When poet Ann Batchelor Hursey was assigned the task of writing a critical response to Virginia Woolf’s The Death of a Moth and Other Essays, she wrote a letter to Woolf instead.
It was the only response she could imagine. In it, she mimicked Woolf’s cadences and asides and referred to her essay “The Humane Art.”
Batchelor Hursey will read her work tonight at 7 p.m. at Beacon Bards in Seattle.
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Gloomsbury, a series on the BBC’s Radio 4, is a spoof of the Bloomsbury Group that follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest, a writer, gardener and transvestite.
Its second season, which will air later this month, features the last performances of the late actor Roger Lloyd Pack who died nearly two months ago of pancreatic cancer. He plays the amorous gardener Gosling and long-suffering husband Lionel Fox.
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An adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s story “Lappin and Lapinova” will premiere in Brighton for one night — May 15 at 8 p.m. — then go on tour.
A product of collaboration between Lucy Kirkwood and the dance theatre company Lost Dog , the piece is titled Like Rabbits and will be part of this year’s Brighton Festival.
It will be performed at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. Tickets are £12.50, £15, Festival Standby £10.
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Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Orlando, Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending novel is on stage in two locations.
- WSC Avant Bard, Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through March 23. The location is Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-228-1850. Tickets are $25-$45. Read the reviews.
- Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Monday–Friday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday at 2:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. through March 22. The theatre is located at St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH. Standard tickets from £14.50. Read reviews in The Independent and The Guardian.
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Here’s something to look forward to: Virginia Woolf in Manhattan by Maggie Gee. Telegram Books will publish the novel in September.
It imagines what might happen if Woolf came back to life today and appeared to a British writer researching Woolf’s manuscripts at the Berg Collection in the New York Public Library. Woolf scams Manhattan bookstores with “rare signed editions” and the two travel to Turkey, where Woolf crashes an international conference on herself.
“Virginia Woolf in Manhattan is a sparkling and profound novel about female friendship and rivalry, and how, amid the madness of modernity, we can begin to make sense of our lives,” says the blurb on the publisher’s website.
Gee is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, including The White Family (shortlisted for the orange and imPac prizes), My Cleaner and My Driver, and a memoir, My Animal Life. she is a Fellow and vice-president of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University.
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Once again, Virginia Woolf has influenced runway fashions, this time at London Fashion Week. Check out these links for references to Woolf, Charleston, Bloomsbury and fashion:
- Handpainted Burberry fashions, a la Charleston Farmhouse. Read the New York Times story.
- London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2014 blog: Days one, two and three in The Telegraph.
- “The inspiration is Virginia Woolf — very poetic and super fragile as if the girl has never been out in the sun,” said the makeup artist in a Women’s Wear Daily story that also refers to the Woolf look as “a bit of a mad woman.”
Read fashion sightings from the past.
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