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‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’ (study weekend) – SOLD OUT

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

Fancy a holiday in Cornwall with a difference? Then you might like to snap up one of the last places at the Virginia Woolf Study Weekend. We can offer you a varied programme of talks, discussions and trips, all in the glorious setting of St Ives and in the company of other friendly Woolf enthusiasts. Not a member? It’s worth joining for this weekend!

Speakers:
Sarah Latham Phillips: ‘Virginia & St Ives’
Marion Dell: ‘Telling Stories of St Ives – Julia Stephen and Virginia Woolf’
Janet Axten, St Ives Archivist: ‘St Ives 1881–1895’
Maggie Humm: ‘Virginia Woolf and the Artistic Impact of St Ives’
Claire Nicholson: ‘Dress in to the Lighthouse’

PLUS:
Slow reading group discussion
Talk by Maggie Humm on her novel Talland House
Visit to Tate St Ives
Visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
T
our of Talland House garden
T
rip to Zennor for cream tea

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Dinners are not included in the cost, but tables have been booked in St Ives; the third evening is up to you. Members will need to find their own accommodation.
Tickets £110 (excluding travel to St Ives, accommodation and dinners). To register, p
lease contact Sarah Latham Phillips: latham_phillips@yahoo.com
Places are for members only. To join for the remainder of 2021 and the whole of 2022 costs £27: please contact Stuart N. Clarke: stuart.n.clarke@btinternet.com

 

Society events open to non-members

‘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 (latham_phillips@yahoo.com).

 

Other events

On Woolf

Friday 17 September 2021, 6pm UK / 2pm ARG

The Embassy of Argentina in the UK invites all Woolf enthusiasts to a webinar conversation on Virginia Woolf between the VWSGB’s Maggie Humm and Irene Chikiar Bauer. Chaired by Mariana Casale, with Q&A from attendees. In Spanish and English with simultaneous translation available for both languages.

Maggie Humm is a professor, educator, writer and the author and editor of numerous books focusing on women, feminism and Virginia Woolf, often in relation to Woolf’s interest in photography and film. She lives in the UK.

Irene Chikiar Bauer is an Argentine journalist, teacher and writer. During her career, she has specialised in disseminating gender issues through the promotion of works by women writers and artists. She is the author of the book Virginia Woolf, A Life in Writing, the most comprehensive biography of Virginia Woolf in the Spanish language. She lives in Argentina.

FREE online event

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

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 2pm
Virginia Woolf, Flush: live repeat session with Alison Hennegan

Sunday 24 October 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Shakespeare: A Room of One’s Own, with Varsha Panjwani

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 for second Woolf Season

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

‘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
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

Revealing Woolf: The Annotated Mrs Dalloway

Friday 15 October 2021, 6pm
Waterstones Cambridge, 22 Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HG

Merve Emre discusses her new annotated edition of a pivotal work of literary modernism, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, with Clare College Associate Fellow and Director of Literary Cambridge, Trudi Tate.

For decades, Woolf’s rapturous style and vision of individual consciousness have challenged and inspired readers, novelists and scholars alike. In this annotated volume based on the original British edition, acclaimed essayist and Oxford don Merve Emre mines Woolf’s diaries and notes on writing to take us into the making of Mrs Dalloway, revealing the novel’s artistry and astonishing originality. Alongside her generous commentary, Emre offers hundreds of illustrations and seldom-seen photographs from Woolf’s life.

Tickets £5 / £3 VWSGB members; book-and-ticket £30

Call for papers

Abstracts by 31 January 2022

Virginia Woolf and Ethics
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.

‘Virginia Woolf’s Women I’ (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
Fridays and Saturdays, 12.30–5pm (advance booking only), £6 or free to National Trust Members

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 open for pre-booked visits: due to capacity, we’re limiting visitor numbers. Thanks for your help and patience while we ensure people can visit safely. To book, see the website.

Charleston

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am–5pm (advance booking only), £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 essential. A maximum of five people from the same household or support bubble will be admitted into the house and galleries at each entry time. The shop, café and garden are available to visit without purchasing a ticket. To book, see the website. For events at Charleston Farmhouse, see the website. You can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.

 

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