Society events

Virginia in Sussex

Friday 26–Sunday 28 October 2018
Deans Place Hotel, Seaford Road, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5TW

Come and join us for a special residential study weekend exclusively for Society members. We will be based at Deans Place Hotel in the lovely village of Alfriston near to Charleston Farmhouse, Berwick Church and Monks House. Our guest speakers will be Juliet Nicolson, granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and consultant on the forthcoming film Vita and Virginia; and Nino Strachey, whose relative Lytton was at the centre of the Bloomsbury Group. She has just published Rooms of Their Own: Eddy Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West. Other speakers include Woolf specialists Professor Maggie Humm, Dr Claire Nicholson and Sarah Latham Phillips.
For full details and a booking form please contact Marion Dell on


Society events open to non-members

Virginia Woolf, Memories of St Ives

Thursday 19 July 2018, 6pm
Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ

To accompany the exhibition, Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings (see below), this talk by Sarah Latham Phillips will describe and illustrate the importance of St Ives to Woolf’s life, memories and writing.

Tickets £10 (£8.50 VWSGB members), including glass of wine, but excluding admission to the exhibition. Booking opens 26 May, phone 01243 774 557 or email For further information, see


Other events

Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

Saturday 26 May–Sunday 16 September 2018
Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ

Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author. Includes works by over 80 artists, including Laura Knight, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Winifred Nicholson, Sandra Blow, Barbara Hepworth, Claude Cahun and Dora Carrington. For further information, see the Pallant House Gallery website.

Virginia Woolf – an Impossible Music

Friday 27 July 2018, 6.30–7.30pm
The White Building, 33 King’s Road, Reading RG1 3AR

Following her recent Radio 4 programme about Virginia and Monk’s House (also presented at the Woolf conference at the University of Kent in June), Fiona Talkington will be holding an event about the making of the programme at the Reading Fringe Festival. The event is free, but ticketed.

The programme itself is still available via the BBC Radio iPlayer. Fiona Talkington wrote and presents the programme, which was inspired by staying at Monk’s House,  the Woolfs’ home in Sussex, and led her to explore Virginia’s world of sound at home and in her writings. The programme features Tamsin Greig as Virginia Woolf.

Mrs Dalloway on stage

25 September–20 October 2018
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

On a single day in 1920s London, Clarissa Dalloway prepares to throw a party for her high-society friends. On the same day, in the same city, First World War veteran Septimus Warren Smith seeks help from the ruling class that Clarissa entertains. Forward Arena present a fast-paced, dynamic staging of Virginia Woolf‘s classic tale, in a bold new version by Hal Coase (Callisto: A Queer Epic), directed by Thomas Bailey.

Tickets: £15–22. Booking opens Monday 16 July at 12.30pm.

Reading A Room of One’s Own

Saturday 15 September 2018, 11am–5pm
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP

A Literature Cambridge Study Day. A Room of One’s Own (1929) is arguably Woolf’s most influential book. What are the main ideas in the book, and how do they speak to us today? Three leading Woolf scholars, Alison Hennegan, Trudi Tate and Frances Spalding, will lead us through different approaches to the book, looking at the rich historical context in which Woolf was writing.

Tickets: £80 / £70 concessions (students, CAMcard holders and members of Virginia Woolf societies; please bring proof of status to the event). The day includes three lectures and a round-table seminar. Lunch, tea and coffee included. For further information and to book, see the Literature Cambridge website.

Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

Tuesday 2 October–Sunday 9 December 2018
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

In the centenary of suffrage, this exhibition draws attention to the many connections between Virginia Woolf, her contemporaries and those who have been inspired by her work. Starting with modern masters Vanessa Bell, Barbara Hepworth, Gwen John, Winifred Nicholson and Laura Knight the exhibition moves through mystics and surrealists such as Dorothea Tanning, Dora Carrington, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Ithell Colquhoun and Georgiana Houghton and into the extraordinary work of contemporary female artists such as Carol Bove, Tamara Henderson and Penny Slinger. The exhibition is curated by Laura Smith for Tate St Ives.
For further information see the Fitzwilliam Museum website.

Virginia Woolf and the Writing of History

Thursday 8–Saturday 10 November 2018
University of Rouen ERIAC, France
International conference
See the website of Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes (French Society for Woolf Studies).

29th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference

Thursday 6–Sunday 9 June 2019
Mount St Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
International conference
Organiser: Drew Shannon; email:


Monk’s House

Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF

Garden Tour

Fridays 3 August, 7 September and 5 October 2018, 3–4pm

Leonard Woolf was a keen gardener, while Virginia took much inspiration from the garden for her works. Join a guided tour with our garden research volunteer to find out more about the trees, plants, flowers and history of this beautiful Bloomsbury garden.

Meet on the lawn by the conservatory. Please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather on the day. Monk’s House garden is partly accessible with some steps and uneven paths throughout. The tours are free, but normal admission charges apply. Unfortunately this event is not suitable for dogs.

Woolf Walk

Thursday 9 August 2018, 10am–1pm

Virginia Woolf was a keen walker and would often stride out into the South Downs. But where did she walk and why? Join this guided walk in the Sussex countryside surrounding Monk’s House to learn more about the places Virginia explored and the impact this inspirational landscape had on her health and her writing.
The walk will require a moderate degree of fitness and will involve some steep inclines. While the terrain is not particularly difficult, the group will keep a moderate pace. Unfortunately this event is not suitable for dogs.

The Woolfs in Rodmell: A Village Tour

Thursdays 30 August, 27 September and 25 October 2018, 2–3pm

Unlock the history of Rodmell, the village so loved by Leonard and Virginia. The Woolfs moved to Monk’s House in Rodmell, East Sussex, in 1919 but what was the village like in Virginia’s lifetime? Why not come and join a guided tour and learn more about the history of the place the Woolfs called home.

Meet at Visitor Reception. As the village tour will be a walk out of doors please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather. While not strenuous this is a walking tour along village roads which may be uneven in places. Unfortunately this event is not suitable for dogs.

Tickets: £2.50. Booking advisable: 01273 474 760.

For other 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

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.