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The VWSGB holds regular live online events (small extra charge), which are recorded and loaded to the Society’s YouTube channel. Registrants can access links to these recordings below using the password supplied to them.
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Society events open to non-members

DallowayDay 2022 – Modernist Women

Saturday 18 June 2022
Hatchards Piccadilly, 187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE

A celebration of Virginia Woolf and other women modernists. The afternoon will start with a guided Mrs Dalloway walk by the inimitable Jean Moorcroft Wilson, author of Virginia Woolf’s London. Speakers and panellists include Suzanne Hobson on modernist women writers; Natasha Brown, whose book Assembly was referred to by the Guardian as ‘a modern Mrs Dalloway’; Anne de Courcy on Nancy Cunard and the Jazz Age. Followed by drinks and nibbles in the evening.

Tickets available soon.

Other events

Orlando (play)

Thursday 28 April–Saturday 28 May 2022, 7.30pm (matinee 3.30 Tue & Sat)
Socially distanced performances Mondays 2, 9, 16 and 23 May
Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST

‘He has the shapeliest legs of any nobleman in England.’

Growing up as an Elizabethan pageboy and skating on the frozen Thames, Orlando never imagines he’ll travel to Turkey. Or get married in the reign of Queen Victoria. Or live long enough to answer the telephone. He definitely isn’t expecting to wake up as a woman one day. But if you stick around for five centuries, life is bound to get interesting . . .

Virginia Woolf’s 1920s masterpiece was written in tribute to her lover, Vita Sackville-West. This dazzling stage adaptation is by Sarah Ruhl, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and Tony Award nominee. Stella Powell-Jones, recently Deputy Director at Jermyn Street Theatre, directs this time-travelling romp.

Tickets £29 booked before 27 April, £32 thereafter
See the theatre website for bookings

ROOM – a dramatic interpretation of A Room of One’s Own

Tuesday 17–Thursday 19 May 2022, 6.15pm
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2022, 1.45pm
Brighton Fringe Festival, Rialto Theatre, 1 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3FE

Heather Alexander’s unique dramatised interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own explores Woolf’s fundamental ideas about gender, creativity and thwarted opportunity in a witty, fresh and provocative production.

It is 1929. An androgynous figure cuts a haunting shape in the shadows of Oxbridge. Scorned, ordered off the path; then refused entry to the library. Why? Woolf demands answers. Woolf prowls the streets of London at dusk. A thousand thoughts consume her. Why is it fatal for a writer to reflect on their sex? Who can measure the violence of the poet’s heart when tangled in a woman’s body? What if Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister? Woolf unflinchingly interrogates the injustice she encounters. Witty. Relevant. Provocative. Woolf slices through notions of gender disparity with an incisive mix of integrity and ironic charm.

Tickets: £10 (£9 concessions)
For further information, please see the Rialto Theatre website or email: emul8theatre@gmail.com

A Room of One’s Own (play)

Friday 20 May 2022, 8pm
The Horton, Haven Way, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8NP

Rebecca Vaughan performs Virginia Woolf’s 1928 exploration of the impact of poverty and sexual inequality on intellectual freedom and creativity.

Take a wry, amusing and incisive trip through the history of literature, feminism and gender. Meet Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Aphra Behn and Shakespeare’s sister, Judith. Go forward into the far-flung future of . . . 2028. But whatever you do, Keep Off The Grass . . .

Dyad Productions returns with a 21st-century take on Woolf’s celebrated pre-TED talk. Created specifically in response to the changing shape of theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic. And now on at The Horton, a renovated Grade II-listed former chapel.

Tickets £20 from the Horton website

Societies of Outsiders: British Psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury Group

Saturday 21–Sunday 22 May 2022
Sir David Davies LT (G08) / Online, Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE

UCL Psychoanalysis Unit is putting on a conference exploring the interplay between British psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury Group. The programme includes papers on: Virginia Woolf and Marion Milner; Adrian and Karin Stephen; the creative process in D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf; the role of the Stracheys in British psychoanalysis; Bloomsbury and psychoanalysis.

Fees
In-person attendance:
Standard £150, Concession £100
Online attendance:
Standard £100, Concession £60

For further information including registration, see the website
Email: events.psychoanalysis@ucl.ac.uk

1922: Constellation of Genius

Sunday 22 May 2022, 5pm (60 mins)
Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST

Annus mirabilis seems a feeble description for that year of Stein, Woolf, Joyce, Eliot, Chaplin, Keaton, Hemingway, Lawrence, Stravinsky, Proust, Dorothy Parker, Scott Fitzgerald, Nabokov, Hammett, Einstein, the first radio broadcast, the first documentary film, the opening of King Tut’s tomb and so much more, all contending for notice on the bright stage of 1922. Kevin Jackson’s best-selling book explores a momentous year in world culture.

Actor and academic Jack Klaff introduces and chairs a sparky discussion involving a panel and remarks from the audience celebrating the remarkable year, and a remarkable man, the author Kevin Jackson. Panellists include journalist, broadcaster, author, and cultural historian Dr Matthew Sweet, journalist and broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe, historian Professor Dame Marina Warner and author Professor Claire Preston.

Tickets £20 (£15 concessions)
See the theatre website for bookings

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

Friday 4 March–Sunday 5 June 2022, Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW

This exhibition will explore the lives and works of an extraordinary group of writers, artists and thinkers. Key figures include the great writer and pioneer of feminist thought, Virginia Woolf, her sister the painter Vanessa Bell, and the circle of friends that gathered around these young women and became well known as the Bloomsbury Group, named after the area of London where they lived in the first decades of the 20th century.

Primarily drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and enhanced with key works from Sheffield Museums and York Museums Trust, this exhibition includes portraits of those most intimately associated with the Bloomsbury Group, but also fascinating friends and colleagues who were not central to the original group.

For further information, see the York Art Gallery website
Tickets are free (donation suggested) but you will need to book a time slot.

The Wreckers at Glyndebourne

Ten performances between 21 May and 24 June 2022, 4.55pm
Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU

Ethel Smyth’s 1906 opera, The Wreckers, will be performed at this year’s Glyndebourne Festival.

In a remote corner of Cornwall, a God-fearing community lives a desperate, precarious existence. Their only hope is the ships that are wrecked on their rocks. But when they start to cause those shipwrecks deliberately, murdering the crew for profit, it tears the villagers apart, setting in motion a tragedy that kills two of their own.

This powerful, psychological drama of ‘wrecking, religion and love’ was the pinnacle of Ethel Smyth’s career – a work that Sir Thomas Beecham praised as a ‘masterpiece’, admired by Mahler. With its sweeping musical soundscapes, passionate central love story, and radical interrogation of fear, hypocrisy and mob violence, it’s not only the missing link in the history of English opera – an ancestor to Britten’s Peter Grimes – but a compelling piece of theatre, whose heroine is a mirror of her fascinating, unorthodox creator.

Directed by Melly Still, this new production will be the first major, professional staging of our lifetime, and the first opportunity to hear the opera as Smyth intended, with its original French libretto. Glyndebourne’s music director Robin Ticciati conducts.

A new production for Festival 2022. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Tickets from the Glyndebourne website

Virginia Woolf and Ethics

Thursday 9–Sunday 12 June 2022, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA
31st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf
Organiser: Amy C. Smith: amy.smith@lamar.edu

The 31st annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf takes as its theme ‘Virginia Woolf and Ethics’, and aims to promote conversation about the topic across disciplinary boundaries. We hope to explore Woolf’s engagement with specific ethical issues in her writing. We invite participants to consider Woolf in relation to broader ethical considerations, such as the relation of ethics to reading practices (or to literature); ethics of teaching, scholarly community and academic life; secularism, religion and/or mysticism in Woolf’s thinking; and reading Woolf as an ethical (or social or political) theorist. What might a Woolfian ethic look like? How might we read Woolf’s aesthetic practices in ethical terms (e.g. narrative indeterminacy and the cultivation of certain forms of attention, moral imagination, or empathy)? How does Woolf navigate competing demands of justice, individual liberty and rights, and collectivity and social responsibility, in her fiction and non-fiction?

Because of the persistent uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, and especially in the wake of recent travel disruptions and other factors, the 2022 Woolf conference has been moved online. We hope that this will encourage more international participation, and we welcome and seek proposals from faculty around the world. Please consider proposing panels, workshops or other forms of collaborative conversation around shared interests, as well as individual papers.

See the conference website for more details.

Virginia Woolf Study Season (Lit Camb)

Literature Cambridge runs regular seasons of live online lectures and seminars on Virginia Woolf, studying all of her major works.

Second Woolf Season
The Second Virginia Woolf Season is organised thematically, and runs until June 2022.

Per session:
£23 students, VWSGB members, CAMcard holders
£28 full price

Saturday 11 June 2022, 6pm
Mrs Dalloway from Bond Street to Westminster, with Claire Nicholson

Bookings for second Woolf Season
Email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk
Twitter: @LitCamb

Dalloway Day (RSL)

Wednesday 15 June 2022, 7–8.30pm
Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Every year on a Wednesday in mid-June, the single-day setting of the novel Mrs Dalloway, the Royal Society of Literature celebrates the work and legacy of Virginia Woolf. This year’s stellar line-up of international speakers features Merve Emre, Elaine Showalter and Kabe Wilson, chaired by Irenosen Okojie.

The online version of this event will be live captioned.

Tickets £11 (discounts available) from the BL website

Woolf’s Houses Summer Course (Lit Camb online study week)

Monday 25–Friday 29 July 2022

This Literature Cambridge online Virginia Woolf course will study the theme of Woolf’s Houses. We will explore the importance of the house on Skye in To the Lighthouse, the family house and Mary’s flat in Night and Day, Vita Sackville-West’s ancestral home in Orlando, and more.

There will be a rich programme of lectures, seminar, supervisions (tutorials), and talks. Our teachers include leading Woolf scholars and experienced Cambridge supervisors. This is an exciting chance to spend a week immersed in the great writings and ideas of Virginia Woolf.

Lectures
• Alison Hennegan, Woolf’s early houses. ‘A Sketch of the Past’ and ‘22 Hyde Park Gate’, in Moments of Being, ed. Jeanne Schulkind (2002)
• Ellie Mitchell, houses in Night and Day (1919)
• Trudi Tate, the house of memory in To the Lighthouse (1927)
• Karina Jakubowicz, Orlando (1928) and Knole
• Claire Davison on the house as theatre in Between the Acts (1941)

Tickets
£560 standard
£530 discount for students / VWSGB members / CAMcard holders

For further details and bookings, see the Literature Cambridge website

Email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk
Twitter: @LitCamb

ROOM – a dramatic interpretation of A Room of One’s Own

Monday 15–Saturday 20 August 2022
The Space on The Mile, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Heather Alexander’s unique dramatised interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own explores Woolf’s fundamental ideas about gender, creativity and thwarted opportunity in a witty, fresh and provocative production.

It is 1929. An androgynous figure cuts a haunting shape in the shadows of Oxbridge. Scorned, ordered off the path; then refused entry to the library. Why? Woolf demands answers. Woolf prowls the streets of London at dusk. A thousand thoughts consume her. Why is it fatal for a writer to reflect on their sex? Who can measure the violence of the poet’s heart when tangled in a woman’s body? What if Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister? Woolf unflinchingly interrogates the injustice she encounters. Witty. Relevant. Provocative. Woolf slices through notions of gender disparity with an incisive mix of integrity and ironic charm.

Tickets: £10 (£9 concessions)
For further information, please see theSpace on the Mile website or email: emul8theatre@gmail.com

Modernism 1922: Celebrating Distinctions

Wednesday 14–Saturday 17 September 2022
Free online event

Call for papers
This conference honours 1922 as annus mirabilis for modernism, from many different perspectives. In 1922, Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, James Joyce’s Ulysses and Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Other Stories appeared in print for the first time. R. M. Rilke’s Duineser Elegien were completed. Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus had its first ‘non-piratic’ edition. Piet Mondriaan’s neo-plastic paintings and writing peaked. It was the year in which modernism was blooming in different art forms across the globe — ‘Semana de Arte Moderna’ in Brazil; the Bauhaus exhibition in Calcutta; Modanizumu in Japan. As within each modernist work of art so among modernist events, there is both diversity and mutual influence. This conference aims to uncover new views on what set the 1922 modernist events apart, but also on how they compare and impacted each other, with regard to art ideology, aesthetics, philosophy, religion etc.

Keynote speakers
• Clare Hutton: Women and the Making of Ulysses
• James C. Klagge: Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and the Great War
• Philomeen Lelieveldt: Ido Eyl’s Visit to the French Musical Avant-Garde
• Michael North: A Centenary Dismemberment

We welcome papers from different disciplines, particularly those that pursue an interdisciplinary approach to this seminal modernist moment. Please submit a 250-word proposal and short biography (as a pdf or docx attachment) to the organisers before Thursday 16 June 2022. We also welcome artistic contributions, e.g. short film, music and visual arts.

Organisers
Greg Chase, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA: gchase@holycross.edu
Jaap van der Does, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands: jaap.vanderdoes@ru.nl

Virginia Woolf and Ecologies

Thursday 8–Sunday 11 June 2023
Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd S. Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565, USA
32nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

Accommodation will be available in affordable university housing with hotel options nearby, and Southwest Florida International Airport is only ten miles away. Summer is ‘off season’ for south-west Florida, so hotel rates will be not be charged at peak rates. Attendees might wish to extend their stay and spend some time at the beautiful beaches.

Organiser: Laci Mattison; email: lmattison@fgcu.edu

Virginia Woolf’s Women Summer Course (Lit Camb study week)

Sunday 23–Friday 28 July 2023 (provisional dates)

Our 2023 Virginia Woolf course will explore Woolf’s Women, looking at some of her fascinating women characters. These include Mrs Dalloway and her daughter; Mrs Ramsay and Lily in To the Lighthouse; plus the intriguing figure of Orlando, who leads us to wonder: What is a woman, to Woolf? And what about the women in Woolf’s life who were so important to her writing: her mother Julia Stephen; her sister Vanessa Bell; friends such as writer Katherine Mansfield and composer Ethel Smyth; lover Vita Sackville-West; plus scholars such as Jane Harrison and Janet Case?

There will be a rich programme of lectures, seminars, supervisions (tutorials), walks, talks, and visits to places of interest in Cambridge. Our teachers include Gillian Beer, Claire Davison, Alison Hennegan, Karina Jakubowicz, Isobel Maddison, Claire Nicholson, Trudi Tate, Claudia Tobin and Clare Walker Gore. Marion Dell of the VWSGB and an expert on Woolf’s family history will give a talk on Julia Stephen. Susan Sellers will read from her acclaimed novel about Woolf and her sister, Vanessa and Virginia.

For further information, see the Literature Cambridge website

Monk’s House

Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF
Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 6 April–7 July 2022, Fridays and Saturdays 15 July–29 October 2022, 12.30–5pm

Explore the country retreat of the novelist Virginia Woolf, where she wrote many of most celebrated novels. Leonard and Virginia’s personalities saturate the house and it should feel as if they have just stepped out for a walk. You can explore the house at your own speed and there are room guides on hand to help you to bring the house alive. The beautiful English country garden was designed by Leonard Woolf and has incredible views of the Sussex Downs. Virginia Woolf was greatly influenced by the garden wrote many of her major works in her writing lodge. Her short story ‘The Orchard’ was inspired by the garden. With the tranquility of the Sussex Downs through the window and the garden surrounding her, it was the perfect place to write.

Monk’s House reopens on  6 April 2022 (bookings available from 24 March). Thanks for your help and patience during the 2021 season. For more information, see the website.

Charleston

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Open Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday, 10am–5pm, £14.50 / £12.30 concessions / free to Friends of Charleston

Visit Charleston to explore the art and lives of artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and their contemporaries. Almost as soon as they moved to Charleston in 1916, Bell and Grant began to paint. Not just the walls, but on every surface imaginable, transforming the house into a living, breathing work of art. Over the following decades, Charleston became a gathering point for some of the 20th century’s most radical artists, writers and thinkers known collectively as the Bloomsbury group. It is where they lived out their progressive social and artistic ideals. Today, it continues to be a place that brings people together to engage with art and ideas.

A visitor assistant will accompany you around the house as you explore the individually designed and hand-painted rooms. Entry to the galleries and the house is by timed ticket and pre-booking is recommended. The shop, café and garden are available to visit without purchasing a ticket. To book, see the website and for events, see the What’s On page. You can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.

The Charleston Festival 2022 runs Thursday 19–Sunday 29 May.  Further information on the Charleston Festival web page.

 

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