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Virginia Woolf, as represented in Lego blocks

At left is a photo of a Virginia Woolf figure constructed from Lego blocks. I found it online a while ago.

I hope you agree that in this case, a picture truly is worth a million words. Suffice it to say that I am now busy imagining a Charleston Lego set that one can fill with Bloomsbury figures.

After all, there is already a group of Lego theorists and a Lego Shakespeare.

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“For My Best Beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs” by Julia Margaret Cameron, is at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, through Sept. 7.

A renowned Victorian photographer, Cameron was the aunt of Virginia Woolf’s mother, the former Julia Jackson.

View the image gallery. Read a review of the exhibit in the Boston Globe.

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Virginia WoolfI have feminist icons on my mind. That’s why after mentioning them in a recent post on another blog, I keep bumping into examples of who these icons actually are and what they are doing to help us connect with one another. Of course, Virginia Woolf is among them.

Consider these examples:

On the Web site of The Guardian in England, readers are contributing their thoughts about their own personal feminist icons in response to the query “Inspirational feminists – you tell us who you admire.”  Some of the names readers have added to the list are familiar, like Virginia Woolf, Lilith and Margaret Thatcher; others are not. You can add your own here.

Who is your feminist icon? Tell us about her in the comments section below.

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ROTO catalogueEarlier this week the New York Times ran a story,”Arts and Crafts From Bloomsbury Days,” on two exhibits of Bloomsbury art, one in New York at Cornell University, and another in London.

The Cornell exhibit, “A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections,” is traveling around the country through 2010. The London exhibit, called “Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshop 1913-1919,” is at the Courtauld Gallery.

Read more about these events and others on the Events page.

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poster_thumbVirginia Woolf is the focus of a new play staged as part of the NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival in  Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Written by Bruce Allen Lynch and titled The Nicest Place In England, the play tells the story of Woolf’s visit to her friend Dora Carrington after Lytton Strachey’s death.  According to the NotaBle Acts Web site, it is a “visitation that forces both women into an uncomfortable, harrowing, and at times surprisingly comic confrontation with the past.”

The Nicest Place in England will be on stage July 28, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at Memorial Hall at the University of New Brunswick.  The play is one of two 2009 one-act playwriting contest winners in the NotaBle Acts competition.

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