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Freshwater reading

Wednesday 15 December, 5.30pm GMT
The 1935 version of Freshwater will be performed by members of the Virginia Woolf Society of GB in a pre-Christmas celebration of Woolf. The Zoom link will be made available to members.
Enthusiasts of Woolf’s only play may also be interested in the Literature Cambridge session on Freshwater on 18 December: see below.

Online event recordings

The VWSGB holds regular live online events, which are recorded and loaded to the Society’s YouTube channel. Members can access links to these recordings below using the password supplied to them.
Follow this link for recordings of online events.

 

Society events open to non-members

The Legacy of Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press (Birthday Lecture)

Saturday 22 January 2022, 2pm
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.

Leonard and Virginia Woolf were not the first to start their own small press in the early 20th century, but they were among the most important and influential. Leonard, anxious for Virginia’s mental health, initially conceived of the Hogarth Press as a distraction for her; eventually he came to see the publishing as important in itself. Whereas their contemporaries in the field, such as the Nonesuch and Greynog Presses, tended to focus on ‘fine’ printing on beautiful handmade paper, the Woolfs concentrated on content. Their list came to include some of the leading Modernist writers of the 20th century, such as T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and E. M. Forster, as well as Virginia Woolf herself. They were also the first to publish the complete works of Sigmund Freud and key Russian texts in translation. In addition their books were attractively designed and illustrated by some of the outstanding artists of the day, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Dora Carrington, among others. Although the Hogarth Press was sold to the much larger publishing house of Chatto & Windus in 1948 (now part of Random House), Leonard and Virginia’s legacy continues in other small presses, one of the first of them set up by Robert Graves and Laura Riding, as Dr Wilson discovered when she start working on Graves recently.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson was the wife of Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s nephew, Cecil Woolf, and worked with him for nearly 50 years at the small press he had started in 1960, inspired by the Hogarth Press. She has herself written a biography of place on Virginia Woolf, still in print after more than 30 years. She is also a biographer and leading expert on the First World War poets. Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper prize for her biography of Isaac Rosenberg, she has in addition written biographies of Siegfried Sassoon, Charles Hamilton Sorley, Edward Thomas and is currently working on the second volume of a life of Robert Graves, to follow her Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to ‘Good-bye to All That’ (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Ticketing details to follow.

Other events

Duncan Grant: 1920

18 September 2021–13 March 2022, Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm
Wolfson Gallery and Spotlight Gallery, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL

101 years after Duncan Grant’s first solo show, we look back at how his experiments in abstraction and post-impressionism scandalised and excited the public and critics in this special re-creation of that same exhibition.

In 1920, when Grant’s first solo exhibition opened at the Paterson-Carfax Gallery in London, he was a rising star of the British avant-garde. Many works from the original show have been tracked down across the country and brought together for the first solo show of Grant’s work since his death in 1978. Over 30 paintings, some of which have not been seen for decades or in public before, will be on display.

Tickets £9 (£7.65 concessions; FREE to Friends)
See website for further details

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
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

Virginia Woolf Study Season (Lit Camb)

Literature Cambridge runs regular seasons of live online lectures and seminars on Virginia Woolf, studying all of her major works.

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

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 for second Woolf Season

Email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk
Twitter: @LitCamb

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

Thursday 25 November 2021–Sunday 13 February 2022, Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 11am–5pm
Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP

This exhibition will explore the lives and works of an extraordinary group of writers, artists and thinkers. Key figures include the great writer and pioneer of feminist thought, Virginia Woolf, her sister the painter Vanessa Bell, and the circle of friends that gathered around these young women and became well known as the Bloomsbury Group, named after the area of London where they lived in the first decades of the 20th century.

Primarily drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and enhanced with key works from Sheffield Museums and York Museums Trust, this exhibition includes portraits of those most intimately associated with the Bloomsbury Group, but also fascinating friends and colleagues who were not central to the original group.

For further information, see the Sheffield Museums website
Free entry: £4 donation suggested. No booking necessary but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Gillian Beer (Lit Camb)

Sunday 5 December 2021, 6pm GMT

Eminent Woolf scholar Gillian Beer reads from her Second World War memoir, Stations Without Signs. One-hour live online session.
Tickets £5 from Literature Cambridge website

Virginia Woolf and Ethics (Call for papers)

Abstracts by 31 January 2022
31st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf
Thursday 9–Sunday 12 June 2022, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA
Organiser: Amy C. Smith: amy.smith@lamar.edu

The 31st annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf takes as its theme ‘Virginia Woolf and Ethics’, and aims to promote conversation about the topic across disciplinary boundaries. We hope to explore Woolf’s engagement with specific ethical issues in her writing. These may include, but are not limited to, war and pacifism, human rights, human–animal relations, environmental ethics, bioethics, fascism, empire, patriarchy, racism and bigotry. The theme also suggests a reconsideration of Woolf in relation to various ethical approaches. For instance, participants may wish to read Woolf’s thought in conversation with care ethics, narrative ethics, moral psychology, moral imagination, moral luck, virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism, communitarianism, liberalism, religious or spiritual ethics (Christian, Quaker, Jewish, Buddhist, Indigenous, etc.), or other moral theories or concepts. Papers might address the moral philosophy of Woolf’s milieu, including the thought of Russell, Moore or Leslie Stephen. Participants may wish to consider Woolf’s thought with continental theorists who address ethical concerns.

We invite participants to consider Woolf in relation to broader ethical considerations, such as the relation of ethics to reading practices (or to literature); ethics of teaching, scholarly community and academic life; secularism, religion and/or mysticism in Woolf’s thinking; and reading Woolf as an ethical (or social or political) theorist. What might a Woolfian ethic look like? How might we read Woolf’s aesthetic practices in ethical terms (e.g. narrative indeterminacy and the cultivation of certain forms of attention, moral imagination, or empathy)? How does Woolf navigate competing demands of justice, individual liberty and rights, and collectivity and social responsibility, in her fiction and non-fiction?

Abstracts (250 words) should be sent to Virginia.Woolf@lamar.edu by 31 January 2022. See the conference website for more details.

Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy

Friday 4 March–Sunday 5 June 2022, Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW

This exhibition will explore the lives and works of an extraordinary group of writers, artists and thinkers. Key figures include the great writer and pioneer of feminist thought, Virginia Woolf, her sister the painter Vanessa Bell, and the circle of friends that gathered around these young women and became well known as the Bloomsbury Group, named after the area of London where they lived in the first decades of the 20th century.

Primarily drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and enhanced with key works from Sheffield Museums and York Museums Trust, this exhibition includes portraits of those most intimately associated with the Bloomsbury Group, but also fascinating friends and colleagues who were not central to the original group.

For further information, see the York Art Gallery website
Tickets are free (donation suggested) but you will need to book a time slot.

Outside/rs 2022: Making Space at the Queer Intersections of Sex and Gender

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 April 2022, University of Brighton, UK (hybrid delivery)

Outside/rs 2022 is a conference that platforms those researching and working with themes of sex, gender, queerness, community and exclusions. If you are a postgraduate researcher, early career researcher, or live, work or create in a marginalised community, then please join us in April, either online or in person at the University of Brighton.

For those who exist in queer, marginal, or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises, the ‘outside’ is a familiar place. As Virginia Woolf famously noted, to be locked out of or barred from spaces of privilege was, and still is, a common experience for women. This is also a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neurodiverse people, working class and colonised populations, and many others.

Postgraduate, early-career researchers, and community members can submit a paper on a topic of their choice relevant to one issue, or more than one, to look at, for example, the intersections of class, race and queerness. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously so include all personal information in the body of the submission email only. Please also include whether you are submitting for the virtual or in-person conference, and your preference for which day. The deadline for the submission of abstracts and panel proposals is 9 January 2022.

Register for the conference
Call for participants
Abstracts (300 words) and enquiries: outsiders2022@gmail.com
Conference website

Virginia Woolf’s Women I (Lit Camb study week)

Sunday 10–Friday 15 July 2022
Summer 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

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 is now closed until 6 April 2022. Thanks for your help and patience during the 2021 season. For more information, see the website.

Charleston

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Open Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Mondays, 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.

 

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