Here is some news via the Facebook page of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain:

The RateMyWords Virginia Woolf Competition has awarded first prize and £200 to Gabriella Patanè for her story “The Pawmark on the Page,” a tribute to Virginia Woolf. Here is her opening line:

‘Perhaps it was the end of September 1930 that Virginia Woolf first saw the pawmark on the page.’

Here’s the original from Woolf’s “The Mark on the Wall”:

‘Perhaps it was the middle of January in the present that I first looked up and saw the mark on the wall.’

According to the society, Gabriella’s story combines ‘The Mark on the Wall’ with Flush, featuring Pinker theFlush spaniel, the real-life model for Flush, given to Virginia by Vita Sackville-West. Virginia and Leonard are included in the story, and even Nelly gets a namecheck.

Read the full story.

RateMyWords also made a generous donation to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

Killing the Angel, “a literary experience inspired by Virginia Woolf,” will be launching its third annual issue laterKilling the Angel this year.

Under the tender loving care of publisher/editor/Woolfian Jessica Rosevear, KTA has persevered in the competitive and shrinking world of print literary journals. Its claim to fame is being carried by Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, but you can also buy the journal in New Jersey and online!

For the upcoming issue, KTA is holding a flash fiction contest. A call for submissions has gone out for stories with fewer than 500 words. The deadline is April 30.

Here’s a great opportunity for Blogging Woolf readers to exercise their creativity with a chance to see their work in print. Why not have a go at it?

Mrs. Dalloway makes the list

Mrs. Dalloway (1925) has made the list. According to The Telegraph, it is one of the Twenty Best Britishmrs-dalloway and Irish Novels of All Time.

It is in good company, and so is Woolf, company that includes Joyce, Fielding, Austen, Dickens, Thackeray, and more.

Registration for the 2014 International Conference on Virginia Woolf, June 5-8 in Chicago, is open, and if you are presenting a paper at the conference, you should register by April 15 in order to be included in the printed24th annual conference poster program.

There are special events on June 4 and June 5 that you also may want to consider as you make your travel plans. These include:

  • Poetry Off the Shelf: A Woolf-Inspired Reading by Sina Queyras on Wednesday, June 4, at 7 p.m at the Poetry Foundation.
  • Newberry Library Bloomsbury Exhibit on Wednesday, June 4, 3-4:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 5, 10-11:30 a.m.

Another special feature of the conference are seminars led by noted Woolf scholars ranging from Woolf and Cognition’s Outward Turn with Melba Cuddy-Keane to Queering/Cripping Modernism with Madelyn Detloff. Be sure to read about these sessions before you register, as you will be asked to choose your first, second and third choices during the registration process.

The conference also offers special discounted registration rate for students, part-time and emeritus faculty, and independent scholars. The Woolf Conference is completely self-supporting through the registration fees, so attendees are asked to take this special registration rate only if you qualify for it.

Originally posted on The Incompetent Writer:

Woolf One of the best things about writing / reading literature is getting the chance to return, after a gap of some years, to a work you once found really amazing, and, on re-reading it, find it even more amazing than before. It wasn’t that you were naive and easily moved; on the contrary, you couldn’t perceive, at least not fully, all that novel’s remarkable qualities. The passage of time, and the slow acquisition of greater skill, allows you to read more deeply, and be even more impressed.

I was lucky enough to have that experience a week ago. In our fiction class with the novelist Michael Knight, we were reading and discussing Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

I first read Mrs. Dalloway in Taiwan, and at that time, I had not read a lot of classic literature. During my teenage years, I read almost entirely science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and in my early…

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Godrevy LighthouseWill Godrevy Lighthouse, an icon of literature thanks to Virginia Woolf’s 1927 novel To the Lighthouse, be put on the auction block? Or will it be taken over by the Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council? No one knows for sure.

Tuesday, operator Trinity House said it would keep the lighthouse, which sits on its own island near Hayle. Even though the light does not function, the towering white structure serves as a daytime visual aid for mariners. And it is considered a key element of the area’s heritage. It is said to be one of the most photographed Cornish landmarks.

Godrevy was built in 1858 and 1859 on the largest rock of the Stones reef. The lighthouse lies 980 ft off Godrevy Head in St. Ives Bay. The beach at  St. Ives has been named among the UK’s top 10.

Read more about Godrevy Lighthouse

Godrevy going modern, July 10, 2012

Woolf sightings: When Virginia went to the lighthouse, Nov. 22, 2011



The first exhibition featuring the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf through portraiture will be staged at the National Portrait Gallery in London, according to The Guardian.

NPG 5933. Virginia Woolf (née Stephen) by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), 1912. Oil on board, 15 3⁄4 x 13 3⁄8 inches (400 x 340 mm). National Portrait Gallery, London

NPG 5933. Virginia Woolf (née Stephen) by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), 1912. Oil on board, 15 3⁄4 x 13 3⁄8 inches (400 x 340 mm). National Portrait Gallery, London

The exhibit, curated by Frances Spalding, will feature more than 100 works, including paintings, photographs, drawings and rare archive material. The letter Woolf wrote to her sister Vanessa Bell before her suicide in 1941 will be included.

Titled “Virginia Woolf: Art, life and vision,” will be staged July 10 to Oct. 26. Read more.


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