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The National Literacy Trust book bench illustrating Mrs. Dalloway has been installed in Gordon Square, Mrs. Dalloway bench with mapBloomsbury for eight weeks as part of the Books About Town art trail.

The trail features fifty benches shaped as open books and decorated by professional illustrators and local artists. The project provides an opportunity for the public to explore London’s literary connections, while enjoying art from some of the country’s top artists and celebrating the fun of reading, according to the project website.

Fiona Osborne of One Red Shoe painted the Dalloway bench. It features Clarissa on the front and Septimus Warren Smith on the back, and it is located on the Bloomsbury Trail.

“I painted the Mrs. Dalloway bench as well as the Railway Children. It was a privilege to illustrate and will hopefully raise a good amount for the Literacy Trust when they hold the auction in eight weeks time,” said Osborne in an email to Blogging Woolf. She also offered to share photos of her work on the bench as it progressed.

The project was launched July 2, and the benches will be auctioned on Oct. 7, with the proceeds going to the National Literacy Trust.

The Guardian is asking book lovers to be part of a poll to select the book that will be depicted on the fifty-first bench. It is also requesting reader submissions of book bench photos.

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BBC Two announced the production of a three-part television drama set over a 40-year period about the Bloomsbury group called, Life In Squares, which will focus on the relationships between Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

The Bloomsbury Group From the BBC:
Life In Squares tells the story of the Bloomsbury group over 40 years, from the death of Queen Victoria to the Second World War, as they attempted to forge a life free from the constraints of the past. Their pursuit of freedom and beauty was always passionate, often impossible and ultimately devastating, yet their legacy is still felt today.”

The series was written by Amanda Coe and will be directed by Simon Kaijser. Production starts this summer.

Other performances of Woolf in the works:

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Like other fans of Orange is the New Black, I was looking forward to the June 6 start of season two. Since returning from the Woolf Conference, I have only gotten through two episodes.

Meanwhile, others have done viewing marathons, staying up late into the night to watch all 14 episodes.

Marathon or not, have Orange is the New Black screenshotany of us noticed the titles of the books the female inmates are reading?

I know I haven’t, but I just read a post that provided just such a Woolf sighting.

It says the women are shown reading everything from Stephen King’s The Mist to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

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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:Screen Shot 2014-02-22 at 10.08.39 AM

  • 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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This collection of Woolf sightings includes a seasonal approach to Woolf (1) and mentions of World War I (10, 11).Orlando at American Conservatory Theater

  1. Appropriate for the season: How Five Literary Characters (including gloomy Orlando) Deal With Winter.
  2. Nora in The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, works on a series of tiny dioramas, including one depicting Virginia Woolf putting rocks in her pockets at Rodmell. More on this sighting of Woolf in contemporary fiction.
  3. Jim Brock turned to Virginia Woolf for inspiration in writing his new play, “Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily” in Florida.
  4. Tove Jansson compared to Virginia Woolf.
  5. Between the Lines,” a set of collages based on women in literature, including Virginia Woolf.
  6. Billilla, a grand old house in Brighton, is a place of one’s own to write fiction as part of the Bayside City Council’s Artist in Residence Program.
  7. Add the Internet as a necessity, along with a room and an income, for women who want to write.
  8. The influence of Middlemarch, which Woolf touted as “one of the few English novels for grown-up people.”
  9. Woolf, economic independence & empowerment in a modern context. Read more.
  10. Finally, a WWI anthology that is diverse — but includes no Woolf and no West.
  11. A high school academic decathlon focusing on WWI and including Woolf’ “Mark on the Wall.”
  12. Woolf an influence on John Hennessy.
  13. Almost an allusion to Virginia Woolf in Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”
  14. “Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors,” an exhibition at London’s Freud Museum featuring women’s eperiences, including Virginia Woolf’s.
  15. Does Mrs. Dalloway need a trauma trigger warning?
  16. Start Here, Volume 2 helps you read your way into 25 authors, including Virginia Woolf.
  17. A few more tales from the amazing life of Ruth Gruber.
  18. A Bryn Mawr swimmer visits sites abroad, including those of Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.
  19. Despite Virginia Woolf and Mary Shelly, sexism rampant among science fiction writers.

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A carefully selected collection of relatively recent Woolf sightings from around the Web, starting with Vogue.

  • Vogue describes Felicity Jones as “massive fan of Virginia Woolf” who is part of “a Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 3.57.09 PMnew cool British intelligentsia – the Bloomsbury Set relocated to twenty-first-century east London.”
  • Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector: Looked like Dietrich, wrote like Virginia Woolf. Read more.
  • George Saunders says Virginia Woolf’s prose is more difficult to read than his own.
  • Susan Langford of Britain’s Magic Me needs “A Room of My Own, as Virginia Woolf put it” to achieve her goals.
  • A story on more women journalists covering cricket invokes Virginia Woolf.
  • Virginia Woolf’s questions about women, writing and gender discrimination are still relevant today.
  • Stylistic influence of Virginia Woolf present in stream-of-consciousness sections of Zadie Smith’s new book “The Embassy of Cambodia.”
  • “Finnegan’s Wake” performance compared to Virginia Woolf’s “The Docks of London.”
  • Leibowitz exhibit with Woolf photo in Illinois. Get details.
  • Virginia Woolf memorably described T. S. Eliot’s wife, Vivien, as like “a bag of ferrets” that Eliot was condemned to wear around his neck.
  • Anne Olivier Bell, editor of Virginia Woolf’s Diary, in this NPR broadcast about The Monuments Men.
  • Virginia Woolf on the shelves of Pratt’s Special Collections
  • Virginia Woolf meets Bridget Jones, Sherlock Holmes in literary London mashup.
  • Feminists edit women into Wikipedia.
  • Virginia Woolf and cricket: A connection. Read more.

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The year 2014 has started off right, with writers citing Virginia Woolf heading into the new year.

The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain marked the new year by quoting Woolf’s 1 January 1935 Diary entryVW Diary Vol. 5 on its Facebook page: “I must press a good deal of work in – remembering 53 – 54 – 55 are on me. And how excited I get over my ideas! And there’s people to see.”

A writer for Delaware’s Cape Gazette uses the following famous quote of Woolf’s in a story looking back on 2013 dining experiences: ““One cannot think well, love well or sleep well if one has not dined well.”

And a story in the Tampa Bay Times, “Five things you need to know before ‘Downton Abbey’ returns Sunday,” holds out hope that Woolf will appear in a cameo role during season four of the popular PBS soap opera. But we have heard that her appearance ended up on the cutting room floor.


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Ever wonder what Lily Briscoe would smell like? No? Well, neither have I.literary scents

Yet I was still intrigued when I caught sight of a piece in the January/February 2014 issue of Intelligent Life magazine. In it, author Julie Myerson describes the scents that cling to Lily Briscoe, the artist in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, after she travels by train to the Hebrides. Think soap, violets, coffee, loneliness and linseed oil.

Lilly’s fragrance, “Skye Llly,” is one of six literary scents imagined by writers and created by the London perfumier Ormonde Jaynefor a charity auction to benefit the Shannon Trust, which works to help prisoners learn to read.

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Christmas shopping with Virginia Woolf? That’s a yes, according to a Woolf sighting (16) that quotes the essay “Oxford Street Tide” in the new london sceneedition of The London Scene: Six Essays on London Life. Scroll down for more, seasonal and otherwise.

  1. Carol Anshaw Paints Vita Sackville-West, Slate Magazine (blog)
    “Of course, I came to Vita by way of Virginia Woolf,” Anshaw says of her muse, who is most famous for her relationship with Woolf, despite their both being …
  2. Why does almost everything written about Primo Levi revolve …, New Statesman
    We do not behold the lives and work of Walter Benjamin or Virginia Woolf through the cracked prisms of their self-destruction, but Primo Levi is a special case.
  3. Petit Mal is a motley collection by Vernon God Little author DBC Pierre, The Australian
    ‘HE shed over everything the lustre and amenity of his own dreaming,” Virginia Woolf wrote of Thomas De Quincey, self-described opium-eater and grand …
  4. Woolf Hall: Emma Townshend finds a new book about the author’s The Independent
    Well, I think so, because the undeniable fact is that, for me, Virginia Woolf’s Garden is about as good as gardening books get, as it manages to completely 
  5. ARTS AND HUMANITIES: University Theatre Players tackle new , Aiken Standard
    In Virginia Woolf’s most popular novel “Mrs. Dalloway,” the reader follows the two main characters, the society hostess Clarissa Dalloway and the shell-shocked 
  6. A Room Of One’s Own, NOW Magazine
    Virginia Woolf’s statement that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” has resonated ever since she made it in a series of 
  7. Paul Merton’s Impro Chums – National Tour, The Good Review
    Ah, improvisation – the comedic stream-of-consciousness; a theatrical method that would probably be practiced by the likes of Virginia Woolf or Marcel Proust, 
  8. What the gardens of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell reveal, Financial Times
    One is the author Virginia Woolf, who lived, mostly at weekends and not in winter, with her husband, Leonard, at Monk’s House in Rodmell, East Sussex.
  9. The Lost Art of Letter-Writing, Wall Street Journal
    From Cicero to John Keats, Virginia Woolf to Jack Kerouac —how would these masters of the letter have taken to the inbox and junk folder? Would they have …
  10. BWW Interview: Meet ‘Virginia Woolf‘ – A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN’s , Broadway World
    As Wright explains, “This is a chance for the audience to get to know Virginia Woolf like never before. She was an extremely complicated woman who was well 
  11. Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ debuts in Toronto, DigitalJournal.com
    In 1928 and 1929 Virginia Woolf made two addresses – one to Girton College and one to Newnham College in Cambridge. Later she expanded her ideas into 
  12. On Craftsmanship: The Only Surviving Recording of Virginia Woolf’s , The Stringer
    The beginning of the essay isn’t preserved in the recording, which begins about a third in. Among what’s omitted is Woolf’s faith in words as an antidote to the 
  13. A day in the life of a book, Brainerd, Daily Dispatch
    Virginia Woolf’s most famous character, Mrs. Dalloway (in the book of the same name) said that “she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to 
  14. Virginia and Some of Her Friends | La Mama, Australian Stage Online
    Virginia and Some of Her Friends is one of this year’s offerings, and while it is not  Those with a prior knowledge of Virginia Woolf’s biography would be able to 
  15. Fascinating tales from vibrant life, Herald Scotland
    Professor Hermione Lee’s life of Virginia Woolf met with Fitzgerald’s approval. Lee now writes the life of a writer whose novels have a richer humanity and more 
  16. Virginia Woolf goes Christmas shoppingTelegraph.co.uk
    Down in the docks one sees things in their crudity, their bulk, their enormity. Here in Oxford Street they have been refined and transformed. The barrels of damp 
  17. Benjamin Rivers’ Sense of Snow, Torontoist20110519_Snow1
    In Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf describes a woman’s entire life through the course of events that occur in a single day. In a similar way, Benjamin Rivers’ 
  18. Are children spread too thin in their talent quest?Telegraph.co.uk
    “So what novels of Virginia Woolf have you read?” He says yes to the ones I name, and adds another couple. “How about the diaries?” Yes, he’s been reading 
  19. Forgive Me, Virginia Woolf, New York Times
    I was in England, taking a class on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group at Oxford; we were introduced by mutual friends. And as if true love weren’t enough 
  20. The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White | Book Review, The Guardian
    Any book that delighted both Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin is a must-read, in my opinion, and Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne [Oxford 
  21. English fiction: Penelope Fitzgerald: Blue flower, Chicago Tribune
    WHEN Hermione Lee’s life of Virginia Woolf was published in 1996, one of the reviewers who vouched for it was Penelope Fitzgerald, then aged 80 and one of ..
  22. Virginia Woolf Called for Sainthood for Samuel Johnson, The New Republic
    On this day in 1740, the Scottish author and lawyer James Boswell was born. Best known for his pioneering usage of human details and personal observations 
  23. ‘Book of Ages,’ by Jill Lepore, San Francisco Chronicle
    asked Virginia Woolf, who then invented a brief and tragic life for the imaginary Judith Shakespeare. Likewise, Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and staff writer for 
  24. Prohibition-Era Passion: Three ’20s Books On Trailblazing Loves, NPR
    The 1920s were a time of literary liberation. In the footsteps of pioneers like May Sinclair, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf,
  25. Music was vital to Virginia Woolf, Herald Scotland9780748637874.cover
    MUSIC played a vital role in the work of Virginia Woolf, according to new research carried out by a Scots academic. MUSIC played a vital role in the work of 
  26. Dinner At Seven-Thirty, NOW Magazine
    Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness novels pose major challenges to anyone brave enough to adapt them to other formats. Dense, poetic reflections work 
  27. A retreat of one’s own: Tending to Virginia Woolf’s country plot The Independent
    When Caroline Zoob was living at Monk’s House, the former home ofVirginia and Leonard Woolf, she recalls how she would overhear visitors speculating 
  28. Book of a lifetime: Middlemarch, By George Eliot, The Independent
    I agree with Michael Gove about very little but we are at one on the greatness of Middlemarch, rightly described by Virginia Woolf as “a magnificent book that, 
  29. For the Greek Spring by Kelvin Corcoran – review, The Guardian
    On first visiting Greece in 1906, Virginia Woolf‘s disappointment led her to snobbishly contrast the “rustic dialect of barbarous use” she heard with the “classical 
  30. Elevated view of decline in Tim Winton’s Eyrie, The Australian
    Norwegian author Knut Hamsun employed stream-of-consciousness narration years before Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. He was a writer “of crepuscular 
  31. Everyone deserves a special place, San Antonio Express
    Virginia Woolf wrote movingly in “A Room of One’s Own” about the need for women writers to have a space of their own in which to write. I think that now the idea 
  32. 7 Reasons Why We’re Still Fascinated By Virginia Woolf, Marie Claire.co.uk (blog)
    The incomparable Virginia Woolf will be brought to life on our screens once more this autumn, in an upcoming episode of Downton Abbey. Here are 7 reasons 

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