Archive for December, 2012

Where the bombs fell in London

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A grad student of Elisa Kay Sparks of Clemson University found a new website, The Bomb Sight project, that shows where German bombs fell in London from Oct. 7, 1940, through June 6, 1941, the period of time known as the Blitz.  Visitors to the site can zoom in and out to see individual city blocks, including the Bloomsbury and Tavistock Square area.

Previously available only for viewing in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Bomb Sight is making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics and students. They will be able to explore where the bombs fell and to discover memories and photographs from the period.

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Emma WoolfIt’s the season of light. Of peace. Of joy. But in the face of Friday’s heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, an essay by Emma Woolf, daughter of Cecil Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson, seems specially poignant.

Titled “An Apple a Day: A Special Anniversary,” the piece was published in The Times on Nov. 20. It tells the story of the goodbyes she has said to loved ones who have passed on. And it ends with a quote from Virginia Woolf: “Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.”

But before it ends, Emma shares this wisdom: “[L]ife is precious. Now more than ever is a time for new beginnings.”


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Finalist Judge Evie Shockley selected Leia Penina Wilson’s “I built a boat with all the towels in your closet” as A Room of Her Own’s fourth winning To the Lighthouse manuscript:  “I was mesmerized by the wild lyricism, quiet wit, and fearless curiosity of these poems.  I feel lucky to have encountered them and am delighted to recognize them with the To the Lighthouse Prize.

””I built a boat with all the towels in your closet” will be published by  Red Hen Press.

Jan. 31, 2013
Orlando Deadline: Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Flash Fiction

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I feel as though I am missing something. But the writers who reference Woolf must be busy with their holiday preparations, as there is only a dusting of Woolf sightings this week.

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  1. Virginia Woolf made her gayXtra.ca
    “One of my recurring jokes, because I just create jokes that explain how this all came to be, is that Janet McTeer in Portrait of a Marriage made me gay, or Virginia Woolfmade me gay,” Perovic says. Incidental Music Lydia Perovic Inanna $22.95. Share 
  2. A Second BirthBrooklyn Rail
    When winter comes, I find myself drawn to books with a strong authorial voice that matches my inward thoughts: Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust; To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf; The Lover, by Marguerite Duras, to name just a few. Joining these is Kim ..
  3. Murderous Little World, 89.3 KPCC
    … Linda Bouchard is based on poems by MacArthur genius Anne Carson from her collection Men in the Off Hours (2001)—notable for blending free verse with prose and reinventions of figures such as Lazarus, Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf and Hokusai
  4. The Lure of the Writer’s CabinVW's writing Lodge, New York Times (blog)
    A standard Internet search can quickly yield images of the writing rooms (cabins, huts, sheds) of legendary scriveners: Dylan Thomas, Virginia Woolf, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Roald Dahl, Carl Jung, Henry Thoreau and — a writer of a markedly different sort 
  5. IoS paperback review: To the River, By Olivia Laing, The Independent
    In it, Laing describes a walk along the length of the River Ouse in Sussex, interlacing her travelogue with the story of Virginia Woolf, who drowned herself there in 1941. Though Laing’s reflections on the connection between psychology and water are 
  6. This Thing Called LifeAbout – News & Issues
    In Virginia Woolf‘s Mrs. Dalloway, the heroine spends her day preparing for a party. She collects flowers, prepares her clothing, and makes all the arrangements; but she also carefully recollects her past–loves and loss 

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allison linA new book about Virginia Woolf’s connections to such mystical figures as Confucius and Rumi was published this year. Mystic Virginia Woolf, by Dr. Allison Lin, was written in Chinese and published in Tapiei while Lin was living in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Lin is an assistant professor in the Department of Western Language and Literature at the University of Gaziantep. She is also the author of Virginia Woolf and the European Avant-Garde (Taipei: Showwe, 2009).

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Vanessa and Virginia, the Elizabeth Wright play based on the Susan Sellers novel, will have a three-week run at the Riverside Studios in London from vanessa virginia playMarch 26-April 13.

Moving Stories Limited, producer of the show, will host a range of workshops, talks and events to compliment the run of the show.

The play opened in September 2011 at the Woolf Conference in Aix en Provence and has toured the UK and Europe.

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Shakespeare’s Sister Company, which brings innovative theater to audiences and theater classes to youth — its young company is named the Bloomsbury Group — was named one of the GreatNonProfits this year. The company also produced Season One of the Woolf Series, a play reading series for emerging female writers.

Plans for next year include: 

  • Romeo and Juliet with an all-female cast, set in the roaring 1920s Chicago amid Italian and Irish  gang rivalries
  • Staged reading of featured new work
  • Woolf Series and Puppet Playdates
  • Inaugural Spring Gala in celebration of SSC’s five year anniversary

Formed in 2008, Shakespeare’s Sister Company is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to women in the theater. Its commitment is to produce plays by female authors, as well as William Shakespeare. Its mission is to address global change through the theater, including workshops with the community and educational advancement.

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In this week’s Woolf sightings, we have more on The Dalloway, the new “lesbian-leaning” restaurant opened by a simpatico model in New York City (1 and 2). We also have a link to the article “The Education of Virginia Woolf” that appears in the current issue of The Atlantic, which is rapidly being passed around Facebook (8).

  1. Out Model Kim Stolz Opens Lesbian-Leaning Restaurant in New YorkSheWiredThe Dalloway
    In true literary lesbian style, the bar and restaurant’s moniker is a send-up to the well-known titular character of bisexual author Virginia Woolf’s 1925 tome. As a self-described Woolf nerd, Stolz told New York Magazine that she resonates with the 
  2. 180 Minutes With Kim StolzNew York Magazine
    “She was never really able to be comfortable in her skin. Knowing the struggles that Virginia Woolf went through, it’s an ode to her and a thank-you to her,” Stolz says, taking stock of the now rollicking scene. “But Amanda will tell you she just 
  3. Victorian Bloomsbury, By Rosemary AshtonThe Independent9780300154474
    When Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa moved into 46 Gordon Square in 1904, in what Henry James had described as “dirty Bloomsbury”, the family was appalled at the young women’s choice of this profoundly unfashionable district of London, and 
  4. Browbeaten by a new cultural subspeciesSydney Morning Herald
    Neither highbrow intellectuals or lowbrow plebs, the middlebrow copped a pasting as far back as the 1940s from writer Virginia Woolf, who described them as ”of middlebred intelligence … in pursuit of no single object, neither art itself nor life 
  5. ‘Looking for Transwonderland,’ ‘Route 66 Still Kicks,’ and MoreNew York Times
    This season’s travel books abound with journeys inspired by literary lions — a trip to a Greek island in pursuit of the teachings of Epicurus, a hike along the river where Virginia Woolf died, an excursion to the birthplace of the Nigerian writer Ken 
  6. At Your Service: The Birth of Privates on ParadeThe Arts Desk
    It was in Singapore in 1947 that my real education began. For the first time I read Lawrence, Forster, Virginia Woolf, To the RiverMelville, Graham Greene and Bernard Shaw’s political works, becoming a lifelong Leftie. When Stanley Baxter explained Existentialism 
  7. The Education of Virginia WoolfThe Atlantic
    Born into the highest stratum of the English intellectual aristocracy, Virginia Woolf—whose set included some of the kingdom’s most illustrious families, many of its finest writers and painters, its greatest poet, its most brilliant economist—could 
  8. Free Classic Literature Newsletter! Sign UpAbout – News & Issues
    The Waves – Virginia Woolf The Waves is a novel (first published in 1931) by Virginia Woolf. The book is a narrative in Woolf’s infamous stream-of-consciousness style. Here, Woolf gives into experimentation, as the six friends are lulled–drawn with 
  9. Book News: Sasha And Malia’s Reads, Literary AlpinismNew Yorker (blog)
    At the Paris Review, Alex Siskin on Leslie Stephen, the father of Virginia Woolf and a mountaineer who made important contributions to the literature of alpinism. “A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is 
    Climbing the Alps with Leslie Stephen.
  10. Video of the Day: Is the “Crazy Artist” Stereotype True?SF Weekly (blog)
    An ear here, a life there: Vincent van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath each had their own way of dealing withMarbles mood disorders. In her new graphic novel, cartoonist and storyteller Ellen Forney asks an important question: For artists, are mental 

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VWM Queering Woolf“Queering Woolf,” the special issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Issue 82, Fall 2012), edited by Madelyn Detloff and Brenda Helt, has been posted to the Virginia Woolf Miscellany website at this link.

If you are a member of the International Virginia Woolf Society and have not been receiving the hard copy of the Miscellany, you should contact Lynn Hall, membership coordinator, to verify that you have paid your dues and that your current mailing address in the database is correct.

Those interested in joining the International Virginia Woolf Society should visit the website and follow the directions provided.

Note: while the IVWS generously supports the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, it is not an official publication of the IVWS.

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Here is a new call for papers from the Virginia Woolf Miscellany. Editors of the spring 2014 issue invite discussion of how Woolf’svwm writings explore the material world.

Articles that directly address the relationship between meaning and materiality are particularly welcome, and potential topics include fresh considerations of Woolf’s engagement with:

  • the natural sciences;
  • philosophical conceptualisations of materiality;
  • non/human bodies and objects;
  • fabrics and “things”;
  • the materiality of language and art.

Send submissions of not more than 2,500 words to Derek Ryan, d.ryan@exeter.ac.uk by Aug. 1, 2013.

See more calls for papers on Virginia Woolf and her circle.

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