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One-day Conference on A Room of Ones Own – * CHANGE OF VENUE *

Saturday 6 April 2019, 10.30am–4pm (doors open 10am)
NOW AT: First Floor, Oriental Club, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
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’

We apologise for the change of venue, but this is due to the boycott of University of London administrative spaces, specifically Senate House, which academic and professional associations are supporting: see the IWGB website. Almost 300 academics, 40 politicians, the NUS and many university union branches are supporting the call to boycott all events at the University of London central administration, including Senate House. Having been contacted by several academics and different organisations, we felt it appropriate to join other literary and academic societies to respond and move our venue and are grateful to the IES to be able to do this.

The Oriental Club is found at the end of Stratford Place, which is a cul-de-sac and five minutes’ walk from Bond Street tube and Oxford Street. It is a private members’ club, so the dress code is no jeans (denim) or trainers please.

Cost: £25 for members of the Society, the Institute and students, or £30 otherwise, to include sandwich lunch and other refreshments. Please confirm any vegetarian/vegan or other dietary requirements in advance to Sarah Latham Phillips:
Booking can be made electronically through the Institute of English Studies website
For further information, phone 020 7862 8683 or email


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
– 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

Bloomsbury Evening

Thursday 11 April 2019, 7pm
NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ

NOW Gallery’s Bloomsbury evening, with the VWSGB’s Maggie Humm presenting a salon discussion plus a reading on the subject of Virginia Woolf’s story for children, The Widow and The Parrot.

Adults and children of all ages are welcome to come along, have a drink, relax on the cosy rug under the huge glowing helium balloon, and rediscover their inner child.

Tickets £3.79, from the website (NB Sales end 10 March). All ticket proceeds will go to charity.

NOW Gallery is next door to North Greenwich tube on the Jubilee Line, 15mins from Green Park. Exit the tube station and the circular glass building is Gateway Pavilion: NOW Gallery is in this building opposite CRAFT London.

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 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

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

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.