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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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Ham Spray videos on YouTube

There are three short 16mm films by Beakus Penrose, filmed in and around Ham Spray in 1929 that are now posted on YouTube. They were conserved by the National Film & Television Archive for “Carrington: the Exhibition,” Barbican Art Gallery, 1995.

The films are:

  • “Dr Turner’s Mental Home,” featuring Saxon Sydney Turner, Rachel MacCarthy, Lord David Cecil, Dora Carrington, Ralph Partridge, Frances Partridge.
  • “Untitled” (‘The Bounder’ to me) starring Dora Carrington, Stephen Tomlin, Julia Strachey, Oliver Strachey.
  • “Topical Budget Ham Spray September 1929″ with Dora Carrington, David Garnett, Frances Partridge, Ralph Partridge, Lytton Strachey, James Strachey.

As Todd Avery, associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, posted on the VWoolf Listserv, “In the late 1920s, Carrington, Ralph and Frances Partridge, Saxon Sydney-Turner, and others produced four short home-made films—including `Dr. Turner’s Mental Home,’ starring Saxon, which was screened at the Woolfs’ home in London.  Until last year, with the exception of one or two public screenings in the 1990s, these films were available for viewing by appointment only in the tiny basement viewing room of the British Film Institute, in London, and only on VHS.  A BBC presenter seems somehow to have procured a copy of the films, and posted them online (I will resist regaling you with the tale of cultural espionage by which I may or may not, earlier in the year, have tried and failed/succeeded to procure my own copy).

“Among the highlights: Saxon as a deranged doctor in the first film, and a splendid bathtub scene with Rachel MacCarthy; Carrington riding her white horse behind Ham Spray—and in slow motion!  James Strachey snarling at the camera; Lytton Strachey mugging and laughing from an upstairs window; Ralph and Frances and Carrington diving into the pond artistically and then struggling to stay afloat upon inflatable swans.  And so much more!”

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Woolf seminar at SCSU

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Thanks to Chris Sullivan for sending Blogging Woolf this image of a recipe for Angelica Garnett’s Cherry Tart. It’s from Jans Ondaatje Rolls’  The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art, published this spring.

The book offers more than 180 recipes — some handwritten and never before published — from Frances Partridge, Helen Anrep and David and Angelica Garnett.
Bloomsbury Recipe

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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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Originally posted on SuchFriends Blog:

…The Omega Workshops open their doors. Using money inherited from a Quaker uncle, painter and critic Roger Fry, 46, along with his Bloomsbury painter friends, Vanessa Bell, 34, and Duncan Grant, 28, produce textiles, ceramics, home furnishings—a whole range of art and decoration, for sale at 33 Fitzroy Square.

#33 Fitzroy Square, home of the Omega Workshops

#33 Fitzroy Square, home of the Omega Workshops

A few doors down from the house Vanessa’s sister, Virginia Woolf, 31, had shared with their brother, it is also convenient walking distance from where Vanessa and her husband, art critic Clive, 31, live with their two children.

Planning the opening celebration, Vanessa writes to Roger:  “We should get all our disreputable and…aristocratic friends to come, and after dinner we should repair to Fitzroy Square where there should be decorated furniture, painted walls, etc. There we should all get drunk and dance and kiss, orders would flow in and the aristocrats would feel…

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This video offers a fascinating inside look at Charleston Farmhouse, also known as “Bloomsbury in the Country.”

It includes an interview with Virginia Nicholson — who calls the home “nicely messy” — and offers lovely views of the gardens and the countryside.

Nicholson is the author of Millions Like Us, Singled Out and Among the Bohemians and is the daughter of Virginia Woolf’s nephew and biographer Quentin Bell.

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In this collection of Woolf sightings, Virginia is quoted regarding Wikipedia’s “woman problem” (6), the character of Edith in the remake of The Great Gatsby dismisses the famous author entirely (10) and Anne Olivier Bell lays Bloosmbury bare in a tell-all interview with The Independent (15).

  1. The Last Class: Beth Flynn, HumanitiesMichigan Tech NewsScreen Shot 2013-05-23 at 4.28.32 PM
    The students read James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and others, and for their finale they presented on their final papers. One student asked of Lawrence: “sexist or savvy?” Another looked at androgyny in Woolf via Alice Walker. Another …
  2. Double vision, The Economist (blog)
    Their method—having their actors or opera singers use hand-held cameras to frame and shoot the scene which plays above the stage—developed out of Woolf’s own experiments with literary form. “Virginia Woolf’s writing created the idea,” says Ms …
  3. Coming of age in the nuclear age with ‘Ginger and Rosa’Monterey County Herald
    After a screening at last year’s Telluride Film Festival, it became clear that I hadn’t just loved Potter’s adaptation of “Orlando,” starring Tilda Swinton as Virginia Woolf’s gender-shifting character; or “Yes” (Joan Allen as a married scientist who 
  4. Annie Leibovitz: PilgrimageHuffington Post
    She went to nearly thirty places, including the homes of Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elvis Presley, Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ansel Adams. She followed 
  5. Abbott cares for mums, but why so little support? – Brisbane TimesBrisbane Times
    He might, for all we know, have a Virginia Woolf voodoo doll that he jams full of pins when he’s bored. All these things may be true, but so is this: Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme is vastly superior to the Labor government’s legislated scheme 
  6. BETWEEN THE LINES: Wikipedia’s woman problemLivemint
    Virginia Woolf touched on the intricacy of this “problem” in her comment on Max Beerbohm in “The Modern Essay.” “We only know that the spirit of personality permeates every word he writes,” Woolf says of Beerbohm. “The triumph is the triumph of style.
  7. Joanna Kavenna is one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. But will she Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 4.04.05 PM, The Independent
    Virginia Woolf writes, “Are not reviews of current literature a perpetual illustration of the difficulty of judgement? ‘This great book,’ ‘this worthless book,’ the same book is called by both names.” All you can really do, Woolf continues, is write ..
  8. READING & WRITINGE Kantipur
    The promise of this manufactory was evident to Virginia Woolf. Throughout her fiction she attacked the problem of the world’s persistent demand upon our attention, which overcomes even the security and seclusion of a room of one’s own. Woolf asks us to ..
  9. An Apple a Day: Charting a Long Battle With AnorexiaDaily Beast
    Emma Woolf (Virginia Woolf’s great-niece) pens a memoir, now out stateside, about trying to recover from a Emma Woolfdecade-long eating disorder—and how finding love gave her hope. Share. facebook; twitter · google plus · email; print; 0. I’ve always been 
  10. Scott and Zelda, as seen through a complicated lensChicago Tribune
    Best of all, in Patti Roeder’s Edith, we get to see a woman who was far more modern and forward-thinking than her tightly corseted characters suggest. Though she may dismiss Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” as “a 200-page excuse for not washing one’s …
  11. What’s in a Routine?
    Daily Beast
    About a third of the way through A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf describes the way Jane Austen wrote all of her novels. According to Woolf, Austen spent her days interrupted by visits and various obligations, and writing almost covertly—always 
  12. Book News: Microsoft Rumored To Be Interested In Buying Nook – for KUHF
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    Alex Jung considers Virginia Woolf, camp and the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race in an essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books: “I have often thought that if I were ever a drag queen, and more specifically that if I were ever a drag queen who was a 
  13. A recording studio in the garden: How creativity comes in shedloads, The Independent
    George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion from his garden shed in Hertfordshire, which was built on a turntable, which turned to face the sun; Roald Dahl wrote most of his children’s books in his Buckinghamshire “writing hut”; Virginia Woolf wrote in her ..
  14. All About The New Books!, Oman Daily Observer
    By Majed Al Sulaimany — • Be yourself, everyone else is taken! — Oscar Wilde • If you do not tell the truth about yourself; you cannot tell it about other people! — Virginia Woolf • Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to 
  15. Bloomsbury laid bare: The last member of the famous artistic set reveals allThe Independent
    It is more than 70 years since Virginia Woolf last put pen to paper. And 50 since her sister Vanessa Bell put away her paints. In 1941, Virginia filled her pockets with stones and walked out into the River Ouse, never to return. Vanessa died peacefully 
  16. There’s no such thing as the wrong sort of bookThe Independent
    “There is a great tradition of English, a canon of transcendent works, and Breaking Dawn is not one of them.” Neither was Middlemarch the minute it was published of course, though it became quite popular, Virginia Woolf praising it in The Common Reader 
  17. Inversion therapy: Dan Brown’s cure for writer’s block put to the testTelegraph.co.uk
    Comments. Writers block – the curse of so many great authors. Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad, Andrew Motion and Hilary Mantel have all complained that occasionally they just don’t know where the next word is coming from.
  18. Reporter spends a day in Dan Brown’s boots – Calgary HeraldCalgary Herald
    Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad, Andrew Motion and Hilary Mantel have all admitted to occasional writer’s block. Now the renowned best-seller Dan Brown has joined this literary hall of fame. It may be hard to tell from 
  19. Why ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ Still MattersThe AwlMrs. Dalloway
    Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway was published on this day in 1925. Set on a single day in London, in June of 1923, it tells the parallel stories of Clarissa Dalloway, who is throwing a party, and Septimus Warren Smith, a shell-shocked World War One veteran.
  20. Who Was Afraid of Viviane Forrester?Jewish Daily Forward
     Iconoclastic French-Jewish Novelist and Essayist. Woolf At The Door: Viviane Forrester’s last book was a biography of Virginia Woolf 
  21. Meditation on MortalityWall Street Journal
    There was a time when most educated people would have recognized Lincoln’s reference: “Gray’s Elegy,” wrote Leslie Stephen (the father of Virginia Woolf), “includes more familiar phrases than any poem of equal length in the language.” Its 32 stanzas 
  22. Defending depth in the time of 140 characters or less – Sydney Morning HeraldSydney Morning Herald
    In her essay Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown, Virginia Woolf offers a polemic against the Edwardian novelists and their reliance on the outer trappings of character, descriptions failing, she says, to provide a ”single person we know”. Woolf argued 
  23. Student entrepreneurs: what are you waiting for?Telegraph.co.uk
    Comments. It’s 9.00am and I’m in a seminar on Virginia Woolf’s Orlando; there’s a discussion about modern femininity taking place and I can’t quite remember my opinions on gender-neutral toilets. My brain feels hazy; four hours ago I was napping on the 
  24. Third Tuesday Book Club: Favorite reads and rules for successWashington Post
    “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “The Magus” by John Fowles. “The Nine Tailors” by Dorothy L. Sayers. “Stones for Ibarra” by Harriet Doerr. Third Tuesday Book Club’s rules for book club success. 1. Pick a 
  25. Even Khaled Hosseini Can’t Tell Stories as Effectively as He Wants toThe Atlantic
    Herman Melville scribbled changes onto the final proofs of Moby-Dick until the printer’s deadlines could wait no longer; in her journals, Virginia Woolf announced at least four separate times that she’d finally completed The Waves. Writers often keep 

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 I finally read Pat Barker’s Toby’s Room. My library’s reservation system is fantastic but does require some patience! Paula first Toby's Roommentioned it here last summer, noting the allusions—in more than the title—to Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, as did Hermione Lee, who reviewed it for The Guardian.

I read Barker’s Life Class around that time before I knew it was the prequel to Toby’s Room, and I posted on the “near sightings,” the Bloomsbury references when the protagonist, Slade art student Elinor Brooke, has tea at Ottoline Morrell’s.

Elinor’s brother Toby, like Jacob before him, dies serving in World War I, and like Jacob is revealed mostly through family and friends. Toby’s Room is still Elinor’s story, in which she seeks to unearth the mysterious details of his death. Woolf appears in entries from Elinor’s diary. She records her impressions from a weekend at Charleston Farmhouse, presumably at the invitation of Vanessa Bell:

“VB was in the drawing room when I arrived, with her sister, Mrs. Woolf. I’ve met her more than once, though I don’t think she remembered me and gave me a lukewarm welcome. Doesn’t like young women, I suspect. I thought the talk would be well above my head, but they were quite relaxed and gossipy and we chatted on easily enough. Or they did. I was too nervous to say much. It was like listening to an old married couple. They’ve got that habit of completing each other’s sentences…”

The other guests are “the conscientiously objecting young men” working at the farm, none of whom, she realizes, are going to be interested in her. There’s talk of the war at dinner, and Woolf talks about “how women are outside the political process and therefore the war’s got nothing to do with them.”

Elinor is struck by Woolf’s observation but finds it less convincing when she later tries to echo the sentiment herself. Barker has no such problem making her case. In both novels, she challenges readers to explore the role of art and artists in time of war, heightening the drama with real, fictional and hybrid characters as she did in her Regeneration trilogy.

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