Kathleen Dixon Donnelly, blogger at Such Friends, organized a customized, three-day Virginia Woolf trip for two American visitors last year and is willing to do it again — or a similar trip — for those with a literary jaunt on their wish list.
Kathleen Dixon Donnelly (right) of Such Friends stopped off in Ohio to visit Blogging Woolf last summer. We met for lunch at an iconic Akron restaurant, Bob’s Hamburg.
The trip through Sussex and Kent involved visits to:
- Sissinghurst Castle, once owned by Virginia’s friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West,
- Monk’s House, where Virginia and Leonard lived for many years, and
- Charleston farmhouse, where Virginia’s sister, painter Vanessa Bell hosted the Bloomsbury group.
Feedback from her guided travelers included this quote:
Kathleen was a wonderfully competent guide who made sure that every aspect of the trip was beautifully organized but also allowed for the serendipitous surprises that made our trip so special. We thoroughly enjoyed her company and hope to join her and Tony (her charming husband, and gallant driver) for another adventure in the future.
Dixon-Donnelly has also put together an audio walking tour of the Bloomsbury section of London, which is available from VoiceMap at Bloomsbury Group audio walking tour.
If you’re going to be in London, you can download it to your mobile and her voice will guide you through the streets using GPS and VoiceMap’s software.
This year, Dixon-Donnelly may also plan a literary walking tour of Paris.
To learn more about her tours, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Blogger Kathleen Dixon Donnelly, who writes about famous literary friends on the Such Friends Blog, has recently outdone herself by posting several items about the Bloomsbury Group. The posts cover:
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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.
The 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
reflection.” 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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