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The results are in. The winning quote in the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain’s query posted on its Facebook page is:

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – A Room of One’s Own

You can read all four of the quotes short-listed for the competition, which was held in celebration of #DallowayDay. The VWSGB says it will hold a similar vote to celebrate #DallowayDay next year.

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As we reported earlier, the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain is asking Woolf readers to vote for their favorite quote via their Facebook page.

Here’s the VWSGB’s Facebook query:

Thanks to all those who emailed or Facebooked their favourite Virginia Woolf quotations. We received a great variety, but have shortlisted the following five. Just vote for your favourite using the number next to it. If you voted earlier, you can choose the same one or another, and you can make your message public or reply privately. But please vote! #vwquotevote

1) Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. (Mrs Dalloway)

2) In the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June.
(Mrs Dalloway)

3) Why, if one wants to compare life to anything, one must liken it to being blown through the Tube at fifty miles an hour – landing at the other end without a single hairpin in one’s hair! Shot out at the feet of God entirely naked! Tumbling head over heels in the asphodel meadows like brown paper parcels pitched down a shoot in the post office! With one’s hair flying back like the tail of a race-horse. Yes, that seems to express the rapidity of life, the perpetual waste and repair; all so casual, all so haphazard …
(‘The Mark on the Wall’)

4) Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. (A Room of One’s Own)

5) Nothing is simply one thing. (To the Lighthouse)

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In conjunction with #DallowayDay 2018 the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain is asking Woolf fans for their favourite Woolf quotation.

Don’t worry about the exact words; organizers say they can probably find the one you mean.

Here’s what to do. Just click on the ‘Send Message’ button on the VWSGB Facebook page and type in your favourite Woolf quotation, where it comes from and a few words about why you like it, and the group will add it to the list.

The VWSGB needs quotes by the third Wednesday in June, which most Woolfians consider to be the day on which Clarissa Dalloway takes her walk around London and holds her party. This year, as in 1923, when the novel is set, this falls on Wednesday 20 June.

When all ideas are collected, the top five will be listed and members will be asked to vote for one of them by 30 June. Results will be announced in early July.

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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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From the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain come several Woolf sightings. Read on for details.

Julia Jackson, as photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron

  • “Britain in Focus: A Photographic History,” BBC4 TV: Julia Margaret Cameron, Virginia Woolf’s great-aunt, is discussed at about 45 mins. Watch it.
  • “Virginia Woolf: ‘Madness’, War and Trauma,” a free talk, will be held Feb. 3, 2018, 2:15-3:30 p.m. at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind in Beckenham, Kent. Get details and reserve your free tickets.
  • A section on Garsington and D. H. Lawrence in “Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain,” episode 4. Watch it.

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If you are within range of East Sussex, you can still book a seat on the bus to Rodmell for a Saturday, Sept. 21, trip to Monk’s House and Berwick Church sponsored by the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

Virginia Woolf's writing Lodge at Monk's House

Virginia Woolf’s writing Lodge at Monk’s House

Here are the details:
  • Cost: £12.50, including the coach travel and Berwick Church visit. The price excludes entry to Monk’s House at £4.10 (group rate; or free to National Trust members);  lunch at the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell; and train travel to Lewes (advance return from London to Lewes costs £10).
  • Seats Available: Thirty places are available.

The arrangements are as follows:

  • Departure: Coach at Lewes station at 11 a.m. (to meet the 9:47 a.m. train from London Victoria); to Monk’s House for a private guided tour
  • Lunch: Approximately 1–2 p.m.
  • Berwick Church: Coach takes guests to Berwick Church for a guided visit to the murals by Anthea Arnold
  • Return: Coach leaves Berwick at 3:30 p.m. for Lewes station (for 4:20pm train to London).
Please note that, because of restricted coach access, there will be a small amount of walking. To secure a place, please email Lindsay Martin at lindsay@lindsaycmartin.co.uk.

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The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain is holding an essay competition in memory of Julia Briggs, acclaimed Virginia Woolf scholar and a member of the executive council of the society who died in August 2007.

Essays should be written on the topic ‘Why is reading Virginia Woolf still so crucial today?’ Entrants should choose their own title for their essays, which should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length.

The competition is open to members and non-members. Members of the executive council and editorial committee of the society, the judges, and the families of both are not eligible to enter. Entries should be mailed to Ruth Webb, 15 Southcote Road, London SE25 4RG. They must arrive by 10 January 2011.

The winner will receive a cheque for £250, presented at the society’s annual general meeting in central London on April 2, 2011, and the winning essay will be published in the Virginia Woolf Bulletin. If the winner is unable to attend the April 2011 general meeting, the prize will be sent by secure mail.

Download the Julia Briggs 2011 Essay Competition Rules and Application to ensure that your application and essay are prepared and submitted properly. The official entry form is required.

For more information, contact Sarah M. Hall at smhall123@yahoo.co.uk.

Student membership in the society costs £10 for those at UK addresses and £15 for those at overseas addresses, per calendar year.

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