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First, book your place at the event by emailing as instructed below.

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1) For online payments, please use the following details.
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3) Or make out a cheque to ‘Virginia Woolf Society’ and post it to: Ian Griffiths, 110 Kenley Road, Merton Park, London, SW19 3DS

Reference: for all payment types, please indicate the event (e.g. BL, AGM) plus your surname, so that we can match up the payment with the contact details provided.

 

Society events (members only)

‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’, Autumn Conference – NOTE DATE CHANGE

Thursday 7–Sunday 10 October 2021
Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NG

Speakers: Emeritus Professor Maggie Humm, Dr Claire Nicholson, Dr Marion Dell, Janet Axten MA St Ives Archivist, Sarah Latham Phillips MA.

Talks on To the Lighthouse, Virginia in St Ives, Julia Stephen, St Ives artists and writers, and St Ives local history. Visits to the Tate, Talland House garden and Zennor. Two dinners will be booked in St Ives, with lunch and refreshments provided during the day.

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 10 April 2021, 10.30am–4.30pm
Oriental Club, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES

One-day conference, a centenary celebration of the publication of Monday or Tuesday. Incorporating the Annual General Meeting (which VWSGB members are welcome to attend free of charge).

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 2020 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.

DallowayDay

Saturday 19 June 2021
Due to changing circumstances, we are unable to be specific about this event, but we will be celebrating in one way or another! Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

 

Online events

Dalloway

Friday 6 November 2020, 7.30pm
Theatre event filmed in Stamford, Lincolnshire
FREE but donations welcome

A Dyad Production available online at the Stamford Arts Centre Website
From the award-winning creators of Orlando, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth and The Time Machine.

1923: the war is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, their memories and dreams magically intertwining with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of post-war London, Dyad’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly feminist response to the aftermath of the First World War. Written and directed by Elton Townend Jones, and performed by Rebecca Vaughan.

As this was filmed using a virtual reality camera, you can use your mouse or trackpad to move around the stage, zoom in and out, and get close to the action. Please ensure that cookies are enabled to allow the streaming to load.

The Voyage Out Online Study Session

Saturday 14 November 2020, 10am–12pm GMT / 11am–1pm CET
Part of the Virginia Woolf Season (see below)
The Voyage Out: Packing for the Journey, with Alison Hennegan, retired Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. A Literature Cambridge online study session via Zoom.

Virginia Woolf already had more than a decade of published work behind her when The Voyage Out appeared in 1915. But this was Woolf’s first venture into fiction, and the journey out had been hard, with false starts and rejected versions. This lecture considers what Woolf decided to ‘pack’ for her literary ‘maiden voyage’ – the ideas, values, authors, and books that had influenced her – and what to leave behind.

Tickets
£22 students, VWSGB members, CAMcard holders
£26 full price
Bookings on the website
Email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

Night and Day Online Study Session

Saturday 21 November 2020, 6pm–8pm GMT / 7pm–9pm CET
Part of the Virginia Woolf Season (see below)
Night and Day (1919): Tea and Tradition, with Ellie Mitchell, University of St Andrews. A Literature Cambridge online study session via Zoom.

Night and Day was Virginia Woolf’s second novel, and it was famously described by Katherine Mansfield as ‘a novel in the tradition of the English novel’. Certainly, from a first glance at the novel’s courtship plot, its interests in the literary culture of the 19th century, and its division into 34 even chapters, this description would seem to be accurate. But on closer reading, is it the whole story?

This lecture will explore the ways in which Night and Day both pays tribute to and departs from the literary and cultural traditions which defined Woolf’s early years. Following the motif of taking and drinking tea, we will trace the novel’s movement away from tradition and towards new forms of fiction. How far is Night and Day a forerunner to Woolf’s call in ‘The Art of Fiction’ (1927) for writers to ‘cut adrift from the eternal tea-table’ so that the novel ‘might become a work of art’?

Tickets
£22 students, VWSGB members, CAMcard holders
£26 full price

Bookings on the website
Email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

Virginia Woolf Online Study Season (Literature Cambridge)

Literature Cambridge is offering the opportunity to study all 12 of Woolf’s major books in order of publication, starting with The Voyage Out (1915) and finishing with Between the Acts (1941). Each session has a live online lecture and seminar with leading scholars.

Most sessions are at 6pm British Time, but some are at 10am British Time, for the benefit of people in New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Australia and similar time zones. But you are welcome to book for any session, wherever you are in the world. Some sessions are repeated; details on the website. Book for as many or as few sessions as you please (subject to availability). If you book 12+ Woolf sessions you are welcome to come to a further woolf session for free. Email Literature Cambridge if you qualify: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

VWSGB members can book for the Woolf Season at the student price.

Per session:
£22 students, VWSGB members, CAMcard holders
£26 full price

Bookings on the website
Email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

Other events

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel (musical performance)

Various dates and venues

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

November 2020
Friday 13 – London Song Festival, Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ

February 2021
Tuesday 9 – Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB
Wednesday 24 – Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorset DT1 1HF
Thursday 25 – Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

March 2021
Monday 1 – Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth LN11
Tuesday 2 – The Guildhall Arts Center, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31
Saturday 6 – Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP
Thursday 11 – London School of Economics, The Shaw Library, Houghton Street, London WC2A

April 2021
Thursday 22 – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8YU

July 2021
Thursday 15 – Deal Music Arts Festival 2021 East Kent

August 2021
Wednesday 4 – Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire

‘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

Virginia Woolf’s Women I

Sunday 10–Friday 15 July 2022
Summmer course by Literature Cambridge

Our 2022 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 Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain 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.

We plan to offer a second course in the following week, Sunday 17–Friday 22 July, Woolf’s Women II, which will study different themes.

For further information, see the website

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.