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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.

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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 kaydee@gypsyteacher.com.

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Writer In The Garden

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“You must come and sit there on the lawn with me, or stroll in the apple orchard, or pick – there are cherries, plums, pears, figs …” (A letter from Virginia to Janet Case in July 1919.) It was a beautiful sunny day when I went to visit Monk’s House, the weekend home in Sussex of Leonard and Virginia Woolf. The bowls set is left out for people to play, just as it would have been when the Woolf’s lived there. I know this because I’ve read it in her diary.

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The copy of A Writer’s Diary that sits on my desk is a first edition, 1953. It was my father’s copy, his name on the flyplate, and he must have brought it when it first came out. I wish I’d known my father then, with his dreams of writing fiction too before we all came along, his four children…

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