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To mark the 90th anniversary of the first publication of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Malvern Garden Buildings has created  a writing retreat inspired by Woolf’s writing lodge at Monk’s House in Rodmell for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which runs through May 25.

VW's writing Lodge

Virginia Woolf’s writing lodge at Monk’s House

The shed, which was created with the help of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and Monk’s House, was unveiled by Woolf’s great-niece Cressida Bell on Press Day, May 20.

It is painted a dove grey color and features double French doors opening onto a deck, as does the Monk’s House Lodge.

Inside, the lodge is furnished with a desk in the spirit of Woolf, an armchair with a tray, and a bookcase filled with a set of volumes covered in marbled paper — as was Woolf’s Shakespeare collection. Completing the look are writing paraphernalia and other objects from the 1920s and 1930s.

Once you view Malvern’s creation, I guarantee you will want one for your own back garden. I know I do.

Read more about the project and view photos as well.

A screenshot of the Malvern Garden Buildings Facebook post, as shared by the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

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So far, here are the #DallowayDay events for this year:

  • On June 12th ‘a Wednesday in mid June’ Persephone Books, 59 Lamb’s Conduit St., London, will hold its annual Mrs. Dalloway Walk. It begins at 11 a.m. in Westminster. Lunch will be at the shop afterwards.
  • Join Waterstones and the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain for the third annual celebration of Dalloway Day on Saturday, June 15, this year with the theme of “Queering.” Read more.
  • Italian Virginia Woolf Society Dalloway Day at Biblioteca Salaborsa, Bologna on June 15. Read more.
  • Royal Society of Literature events on Wednesday, June 19, include:
    • Walking with Mrs. Dalloway, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the National Portrait Gallery
    • For There She Was: Love and Presence in Mrs Dalloway, 4 – 5 p.m., British Library Piazza Pavilion with renowned Woolf scholar Professor Dame Gillian Beer
    • RSL Members’ Book Group: A Room of My Own, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., British Library Knowledge Centre
    • After Woolf,  7– 8:30 p.m., British Library Knowledge Centre. Monica Ali, Olivia Laing and Elif Shafak discuss Woolf’s influence and the challenges of interpolating one of the 20th Century’s most significant writers in works inflected by their own lives.
Cecil at Persephone

Cecil Woolf pauses in front of Persephone Books, Lamb’s Conduit Street, London.

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The Katherine Mansfield Society has surplus paperback copies of its 2018 yearbook, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, published by Edinburgh University Press. Its cover features the well-known Vanessa Bell painting “The Other Room,” which dates to the late 1930s.

Members of  the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain can purchase a copy for £20, the same rate offered to Mansfield Society members. The price includes worldwide postage.

The volume includes essays by world-renowned Woolf scholars, as well as a new play based on “Slater’s Pins,” along with Ali Smith’s memorable National Portrait Gallery talk on Woolf and Mansfield.

Also included in the Mansfield-Woolf volume are:

  • “Introduction: Thinking Sideways through One’s Sisters” by Christine Froula
  • “Dangerous Reading in Mansfield’s Stories and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’” by Brian Richardson
  • “A Conversation Set to Flowers: Beyond the Origins of Kew Gardens” by Karina Jakubowicz
  • “Seated between ‘Geniuses’: Conrad Aiken’s Imaginative and Critical Responses to Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf” by Sydney Janet Kaplan

Interested members can visit the Katherine Mansfield Society shop, scroll down until they see the volume on Mansfield and Woolf, which is the second item from the top, and click on the ‘member’ rate.

VWSGB members may also purchase other volumes in the shop at the member rate.

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Editor’s Note: These DallowayDay events are dedicated to Cecil Woolf in memory of his passing.

Join Waterstones and the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain for the third annual celebration of DallowayDay on Saturday, June 15, this year with the theme of “Queering.”

The day in London will start at Waterstones Gower Street. Participants will follow in the footsteps of the Bloomsbury group on their home turf, then look at how Mrs. Dalloway has been adapted for stage and ballet, while later exploring queerness in the Bloomsbury circle and beyond.

All-event tickets include the walk and are limited to 25. However, the panel events (including refreshments) can be booked separately.

Schedule for DallowayDay 2019: Queering Dalloway

2 p.m.:  Emma Woolf, an author in her own right and the daughter of Jean Moorcroft Wilson, who wrote Virginia Woolf, Life and London: A Biography of Place, will lead a Queer Bloomsbury walk. Note: Due to her father’s passing, Emma will no longer be leading the walk.

3:15 p.m.:  Tea and cake in the yard: homemade cake from a Bloomsbury recipe

Jean Moorcroft Wilson on the doorstep of 46 Gordon Square, Woolf’s first Bloomsbury home, during DallowayDay2018.

4 p.m.:  Adapting Mrs. Dalloway discussion panel with Thomas Bailey and Hal Coase, director and adapter respectively of the recent Mrs. Dalloway play at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney and Uzma Hameed, dramaturge for Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works for the Royal Ballet. Chaired by Lucy Scholes, literary critic and reviewer

5:15:  Wine & nibbles, which includes a Nino Strachey book signing

6 p.m.:  Queer Bloomsbury discussion panel with Nino Strachey, author of Rooms of Their Own: Eddy Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, and head of research at the National Trust; Stuart N. Clarke, independent scholar, editor of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin and of many of Woolf’s works, including Orlando: The Holograph Draft. Chaired by Maggie Humm, emeritus professor of Cultural Studies, University of East London, and author/editor of a number of books about Woolf and Bloomsbury.

7:30 p.m.:    DallowayDay2019 closes

8: p.m.:    Waterstones Gower Street closes

Get tickets

  • All events: walk and panels and two refreshments (maximum 25): £30/£24 VWSGB or Waterstones members
  • Adapting Mrs. Dalloway with tea and cake in the yard: £10/£8 VWSGB or Waterstones members
  • Queer Bloomsbury with wine & nibbles: £10/£8 VWSGB or Waterstones members

Book through the Waterstones website.

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If you are lucky enough to be one of the 98 who will attend the Jan. 26 sold-out Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture, sponsored by the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, please note that the location for the talk, titled “Virginia Woolf’s Non-Literary Reputation,” has changed.

Where to find it

The new location is Birkbeck, room MAL B20 at Birkbeck’s Malet Street campus. The entrance is round the back from Malet Street, in Torrington Square, WC1E 7HX. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the lecture is at 2 p.m.

Organizers advise that you allow a good ten minutes to find the lecture theatre, which is in the basement B20. Members of the Executive Council to guide attendees and signs. You can also review the map (the Main building is number 1 on the map).

Immediately following the lecture from 3.30 p.m., the Reception (drinks, cake, raffle and book stall) will take place in the dining-room of the Tavistock Hotel at 48-55 Tavistock Square WC1H 9EH. The hotel has generously provided their services.

Change supports boycott

The late change of venue is due to the society’s support of the boycott of University of London administrative spaces, specifically Senate House, which academic and professional associations are supporting.

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Editor’s Note: See updated venue location.

If you are lucky enough to be in London in January, consider attending the 20th Annual Virginia Woolf Society Birthday Lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The topic, with speaker Stuart N. Clarke, is “Virginia Woolf’s Non-Literary Reputation.” Clarke is a founding member of the society and editor of its bulletin.

Location for the lecture, which is hosted by the Institute of English Studies, is The Woburn Suite, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

The cost is £15 for Virginia Woolf Society & IES Members / students and concessions and £20 for non-members. The price includes a wine reception to follow the lecture and a printed copy of the lecture to be posted. Register here.

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From the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain comes news of these events:

  • What: All-day reading of Woolf’s 1927 masterpiece, To the Lighthouse
    When: Sunday 14 October 2018, 9.30 a.m. to (approx.) 8.30 p.m.
    Where: Lucy Cavendish College
    Details: Free and open to all, both town and gown. Come for an hour or so, or come for the day.
    Lunch will be available to buy in the Lucy Cavendish dining hall, 12:30-1:30 p.m. RSVP for lunch by emailing tt206@cam.ac.uk
    Get more details.
  • What: Talk on two previously unpublished sketches “The ‘Cook Sketch‘ and ‘The Villa Jones‘: Virginia Woolf’s Lost 1931 Sketches”
    When: Tuesday 30 October 2018, 1 p.m.
    Where: Clara Jones, King’s College, London.
    Details: This talk will introduce two previously unpublished sketches discovered in the pages of a little-known notebook held in New York’s Morgan Library. The two sketches differ formally but collectively suggest an alternative starting point for the much-discussed political turn in Woolf’s writing during the 1930s. Hosted by Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College. Get more details.
  • What: VWSGB members are invited to the Leslie Stephen Lecture
    When: Monday 15 October: Lecture at 5:30 p.m. with drinks reception following at 6:45 p.m.
    Where: Lecture in the Senate House, Cambridge; drinks reception in The Combination Room, The Old Schools.
    Details: Lecture by Sir Simon Schama on “Liberalism, populism and the fate of the world”
    Details: Free. Get more details.

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