
(Sorry, because of limited numbers, we cannot sell tickets for the walk separately.)
Book online via Waterstones

* 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

Orlando (play)

Sunday 12–Monday 13 May 2019, 7.25pm
The Warren: The Hat, Victoria Gardens, Grand Parade, Brighton BN1 1UB

‘I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.’
Orlando: poet, lover, adventurer. After an encounter with a traveller woman, Orlando is transformed forever. With live music, comedy and movement, join us in a joyful queer romp through history as we travel from the court of Queen Elizabeth I to 20th-century London, via Constantinople and the high seas.
A Marvellous Machine Theatre Company production of the adaptation by Sarah Ruhl. Part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, Friday 3 May–Sunday 2 June 2019.

‘A masterful adaptation . . . a splendid piece of theatre’ (Daily Info)
‘Witty, inspiring, moving, musically smashing. I’m uplifted by the whole experience – buzzing in fact!’ (audience)

Tickets £12.50–£14 available online

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 07423 221 396. Email or

Run Your Own Dalloway Day Reading Group

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Do you want to run your own reading group celebrating Dalloway Day? This year, the Royal Society of Literature is sending copies of our A Room of My Own anthology to reading groups across the UK to celebrate Woolf’s pivotal 1929 essay. From university English departments to book groups run by friends, if you want to run a reading group, contact Leah Cross for more information:

Charleston Reading Group: A Room of My Own

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 11am
The Hay Barn, Charleston Trust, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL

To mark the publication of A Room of My Own, an anthology of new writing by the Royal Society of Literature, our friends at Charleston are running a special session of their popular reading group. The anthology contains specially commissioned responses to Virginia Woolf with essays from David Almond, Bernardine Evaristo, Howard Jacobson, Val McDermid, Nadifa Mohamed, Daljit Nagra and Eley Williams exploring the conditions of a writing life.

On Dalloway Day, come and immerse yourself in all things Woolf, looking at both Mrs Dalloway and selected work from the new anthology. Led by Charleston’s Reader in Residence Holly Dawson. No pre-reading necessary.
Public tickets £9.50/£7.50 via the Charleston website.

Walking with Mrs Dalloway

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 1.30–2.30pm
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

On the Royal Society of Literature’s second annual Dalloway Day join Lauren Elkin for an afternoon stroll around the National Portrait Gallery, looking at selected paintings and photographs of and by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and others associated with the Bloomsbury Group and the modernist movement. The walking tour of the gallery will be followed by a short talk, given by Lauren, about Virginia Woolf.

Lauren Elkin’s essays have appeared in many publications, including the Guardian, the New York Times and the London Review of Books. Her most recent book Flâneuse was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. In this event, she leads a walking tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s Bloomsbury paintings.

Public tickets £4/£3 available via the National Portrait Gallery website from early May. For more information, please contact Leah Cross: or 020 7845 4676.

For There She Was: Love and Presence in Mrs Dalloway

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 4–5pm
The British Library Piazza Pavilion, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Now in its second year, the Royal Society of Literature’s Dalloway Day is a celebration of one of the 20th century’s most important novels, and seeks to make Virginia Woolf and Mrs Dalloway to London what James Joyce and Ulysses are to Dublin with the annual ‘Bloomsday’. In this event renowned Woolf scholar Professor Dame Gillian Beer is joined by Alexandra Harris to discuss love and presence in Mrs Dalloway.

Professor Dame Gillian Beer was the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge from 1994 until her retirement in 2002. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, and was made a Dame in 1998. Among her books are Virginia Woolf: the Common Ground and Alice in Space: the Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll. Alexandra Harris is a writer and academic. Her books include Romantic Moderns, a biography of Virginia Woolf, and Weatherland: Artists and Writers under English Skies.

Public tickets £10/£7 via the British Library website. For more information, please contact Leah Cross: or 020 7845 4676.

After Woolf

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 7–8.30pm
The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

While walking through London, in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf, Monica Ali concludes that ‘trying to get the measure of London is futile. Better to do as Woolf does and catch at thoughts and feelings, the immediate perception of things, so as to be able to say, like Lily Briscoe in To The Lighthouse, Yes, I have had my vision.’ While time may have changed the city, Woolf’s nuanced way of capturing a moment or a place, in all its immediacy, has influenced generations of writers after her. Why does Virginia Woolf continue to be such a powerful point of reference for writers working today? And why does she still have so much to show writers about themselves? On this year’s Dalloway Day – a whole day dedicated to the celebration Woolf’s one-day novel Mrs Dalloway – three writers discuss Woolf’s influence and the challenges of interpolating one of the 20th century’s most significant writers in works inflected by their own lives.

Monica Ali’s novels have been translated into 26 languages and include Untold Story, In the Kitchen, and the Man Booker-shortlisted Brick Lane. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, New York, and was Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Surrey from 2105 to 2018. Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. She is the author of To the River, The Trip to Echo Spring, and The Lonely City. Her latest book, Crudo, is a real-time novel about the turbulent summer of 2017. British-Turkish writer Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Shafak has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love and her most recent, Three Daughters of Eve.

Public tickets £15/£12/£10 via the British Library website. For more information, please contact Leah Cross: or 020 7845 4676.

Virginia Woolf and Gardens

Friday 21 June 2019
Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6TY

As part of the Garden Museum Literary Festival 2019 (21 and 22 June), Christopher Woodward, Director of The Garden Museum, will talk at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, on Virginia Woolf and gardens. The day includes eight other talks on the subject of gardens. Day and weekend tickets are available.

Weekend Ticket £195
Day Ticket £110
Buy online at the Garden Museum website

Modernist Alice

Postponed until mid-2019
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:

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

The Waves (performance) – your involvement welcomed!

July 2019 (dates TBC)
Cambridge and London

Motion Hunger will be staging an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves: six friends, a journey through life together apart, in London and Cambridge this coming July.

As a collective of artists, Motion Hunger explore and stage 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 from Cambridge University, where she studied English. The core of her research was on Virginia Woolf’s oeuvre, particularly on the intermediality of The Waves and its translation into performance. This project will be taking this further into practice.

Through the lives of Bernard, Susan, Louis, Rhoda, Neville and Jinny, we see ourselves. 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 early development process of this project but we are extremely excited about what it is becoming. We are actively looking for support and engagement from across the UK’s Woolf community for this unique production; so if you have an interest or something you want to share with us then we encourage you to get in contact with Benjamin Chamberlain, email:

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:

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.