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Il Faro in una stanza

The 3rd edition of ‘Il Faro in una stanza,’ the Italian literary Festival on Virginia Woolf, will take place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November 2018 in the beautiful Frescos Room at the Municipal Library of Sesto San Giovanni,Milan.

Recycling Woolf Conference

The ItVWS announces the International conference ‘Recycling Woolf’ at the Université de Lorraine (Nancy) 27 – 29 June 2019. It is organized by IDEA, in collaboration with Institut des Textes et de Manuscrits Modernes, the Italian Virginia Woolf Society and the Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes.

A Whole Day for Her

Dalloway Day

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I made the leap. I signed up to attend the Literature Cambridge course Virginia Woolf’s Gardens this summer at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

Along with others, I will be there July 14-19 learning about the importance of gardens to Woolf’s life and work, from her early story “Kew Gardens” (1917) to her last novel, Between the Acts (1941).

Other course readings include Jacob’s Room (1922), Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928) and A Room of One’s Own (1929).

Daily schedule

Each day starts with a lecture presented by a leading scholar. A seminar or a Cambridge-style one-hour supervision (tutorial) for students in groups of three or four follows, taught by lecturers and post-docs from the University of Cambridge to discuss the topic of the day, looking closely at that day’s text.

Lecturers include Suzanne Raitt, Gillian Beer, Alison Hennegan, Clare Walker Gore, Karina Jakubowicz, Oliver Goldstein, Trudi Tate, Kabe Wilson and Caroline Holmes.

Manuscript, excursions, and more

We will also get to view the manuscript of A Room of One’s Own held in Cambridge.

When the course ends, I’ll head out on two excursions — to Monk’s House and Charleston. I visited both sites in 2004 but am eager to go again.

Virginia Woolf’s writing Lodge at Monk’s House

We’ll also have time to explore Cambridge on our own, go punting, discuss literature with other students, and reflect, the website tells us.

Listen to Caroline Zoob’s podcast

Hear Caroline Zoob, author of Virginia Woolf’s Garden, interviewed by Literature Cambridge lecturer Karina Jukubowicz.

Spots available

There is still space available in the course. You can get more information and book online.

‘Everything tended to set itself in a garden where there was none of this gloom.’
– To the Lighthouse.

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The writing resource Every Writer has posted a list of Virginia Woolf quotes to inspire writers. The list unfortunately fails to list sources of the quotes, which means ringers can sneak in, like the debatable and doubtful one that begins: “Writing is like sex.”

These, of course, are just a drop in the bucket, but it’s a good start and well intended. They plan to add more over time, maybe my favorite:

“The way to rock oneself back into writing is this. First gentle exercise in the air. Second the reading of good literature. It is a mistake to think that literature can be produced from the raw.” (Diary 8/22/22)

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Wednesday, June 19, is officially Dalloway Day. And while some will celebrate on the more convenient following Saturday, the Royal Society of Literature is hosting an event on the actual day.

Walking with Mrs Dalloway” will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery. Essayist Lauren Elkin will lead an afternoon stroll around the National Portrait Gallery, looking at selected paintings and photographs of and by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and others associated with the Bloomsbury Group and the modernist movement. Following the tour Lauren will give a short talk about Woolf.

Elkin’s most recent book Flâneuse was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

The event is free to RSL members and fellows, who can book here. Public tickets at a cost of £10/£8 will be available via the National Portrait Gallery website, beginning in early May.

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The Katherine Mansfield Society has surplus paperback copies of its 2018 yearbook, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, published by Edinburgh University Press. Its cover features the well-known Vanessa Bell painting “The Other Room,” which dates to the late 1930s.

Members of  the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain can purchase a copy for £20, the same rate offered to Mansfield Society members. The price includes worldwide postage.

The volume includes essays by world-renowned Woolf scholars, as well as a new play based on “Slater’s Pins,” along with Ali Smith’s memorable National Portrait Gallery talk on Woolf and Mansfield.

Also included in the Mansfield-Woolf volume are:

  • “Introduction: Thinking Sideways through One’s Sisters” by Christine Froula
  • “Dangerous Reading in Mansfield’s Stories and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’” by Brian Richardson
  • “A Conversation Set to Flowers: Beyond the Origins of Kew Gardens” by Karina Jakubowicz
  • “Seated between ‘Geniuses’: Conrad Aiken’s Imaginative and Critical Responses to Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf” by Sydney Janet Kaplan

Interested members can visit the Katherine Mansfield Society shop, scroll down until they see the volume on Mansfield and Woolf, which is the second item from the top, and click on the ‘member’ rate.

VWSGB members may also purchase other volumes in the shop at the member rate.

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Dr. Trudi Tate of the University of Cambridge has shared a review of Jane de Gay’s new book, Virginia Woolf and Christian Culture (2018). Jane is professor of English literature at Leeds Trinity University.

Read the review on the Literature Cambridge website.

Woolf and Christian Culture (2018). Read it here.

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Here’s an April Fool from Virginia Woolf, courtesy of Maggie Humm via Facebook.

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