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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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Can it get any more exciting than this? Literature Cambridge is offering a summer course on Virginia Woolf this July.

Here is the information that Trudi Tate, Director of Literature, Cambridge, and a lecturer at the summer course, sent Blogging Woolf, along with fee details I copied from the website:

Summer Course: Virginia Woolf in Cambridge, 18-22 July 2016

Literature Cambridge offers specialised summer courses in the beautiful university city of Cambridge. In 2016, our special author course is on Virginia Woolf. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself for five full days in Woolf’s writings and her context.

Each day we will have an expert lecture, followed by questions and discussion. On four days, there will be a Cambridge-style supervision. Students work in pairs, discussing the text of the day for an hour with an experienced Cambridge supervisor.

Susan Sellers will be a lecturer at the Cambridge summer course.

Susan Sellers, author of Vanessa and Virginia (2009), is one of several lecturers at this summer’s Literature Cambridge course.

There will be guided excursions to places of interest, including Girton and Newnham Colleges (where Woolf gave talks that became A Room of One’s Own), Grantchester (where Woolf met Rupert Brooke), and Bloomsbury in London.

In the evenings there will be literary readings or talks, as well as time to read further, explore Cambridge, and to reflect.

In 2016, we will be based in Homerton College, a lovely Victorian campus with beautiful large gardens, 10 minutes by bus from the city centre. Students live, take classes and take most of their meals in college, with opportunities to explore the rest of Cambridge. (It is also possible to come as a non-residential student: see the website.)

There are no prerequisites, but students must be over 18. At present we do not have the capacity to offer undergraduate credits, but we will explore this for 2017 and beyond if there is a demand.

I am really delighted to offer this unique opportunity to study Woolf in depth in the company of Woolfians from all over the world – teachers, students, scholars, and ‘common readers’. We are all her common readers and I look forward to working with you.


The course fee of £875, covers lectures, supervisions, course materials, excursions and talks. The residential fee of £570, includes six nights bed and breakfast (ensuite), four evening meals, plus one formal dinner. Non-residential students are welcome; evening meals and formal dinner may be paid for separately if desired.

An early bird discount of 5% will be offered for those booking by 15 January 2016.

More details

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

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Blogger Kathleen Dixon Donnelly has developed a personal walking tour, “‘Such Friends’: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group,” which has just been published by VoiceMap as a GPS audio walking tour.

You can download it from iTunesGoogle Play and their own site, www.VoiceMap.me for just $1.99 at this link.

As Donnelly said in a recent email: “If you are planning to be in London, you can download the app onto your mobile phone. The tour starts at the entrance to Gordon Square, and once you are there, the GPS will take over. You will hear me guide you through Bloomsbury and the early lives of Virginia Woolf and her ‘such friends.’ You can see how they compare to the current BBC Two three-part drama series, Life in Squares.

“But even if you are nowhere near London, you can still download the tour from the VoiceMap site, along with any of the other interesting tours they have there. You will be able to both read it and hear it on your computer. Of course, if you come to London, I’d be happy to personally lead you on the tour as well!”

Donnelly is planning to work with VoiceMap on similar tours of where the Americans ‘hung out’ in Paris, and where William Butler Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, and their ‘such friends’ got together in Dublin when they were starting the Abbey Theatre.

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Once again, we have a Woolf sighting that connects Virginia Woolf to the 2012 Summer Olympics. This time, we learn that Nike’s Olympic headquarters is located in the British Medical Association House, located in Tavistock Square, where Woolf lived.
  1. London Olympics postcard: Nike’s Olympic headquarters are in an area rich with OregonLive.com
    So did the writer Virginia Woolf. She and her husband lived and worked in a home on Tavistock Square in the 1920s and 30s. There is a bust of her in a corner of the garden inside the square. The home was destroyed in the London Blitz during World War II.
  2. The one thing missing from the Olympic opening spectacle – this country’s Catholic Herald Online (blog)
    This Society, which has been patronised in the past by humanist luminaries such as A J Ayer, Julian Huxley, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Leslie Stephen (father of Virginia Woolf) and Sidney Webb, is an educational charity “whose aims are the 
  3. OrlandoThe Arts Desk
    The first time I saw Orlando, on general release in 1992, I was blown away by the beauty of Sally Potter’s homage to Virginia Woolf. Beginning in 1600 when Orlando (the suitably androgenous Tilda Swinton) is a young man, the film skips and hops through to 
  4. Where Virginia Woolf meets the White SoxChicago Reader
    To take or not to take? Asher Klein; To take or not to take? The office is in shambles. Half-filled crates block the hallways and 
  5. Skirting the issueHindustan Times
    It is apparent that we have traveled quite a bit in time, space and ideas from the time Virginia Woolf’s female narrator in A Room of One’s Own was ordered off the lawns of an Oxford college where she had accidentally strolled, as it was strictly off-limits for 
  6. The 10 best… closing lines of booksThe Guardian
    And she has. Lily’s closing words complete the circle of consciousness. Virginia Woolf was good at last lines and was always a decisive closer. Mrs Dalloway, whose first line famously has Woolf’s protagonist buying the flowers herself, ends with: “It is Clarissa, 
  7. Mother, do you love me?The Asian Age
    So we have excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse side by side with the location of her residence in London which is close to the residence of British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott whose books on object-relations theory — an influential strand of 
  8. A Domain of One’s Own, Wired News
    Virginia Woolf, who wrote A Room of One’s Own. A domain of your own is the root of your personal cloud. Image: Roger Fry/Wikimedia Commons. In the mid-2000s I made some friends in the world of higher education who were starting to think like the web 
  9. Lynne Truss: rereading Four Lectures on Shakespeare by Ellen TerryThe Guardian
    In 1941, the year of her suicide, Virginia Woolf finished two essays. One was on Dr Johnson’s friend Mrs Thrale. The other was on the actor Ellen Terry (1847-1928). According to her diary, she found the Terry essay hard going: on 8 December 1940 she notes 
  10. Travel 101 … RavelloTODAYonline
    Villa Cimbrone is famed as where the authors of the Bloomsbury group – Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E M Forster and John Maynard Keynes – used to hang out. Villa Rufolo, on the other hand, inspired composer Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal. Entry costs 

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Kathleen Dixon Donnelly posted a comment on Blogging Woolf that led me to look at her SuchFriends Blog. I am glad I did.

SuchFriends is a lovely looking blog that posts daily updates of what particular writers were doing, saying or writing on that day in their history. In fact, Donnelly promises that on May 1, she will use her blog to discuss how Virginia Woolf felt when her half brother George Duckworth died in 1934.

The blog also includes other interesting information, including some about Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. 

Here is a sampling of brief posts on SuchFriends that connect to Woolf:

  • A listing of Bloomsbury Group members.
  • Details about her presentation on Bloomsbury painters.
  • A post on Bloomsbury, London in October 2006 and 1907 in which Donnelly talks about her experiences at a travel writing workshop where she walks around Bloomsbury for inspiration before writing a somewhat fictional account of a Bloomsbury Group’s evening.
  • A post on her trip to St. Ives, Cornwall, while simultaneously rereading To the Lighthouse.
  • A post about literary travel that includes a trip to Sussex, England, and Monk’s House, the Woolfs’ summer home.
  • Reading, video and travel tips for the Bloomsbury Group.

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9780712305938Last night I spoke about walking in Virginia Woolf’s footsteps when I traveled to England several years ago. The occasion was a meeting of the Medina County Branch of AAUW.

As I talked about the sights and sounds of London, Sussex, Kent and Cornwall that connect to Virginia’s life and work, several thoughts struck me.

Since AAUW is an organization that promotes equity for women in girls in both the workplace and in educational settings, I felt compelled to remark on Virginia’s lack of opportunity for formal education.

And since I spoke about meeting Cecil Woolf and Dr. Ruth Gruber at Woolf conferences — two people who had known or met Virginia — I got to thinking about how special it is to have seen and heard her in person.

Those experiences are impossible for us today. But a two-disc CD set from the British Library allows us to experience Virginia and other members of the Bloomsbury group in another way.

The Spoken Word: The Bloomsbury Group” came out this month. Producers searched  the BBC archives to present 24 recordings of the group’s major figures talking in their own words. Many of them are rare and previously unreleased.

According to the London Review Bookshop‘s Web site, “Highlights include Virginia Woolf talking about the importance of language, Leonard Woolf’s who’s who of the Bloomsburys, Duncan Grant discussing the infamous ‘Dreadnought’ hoax and Elizabeth Bowen describing legendary Bloomsbury parties.” You can get the full list here.

Woolf’s voice, along with those of other great writers of the 20th century, can also be heard on a three-disc set of CDs produced by the British Library called “The Spoken Word: British Writers.” Read more.

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