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Residential Study Weekend on Night and Day – LAST TWO PLACES!

Friday 13–Sunday 15 September 2019
Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD

A study weekend to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Virginia Woolf’s novel, Night and Day.

We will have a programme of speakers including Lyndall Gordon, Michael Whitworth, Jane de Gay, Claire Nicholson, Marion Dell and Sarah Phillips. Saturday evening dinner will be followed by a poetry reading from Neil Curry, author of On Keeping Company with Mrs Woolf.

For full details and a booking form please contact Marion Dell: marion71dell@gmail.com

 

Society events open to non-members

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

Saturday 25 January 2020
Central London (venue TBC)

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.

Tickets £20 (members) / £25 (non-members), to include a wine reception following the lecture and a copy of the lecture when printed.
Bookings will be via the Institute of English Studies website

Virginia Woolf and Her Early Short Stories

Saturday 4 April 2020
Central London (venue TBC)

A one-day conference, incorporating the 21st Annual General Meeting. Confirmed speakers are Dr Sue Roe and Sarah Latham Phillips. Further details will follow.

 

Other events

Dalloway (play)

Touring from Tuesday 23 July–Monday 26 August 2019
Bridport, Poole, St Albans, Edinburgh

1923: the war is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Warren Smith is diagnosed with shell-shock, and their memories and dreams intertwine with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle- and upper-class London, this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War.

Written and directed by Elton Townend Jones (The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe). Performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Female Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Austen’s Women).
Tickets from the website

Call for papers: 100 Years of Night and Day

31 July 2019 (conference 26 October 2019)
University of Westminster

One hundred years after its publication, the School of Humanities at the University of Westminster are hosting a one-day symposium to celebrate Virginia Woolf’s second novel, Night and Day. In her diary in 1920, Virginia Woolf wrote: ‘I don’t suppose I’ve ever enjoyed any writing so much as I did the last half of N. & D.’ Her happiness with the novel was characteristically short-lived. In 1932 she wrote that ‘N. & D. is dead.’

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to: the relationship between literature and mathematics and astronomy; dreaming and daydreaming; body consciousness; ghosts and haunting; writing practice represented in fiction; spatial geography; London and its addresses; women’s suffrage; marriage and courtship plots; literary celebrity; family portraits; generational conflict; vagueness.

We welcome papers that consider how writers other than Woolf have also explored Night and Day’s themes. Funding is available to contribute towards speaker travel costs. Lunch will be provided.

Please send abstracts of 150–250 words for 20-minute papers to rosie.reynolds@my.westminster.ac.uk by 31 July 2019.

Botanical Modernism(s)

Saturday 17 August 2019, 5pm until late
Monk’s House, Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3HF

A midsummer evening symposium on gardens and modernism run by the National Trust and the University of Belfast. 2019 is the 100th anniversary of Virginia and Leonard Woolf purchasing Monk’s House and its celebrated garden. Join us for a midsummer evening symposium considering the significance of the garden to Woolf, the Bloomsbury group and other modernist writers and artists alike.

Tickets £12/£8 (includes wine and snacks)
For further information and registrations, see the Botanical Modernism(s) website

Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops

Saturday 14 September 2019–Sunday 19 January 2020
Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL

Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops will trace the Workshops’ philosophy and beginnings through to their pioneering experiments in interior design, with the largest display of Omega objects in more than 30 years. Drawing on loans from the V&A, The Courtauld Gallery, a number of private collectors and Charleston’s own collection, the exhibition will feature some of the finest examples of the Workshops’ furniture, ceramics, printed fabrics and textiles, including many works on public display for the first time.

Tickets £7.75 from the website
Ph: 01323 811 626

Literature Cambridge Study Day: Reading The Waves

Saturday 21 September 2019, 11am–5pm
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP

The Waves (1931) is regarded by many as Virginia Woolf’s most remarkable novel. The book traces the life stories of six friends, three women and three men, told in six voices. Woolf explores their very different experiences, looking at how their lives interweave from childhood until old age.

Three leading scholars help us to understand the form and ideas of this lyrical work.
* Trudi Tate, ‘Introduction to The Waves’
* Claire Nicholson, ‘Clothing in The Waves’
* Alison Hennegan, ‘Six Characters in Search of a Self’
The day will finish with a round-table seminar.

Tickets £90 / £80 students and VWSGB members (includes tea, coffee and light lunch). Book online or by phone 01223 849 004.
Contact: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk
Further information here

Modernist Alice

Autumn 2019 (date TBC)
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

Orlando (play)

Wednesday 16 October, 7.30pm
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1DB

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

Orlando: Who is she? Who is he? Who are we? Find out in the life-affirming, comedic 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. Based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf.

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.

Tickets £15 from the website

Orlando (play)

Friday 18 October, 7.30pm
The Maltings Theatre and Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1AJ

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

Orlando: Who is she? Who is he? Who are we? Find out in the life-affirming, comedic 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. Based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf.

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.

Tickets £12.50 from 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

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

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.