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Society events

‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’, Autumn Conference

Thursday 1–Sunday 4 October 2020
Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NG

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

DallowayDay – CANCELLED

Saturday 20 June 2020
Hatchards Piccadilly, 187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE

Virginia Woolf and Her Early Short Stories – NOTE DATE CHANGE

Saturday 17 October 2020, 10.30am–4.30pm
Oriental Club, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES

A one-day conference, incorporating the Annual General Meeting.

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 original April 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.

 

Online events

To the Lighthouse Online Study Session

Saturday 9 May 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST
Join Literature Cambridge for an intensive evening studying one of Virginia Woolf’s greatest novels. Based on Woolf’s memories of childhood summers by the sea, To the Lighthouse is a powerfully moving account of love, art and loss.
Lecture and a seminar led by Trudi Tate, Director of Literature Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

A Room of One’s Own Online Study Session: 1. After the War

Sunday 17 May 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST
Trudi Tate will explore what Woolf has to say about the First World War in A Room of One’s Own. For Woolf, as for many intellectuals of the period, the war changed things very profoundly. How had European civilisation come to destroy itself this devastating conflict? Indeed, perhaps the war threw the very idea of civilisation into question.
The need to rebuild fractured societies and to secure a just peace were surely the most pressing issues for Britain and for all of Europe in the 1920s. Women must be part of that process. How did the war alter our perception of the world, and where would we go next? What part might literature play in this process?

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Mrs Dalloway Online Study Session

Sunday 24 May 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST
Join Literature Cambridge for an intensive evening studying Virginia Woolf’s memorable novel set on a single day in London in 1923. Mrs Dalloway traces the joys, sufferings, and memories of two very different characters: Clarissa Dalloway, married to a Conservative Member of Parliament; and Septimus Smith, a former soldier who is suffering from shell shock.

Lecture and seminar led by Trudi Tate, Director of Literature Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

A Room of One’s Own Online Study Session: 2. Women and Education

Saturday 6 June 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST
Every aspiring woman writer, Woolf argues, needs ‘a room of her own’. But, she wonders, has there ever really been ‘room’ for women in the world? In this justly celebrated essay, which grew from lectures which she gave in 1928 to women undergraduates in Cambridge, Woolf addresses the price paid, by women themselves and by society at large, for their systematic exclusion from history, literature and, perhaps most significantly of all, education.
Lecture and seminar via Zoom with Alison Hennegan.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

Orlando Online Study Session

Sunday 6 September 2020, 6–8pm BST / 7–9pm CEST
Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando follows the fortunes of the central character who defies conventions of biography, time and gender by living through four centuries and changing sex halfway through. It questions gendered identity and the role played by dress in its construction. How and why does dress affect behaviour? Can Orlando be the same whether dressed in trousers or skirts?
Online lecture and seminar with Claire Nicholson, Chair of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, and Lecturer for Literature Cambridge and the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education.

Tickets
£22 full price
£18 students and CAMcard holders
Bookings: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/online-study-sessions

 

Other events

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel (performance) – MOST DATES POSTPONED TO 2021

Various dates and venues

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

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel performance dates 2020

3 June – Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, LN11 0BX
4 June – The Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ
10 June – Theatre Royal Winchester Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB
11 June – Poole Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG
12 June – Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HF
25 June – London School of Economics The Shaw Library, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE
30 June – Deal Music Arts Festival
25 July – Hitchin Festival St Mary’s Church, Churchyard, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1HP
5 August – Shropshire Church Stretton Arts Festival
19 September – Cambridge Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford CB22 5BP

Lucy Stevens has recently released Ethel Smyth’s songs on Somm Recordings.

For further information, see www.lucystevens.com

Virginia Woolf Pilgrimage – CHECK WITH EVENT ORGANISER

31 May–6 June 2020
Various locations

Join Common Ground Pilgrimages and Professor Stephanie Paulsell of Harvard Divinity School for one of the most sacred traditions: a walking pilgrimage. We will spend one week walking in South Downs National Park and along the coast in Sussex, England. Allowing the space to inspire us, we will read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse as if it was a sacred text.

Tickets $1,000 deposit, $4,200 total payment (prices in US dollars).
See website for further information and registration
Email: commonground@notsorryproductions.com

‘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

Saturday 10–Thursday 15 July 2021
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

Our 2021 Virginia Woolf course will explore Virginia Woolf’s Women, looking at some of her fascinating women characters. These include Clarissa Dalloway and her daughter Elizabeth; 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.

www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/woolf-2020

Reading the 1920s

Saturday 17–Thursday 22 July 2020
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

A new look at the 1920s. How did writers reflect upon the decade immediately following the First World War? How did they write about those complex, often troubled years, 1919–1930? What did they think about the hopes for peace, the decline of empire, sexuality and censorship; relations between women and men? What can we learn from them now?
We will study a range of works, looking at poetry and fiction by some of the great writers of this period: T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, alongside two classic works written in the 1920s about the First World War, and Radclyffe Hall’s brave lesbian novel, The Well of Loneliness (1928). We will also hear some of the works read aloud, including a reading of The Waste Land in its entirety.

www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/1920s

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.