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Virginia Woolf knitted. Vanessa Bell crocheted. And we are doing both at #Woolf2018.

V Woolf knitting portrait

Vanessa Bell painting of Woolf knitting in an armchair

The 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf at Woolf College at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, includes the Woolf Project. And like the theme of the conference — Virginia Woolf, Europe, and Peace — the Woolf Project focuses on peace as well.

Woolf knitting

It reimagines Bell’s portrait of Woolf knitting in an armchair by covering it with pieces knitted and crocheted by conference-goers and University of Kent staff.

Throughout the conference, participants are picking up knitting needles and crochet hooks and choosing yarn from a basket full of colorful skeins and balls to fashion squares and other shapes. These are being joined together to cover an armchair placed in the midst of the conference space.

Knit for Peace

Once the conference is over, the chair cover will be taken apart by Emma Brainbridge of Kent, who has overseen the project, and transformed into blankets for the charity Knit for Peace.

knitting is the saving of life – Virginia Woolf

The Woolf Project in action

A variety of yarn,, hooks, and needles are available for conference-goers to pick up and use.

Emma Bainbridge of Kent with the armchair in its nearly complete cover, complete with accessory pillow.

The Woolf Project armchair covered in crocheted and knitted squares and other shapes created by conference-goers.

Even the back of the armchair is covered with handwork of many colors, shapes, and designs.

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Bonnie Kime Scott, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, announces that the proposal deadline for panel topics for the 2008 MLA Convention has been extended to Dec. 13. Get the details

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For the 18th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Pat Colliers is seeking papers for a panel that looks at ways of bringing the insights and methodologies of recent work in early 20th century periodical studies to bear on the life and work of Virginia Woolf.

The conference, with the theme “Woolf Editing/Editing Woolf,” will be held June 19–22, 2008, at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

According to Colliers, possibilities for the periodicals panel include papers on the following topics:

  • Woolf’s contributions to periodicals as an essayist, short story writer, or reviewer
  • Woolf’s interventions in contemporary debates about journalism and the public sphere
  • reviews of Woolf and her circle as evidence of “reception.”

“In any case,” Colliers writes, “papers should engage with periodicals as texts in themselves that bring their own problematics of interpretation and methodology, not primarily as “contexts” or neutral containers of content.”

Send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Patrick Collier at pccollier@bsu.edu by Jan. 5, 2008.

This news, posted on the MLA listserv, was sent out to the VW Listserv from Helen Southworth.

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Helen Southworth, assistant professor of literature of the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon,  announces that she is trying to put together a panel or two on the topic of the Hogarth Press for the 18th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf scheduled for June 19-22, 2008, in Denver, Colorado.

Her efforts are designed  to tie in with the edited volume for which she issued a call for papers in August. Click here for details of Southworth’s call for papers.

Southworth says she is looking for papers that deal with the following:

  • stories of authors, artists, and workers published by and/or associated with the Woolfs’ press
  • papers that expand on Willis’ history of the Hogarth Press.

Anyone interested in submitting a paper to the edited volume or becoming involved in a conference panel, should contact Southworth as soon as possible.

Contact information:
Helen Southworth
Clark Honors College
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403

The deadline for Denver panel proposals is now Jan. 11. 

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Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, £114,000. James Joyce’s Ulysses, £150,000. Virginia Woolf’s Orlando — priceless.

At least it would be priceless to readers of this blog.

But according to Simon Roberts, a book expert at Bonhams in central London, a Penguin paperback first edition of Woolf’s classic is only worth a tenner.

Whether pounds or dollars, that doesn’t seem like much to pay for a first edition of our idol’s 1928 psuedo-biography.

Read more about how such book values are calculated in “How to make a killing from first editions” in The Telegraph.

  

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MLA logoBonnie Kime Scott, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, announces that members of the society are invited to submit a panel topic for the next MLA Convention in 2008, which will be held in San Francisco. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Dec. 13.

Kime Scott notes that this is a call for whole panels, not individual paper proposals. She asks that you submit only one topic please.

Members should submit the following: 

1. A 35-word description of your panel (word count must include the title).
2. The name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s), i.e. e-mail, snail mail, preferred telephone number, institutional affiliation, if any.
3. Deadline by which the organizer(s) wish to receive submissions (usually March 15).
4. The format for submissions (500-word abstract, full-length paper, etc.). All of the above should be submitted to Bonnie Kime Scott electronically or by mail. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. Please type “Woolf  Society Panels MLA” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Panel proposal submission deadline is Dec. 13, 2007. Voting on the resulting proposals will be completed by Dec. 30, to meet MLA deadlines.

If you would like to propose your own special session, visit the MLA Web site for instructions.

Contact: bkscott@mail.sdsu or Bonnie Kime Scott, President IVWS, Dept. of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-6030

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Leonard Woolf bio coverWe’ll have to wait until Nov. 28 to find out the 10 best books of the year chosen by the editors of the New York Times Book Review.

But the Times list of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 is available now. And it includes books with a Woolf connection.

Connect the dots that lead to Virginia from the tomes listed below.

Non-fiction

Fiction

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