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The VWSGB holds regular live online events, which are recorded and loaded to the Society’s YouTube channel. Members can access recordings to May 2022 using the password supplied to them. From July 2022 ticket holders will be sent the recording link on request.
Recordings of online events to May 2022
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Friends and Foes of Bloomsbury

Wednesday 17 August 2022, 5.30pm BST
Online talk by Sarah Latham Philips, Executive Council, Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

Beautifully illustrated and with plenty of anecdotes, Sarah Latham Phillips’s talk will focus on Bloomsbury’s family, friends and foes: Adrian Stephen, Angelica Garnett, David Garnett, Lydia Lopokova, Lady Jane Strachey, Dora Carrington, Gerald Brenan, Ottoline Morrell, Vita Sackville-West, T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, D. H. Lawrence, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Mark Gertler.

Sarah Latham Phillips, MA, is a freelance lecturer and teacher on the Victorians and the Modernists, with particular focus on Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury. Her publications include Virginia Woolf as a Cubist Writer, and she has spoken widely at art galleries, festivals and conferences. She is on the Executive Council of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

Tickets £5, members only, who will have received an email with details of how to register. Ticket holders are also entitled to access the recording of the event. If you’re not a member but would like to be, see the Membership page

 

Society events open to non-members

Celebrating 1922 the Year of Modernism: A Context – LAST FEW TICKETS

Saturday 24 September 2022, 10.30am–4pm
Corpus Christi College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RH

A one-day conference to explore the historical and visual art context of 1922, the year of modernism.

Speakers:
Dr Trudi Tate, Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, on the international context of 1922.
Professor Frances Spalding, Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, on English art relating to 1922.
Plus:
An exclusive guided tour of the College’s Parker Library of rare books and manuscripts.

Tickets £45, including coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea, available from Lindsay Martin at eventsvwsgb@gmail.com. Please note that priority will be given to members.

 

Other events

ROOM – a dramatic interpretation of A Room of One’s Own

Wednesday 3–Saturday 27 August 2022 (no show on 17 August), 11.40am
Emul8 Theatre, Pleasance Courtyard, Venue number 33, Edinburgh Festival, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ

Heather Alexander’s unique dramatised interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own explores Woolf’s fundamental ideas about gender, creativity and thwarted opportunity in a witty, fresh and provocative production.

It is 1929. An androgynous figure cuts a haunting shape in the shadows of Oxbridge. Scorned, ordered off the path; then refused entry to the library. Why? Woolf demands answers. Woolf prowls the streets of London at dusk. A thousand thoughts consume her. Why is it fatal for a writer to reflect on their sex? Who can measure the violence of the poet’s heart when tangled in a woman’s body? What if Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister? Woolf unflinchingly interrogates the injustice she encounters. Witty. Relevant. Provocative. Woolf slices through notions of gender disparity with an incisive mix of integrity and ironic charm.

Tickets: £6/10/11/12
For further information, please see the Pleasance Theatre Trust website
Phone: 020 7609 1800
Email: info@pleasance.co.uk

ROOM – a dramatic interpretation of A Room of One’s Own

Thursday 1–Saturday 3 September 2022, 7.30pm; Sunday 4 September 2022, 4pm
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD

Heather Alexander’s unique dramatised interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own explores Woolf’s fundamental ideas about gender, creativity and thwarted opportunity in a witty, fresh and provocative production.

It is 1929. An androgynous figure cuts a haunting shape in the shadows of Oxbridge. Scorned, ordered off the path; then refused entry to the library. Why? Woolf demands answers. Woolf prowls the streets of London at dusk. A thousand thoughts consume her. Why is it fatal for a writer to reflect on their sex? Who can measure the violence of the poet’s heart when tangled in a woman’s body? What if Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister? Woolf unflinchingly interrogates the injustice she encounters. Witty. Relevant. Provocative. Woolf slices through notions of gender disparity with an incisive mix of integrity and ironic charm.

Tickets £17/19 from Upstairs at the Gatehouse website

Third Virginia Woolf Season: Woolf and Love (Lit Camb online course)

Saturday 10 September 2022–Saturday 6 May 2023

The third Literature Cambridge Woolf Season has the theme of Woolf and Love. We explore some of the many kinds of love in her novels: love between women, among friends, in marriage. We explore love and its failure within families; we study love of houses, history, and clothing. Are these all ‘love’? What does this mean? And how does Woolf negotiate the relationship between love and hatred in relationships? We will consider all of these questions and more across ten lectures, studying six Woolf novels and several short stories.

All lectures are newly written for this Season. All are live online via Zoom at 6pm GMT.

Saturday 10 September 2022, Mrs Dalloway: Life and Love of the Party, with Ellie Mitchell
Sunday 9 October 2022, Orlando and Sapphic Love, with Alison Hennegan
Saturday 19 November 2022, Love and Mourning in To the Lighthouse (1927), with Trudi Tate
Saturday 3 December 2022, Between the Acts (1941): For Love of Historical Pageants, with Parker Gordon
Sunday 11 December 2022, Languages of Love in The Waves (1931), with Ellie Mitchell
Sunday 22 January 2023, Women in Love: Mrs Dalloway (1925), with Trudi Tate
Saturday 18 February 2023, Love and Freedom in The Years (1937), with Trudi Tate
Saturday 25 March 2023, Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield: Love and Friendship, with Claire Davison
Saturday 22 April 2023, Love of Legacy: Orlando (1928), with Karina Jakubowicz
Saturday 6 May 2023, Virginia Woolf’s Love of Clothing: Mrs Dalloway (1925), with Claire Nicholson

£28 per session / £23 for VWSGB members
Session can be booked individually, or all ten sessions for the price of nine.
For more information, see the Literature Cambridge website

Modernism 1922: Celebrating Distinctions

Wednesday 14–Saturday 17 September 2022
Free online event

This conference honours 1922 as annus mirabilis for modernism, from many different perspectives. In 1922, Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, James Joyce’s Ulysses and Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Other Stories appeared in print for the first time. R. M. Rilke’s Duineser Elegien were completed. Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus had its first ‘non-piratic’ edition. Piet Mondriaan’s neo-plastic paintings and writing peaked. It was the year in which modernism was blooming in different art forms across the globe — ‘Semana de Arte Moderna’ in Brazil; the Bauhaus exhibition in Calcutta; Modanizumu in Japan. As within each modernist work of art so among modernist events, there is both diversity and mutual influence. This conference aims to uncover new views on what set the 1922 modernist events apart, but also on how they compare and impacted each other, with regard to art ideology, aesthetics, philosophy, religion etc.

Keynote speakers
• Clare Hutton: Women and the Making of Ulysses
• James C. Klagge: Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and the Great War
• Philomeen Lelieveldt: Ido Eyl’s Visit to the French Musical Avant-Garde
• Michael North: A Centenary Dismemberment

Organisers
Greg Chase, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA: gchase@holycross.edu
Jaap van der Does, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands: jaap.vanderdoes@ru.nl
Programme and registration here

Women of The Waste Land: Inspiring T. S. Eliot’s masterpiece

Wednesday 21 September 2022, 7.30pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG (near King’s Cross station)

Presented by Poet in the City in collaboration with Faber.

Join Poet in the City for an evening of performance and discussion to uncover the great women who inspired T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Featuring actress and Woolf enthusiast Dame Eileen Atkins, biographer Lyndall Gordon, author and critic Erica Wagner, Virago Chair Lennie Goodings, and more.

T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land is one of the greatest poems in the English language. Published in Eliot’s own magazine The Criterion in 1922, it’s a complicated, dramatic, captivating work and one that still provokes questions about its origins – and its inspiration. Women weave a vital thread throughout the poem . . . and Eliot’s life. From the drama and tragedy of his marriage to Vivienne, Eliot who shared in Eliot’s ‘horror’ at post-war civilisation and his genius; to Virginia Woolf who printed the book herself at Hogarth Press; to his hidden muse – the quiet American drama teacher Emily Hale – now known to be the poem’s Hyacinth Girl. Each left her trace on the great work.

Bafta, Olivier and Emmy Award-winner (and VWSGB Honorary President), Dame Eileen Atkins, will read from The Waste Land. Previously she has recorded a reading of the poem with Jeremy Irons. She has also adapted Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway for a major film, played Virginia Woolf on stage three times and acted in T. S. Eliot’s play The Cocktail Party.

Tickets £15.50 (+ 10% booking fee) available from the website

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

A one-woman play with music created by Lucy Stevens
Various dates and venues September–November 2022

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel weaves the life of Virginia Woolf, as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by female composers who were her contemporaries – much of which 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 that women face as artists. Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel is the latest collaboration between professional actor and classical singer Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus, a Fellow and Professor of Harpsichord at Guildhall School of Music.

Performance Diary
Sun 25 September 2022 – Rottingdean Arts Festival, Rottingdean, Brighton
Fri 4 November 2022 – Into Bodmin The Old Library, 10 Lower Bore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2JX
Sat 5 November 2022 – Sterts Studio, Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 5AX
Sun 6 November 2022 – Acorn Penzance, Parade Street Penzance Cornwall TR18 4BU
Fri 11 November 2022 – London School of Economics, Shaw Library, Old Building, Houghton St, Holborn, London

For further information, see the website

Virginia Woolf and Ecologies

Thursday 8–Sunday 11 June 2023
Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd S. Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565, USA
32nd Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference

Accommodation will be available in affordable university housing with hotel options nearby, and Southwest Florida International Airport is only ten miles away. Summer is ‘off season’ for south-west Florida, so hotel rates will be not be charged at peak rates. Attendees might wish to extend their stay and spend some time at the beautiful beaches.

For further information: vwoolf2023@fgcu.edu
Programme and registration here

Virginia Woolf’s Women Summer Course (Lit Camb study week)

Sunday 23–Friday 28 July 2023 (provisional dates)

Our 2023 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 VWSGB 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
Open Fridays and Saturdays to 29 October 2022, 12.30–5pm
(Pre-booked visits only)

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 thanks you for your help and patience during the 2021 season. Tickets go on sale every Thursday for bookings for the following four weeks. For more information, see the website.

Charleston

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Open Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Monday, 10am–5pm, £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 recommended. The shop, café and garden are available to visit without purchasing a ticket. To book, see the website and for events, see the What’s On page. You can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.

The Charleston Festival 2022 runs Thursday 19–Sunday 29 May.  Further information on the Charleston Festival web page.

 

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