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Society events (members only)

‘(Re)connecting with the living world: Virginia Woolf and Gardens’

Wednesday 28 July 2021, 5.30pm BST
Talk by Nuala Hancock followed by a Q&A with questions from members.

Walking in green spaces to refresh the body and stimulate the mind has become an important and habitual activity during 2020 and 2021. This talk will revisit Virginia Woolf’s vivid and often exhilarating engagement with plants and gardens in the light of our own heightened perception of nature during recent ‘lockdown’ times.

Nuala Hancock is the author of Charleston and Monk’s House: The Intimate House Museums of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (Edinburgh University Press). In addition she has contributed chapters to edited collections, including: ‘Virginia Woolf and Gardens’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, ed. Maggie Humm (EUP); ‘Virginia Woolf’s Glasses’, in Museum Materialities, ed. Sandra H. Dudley (Routledge); ‘Elusive Encounters’, in Virginia Woolf: Twenty-First-Century Approaches, ed. Jeanne Dubino et al. (EUP). She had a research residency at Charleston from 2005 to 2010.

Registration details to follow.

‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’ (study weekend) – NOTE DATE CHANGE

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

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:


Society events open to non-members


Saturday 19 June 2021, 2pm
Hosted by the Virginia Woolf Society of GB in collaboration with Hatchards.

This year’s DallowayDay will be a Zoom event presented live from Hatchards, Piccadilly (mentioned in Mrs Dalloway), an afternoon celebrating Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway’s Party and the art of the short story past and present. Speakers include award-winning author Elif Shafak, Karina Jakubowicz, organiser of the ‘Virginia Woolf Podcast’ for Literature Cambridge, Woolf scholar and novelist Maggie Humm, and poet Cathy Galvin of the Word Factory, which ‘support[s] the next generation of short story writers’.

Book your place on Eventbrite. Admission is free but you will need to register.

‘The Hogarth Press and Its Legacy’ (lecture)

Saturday 22 January 2022
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 at the Tavistock Hotel, 48–55 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU . Please contact Sarah Latham Phillips for details (


Other events

Virginia Woolf Study Season (Lit Camb)

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 GMT, but some are at 10am GMT, 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:
VWSGB members can book for the Woolf Season at the student price.

First Woolf Season
The First Virginia Woolf Season runs until June 2021.

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

Saturday 29 May 2021, 6pm
Between the Acts (1941) 1: Costume, with Claire Nicholson

Sunday 30 May 2021, 6pm
Music in The Waves: live repeat session with Emma Sutton and composer Jeremy Thurlow

Saturday 5 June 2021, 10am
Between the Acts (1941) 2: Dispersed are We, with Karina Jakubowicz

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

Saturday 2 October 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Empire: India in Mrs Dalloway, with Trudi Tate

Saturday 9 October 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Humour: Orlando, with Alison Hennegan

Saturday 6 November 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Censorship: Orlando, with Alison Hennegan

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 on the website

‘Profession and Performance’ (conference)

Thursday 10–Sunday 13 June 2021
The 30th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. This year the conference will be hosted by the University of South Dakota and will be available online. For Woolfians this is a fantastic opportunity to attend an event that might not otherwise be accessible to them. Events mostly begin at 9am local time, which is 2pm BST.
Organiser Benjamin D. Hagen:
Registration is now open: see the conference programme.

General admission
$15 for a single day
$30 for whole conference (four full days)
Register here

Dalloway Day – Royal Society of Literature

Wednesday 16 June 2021, from 7.15am BST
Talks, workshops, conversations and a self-guided walking tour.
See the RSL website for further information

‘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
June (date TBC)
London Song Festival

Virginia Woolf: An Illustrated Talk with Songs
Wednesday 7 July 2021
London School of Economics, The Shaw Library, Holborn, London

Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle
Monday 12 July 2021
Deal Music Arts Festival 2021

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
Thursday 15 July 2021
Deal Music Arts Festival 2021

Virginia Woolf: An Illustrated Talk with Songs
Thursday 22 July 2021, 1pm
Hitchin Festival, St Mary’s Church

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel
Thursday 14 October 2021
Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

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

Well-Behaved Women

Friday 3 September 2021, 7.30pm
5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Broadway song cycle Well-Behaved Women will be presented at Cadogan Hall in London for one night only on 3 September.

The songs, written by Carmel Dean, are billed as a ‘wonderful ode to the fierce famous females from history, with their stories of courage, strength and resilience memorialised through a range of musical styles from rock and jazz to country.’ Some of the West End’s finest leading ladies, backed by an all-female band, bring to life legendary figures including Virginia Woolf, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, Maya Angelou and Harriet Tubman. The powerful and often hilarious songs will celebrate the ways in which their bad-ass behaviour helped them make history.

Ticket prices £25–£50. Book on the Cadogan Hall website.

‘Woolf and Ethics’ (conference)

June 2022
Lamar University, Beaumont TX 77710, USA

The 31st Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. Organiser: Amy C. Smith:

‘Virginia Woolf’s Women I’ (study week)

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.

For further information, see the Literature Cambridge 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 or call 01273 474 760.


Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
May 2021: Charleston is now open Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am–5pm.
For events at Charleston Farmhouse, tel. 01323 811 626 or see the website. You can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.


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