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Sara Ruhl’s Orlando is on stage at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn., April 28 through May 1, the Muhlenberg Weekly reports.

Performances on April 28-30 are at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, in the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for patrons 17 and under. Call 484-664-3333 or visit the website for tickets.

Read more about Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando on Blogging Woolf:

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The Elite Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Arthur Kraft’s  drama “Goat,” about what might have happened if a psychologist had prevented writer  Virginia Woolf from committing suicide in 1941.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday and 2  p.m. Sundays, fronm April 22 through May 29 at the Petit Playhouse, Heritage Square, Oxnard, Calif.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 805-483-5118.

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For the first time since I started tallying weekly Woolf sightings, I have fewer than 20 on my list. This week they range from a mention in an interview with Pulitzer-prize-winning author Jennifer Egan to a mother’s stream of consciousness during “the talk” with her young daughter.

  1. How ‘the Goon Squad’ came to be, CNN International
    Other inspirations: Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” (one of my favorite books ever), Robert Stone, Virginia Woolf and the great 19th-century storytellers, especially Dickens, George Eliot and Zola. CNN: In addition to your career as a novelist,
  2. Winning characters, Malaysia Star
    In fact, the great works feature people who are so unusual and so memorable that they earn a place for themselves beyond the pages of a book – think the titular character in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Tom Ripley from The Talented Mr Ripley by …
  3. Jilly Cooper: ‘I’m a reasonable writer but I’m much too colloquial’, The Guardian
    I do hope it’s only showjumpers who behave this badly.” She was wonderful. She once rang me up to say: “Darling, did you know? Virginia Woolf has just won Wimbledon.” Of course, it was Virginia Wade. Do you find it easy to write about sex?
  4. On the upside, Hindustan Times
    Author-critic Virginia Woolf, former Russian president Boris Yeltsin and actor Catherine Zeta Jones are among some people diagnosed with bipolar illnesses. But it’s anything but glamourous. “When there are lows,
    you are like a vegetable.
  5. Theatre Review (LA): God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza at the Ahmanson Theatre, Blogcritics.org (blog)
    Not since Virginia Woolf has there been such a vicous yet funny sequence of events. The combatants are left in tatters by the end, their marriages in ruins, with many hidden animosities revealed. The play is a rather small piece which never really
  6. But what do they do with their legs?, The Guardian
    I imagined Virginia Woolf contentedly sitting in a pond of her own. And then drowning. “Where is it?” Mulan asked, her eyes bigger than ever. “It’s in our lower abdomen, inside us, below our belly button, above our vagina.” I had managed to be specific
  7. Agony ancients, Financial Times
    The title chapter on learning to drive, for example, ranges from a meditation on freedom, Virginia Woolf and the film Thelma and Louise, through how machines challenge what it means to be human, to the Romantic idea of the quest – then back to freedom
  8. Hatchet Job: Ken Babstock returns with his fourth collection of poetry, National Post (blog)
    His father was a clergyman in the United Church and his mother worked as a nurse; when Babstock was a teen, she enrolled in graduate school, and nights she spent immersed in writers such as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce to great effect.
  9. THE LABORATORY, Spencer Daily Reporter (blog)
    but that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to only that space. Inspiration can strike anywhere, and you must remain open to the process. “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Virginia Woolf.
  10. History and gender are up for grabs in Muhlenberg’s joyful Orlando, Muhlenberg Weekly
    Virginia Woolf’s groundbreaking tale Orlando takes the stage Apr. 28 to explore what we mean when we talk about identity, gender, poetry, and love Orlando, the final play in the College’s Mainstage Theatre & Dance season, traverses three centuries of
  11. Writing with Cats, New Yorker (blog)
    (Perhaps a disclaimer is in order: I do in fact have a cat, and a vaguely literary one at that: she’s called Orlando, after the Virginia Woolf novel; her first week in my care was a little confusing, gender-wise.) The other day the folks over at
  12. More than black and white, The Hindu
    According to Virginia Woolf, the reader “differs from the critic and the scholar. He is worse educated, and nature has not gifted him so generously. He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinion of others.
  13. Onstage calendar: April 22, 2011, Ventura County Star
    “Goat”: The Elite Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Arthur Kraft’s drama about what might have happened if a psychologist had prevented writer Virginia Woolf from committing suicide in 1941. 8 pm Fridays and Saturday, 2 pm Sundays,
  14. Wood To Lead Park University’s College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences, Park University
    Wood has published The Theme of Peace and War in Virginia Woolf’s War Writings (2010) and What Eve Didn’t Tell Us (2002), a collection of autobiographical essays with co-author Rev. Sue Dolquist.
  15. Women’s Society presents leadership awards, scholarship, Washington University Record
    The award consists of a $500 cash prize and a silver clock inscribed with a quote from English writer
    Virginia Woolf: “I should remind you how much depends upon you and what an influence you can exert upon the future.” The Women’s Society, with the
  16. Phil Rizzo: Depression a challenge in old age, Signal
    Answers.com lists some of our most recognizable names: Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
    Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginia Woolf, and the list
  17. A cultural critic attends the NHL playoffs, LA Observed
    Brian Kennedy wrote “Growing Up Hockey” (Folklore 2007) and “Living the Hockey Dream” (Folklore 2009), as well as a number of academic essays on topics from Henry James to Virginia Woolf. His last post for Native Intelligence was on managing fear in
  18. Weave magic with the food kitchen In the words of Virginia Woolf?, BlogHer (blog)
    “We can k? Not think well, love, sleep well, if not many births?.” Food is an essential element of our existence, but for some people it is much more than filling the stomach and soothe your appetite. Food for a party, a gathering of fine ingredients,

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Pillows and bags stitched from textiles designed by Duncan Grant (1885-1978) can be had for a price. And you can vote for your favorite in the Blogging Woolf poll.

Bags in Charleston West Wind and Charleston Queen Mary prints

Three of Grant’s 1930s textile prints were recently re-launched by the Charleston Trust. The 140-cm-wide fabric itself is available only at the Charleston Trust Shop. The cotton/linen/nylon blend is priced at £27.50 per half metre.

The pillows and bags are available in a limited edition at Ancient Industries.

The pillows and bags are available in three patterns:

  1. Charleston Grapes, designed by Grant in 1931 and used at both Charleston and Monk’s House
  2. Charleston West Wind, designed by Grant in 1931
  3. Charleston Queen Mary, designed by Grant in 1936 for the first class lounge of the Queen Mary

Pillows are 20-inch square and include a hidden zipper. Inserts are not included. The price is $55.

Bag in Charleston Grapes print

Bags, described as “shopping bags,” measure 16″ x 18″. Each has three inside pockets and is fully lined. The price is $85. Brooklyn illustrator Wayne Pate is the bag designer.

News of this find came to Blogging Woolf via Lauren Bufferd, facilities manager at the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, Tenn.

You can read a bit more about the pillows and bags on the Ancient Industries blog. Scroll down to the April 14 post.


					

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Take a look at these 26 Woolf sightings found during the past week.
  1. Poem of the week: A Northern Suburb by John DavidsonThe Guardian (blog)
    His poetry was admired by Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot and, intermittently, WB Yeats, who knew him from Rhymers’ Club meetings, and complained of his “Scottish roughness and exasperation”. Hugh MacDiarmid paid him the sincerest tribute as “the only 
  2. Editorial: Celebrities and Bipolar DisorderAbout – News & Issues
    Brilliant authors and poets Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and John Berryman all took their own lives. I myself “went public” with my bipolar disorder – on this website – on the day I was diagnosed, and I’ve never regretted my openness. …
  3. 5 Least Sexy Film Characters (Female)ChicagoNow (blog)
    I am very, very afraid of Virginia Woolf. Will Hunting’s strengths: fighting, brains, lying, one-liners, and carpentry. Weaknesses: female basketball players. Geena Davis is easily the 2nd best looking guy in this picture. Call me narrow-minded, 
  4. Teen story honorable mention: The Carrel BoyKalamazoo Gazette – MLive.com
    My carrel is like a womb where Virginia Woolf holds me in her arms; where Yeats sings to me; where Kafka asks me if my world is real. And I say “Yes, yes my world is real, Kafka. I am real, my carrel is real, and we are here together. …
  5. My hero: George EliotThe Guardian
    From Adam Bede to Daniel Deronda, she questioned her times. She plumbed ideas, politics, religion, race, and above all the vagaries of the heart. Virginia Woolf characterised Middlemarch as “one of the fewEnglish novels written for grown-up people”. 
  6. Labour new and blueProgress Magazine
    ‘At a recent seminar in Oxford that brought together new Labour and blue Labour, a philosopher attached to the latter quoted Virginia Woolf’s diary: “Terrible weekend. Man drowned in river. Went to Labour Party meeting.” Arguments in the fraternal …
  7. Radical Bloomsbury: Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell’s story at Brighton Museum Culture24
    Bell was a painter and designer and the sister of Virginia Woolf, a fellow member of the all-powerful Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists who used Charleston as a spiritual home. The icons they dallied with are dotted around the six chambers – in 
  8. Greene’s pasturesThe Australian
    I suspect we’ll still be reading him when the pages of Virginia Woolf stay unopened and when William Faulkner is a bit hard to get down from the shelf. Greene was intensely interested in the art of writing. He was obsessed by that most innovative of 
  9. Two plays set high standardNorth Shore News
    Glass’s title is based on a Virginia Woolf quote — “We think back through our mothers if we are women.” Neat endings and messages are anathema to Glass. She gives us three conflicted characters connected by blood and marriage, and examining their 
  10. Bipolar disorder: FactfileThe Independent
    … counselling by psychologists, social workers or psychiatric nurses. – Famous people who may have been bipolar include Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Vincent Van Gogh, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf
     and Charles Baudelaire.
  11. Bringing Film Noir to the Small Screen: HBO’s Mildred PierceMy Latino Voice
    Mildred learns all too soon the meaning of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” and lines from “King Lear.” And here one gets a taste of Winslet’s “Revolutionary Road” with slivers of “Chinatown.” With style and finely detailed sets, “Mildred Pierce” 
  12. BBC readers to click with the ListenerGulfNews
    By Jemima Kiss, Guardian News and Media Ltd. London: It was one of the most distinguished titles in British journalism for more than six decades, nurturing the careers of literary talent including Virginia Woolf, Phillip Larkin and TS Eliot, 
  13. The blossoming of BloomsburyEvening Standard
    This is because, by the time of Virginia Woolf and her colleagues, the interests of literature and avant-garde art in general had moved beyond social realism, and towards internal, psychological narratives. The work of these artists spawned nothing 
  14. LePain explores Augustine’s ConfessionsLe Provacteur (subscription)
    Professor LePain began the lecture with a flurry of literary allusions ranging from Dante to The Dream of the Red Chamber to Don Quixote and Virginia Woolf-painting, with broad strokes, an image of readers and the books they read throughout literary 
  15. Stunning Tudor house in Berkshire for saleCountry Life
  16. During their residence there they were visited by well known fellow members of the group including Virginia Woolf and Maynard Keynes. The property has been lovingly refurbished by its current owners and boasts the original restored mill wheel, … Read Bloomsbury home Tidmarsh for sale.
  17. LBGT curriculum: Great stories are the keySan Francisco Chronicle
  18. Around the same time, I read Michael Cunningham’s novel “The Hours,” a story of three women connected by Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.” It is a beautiful piece of art, and is also a book written by a gay man with one of the central characters a
  19. Annabel by Kathleen Winter – reviewThe Guardian
    Annabel takes a fresh approach: it eschews the dark humour of Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex, or, in less direct treatments, the gruesomeness of Iain Banks’s The Wasp Factory, the epic sweep of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the inventive intricacy of Ursula 
  20. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano’s talent has depthWashington Post
    … season’s Young Concert Artists series, Cano followed Nicola Porpora’s “Alto Giove” from his opera “Polifemo” with Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer,” Ravel’s “Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques” and Dominick Argento’s “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
  21. The problem with “Miral”NYU Washington Square News
    When Nadia decides to kill herself by wading into the river Virginia Woolf-style, Schnabel’s sensorium works to convey the claustrophobia of the water, muffling sight and sound. But it never tells us, or shows us, who she was in the first place. 
  22. Literary England: In search of Virginia Woolf among the historic blue plaques …Daily Mail
    But it’s at 22 Hyde Park Gate, London, that I find what I’m looking for: the house where my great-aunt, Virginia Woolf, was born in 1882. It’s the logical place to start my journey to her old haunts around London, a journey that also takes in 

    Virginia Woolf screensaver on the Kindle

  23. Amazon introduces cheaper Wi-Fi Kindle with adsUSA Today
    The only difference: Ads replace illustrations of classic authors like Virginia Woolf and Jules Verne that appear on current Kindle screensavers. This Amazon gift card deal is among deals that will be delivered directly to “Kindle with Special Offers” 
  24. A symphony conductor’s lawsuit of noteYakima Herald-Republic
    The New York Times reported last month the 1994 law restored copyrights in films by Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini, books by CS Lewis and Virginia Woolf, and paintings by Picasso. Teachers and archivists are also plaintiffs in the case. 
  25. Poets in MotionBOOK Southern Africa (blog)
    Virginia Woolf set herself the task of going to buy a pencil in order to justify taking a walk, and American poet AR Ammons gives a new meaning to loafing, when he proposes a trip to buy the daily bread, but he comes to the conclusion that a walk is
  26. RH relaunches Hogarth PressThe Bookseller
    The spirit of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s literary imprint the Hogarth Press will be revived on both sides of the Atlantic after Random House announced the launch of a new fiction imprint. Hogarth will launch in summer 2012 and will focus on 

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Got a cool £1.9m?

If so, you can buy a home in County Berkshire once used by the Bloomsbury Group.

Known among Woolfians as Tidmarsh,The Mill House  has been on the market since last summer. The historic Tudor property dates in part back to the 13th century, but the main house is thought to have been built around 1600.

It was the residence of artist Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey from 1917-1924. Their rent was £52 a year for a three-year lease.

During their years there, the couple was visited by well known fellow members of the group, including Virginia Woolf and Maynard Keynes.

Carrington’s painting of the home illustrates the front cover of the 1970 edition of Carrington: Letters and Extracts From Her Diary, edited by David Garnett.

The current owners, who have lived on the property on the River Pang since the mid-1980s, say they still get visits from admirers of the Bloomsbury Group.

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It’s over now, but if you had the opportunity to see A Good Day: Love, Death and Virginia Woolf on stage at the Royal Northern College of Music Studio Theater in Manchester, England, it seems likely you would have given it a good rating.

Remotegoat did. The UK site gave the play four stars.

Reviewer Frank Hill’s overwhelmingly positive response can be summed up by this statement: “A Good Day tackles a difficult subject, but with a strong cast and sensitive direction from Helen Perry this proved to be a reflective and thoughtful evening at the theatre, which, like the author’s work itself, raises as many questions as it answers.”

Stuart N. Clarke, regular poster to the VW Listserv, keeper of an extensive Woolf and Bloomsbury bibliography, and editor of volumes five and six of The Essays of Virginia Woolf, was in the audience. In an early morning message to the list, he complimented the poetic quality of the script and the fact that it presented Woolf as a great writer.

The new play, described as a dramatic love story that gives a mesmerising and compelling view of Woolf’s final hours, according to producers Brian M Clarke and Tom Elliott, was produced in honor of the 70th anniversary of Woolf’s death.

The play had a short run, April 14-16, and was promoted by Beat Productions.

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