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Society events

‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’, Autumn Conference

Thursday 1–Sunday 4 October 2020
Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, TR26 1NG

Members will need to find their own accommodation. For further information, please contact Sarah Latham Phillips:


Society events open to non-members

Virginia Woolf and Her Early Short Stories

Saturday 4 April 2020, 10.30am–4.30pm
Oriental Club, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES

A one-day conference, incorporating the Annual General Meeting.

Dr Sue Roe, Writer, Biographer and Woolf scholar: ‘Reflections on “Kew Gardens” and “Blue & Green” and The Waves’
Professor Frances Spalding, Emeritus Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge: ‘Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry and “The Mark on the Wall”’
Sarah Latham Phillips, MA: ‘The Influence of the Visual Arts on the Early Short Stories of Virginia Woolf’

Tickets: £35 for VWSGB members/students, £38 for non-members, to include sandwich lunch and coffee.
Contact Sarah Latham Phillips,


Other events

Adapting The Waves into Performance [Note change of speaker and topic]

Tuesday 4 February 2020, 1–2.30pm
Founders’ Room, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU

Talk by Rute Costa. Free of charge. Everyone welcome. Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College: see the Literature Cambridge website.
For further information, please email:

The Waves (performance)

Tuesday 25–Saturday 29 February, 7.45pm
ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS

A production of The Waves adapted by Sarah Taylor. Come and see the novel that Virginia Woolf called her ‘play-poem’ brought to the Cambridge stage for the first time, in an adaptation that
celebrates multimedia and innovative theatre. The Waves is a lyrical expression of love, loss and longing, which promises to be both evocative and emotional.

On Friday 28 February at 6pm there is a pre-show discussion, presented by ADC Theatre and Literature Cambridge, with Dame Gillian Beer, Dr Trudi Tate, Julia Needham (Choreographer), Jonathan Iceton (Actor, Bernard) and Ellie Mitchell (ADC Production Manager).

Tickets: Tue £11/£9; Wed–Thu £14/£10; Fri–Sat £15/£11
Book on the website, email: or phone 01223 300085

Intelligence (London Modernism Seminar)

Saturday 7 March, 11am–1pm
King’s College London
Natasha Periyan, ‘The Biopolitics of Mrs Dalloway: Sentiment and Intelligence’
Michael Collins, ‘The IQ Sensorium: Meritocracy and the Senses in Twain, Adams, and Du Bois’

The London Modernism Seminar is sponsored by Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, King’s College London, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway and Kent. It meets on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, and is open FREE of charge to anyone interested in modernism.

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel (performance)

Various dates and venues

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, Lucy Stevens begins 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.

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel performance dates 2020

8 March – East London Redbridge Drama Centre, London E18 2RB
12 March – Stamford Arts Centre St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DL
15 March – North London Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
22 April – Tunbridge Wells The Forum, Kent
3 June – Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, LN11 0BX
4 June – The Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ
10 June – Theatre Royal Winchester Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB
11 June – Poole Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG
12 June – Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HF
25 June – London School of Economics The Shaw Library, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE
30 June – Deal Music Arts Festival
25 July – Hitchin Festival St Mary’s Church, Churchyard, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1HP
5 August – Shropshire Church Stretton Arts Festival
19 September – Cambridge Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford CB22 5BP

Lucy Stevens has recently recorded Ethel Smyth’s songs with Somm Recordings, which will be released on 8 March 2020.

For further information, see

‘A Public of Two’: The Ambivalent Friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 1–2.30pm
Wolfson Room, Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU

Talk by Clare Nicholson. Free of charge. Everyone welcome. Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College: see the Literature Cambridge website.
For further information, please email:

Virginia Woolf Pilgrimage

31 May–6 June 2020
Various locations

Join Common Ground Pilgrimages and Professor Stephanie Paulsell of Harvard Divinity School for one of the most sacred traditions: a walking pilgrimage. We will spend one week walking in South Downs National Park and along the coast in Sussex, England. Allowing the space to inspire us, we will read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse as if it was a sacred text.

Tickets $1,000 deposit, $4,200 total payment (prices in US dollars).
See website for further information and registration

‘Profession and Performance’, 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:
See the conference webpage for further information

Virginia Woolf’s Women

Sunday 19–Friday 24 July 2020
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

Literature Cambridge summer course 2020. Intensive summer course with lectures by Marion Dell, Alison Hennegan, Karina Jakubowicz, Claire Nicholson, Trudi Tate and others. We will study some of Woolf’s great women characters (Mrs Ramsay, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando), and learn about some of the important women in her life: Julia Stephen, Vanessa Bell, Katherine Mansfield, Ethel Smyth. Plus visits to the first two women’s colleges in Cambridge, where Woolf gave the talks which became A Room of One’s Own (1929). And much else.

Full price: £1,650
Discount for members of VWSGB: £1,550 (subject to availability)

Reading the 1920s

Sunday 26–Friday 31 July 2020
Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

Literature Cambridge summer course 2020.  How did writers respond to the complex of issues in the decade after the First World War? We take a new look at Woolf, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, Radclyffe Hall, Edmund Blunden, D.H. Lawrence, and others in the 1920s. With lectures, seminars, tutorials, and visits to places of interest in Cambridge, including Kettle’s Yard and the Wren Library.

Full price: £1,650
Discount for members of VWSGB: £1,550 (subject to availability)

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 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.