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Wednesday, June 19, is officially Dalloway Day. And while some will celebrate on the more convenient following Saturday, the Royal Society of Literature is hosting an event on the actual day.

Walking with Mrs Dalloway” will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery. Essayist Lauren Elkin will lead an afternoon stroll around the National Portrait Gallery, looking at selected paintings and photographs of and by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and others associated with the Bloomsbury Group and the modernist movement. Following the tour Lauren will give a short talk about Woolf.

Elkin’s most recent book Flâneuse was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

The event is free to RSL members and fellows, who can book here. Public tickets at a cost of £10/£8 will be available via the National Portrait Gallery website, beginning in early May.

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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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Here’s an April Fool from Virginia Woolf, courtesy of Maggie Humm via Facebook.

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As we reflect on the anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death, it’s heartening to imbibe the vision in this poem by Billy Collins, see her paddling her canoe for all eternity.

Constellations

Yes, that’s Orion over there,
the three studs of the belt
clearly lined up just off the horizon.

And if you turn around you can see
Gemini, very visible tonight,
the twins looking off into space as usual.

That cluster a little higher in the sky
is Cassiopeia sitting in her astral chair
if I’m not mistaken.

And directly overhead,
isn’t that Virginia Woolf
slipping along the River Ouse

In her inflatable canoe?
See the wide-brimmed hat and there,
the outline of the paddle, raised and dripping stars?

River Ouse

 

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Today, on the 78th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death, we are sharing two things: a Facebook post from Emmaa Woolf, great-niece of the acclaimed author, and a blog post from Peter Fullagar, author of Virginia Woolf in Richmond.


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Christie’s is selling Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1867 photo of Julia Jackson Stephen, Virginia  Woolf’s mother, at auction.

The famous portrait, an albumen print mounted on board, is signed and dated and is priced at between $60 and $80K.

Another portrait of Julia Jackson, as photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron

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The International Virginia Woolf Society is once again running the Angelica Garnett Undergraduate Essay Contest/Prize in honor of Virginia Woolf and in memory of Angelica Garnett, writer, artist, and daughter of Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Bell.

The contest is open to any undergraduate as well as anyone within one year of completing the undergraduate degree.

Essay parameters

Essays can be on any topic pertaining to Woolf’s writings. Essays should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length, including notes and works cited, with an original title of the entrant’s choosing

Essays should be submitted with the application by June 30 and will be read and judged by the four IVWS officers: Ann Martin, Alice Keane, Drew Shannon, and President Kristen Czarnecki.

The winner will receive $200, and the winning essay will be published in the following issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany.

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