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Heading to Chicago for the 24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Writing theScreen Shot 2014-05-30 at 1.31.56 PM World, June 5-8?

If so, great. I’ll see you there. If not, follow the conference on Twitter.

Here’s the hashtag established by conference planners Diana Swanson and Pamela Caughie: #VWConf14 and here’s the handle: @Woolf_Conf

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Vanessa Bell, about to turn 35, is in Paris for the opening of a new staging of Twelfth Night [La Nuit des Rois], by Jacques Copeau, also 34, with costumes by her fellow Bloomsbury painter Duncan Grant, 29. Her husband, art critic Clive Bell, 33, is also along for the trip. The visiting Bloomsberries take advantage of the opportunity to see the art collection of American ex-patriates Michael, 49, and Sarah Stein, 43, at their flat on rue Madame. In turn they introduce the Brits to Henri Matisse, 44.

Michael’s sister, Gertrude Stein, 40, takes Duncan to meet her favourite of the Paris artists, Pablo Picasso, 32, in his studio. Duncan notices that the Spaniard is experimenting with papier-colle, and volunteers to bring him some wallpaper rolls he has found in his hotel room, altho Picasso protests that this amounts to stealing.

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The International Virginia Woolf Society is pleased to host its fifteenth consecutive panel at theLouisville Conference artwork University of Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2015.

We invite proposals for critical papers on any topic concerning Woolf studies. A particular panel theme may be chosen depending on the proposals received.

Please submit by email a cover page with your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, professional affiliation (if any), and the title of your paper, and a second anonymous page containing a 250-word paper proposal to Kristin Czarnecki (kristin_czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu) (one submission per person, please, devoid of any information that might identify the submitter) by Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

Panel Selection Committee:

Jeanne Dubino
Mark Hussey
Jane Lilienfeld
Vara Neverow

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FlushCasting is underway for Flush, the film version of Virginia Woolf’s novel about Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as told through the eyes of Barrett’s cocker spaniel, Flush.

It is a co-production with Robbie Little and Ellen Little of The Little Film Company. Diarmuid Lawrence will direct the late autumn shoot.

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vw_vancouver_120x180Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Third Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolfedited by Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies, is now available both in print and online from Clemson University Digital Press. The price is $24.95.

You can order a copy online or download the book as a PDF.

According to the website, the volume presents 28 essays and four poetic invocations delivered at the 23rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia (June 6-9, 2013). The theme of the conference, the concept of “common(wealth),” addresses geographical, political, and imaginary spaces in which different readers and readings vie for primacy of place.

The essays in this collection, including keynote addresses by Rosemary Ashton, Paul Delany, Christine Froula, Mary Ann Gillies, Sonita Sarker, and Jane Stafford, reflect upon “common(wealth)” as a constructed entity, one that necessarily embodies tensions between the communal and individual, traditional culture and emergent forms, indigenous people and colonial powers, and literary insiders and outsiders.

In the interest of full disclosure, my essay, “Woolf Blogging, Blogging Woolf: Using the Web to Create a Common Wealth of Global Scholars-Readers,” is the last one in the volume. Along with essays by Karen Levenback, Diane Gillespie and Leslie Hankins, it’s included in the section “Woolf Beyond the Book.”

Read more about the 23rd Conference.

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Jans Ondaatje Rolls, author of The Bloomsbury‬ Cookbook will be giving talks at a number of festivalsBloomsburyCookbook_title_26523 and venues this year, but you will have to be in England to attend.

  • May 24, noon – 1 p.m., Charleston Festival, Lewes, East Sussex
  • July 15, 2–3 p.m., Buxton Festival, Derbyshire
  • July 17, 7–8 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Sept. 14, 3:30–4.30 p.m., Hampstead & Highgate Literary Fetitval, London
  • Sept. 27, TBA, Porlock Literary Festival, Somerset
  • Oct. 4, TBA, Ilkley Literary Festival, West Yorkshire
  • Oct. 6, TBA, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Gloucestershire
  • Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m., Knutsford Literary Festival, Cheshire

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A window on the world: a detail from Sissinghurst gardens A window on the world: a detail from Sissinghurst gardens

I recently read a Tweet from a bookseller which asked readers if they had adopted a book recently. It was one of those simple, but leading questions that started me thinking.  Yes, I thought. I have ‘adopted’ quite a few literary strays – most discovered lurking on the shelves of second-hand shops.
Yet these have turned out to be some of the most fruitful and interesting reads – particularly for an omnivore like me who is constantly searching for new sources of information for my own writing.
My latest acquisition is ‘Diaries and Letters 1939 – 1945‘ by Harold Nicolson who formed one half of the creative – and somewhat eccentric – marriage with Vita Sackville-West.
This has proved a rich source of insights as Nicolson served in the Ministry of Information and so got to observe the workings of…

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