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I’d heard the rumor — that a Virginia Woolf “collage” could be spotted in the ladies room of London’s Tavistock Hotel. But I did not expect what I actually found.

Tavistock Hotel in Bloomsbury, London

I went in search of the hotel’s unusual homage to Woolf after the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf in June at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.

The clerk at the Tavistock’s front desk directed me to the lobby level ladies room, where I expected to see a lone framed Woolf collage on the wall near the door or the sinks.

Loo decor

I found something entirely different. The wall behind each toilet in each ladies room stall was decorated with a long framed graphic featuring Woolf and her works. Each was cut to feature a different element of her work.

Luckily, the ladies room was unoccupied when I entered, so I was able to take a photograph of each stall. However, some of my photos are a bit tipsy, due to the fact that I had to prop each stall door open with my foot while hurriedly snapping individual pictures.

I made sure to include the commode and toilet tissue roll in the photo when I could manage it, as evidence that this Woolf sighting actually took place in a loo. 

 

The hotel’s Woolf & Whistle serves light meals and beverages.

Traditional afternoon tea is also offered at the Tavistock Hotel’s Woolf & Whistle.

 

About the Tavistock

Blue plaque honoring Virginia and Leonard Woolf installed to the left of the front entrance of the Tavistock Hotel.

The hotel is famous because it is built on the site of Virginia and Leonard’s flat at 52 Tavistock Square, in which they lived from 1924-1939.

A blue plaque commemorating that fact was unveiled on the exterior of the building in April.

 

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Virginia and Vita. Virginia and Leonard. Vanessa and Roger. Vanessa and Duncan. All four of those Bloomsbury couples are included in the exhibit “Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde” at The Barbican Art Gallery in London through Jan. 27, 2019.

According to promoters:

Modern Couples explores creative relationships, across painting, literature, sculpture, photography and design. Meet the artist couples that forged new ways of making art and of living and loving, from Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, Emilie Flöge & Gustav Klimt to Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West.

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Free talks will be held at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, England, in the new year and all are welcome.

Literature Cambridge lecture at Girton College in July 2017

Here’s the schedule

  • Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 1:00 pm. “Isobel Maddison on Elizabeth von Arnim and Virginia Woolf: Love, Marriage, Expiation.”
  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 1:00 pm. Professor Dame Gillian Beer on “Modernist Alice.”

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More on Virginia Woolf in Richmond

Read more on Virginia Woolf in Richmond by Peter Fullagar — with a photo endorsement by the beloved Cecil Woolf — on the White Shadow in the Basement blog. The article comes to you via Published Author.

You can also read Blogging Woolf’s interview with the author.

Peter Fullagar

Peter Fullagar with his new book “Virginia Woolf in Richmond”

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Editor’s Note: See updated venue location.

If you are lucky enough to be in London in January, consider attending the 20th Annual Virginia Woolf Society Birthday Lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The topic, with speaker Stuart N. Clarke, is “Virginia Woolf’s Non-Literary Reputation.” Clarke is a founding member of the society and editor of its bulletin.

Location for the lecture, which is hosted by the Institute of English Studies, is The Woburn Suite, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

The cost is £15 for Virginia Woolf Society & IES Members / students and concessions and £20 for non-members. The price includes a wine reception to follow the lecture and a printed copy of the lecture to be posted. Register here.

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Art inspired by Virginia Woolf always inspires me. And that was the case at the 28th Annual  International Conference on Virginia Woolf last June at Woolf College at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.

Luz Novillo-Corvalán

Woolfian Artists

Luz Novillo-Corvalán from Argentina’s University of Cordoba was one of three artists on the “Woolfian Artists” panel the first morning of the conference.

The others were Ane Thon Knutsen with “Reading Woolf from the Type Case Perspective: Finding Artistic Freedom Through ‘The Mark on the Wall'” and Adriane Little with “Virginia Woolf Was Here” in which she combined Woolf’s words with water from Woolf sites.

Portraits and more

Luz’s presentation, “Portraits of Radical Women: From Anais Nin to Virginia Woolf,” featured her lovely portraits of those artists and others, embroidered in one continuous chain stitch on paper.  The Woolf portrait is pictured below, along with other pieces Luz displayed — and sold — at the conference.

Luz Novillo-Corvalán’s embroidered portrait of Virginia Woolf

“Why should men drink wine and women water,” asks Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s Own, and Luz Novillo-Corvalán adds a new twist to the question by embroidering it on a handkerchief.

Displayed at the conference: paper art with a Woolf theme featuring The Waves, Orlando and Monk’s House from Luz Novillo-Corvalán.

Luz Novillo-Corvalán’s artistic interpretation of The Waves

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