Posts Tagged ‘Hogarth Press’

I wish I’d remembered to post this information earlier, but there are still a few days remaining to visitHogarth Plaque the Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press exhibit in Richmond. Up since Oct. 29, the exhibit ends Dec. 10.

You’ll find it at the Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP.

Held in conjunction with the Richmond Literature Festival, the exhibit celebrates a century since Virginia and Leonard Woolf began publishing in Richmond under the auspices of their small publishing house started in 1917, the Hogarth Press.

The press gave Leonard and Virginia the opportunity to self-publish and provided an important opportunity for writers and artists to showcase their work uncensored and in small print runs.

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27th conference flyerThe 27th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf is being held at the University of Reading, June 29 – July 2, 2017, to coincide with the centenary of the Hogarth Press. The theme is “Virginia Woolf and the World of Books.”

Call for papers:  “Virginia Woolf and the World of Books” invites you to consider the past, present and future of Virginia Woolf’s works. Attendees are invited to submit papers relating to all aspects of the Woolfs, the world of books, and print cultures, including topics related to Leonard and Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press; the production, reception and distribution of Woolf’s works; editing, revision and translation; periodicals and book publishing; Woolf and her readers; global and planetary modernisms; Bloomsbury and its networks; Hogarth Press authors and illustrators; modernist publishing houses and publishers; Woolf and the Digital Humanities.

Abstracts: Abstracts should be between 200-250 words. Submissions should include a cover note with brief biography, affiliation, and contact details including email.

Abstract deadline: Abstracts are due Feb. 1, 2017. Send to to vwoolf2017@gmail.com.

For more information: Visit the conference website. Please direct any enquiries to vwoolf2017@gmail.com.

Conference rates: Day rates and reduced rates for students and the non-waged will be available.

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I just came across a fascinating project titled “Literary Bloomsbury” that combines social media with theVW Twitter Bloomsbury Group.

In it, Camilla Lunde, whose Twitter handle is @CGlunde, imagines how Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster and the Hogarth Press would make use of 21st-century social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

With this project, Lunde has given the four key members of the group their own social media presence. Woolf is on Twitter as @mrsstephenwoolf. Forester has an author Facebook page. Bell has an Instagram account as mrsstephenbell. And the Hogarth Press is on YouTube.

While I find the idea interesting, its reach is limited at present. Woolf only has four tweets posted. I was unable to find Forster’s page when I did a Facebook search. Bell’s Instagram account is private, so can’t be viewed unless one goes to a link on the Project Publishing blog. And I couldn’t locate the YouTube page for the Hogarth press either, although a screenshot exists on Lunde’s Tumblr blog. Lunde does not include links to the accounts on her blog.

Lunde’s project has won praise on social media and an award from the UCL Centre for Publishing at University College London.



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An exhibit of Vanessa Bell’s graphic book covers designed for the Hogarth Press are now on exhibit at  The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit, which includes designs for Virginia Woolf’s novels, opened May 11 and runs through Nov. 13.

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The Legacy Libraries Project has recreated the personal library of Leonard and Virginia Woolf online.

The project recreates personal libraries held by writers, philosophers, politicians, etc. who have passed away. If possible, it includes a full catalogue of their books, including all bibliographic details to allow for easy searches and a quick book comparison between the members’ accounts.

Colm Guerin recently completed the Woolfs’ library based on the records held by the Washington Statelegacy library University and the Harry Ransom Center. Both facilities obtained their collections after Leonard’s death with the purchase of books from Trekkie Parsons and Cecil Woolf.

Each entry includes the details of any inscription, signature, or dedication made to or from the Woolfs, including the details for Sir Leslie Stephen’s books, which were obtained by Virginia after his death. Guerin said that to the best of his knowledge, it is now the most complete resource for searching the Woolfs’ substantial collection.

Guerin plans to make additions to the account, including a tagging system, reviews of publications written by Leonard and Virginia, and additional uploads of dust jackets published by the Hogarth Press.

A permanent link to this resource is included in the right sidebar. It is titled “Woolf Library” and is located  under the heading “Woolf Resources.”

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The International Virginia Woolf Society has issued a call for papers for the Modern Language Association Convention, mla2014-logowhich will be held in Chicago, Jan. 9-12, 2014.

Guaranteed panel at MLA

The society will have one guaranteed panel, Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Ordinary Language, which invites papers on Woolf’s championing of the ordinary in language and Wittgenstein’s philosophy of ordinary language, both thinkers’ tangential relationship to the “Apostles,” and/or their influence on Bloomsbury.

Organizers: Madelyn Detloff at detlofmm@miamioh.edu and Gaile Pohlhaus Jr. at pohlhag@miamioh.edu.

Deadline: 300-word abstracts are by March 8 to the organizers.

More information: For more information about the panel, please contact the organizers directly.

Proposed panel

The society will propose an additional panel to submit to the MLA Program Committee, which
must be accepted by the committee before it is official. Panel details are as follows:

Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers: Literary, political, social, and spatial connections between Woolf and London-affiliated writers from the British colonies. Papers may focus on any number of writers who traveled from various locals in the British Commonwealth and spent time in London contemporaneously with Woolf, including Mulk Raj Anand and Mahatma Gandhi of India and C.L.R. James, Una Marson, and Jean Rhys, from the West Indies. Papers might address intersections through the Hogarth Press, mutual friends and social circles, shared literary and political investments, literary responses, and common spaces.

Organizer: Elizabeth F. Evans at elizabeth.evans@nd.edu.

Deadline: 300-word abstracts are due by March 8 to the organizer.

Proposed collaborative panel

The society will also collaborate with another allied organization and submit a third panel, which is not guaranteed. For 2014, that will be a panel with allied organization, SHARP: The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.

Organizers will choose papers for this panel and submit the proposal to the MLA Program Committee and hope for their approval.The topic is: Book History & Virginia Woolf: A joint session of the International Virginia Woolf Society and SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) on Woolf & book arts & history: letterpress, typesetting, bookbinding, manuscripts, the material book . . . her books in book history, and more.

Angles for this panel include Virginia Woolf, history, & the book arts. Woolf and letterpress, bookbinding, the book arts; depictions of the material book or the printing process in Woolf; or bibliographical or manuscript-based studies. Sly references to letterpress, type and typesetting, bookbinding and the Book Arts, glimpses in bookshop windows, descriptions of books on tables, with just a line of text to tease the reader, books wrapped in plain brown wrapper, manuscripts tucked in the bosom, books abound within the text of Woolf’s books. How do they work? Can they be identified? What do they mean? How do they shed light on Woolf as a book-maker/book-binder, a lover of the history and art of the book—in addition to her love of writing?

Organizers: Leslie K. Hankins at lhankins@cornellcollege.edu and Greg Barnhisel at barnhiselg@duq.edu

Deadline: 300-word abstracts are due March 8 to the organizers.

MLA Woolf Bash

The society’s annual MLA bash will be held at the home of Pamela Caughie.

Important note: You must be on the books as a member of MLA to organize or present on a panel.

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Blogging Woolf is back from a holiday hiatus made longer by a bout with On Being Ill — the virus, not the Virginia Woolf essay published in 1930  by the Hogarth Press. But now that we are back, we recommend a couple of essays for your edification in this new year.

armoury-show-posterThe first, “1913–What year…” by Kathleen Dixon Donnelly on the SuchFriends blog, takes an in-depth look at the New York Armory Show in February 1913, connecting it to Bloomsbury Group painters Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, etc. who closed London’s Second Post-Impressionist Exhibit early so many of the paintings could be sent on to New York.

Donnelly promises to post updates all year on what was happening to writers in 1913. You can also check out the Such Friends page on Facebook.

The second is Blogging Woolf contributor Alice Lowe‘s latest published work, “On the Road Again,” which appears in the current issue of The Feathered Flounder.

Lowe notes that “being the mother of a daughter and the daughter of a mother is a rich source of feathered flounderreflection.” In this latest poignant essay, she draws on those dual experiences, as well as “from those other gems, memory and aging” to wonder whether she has encountered the beginning of her dotage.

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