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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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Below are details of a number of Virginia Woolf talks in Cambridge and London during Michaelmas Term 2016, Virginia Woolfcourtesy of Dr. Trudi Tate, who plans the Clare Hall Literary Talks at the University of Cambridge.

Clare Hall Literary Talks on Virginia Woolf

  • Friday, 21 October at 1 p.m. – Nanette O’Brien on  “Prunes and Custard in the Archives: Virginia Woolf and Cambridge Food in A Room of One’s Own”
  • Thursday, 3 November at 1 p.m. – Emma Sutton on “Virginia Woolf’s Modernist Fugues
  • January TBD. Gillian Beer on The Waves
  • March TBD. Frances Spalding on Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf

Stapelford Study Day

Date: Saturday, 17 September, 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Program:Reading To the Lighthouse,” Stapleford Study Day, with lectures and discussion by Gillian Beer, Frances Spalding and Trudi Tate
Location: Stapleford Granary, CB22 5BP
Cost: £90

Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain Study Day

Date: Saturday, 5 November, 10:30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. £50
Program: Jacob’s Room Study Day with Sue Roe, Sarah Phillips and Lindsay Martin
Location: Oriental Club, First Floor, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C IES
Cost: £48 for VWSGB members/£50 for non-members. Rate includes lunch and refreshments. Get more details.

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