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‘Singing Songs of Sixpence?’ Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth and the Languages of Music

Saturday 25 January 2020, 2pm (doors open 1.30pm)
MAL 532, 5th floor, Main Building, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL

The 21st Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture will be given by Claire Davison, Professeur de littérature moderniste, Institut du monde anglophone, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. Followed at 3.15pm by a wine reception in the dining-room, Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU.

SPECIAL OFFER The event includes a raffle in which the main prize will be a limited-edition copy of the full-length draft of Mrs Dalloway. Published by SP Books, the volume is beautifully hand-bound, with dark green cover and slipcase  and gold lettering on both, including Woolf’s signature. The printrun is 1,000, with each volume numbered by hand. The retail price is £180.

Tickets £20 (members) / £25 (non-members), to include a wine and cake reception following the lecture and a copy of the lecture when printed.
Contact Lynne Newland, lynne@newlandmail.com. Please note that the Tavistock Hotel  is offering 20% off accommodation for Virginia Woolf Society members: ask for details.

Virginia Woolf and Her Early Short Stories

Saturday 4 April 2020, 10.30am–4.30pm
Oriental Club, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES

A one-day conference, incorporating the 21st Annual General Meeting. Speakers: Dr Sue Roe, Professor Frances Spalding and Sarah Latham Phillips.
Tickets: £35 for VWSGB members/students, £40 for non-members, to include sandwich lunch and coffee.
Contact Sarah Latham Phillips, latham_phillips@yahoo.com

 

Other events

Orlando (a one-woman show)

Tour continues in November.

A life-affirming, comedic tale based on Virginia Woolf’s novel from the award-winning Dyad productions, creators of Dalloway, Christmas Gothic, The Time Machine and Austen’s Women.

Orlando: Who is she? Who is he? Who are we? Find out in the tale of an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged, and whose irreverent, romantic adventures across British history – from the 1500s to the present day – provide a magic realist exploration of human identity; personal, sexual and national. Drawing on a decade’s worth of critically acclaimed theatre-making, Dyad Productions – performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones – explore what it means to find our place in the world while remaining utterly true to who we are.

‘Quite simply: it’s astounding’ – Broadway Baby
‘Perfection … Vaughan is simply sublime’ – Huffington Post

Suitable for ages: 10+. Show length: 90 mins approx.

For further information and to book, see the website

Modernist Alice – POSTPONED (details to follow)

Tuesday 5 November 2019, 1–2.30pm
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: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

Vita & Virginia

Wednesday 6–Saturday 9 November 2019, 7.45pm
Wokingham Theatre, Cantley Park, Twford Road, Wokingham RG40 5TU

This two-handed season extra is based on the letters between two remarkable women of the 1920s. Novelist Virginia Woolf is 40 when she meets the aristocratic and idiosyncratic Vita Sackville-West, ten years her junior, who likes to dress in men’s clothes. Both writers and both married, the women fall in love and begin a passionate 20-year correspondence.

While Vita reveres Virginia’s literary prowess, Virginia is at times dismissive of Vita’s literary ability and is overly sensitive of her own, tortured by regular bouts of depression. Funny, touching and tender, their letters speak of everyday life, of themselves, their friends and the literary worlds, showing the women behind some of the most beloved works of the 20th century.

Tickets £14 from 0118 978 5363, wtbox@mail.com or on the website

Readings from A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas

Thursday 28 November 2019, 7pm
Sam Wanamaker Theatre, The Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

This autumn, we mark the centenary of two political milestones in the fight for gender equality with readings of two of Virginia Woolf’s seminal works: A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas.

Both texts movingly and powerfully articulate Woman’s right to intellectual freedom and financial independence. They argue for the urgent need to remove ingrained constraints on female creativity, as imagined through the plight of Shakespeare’s sister: a woman ‘as adventurous, as imaginative, as agog to see the world as he was. But she was not sent to school’.

One hundred years on from both the election of Nancy Astor, the first female Member of Parliament, and the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which outlawed discrimination on the grounds of gender or marriage in appointments to public functions, we will reflect, with these texts, on how far we have come, while also acknowledging the importance of pushing the conversation ever forward.

Standing tickets (fixed position) £10
Seated tickets from £20
(£2.50 transaction fee per order applies online)
For further information, see the website

Adapting The Waves into Performance [Note change of speaker and topic]

Tuesday 4 February 2020, 1–2.30pm
Founders’ Room, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU

Talk by Rute Costa. Free of charge. Everyone welcome. Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College: see the Literature Cambridge website.
For further information, please email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

Intelligence (London Modernism Seminar)

Saturday 7 March, 11am–1pm
King’s College London
Natasha Periyan, ‘The Biopolitics of Mrs Dalloway: Sentiment and Intelligence’
Michael Collins, ‘The IQ Sensorium: Meritocracy and the Senses in Twain, Adams, and Du Bois’

The London Modernism Seminar is sponsored by Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, King’s College London, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway and Kent. It meets on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, and is open FREE of charge to anyone interested in modernism.

‘A Public of Two’: The Ambivalent Friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 1–2.30pm
Wolfson Room, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU

Talk by Clare Nicholson. Free of charge. Everyone welcome. Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College: see the Literature Cambridge website.
For further information, please email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

Virginia Woolf Pilgrimage

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

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: benjamin.hagen@usd.edu

Virginia Woolf’s Women

Sunday 19–Friday 24 July 2020
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

Literature Cambridge summer course 2020. Intensive summer course with lectures by Marion Dell, Alison Hennegan, Karina Jakubowicz, Claire Nicholson, Trudi Tate and others. We will study some of Woolf’s great women characters (Mrs Ramsay, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando), and learn about some of the important women in her life: Julia Stephen, Vanessa Bell, Katherine Mansfield, Ethel Smyth. Plus visits to the first two women’s colleges in Cambridge, where Woolf gave the talks which became A Room of One’s Own (1929). And much else.

Full price: £1,650
Early Bird Discount: £1,480 (before 15 November 2019)
Discount for members of VWSGB: £1,550 (after 15 November 2019, subject to availability)
www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/woolf-2020

Reading the 1920s

Sunday 26–Friday 31 July 2020
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

Literature Cambridge summer course 2020.  How did writers respond to the complex of issues in the decade after the First World War? We take a new look at Woolf, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, Radclyffe Hall, Edmund Blunden, D.H. Lawrence, and others in the 1920s. With lectures, seminars, tutorials, and visits to places of interest in Cambridge, including Kettle’s Yard and the Wren Library.

Full price: £1,650
Early Bird Discount: £1,480 (before 15 November 2019)
Discount for members of VWSGB: £1,550 (after 15 November 2019, subject to availability)
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.