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Society events (members only)

The Influence of the Visual Arts on the Early Short Stories of Virginia Woolf

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 5.30pm GMT
Talk by Sarah Latham Phillips. The Zoom link will be made available to members.

Freshwater reading

Wednesday 15 December, 5.30pm GMT
The 1935 version of Freshwater will be performed by members of the Virginia Woolf Society of GB in a pre-Christmas celebration of Woolf. The Zoom link will be made available to members.

Online event recordings

The VWSGB holds regular live online events, which are recorded and loaded to the Society’s YouTube channel. Members can access links to these recordings below using the password supplied to them.
Follow this link for recordings of online events.

 

Society events open to non-members

The Hogarth Press and Its Legacy (Birthday Lecture)

Saturday 22 January 2022, 2pm
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

22nd Annual Birthday Lecture by Jean Moorcroft Wilson, in memory of Cecil Woolf. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Please contact Sarah M. Hall for details (smhall123@yahoo.co.uk).

 

Other events

Charleston: The Bloomsbury Muse

14 September–10 November 2021, Monday–Friday, 9.30am–6pm
Philip Mould & Co., 18–19 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU

In October 1916, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Charleston, an old farmhouse at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex. With them were Duncan’s partner, David Garnett, Vanessa’s two children, Julian and Quentin, the children’s nurses, and an Irish lurcher called Henry. During both world wars, Charleston was their permanent family home. Throughout the interwar years, it became a weekend and holiday retreat. Gradually, throughout the 20th century, Charleston became a hub of artistic innovation for the Bloomsbury Group.

Vanessa and Duncan’s enduring attachment to their home at Charleston, its idyllic surroundings, and constant flow of visitors can be witnessed through their art. Beginning with radical modern works influenced by European trends, this exhibition presents over 35 years of astonishing artistic productivity. Charleston was not just the Bloomsbury Group’s country retreat, but an empowering muse for their collaborative, progressive social self-expression.

No appointment or ticket required
See website for further details

Duncan Grant: 1920

18 September 2021–13 March 2022, Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm
Wolfson Gallery and Spotlight Gallery, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL

101 years after Duncan Grant’s first solo show, we look back at how his experiments in abstraction and post-impressionism scandalised and excited the public and critics in this special re-creation of that same exhibition.

In 1920, when Grant’s first solo exhibition opened at the Paterson-Carfax Gallery in London, he was a rising star of the British avant-garde. Many works from the original show have been tracked down across the country and brought together for the first solo show of Grant’s work since his death in 1978. Over 30 paintings, some of which have not been seen for decades or in public before, will be on display.

Tickets £9 (£7.65 concessions; FREE to Friends)
See website for further details

On Being Ill book launch

Friday 5 November, 7pm GMT

The event will mainly be in English.

The book launch of this new edition of ‘On Being Ill’ (Uitgeverij HetMoet, 2021) will take place at Perdu literary foundation in Amsterdam and will be also be transmitted live online.

This edition serves as a complement to HetMoet’s 2020 publication of the first translation into Dutch of Virginia Woolf’s ‘On Being Ill’. The subtle complexities of Woolf’s essay will no doubt continue to be resonant for a new generation of readers today. In this collaborative volume, authors, translators and illustrators have come together from Great Britain, Ireland, the United States and the Netherlands to represent past, present and future thinking about illness. Noteworthy contributions to this edition are Deryn Rees-Jones’s preface to Woolf’s essay and the introduction to Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals (1980). Against these, the voices of contemporary authors resonate as they contemplate the interactions between sickness and literature.

Elte Rauch from Uitgeverij HetMoet will talk about how the book came into being, and will introduce the panel members and writers. There will be readings and contributions from Mieke van Zonneveld, Deryn Rees-Jones, Lucia Osborne-Crowely, Nadia de Vries and Jameisha Prescod. Marielle O’Neill from the Virginia Woolf Society of GB will speak about Virginia Woolf’s essay. The evening will be accompanied by music.

Tickets €7.50
For more information email Elte Rauch: info@uitgeverijhetmoet.nl

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 from October 2021 until June 2022.

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

Sunday 24 October 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Shakespeare: A Room of One’s Own, with Varsha Panjwani

Sunday 7 November 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Colour: To the Lighthouse, with Claudia Tobin

Sunday 28 November 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Character: The Diary, with Ellie Mitchell

Saturday 4 December 2021, 6pm
Woolf and the Victorians: Tennyson in To the Lighthouse, with Trudi Tate

Sunday 12 December 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Landscape: The Voyage Out, with Karina Jakubowicz

Saturday 18 December 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Theatre: Freshwater, with Ellie Mitchell

Bookings for second Woolf Season

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

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel (musical performance)

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 a CD, ‘The March of the Women’, with songs that feature in the stage performance, available from the website for £12. For further information, see Lucy Stevens’ website.

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
Sunday 24 October
Blackheath Halls The Great Hall, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
Saturday 30 October 2021
Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
Sunday 31 October 2021
Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorset DT1 1HF

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
Wednesday 24 November 2021
The Guildhall Arts Center, Grantham, St Peter’s Hill NG31

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
Thursday 25 November 2021
Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth LN11

Outside/rs 2022 (Call for papers)

Abstracts by 9 January 2022
Friday 1 and Saturday 2 April 2022, University of Brighton, UK

Outside/rs 2022 is a conference for postgraduate researchers, early career researchers and community parties, that provides a space to explore topics of sex, gender and queerness at the margins. The conference will be a hybrid of in-person, at the University of Brighton, and online sessions.

Example topics:
Social marginalisation, disruptive gender identities and dissident sexual cultures
Creating safe-spaces and navigating unsafe ones in terms of gender, sex or queerness
LGBTQIA+ and Queer political movements or history
Gender, family and kinship issues or politics
Queer arts, literatures, aesthetics and/or performance
New technologies for LGBTQ people: reproductive, non-reproductive and more
(Auto)Biographies and ethnographies within and beyond the gender binary
Queer subjectivities, intersubjectivities and phenomenologies
Gendered or bodily boundaries, political borders and abolitionist responses
Outsides: nomadism, liminality and mobilities

We invite submissions in the form of:
Abstracts for complete papers (300 words)
Abstracts for panels (panels consist of 3 papers: include 300 words for each abstract and a cover letter)
Workshop proposals (400 words describing the topics, structure and aims of the workshop)

Abstracts and proposals should be sent to outsiders2022@gmail.com by 9 January 2022. See the conference website for more details.

For all enquiries or to join our mailing list for the conference, please email: outsiders2022@gmail.com

Virginia Woolf and Ethics (Call for papers)

Abstracts by 31 January 2022
31st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf
Thursday 9–Sunday 12 June 2022, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA
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. These may include, but are not limited to, war and pacifism, human rights, human–animal relations, environmental ethics, bioethics, fascism, empire, patriarchy, racism and bigotry. The theme also suggests a reconsideration of Woolf in relation to various ethical approaches. For instance, participants may wish to read Woolf’s thought in conversation with care ethics, narrative ethics, moral psychology, moral imagination, moral luck, virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism, communitarianism, liberalism, religious or spiritual ethics (Christian, Quaker, Jewish, Buddhist, Indigenous, etc.), or other moral theories or concepts. Papers might address the moral philosophy of Woolf’s milieu, including the thought of Russell, Moore or Leslie Stephen. Participants may wish to consider Woolf’s thought with continental theorists who address ethical concerns.

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?

Abstracts (250 words) should be sent to Virginia.Woolf@lamar.edu by 31 January 2022. See the conference website for more details.

Virginia Woolf’s Women I (study week)

Sunday 10–Friday 15 July 2022
Summer 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.

For further information, see the Literature Cambridge website

 

Monk’s House

Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF
Fridays and Saturdays, 12.30–5pm (advance booking only), £6 or free to 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.

Monk’s House is open for pre-booked visits: due to capacity, we’re limiting visitor numbers. Thanks for your help and patience while we ensure people can visit safely. To book, see the website.

Charleston

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am–5pm (advance booking only), £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 essential. A maximum of five people from the same household or support bubble will be admitted into the house and galleries at each entry time. The shop, café and garden are available to visit without purchasing a ticket. To book, see the website. For events at Charleston Farmhouse, see the website. You can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.

 

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