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Online event recordings

The VWSGB holds regular live online events, which are recorded and loaded to the Society’s YouTube channel. Members can access recordings to May 2022 using the password supplied to them. (From July 2022 ticket holders only have access to the event recording.)
Recordings of online events to May 2022
Email onlinevwsgb@gmail.com for further information and queries.

Bloomsbury in Love

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 5.30pm GMT

VWSGB members are invited to join us for an online celebration of Valentine’s Day, Bloomsbury-style. Members will read out a favourite passage on the topic of love (in its many forms) from a Bloomsbury novel, diary, letter, essay, or other piece of writing. The piece will be introduced, with a brief description of its context, and then read to the audience of Woolfians.

FREE for members only, who will receive the web link before the event.

If you’re not a member but would like to be, see the Membership page

Society events open to non-members

VWSGB AGM and Conference: To the Lighthouse

Saturday 20 April 2024
A one-day conference to be held in central London
A screening of Kabe Wilson’s film: ‘Looking for Virginia: An Artist’s Journey Through 100 Archives’, followed by a Q&A session. . Kabe is a multimedia artist who has produced several projects based on Virginia Woolf’s works..
AGM for members only, free of charge
Celeste Allen: ‘To the Lighthouse: A Vision of St Ives by Virginia Woolf’. Celeste is an independent content writer, a Trustee of the St Ives Archive and member of the Editorial Committee of the Society’s Bulletin.
Cost: £40 members, £45 non-members, including coffee on arrival and a buffet lunch.
For further information, email eventsvwsgb@gmail.com

Other events

Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion

Until Sunday 3 March 2024
Charleston Lewes, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1AB
Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday, 10am–5pm

How did Virginia Woolf navigate her disdain for fashion alongside her love of clothing? What can we read about queerness and patriarchy in the clothing of Duncan Grant, E. M. Forster and John Maynard Keynes? How did Vanessa Bell’s handmade clothing form part of her creative life? And what makes the Bloomsbury group such a rich source of inspiration for 21st-century fashion design?

The exhibition is curated by writer Charlie Porter, so expect a multi-layered experience featuring catwalk fashion by Dior, Fendi, Burberry, Comme des Garçons, Erdem and S. S. Daley, personal items belonging to members of the Bloomsbury group including Virginia Woolf and Lady Ottoline Morrell, never-before-seen portraits by artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, plus new commissions and interventions by contemporary fashion designers Jawara Alleyne and Ella Boucht.

Tickets £12.50 (concessions available)
Book a morning (10am–1.30pm) or afternoon (1.30–5pm) slot
Find out more about the new Charleston venue

Bloomsbury and the Art of Being Modern

Thursday 21–Sunday 24 March 2024
Christ Church, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DP

This year’s conference will take Virginia Woolf and the cohort loosely grouped around her in Bloomsbury and beyond to explore the modernist creative explosion of the early twentieth century. Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke; Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Clive Bell, Roger Fry; Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore. The Woolfs were at the centre of a group of writers, artists and thinkers who between them in the decades after 1910 transformed the cultural landscape. Between them they translated and published Freud in Britain; they forged new ways of living against a background of war; they risked imprisonment by living openly as homosexuals; they fought for ideals of internationalism that resulted in the League of Nations.

Cost: Various prices depending on room option. Single Ensuite Room Package £830, Single Standard £730, Twin Standard £1,460, Twin/Double Ensuite £1,560. All meals included. Day delegate package, no accommodation or breakfast £600.

For further information and to book, see the website
Contact: specialinterest@chch.ox.ac.uk
Phone: 01865 276174

Vita and Virginia (play)

Wednesday 3 April 2024, 7.30pm
The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham B2 5NY

Virginia Woolf meets fellow author Vita Sackville-West in London in the 1920s. They embark on a 20-year relationship that inspires one of Virginia’s most famous novels, Orlando. Abridged by the cast from the original play by Eileen Atkins, Vita and Virginia consists entirely of words written by Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. The production deftly brings to life the real letters and diaries of the two women, revealing deep friendship, wit and passion between the literary genius and the aristocratic yet middlebrow writer.

Directed and produced by Richard Delahaye, NKP Theatre Company

‘A beautifully sensitive portrayal of a remarkable love story’
Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain

‘An astonishing piece of theatre’
Fringe Review

‘Emma Francis and Ruth Cattell smash it!’
Edinburgh Reviews

Tickets £15, including booking fee
Further information

Vita and Virginia (play)

Thursday 4 April 2024, 8pm
Katie Fitzgerald’s, 187 Enville Street, Stourbridge DY8 3TB

Virginia Woolf meets fellow author Vita Sackville-West in London in the 1920s. They embark on a 20-year relationship that inspires one of Virginia’s most famous novels, Orlando. Abridged by the cast from the original play by Eileen Atkins, Vita and Virginia consists entirely of words written by Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. The production deftly brings to life the real letters and diaries of the two women, revealing deep friendship, wit and passion between the literary genius and the aristocratic yet middlebrow writer.

Directed and produced by Richard Delahaye, NKP Theatre Company

‘A beautifully sensitive portrayal of a remarkable love story’
Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain

‘An astonishing piece of theatre’
Fringe Review

‘Emma Francis and Ruth Cattell smash it!’
Edinburgh Reviews

Tickets £15.40, including booking fee
Further information

Gardening Bohemia: Bloomsbury Women Outdoors

Wednesday 15 May–Sunday 29 Sep 2024
Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

Centring on Vita Sackville West, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and Lady Ottoline Morrell, Gardening Bohemia will tell the story of the women of the Bloomsbury group and friends through their gardens. Photographs, paintings, textiles, books, and correspondence will explore their interweaving lives and shared garden sanctuaries. Guest-curated by Dr Claudia Tobin.

Tickets £14 (concessions available)
See the Garden Museum website for further information
Phone: 020 7401 8865

Clive Bell: Art, Love & Peace (Charleston Festival 2024)

Saturday 18 May 2024, 7.30pm

Charmingly shambolic, Clive Bell’s significance in the history of modern art is sometimes overlooked. His trailblazing book Art daringly defended new ways of seeing and understanding the world, mirrored by his sister-in-law Virginia Woolf, who was forging her own path as a pioneer in literature. Flirtatious, witty and antagonistic, Woolf and Bell were intellectual equals sparring over the nature of both love and art. Their letters – astute, fierce and very funny – will be brought to life by biographer Mark Hussey and celebrated British actor Toby Jones, recent star of TV’s Mr Bates vs The Post Office.

Tickets £10–£25, from the Charleston Festival website

In the footsteps of Virginia Woolf in Southern Spain

Monday 27 May–Sunday 2 June 2024 (6 nights)
Wednesday 25 September–Tuesday 1 October 2024 (6 nights)

A walking tour to Granada and Yegen where Virginia Woolf spent a holiday in 1923 visiting Gerald Brenan, led by guide Encarna Castillo.

Discover this beautiful lesser known area of Southern Spain, away from the crowds but still with blue skies, warmth and the Spanish joy of life. Follow in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf on her trip to the Alpujarras in 1923. Trek up the mountains, wander round the quaint, quiet village of Yegen, or simply relax and swim in the hotel pool. Stay in the traditional hotel El Rincón de Yegen, with easy access to the paths walked by Gerald Brenan and Virginia Woolf.

Price: £1,250 including accommodation, food, English-speaking specialist guiding, a visit to the Alhambra in Granada, local transport and an airport transfer back to Malaga at the end of the trip.

For further information, visit the website.
Contact us by email contactus@walkingwomen.com or phone 01784 664063.
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Virginia Woolf Season IV: Woolf and Freedom (Literature Cambridge)

Monthly to 8 June 2024
Live online lectures and seminars organised by Trudi Tate, Literature Cambridge.

Saturday 6 January 2024, 6pm. Lecture 5. To the Lighthouse (1927), Art and the Freedom of Movement, with Kabe Wilson
Sunday 4 February 2024, 6pm. Lecture 6. A Room of One’s Own (1929): Intelligence and Intellectual Freedom, with Natasha Periyan
Saturday 23 March 2024, 6pm. Lecture 7. Shakespeare’s Sister and Creative Freedom in A Room of One’s Own (1929), with Varsha Panjwani
Saturday 6 April 2024, 6pm. Lecture 8. Freedom of Thought in Woolf’s Essays, with Beth Rigel Daugherty
Saturday 4 May 2024, 6pm. Lecture 9. Freedom of The Waves (1931), with Angela Harris
Saturday 8 June 2024, 6pm. Lecture 10. Politics and Freedom in Three Guineas (1938), with Claire Davison

Individual lectures: £32 full / £27 students & VWSGB members
Email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

33rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

Woolf, Modernity, Technology
Thursday 6–Sunday 9 June 2024
California State University, Fresno, California
Organised by Ashley Foster

The call for papers and conference website announcements will follow. There will be pre- and post-conference trips to Yosemite National Park and Sequoia/Kings Canyon on 5 and 9 June. Any questions should be sent to woolf2024@mail.fresnostate.edu or to Ashley Foster at foster@csufresno.edu

Leslie Stephen: Thinking with and against His Time (International Conference)

Thursday 24–Friday 25 October 2024
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
Organised by Claire Davison and Isabelle Gadoin (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris), and Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie, Amiens)

Early advocate of evolutionism, one of the first openly declared agnostics, editor of the Cornhill Magazine, pioneering mountaineer, moral philosopher, founder and general editor of the Dictionary of National Biography: there are so many more facets to Leslie Stephen (1832–1904) than those recorded by his daughter Virginia Woolf, who memorably paid tribute to his ‘strong’, ‘healthy out of door, moor striding mind’. By unfolding all the contradictions and paradoxes of his character, this first international conference on Leslie Stephen means to reclaim the full complexity of his thought and legacy.

Confirmed keynote speakers
Prof. Terry Gifford (Bath Spa University)
Dr Jane Potter (Oxford Brookes University)
Dr Trudi Tate (Clare Hall, University of Cambridge)

Call for Papers
We welcome contributions focusing on Leslie Stephen, but also on the following topics, connected with his life and times and shedding light on the larger context of his work.
• Victorian encyclopaedism
• Victorian periodicals, print culture, the publishing industry
• Biography, the DNB, ‘hero worship’
• Stephen’s relations to Victorian sages and prophets
• Letters, epistolarity, literary networks
• Cambridge, academia, education and university reform
• Gentlemen’s clubs, sociability
• 18th-century philosophy and literature, the Enlightenment
• Utilitarianism, Science, Evolutionism
• The Clapham Sect, Agnosticism, Scepticism
• War, the anti-slavery movement
• Morality, the ‘science of ethics’
• Mountaineering, athletics, walking, nature and travel writing
• Memory, elegy, mourning, the Mausoleum Book, Virginia Woolf and Leslie Stephen
Abstracts of about 300 words, for 25-minute papers in English, together with a short (100-word) author biography, should be sent to: leslie.stephen.conference@gmail.com. by 31 March 2024. In case of difficulties tracing Stephen’s works, please contact the organisers, who will be happy to share links and resources.

For further information, email leslie.stephen.conference@gmail.com

34th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

Saturday 5–Tuesday 8 July 2025
University of Sussex, UK (plus an opening event on Friday 4 July at King’s College London)
Organised by Helen Tyson (University of Sussex), with Clara Jones and Anna Snaith (King’s College London)

Monks House

Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF
Monks House is currently closed and will reopen on 29 March 2024 for pre-booked visits only, including National Trust members.

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.

Facilities
There is a small shop selling guidebooks, postcards and some second-hand books. Outdoor privy located in the garden. Dogs are permitted in the garden on a lead, but there are no dog bins at the property. There is a small parking area for cars and bicycles nearby, and the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell serves tea, coffee and cake when Monks House is open.

Tickets £9/£9.90 adult, £4.50/£5 child (National Trust members free), on sale every Thursday for bookings for the following four weeks.
For more information, see the website.

Volunteer guides
Would you like to be a volunteer guide at Monks House? Meet other Woolf enthusiasts and work, surrounded by Bloomsbury treasures, in the house where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived for so many years. Training will be provided. Read more about volunteering for us. If you’re interested, please phone 01273 474760 or email monkshouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Charleston

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Open Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday, 10am–5pm

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.

Tickets £14.50 / £12.30 concessions / free to Friends of Charleston

 

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1) For online payments, please use the following details.
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