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‘(Re)connecting with the living world: Virginia Woolf and Gardens’

Wednesday 28 July 2021, 5.30pm BST
Talk by Nuala Hancock followed by a Q&A with questions from members.

Walking in green spaces to refresh the body and stimulate the mind has become an important and habitual activity during 2020 and 2021. This talk will revisit Virginia Woolf’s vivid and often exhilarating engagement with plants and gardens in the light of our own heightened perception of nature during recent ‘lockdown’ times.

Nuala Hancock is the author of Charleston and Monk’s House: The Intimate House Museums of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (Edinburgh University Press). In addition she has contributed chapters to edited collections, including: ‘Virginia Woolf and Gardens’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, ed. Maggie Humm (EUP); ‘Virginia Woolf’s Glasses’, in Museum Materialities, ed. Sandra H. Dudley (Routledge); ‘Elusive Encounters’, in Virginia Woolf: Twenty-First-Century Approaches, ed. Jeanne Dubino et al. (EUP). She had a research residency at Charleston from 2005 to 2010.

This is a member-only Zoom session. To become a member and/or to register, please contact: stuart.n.clarke@btinternet.com. (Discounts are available on memberships running from summer 2021 until December 2022.)

‘Virginia Woolf and St Ives’ (study weekend) – NOTE DATE CHANGE

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

Speakers:
Emeritus Professor Maggie Humm, Dr Claire Nicholson, Dr Marion Dell, Janet Axten MA St Ives Archivist, Sarah Latham Phillips MA

Talks on To the Lighthouse, Virginia in St Ives, Julia Stephen, St Ives artists and writers, and St Ives local history. Visits to the Tate, Talland House garden and Zennor. Two dinners will be booked in St Ives, with lunch and refreshments provided during the day. Members will need to find their own accommodation.
For further information, please contact Sarah Latham Phillips: latham_phillips@yahoo.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

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. The Second Woolf Season begins in October 2021 (see below).

Meanwhile, there are repeat sessions of some popular topics. These are at 2pm BST on Wednesdays in July and August 2021.

Per session:
£22 students, VWSGB members, CAMcard holders
£26 full price

Wednesday 21 July 2021, 2pm
Women in Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway: live repeat session with Trudi Tate

Wednesday 18 August 2021, 2pm
An Introduction to Virginia Woolf’s The Waves: live repeat session with Trudi Tate

Further information and bookings for repeat sessions 

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

Saturday 2 October 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Empire: India in Mrs Dalloway, with Trudi Tate

Saturday 9 October 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Humour: Orlando, with Alison Hennegan

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

Saturday 6 November 2021, 6pm
Woolf and Censorship: Orlando, with Alison Hennegan

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 15 July 2021
Deal Music Arts Festival 2021

Virginia Woolf: An Illustrated Talk with Songs
Thursday 22 July 2021, 1pm
Hitchin Festival, St Mary’s Church

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

Well-Behaved Women

Friday 3 September 2021, 7.30pm
5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Broadway song cycle Well-Behaved Women will be presented at Cadogan Hall in London for one night only on 3 September.

The songs, written by Carmel Dean, are billed as a ‘wonderful ode to the fierce famous females from history, with their stories of courage, strength and resilience memorialised through a range of musical styles from rock and jazz to country.’ Some of the West End’s finest leading ladies, backed by an all-female band, bring to life legendary figures including Virginia Woolf, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, Maya Angelou and Harriet Tubman. The powerful and often hilarious songs will celebrate the ways in which their bad-ass behaviour helped them make history.

Ticket prices £25–£50. Book on the Cadogan Hall website.

‘Woolf and Ethics’ (conference)

June 2022
Lamar University, Beaumont TX 77710, USA

The 31st Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. Organiser: Amy C. Smith: amy.smith@lamar.edu

‘Virginia Woolf’s Women I’ (study week)

Sunday 10–Friday 15 July 2022
Summmer 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
Monk’s House is open again, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12.30–5pm. You will need to book your visit in advance. Thanks for your help and patience while we ensure people can visit safely.
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
Charleston is now open Wednesday–Sunday/Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am–5pm.
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.
For events at Charleston Farmhouse, tel. 01323 811 626 or see the website. You can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.

 

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