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For the month of March only, Literature Cambridge is offering a special discount price for its summer courses “Virginia Woolf and Politics” and “Women Writers: Emily Brontë to Elizabeth Bowens.”

Full price is £1600, but during the month of March, members of recognized Virginia Woolf societies can book at the special price of £1500 for  summer courses. On April 1, the price returns to £1550.

Register here.

Who takes the courses?

Students include academics, graduate students, and teachers, as well as the intelligent ‘common readers’ that Woolf herself so valued.

What do fees include?

Course fee includes six nights bed and breakfast (ensuite), course materials, lectures, supervisions, excursions, talks, some evening meals, and a traditional Cambridge afternoon tea.

For more information, email: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk


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“Hilda and Virginia” starts today and runs through March 3. This double bill of two plays by veteran writer and activist Maureen Duffy, tells the stories of two remarkable women:

  • 7th-century abbess Hilda of Whitby, who brought Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons and was a teacher and adviser to kings, in “The Choice,” and
  • Virginia Woolf, who, in “A Nightingale In Bloomsbury Square,” looks back on her life, revealing the backdrop to her successful works.
The production is at the Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street,, London SW1Y 6ST 020 7287 2875. Tickets are £30.

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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, a major new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London, includes Virginia Woolf’s great-aunt, Julia Margaret Cameron.

The exhibit, March 1 – May 20, also features three other celebrated figures in art photography: Lewis Carroll, Oscar Rejlander  and Clementina Hawarden. These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era, according to the NPG.

Julia Jackson, as photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron


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Virginia Woolf Talks by leading scholars on Virginia Woolf and her contemporaries are held at Lucy Cavendish College and are free and open to all.
Lent Term 2018

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 1.00 pm
David Trotter
‘Giving the Sign’: Katherine Mansfield’s stories

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 1.00 pm
Aoife Byrne
Elizabeth Bowen’s writings on the Second World War

Venue: Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU
You can read about previous talks on the Literature Cambridge Blog page. 

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Virginia Woolf in Words and Pictures, an illustrated talk by Frances Spalding, will be held Wednesday, January 24, 1-2 p.m. in celebration of Woolf’s Jan. 25 birthday, as well as the publication of Frances Spalding’s new book The Illustrated Letters of  Virginia Woolf.

Location for the talk is Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London.

Tickets are £5 and £3 for students and are available online or by telephone 020 7636 1577.


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Summer courses in Cambridge 2018

Virginia Woolf and Politics
1-6 July 2018, Wolfson College, Cambridge

Immerse yourself for a week in the books and ideas of Virginia Woolf. In 2018, we will learn more about Woolf’s interest in the politics of her time: the First World War, the education of women, the rise of the Labour Party. We will also explore her interest in pacifism and human rights, and her thoughts on gender and on families.

To be studied: A Room of One’s Own, Three Guineas, Orlando, The Years and selected essays.

No prior knowledge is assumed; just an interest in Woolf and a love of reading. Whether you know the politics of Woolf’s period well, or are coming to it for the first time, this course will deepen your understanding of Woolf’s wonderful writing.

Women Writers: Emily Bronte to Elizabeth Bowen
8-13 July 2018, Homerton College, Cambridge

This is a rare opportunity to study five great women who were writing in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries:

  • Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  • George Eliot, Mill on the Floss
  • Woolf, To the Lighthouse
  • Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party” and other stories
  • Elizabeth Bowen, To the North

Both courses are taught by leading scholars, with lectures, seminars, supervisions, readings, walks and the chance to go punting. Live like a Cambridge student for a week of intensive, exciting study.

Teachers include: Gillian Beer, Clare Walker Gore, Trudi Tate, Claire Nicholson, Claire Davison, Frances Spalding, Peter Jones, Aiofe Byrne, Nadine Tschacksch, Jeremy Thurlow, and others.

Discount for early bookings by 22 December 2017.

After 22 December, a discount for students and members of recognized Woolf societies (and other relevant societies such as the George Eliot Fellowship and the Katherine Mansfield Society), are available, subject to enrollment.


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Bookings are now open for Literature Cambridge summer courses in Cambridge during July 2018 — and both include Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf and Politics

Dates: July 1-6, 2018
A week’s immersion in Woolf’s political concerns, focusing on the 1920s and 1930s. A Room of One’s Own, Orlando, Three Guineas and The Years, plus some essays.

Women Writers Emily Bronte to Elizabeth Bowen

Dates: July 8-13, 2018
A week’s intensive study of five women writers, including George Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf.

Discount for early bird bookings made before Dec. 22, and for members of recognized Virginia Woolf Societies.


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