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* Dallowday *
‘Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.’

So opens one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Clarissa Dalloway’s day, in the middle of June 1923, has never had its own celebration. But this year, it will. On Saturday 17 June, you are invited to join us for Dallowday!

We’ll kick off with an walk guided by Jean Moorcroft Wilson around places familiar to Virginia Woolf and Mrs Dalloway's characters, from Bond Street to Bloomsbury. The walk ends at Waterstones Gower Street, where Maggie Humm will lead a discussion about the novel – contribute as much as you like, or just listen, if you prefer. Then there’s an early evening party with prosecco and canapés, and music of the period. 1920s dress is optional – it would be lovely to see people in Clarissa Dalloway’s ‘silver-green mermaid’s dress’ or Peter Walsh’s check suit, or even the Prime Minister’s gold lace, but it’s not compulsory!
  • 2.30pm Guided walk by Jean Moorcroft Wilson
  • 4pm Discussion of Mrs Dalloway led by Maggie Humm
  • 6pm Clarissa’s Party (in 1920s dress or otherwise!)
All-event (walk, talk, party) £15 VWSGB members, £20 non-members
Tickets from smhall123@yahoo.co.uk SOLD OUT – SORRY!
Party-only £10
Tickets from Waterstones STILL AVAILABLE
Two drinks (prosecco) and canapés are included in the ticket price, soft drinks free of charge.

Virginia Woolf Society Reading Group
The Reading Group meets every two months or so, on a Saturday afternoon at a central London location. The Reading Group is free to members, and £5 per meeting to non-members.
For the next meeting, please email Sarah M. Hall at: smhall123@yahoo.co.uk

Other events

Vanessa Bell exhibition
The first major solo exhibition of Vanessa Bell's work is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Wednesday 8 February–Sunday 4 June 2017. Opening hours are 10am–5pm, Tuesday–Sunday (closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays).
Tickets: £14 adult; £13 senior citizens; £7 concessions; FREE for children.
For further information and to purchase tickets in advance, see the Dulwich Picture Gallery website here.

Odd Affinities
‘So that to know her, or any one, one must seek out the people who completed them; even the places. Odd affinities she had with people she had never spoken to, some woman in the street, some man behind a counter – even trees, or barns.’

Loosely inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, this immersive performance, devised and performed by first-year students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, takes the form of multiple journeys around Westminster, Bloomsbury and Camden, culminating in a party at a shared location. Capacity is strictly limited and all three performances are going fast.

Friday 2 June, 6.30pm
Thursday 8 June, 11am
Tuesday 13 June, 2pm

Free, but booking essential: see the website.

Uneasy Dreamers
A new play by Wayne Adrian Drew
Us-Two Productions
Friday 23 June 2017, 7.30pm

Orangery, Fan Museum
12 Crooms Hill
London SE10 8ER

Uneasy Dreamers is a literary fantasy. On Saint Jean’s Eve (23 June 1920), a quartet of remarkable writers spend a turbulent day together. D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and John Middleton Murry visit Katherine Mansfield at her villa, the Isola Bella at Menton, on the border between Italy and France. But as evening draws on, they inhabit other borderlands as well, where life and art, innocence and experience, love and hate, appearance and reality, all interweave, as they confront not only each other, but also their deepest selves. Uneasy Dreamers does not attempt biographical accuracy. Instead, it seeks to embody themes and sub-texts from its subjects’ literary works in the thoughts and actions of its characters, with the aim of producing a theatrically entertaining experience, that is true to the spirit of those four great writers.

Tickets £12 from 020 8305 1441. Includes a glass of wine, snacks, and a private view of the latest exhibition at the Orangery. This is a small venue: early booking is highly recommended.
For directions to the Fan Museum, see the website here

‘Virginia Woolf and the World of Books’
27th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf
Thursday 29 June–Sunday 2 July 2017
University of Reading, Berkshire
Organised by Dr Nicola Wilson (n.l.wilson@reading.ac.uk)

Papers cover the past, present and future of Virginia Woolf’s works: all aspects of the Woolfs, the world of books and print cultures, including topics related to the Hogarth Press and its authors and illustrators; the production, reception and distribution of Woolf’s works; Woolf and her readers; modernism; Bloomsbury and its networks. Speakers include Nicola Beauman, founder of Persephone Books; Professor Ted Bishop, University of Alberta; Uzma Hameed, dramaturg and collaborator on Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych Woolf Works; Professor Susheila Nasta MBE, Open University; and Professor Anna Snaith, King’s College London.

Register on the conference website here. There are day rates (without accommodation) and reduced rates for students and the unwaged. The programmme of events can be found here. For further information, email: vwoolf2017@gmail.com

Virginia Woolf summer course: Woolf's Rooms
Sunday 16–Friday 21 July 2017, Homerton College Cambridge

Woolf's Rooms immerses students for a week in the writing and context of Virginia Woolf. It provides lectures, readings, supervisions and excursions. Each day starts with a lecture and discussion presented by a leading Woolf scholar. Then there is a Cambridge-style supervision, given to students in very small groups, and taught by lecturers and postdoctorates from the University of Cambridge. Supervisions (tutorials) are a unique opportunity to discuss a work in depth, try out ideas and refine your close-reading skills.

Confirmed speakers include Gillian Beer, Alison Hennegan, Claire Nicholson, Jane Potter and Trudi Tate. Some evenings we will have readings and talks, including a talk by Kabe Wilson on his rewriting of A Room of One's Own. After lectures, supervisions and excursions, students will have some time to read and think in the beautiful setting of Homerton College. And there will be chances to read further, explore Cambridge, talk with other students and to reflect.

Course fee:
£1,600 for six nights B&B, course materials, lectures, supervisions, excursions, some evening meals and talks, and a traditional Cambridge afternoon tea.

£1,550 For full-time students and members of recognised Virginia Woolf Societies

For further information, see the web page here.

Reading Bloomsbury summer course
Sunday 23–Friday 28 July 2017, Homerton College

Provisional topics, one per day:
  • Bloomsbury and Cambridge
  • Sexual Politics: Lytton Strachey, E. M. Forster and others
  • Vanessa Bell and Bloomsbury art
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Bloomsbury and Politics: Maynard Keynes, Leonard Woolf
We will also explore some of the historical context, and will undertake 'close readings' in the traditional Cambridge manner. We will study key writings alongside some Bloomsbury visual art.

Teachers include Frances Spalding, Alison Hennegan, Claire Nicholson, Peter Jones, Claudia Tobin and Trudi Tate.

Course fee:
£1,650 includes six nights B&B, course materials, lectures, supervisions, excursions, some evening meals and talks, and a traditional Cambridge afternoon tea, plus an expert-led guided tour of Bloomsbury in London.

£1,600 For full-time students and members of recognised Virginia Woolf Societies

For further information, see the web page here.

Call for papers – Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf
The Katherine Mansfield Society is calling for papers for vol. 10 of Katherine Mansfield Studies, as well as its annual essay prize. Our theme for this year is ‘Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’. Alongside the permanent editors, Professor Todd Martin and Dr Gerri Kimber, the volume will be guest-edited by Professor Christine Froula of Northwestern University, USA, who is also Chair of the specialist judging panel for the essay prize.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. All details can be found by going to the following web pages. All essays submitted for publication will be considered for the Essay Prize, unless we are advised otherwise. (Contributors whose essays are subsequently selected for publication must be members of the Katherine Mansfield Society.)

28th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf
21–24 June 2018, Woolf College, University of Kent, Canterbury
Organised by Dr Derek Ryan (d.j.ryan@kent.ac.uk).

Tickets: phone 08442 491 895/ 01273 474 760 or see the Monk's House website.

We are always looking for new volunteers to help at Monk’s House, so if you would like to while away an afternoon in Virginia Woolf’s Sussex home or in the beautiful gardens, come and join our friendly group. Phone 01273 47 47 60 or email monkshouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

For events at Charleston Farmhouse, tel. 01323 811 626 or see the website. The house and garden reopened on 1 March 2017, and you can shop online at the Charleston shop web page.

The Charleston Festival runs 19–29 May 2017, details on the website here.

For a variety of literature events, please see the website of the Institute of English Studies.

Trinity Hall, Cambridge Study Week 2000

The Orchard, Grantchester, Cambridge Study Week 2000

Nigel Nicolson, Sussex Study Week 2001

1995 VW Conference Programme

VW's walking stick at auction