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Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? Do I have your attention?

Well, director Anna Margarita Albelo is preparing to shoot a film by that title. The Cuban-American filmmaker says it was inspired by the classic 1966 film directed by Mike Nichols that starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Albelo describes the independent film as a semi-autobiographical darkly comedic examination of one woman’s midlife crisis, her nervous break down and her coming of age. Michael Urban, co-writer of Saved! wrote the script.

Albelo launched a fundraiser page yesterday via IndieGoGo aiming to raise $25,000 this summer in support of the film. Donors reap benefits, ranging from an official Vagina Wolf sticker to an exact replica of star Guinevere Turner’s face or breasts in latex. Donor categories include The Teen Wolf, The Young Adult Wolf and Welcome to the Wolf Pack. So far, donations total $260.

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Cecil Woolf Publishers, 1 Mornington Place London NW1 7RP, UK Tel: 020 7387 2394 or +44 (0)20 7387 2394 from outside the UK, cecilwoolf@gmail.com

Each year at the Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Cecil Woolf Publishers introduce several new monographs in their Bloomsbury Heritage Series and distribute a new catalogue of their publications.

Here are the three new titles that debuted at the 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, held June 9-12 at the University of Glasgow, and the two that were reissued:

  • Virginia Woof and the Thirties Poets by Emily Kopley
  • How Vita Matters by Mary Ann Caws
  • `I’d Make It Penal’, the Rural Preservation Movement in Virginia Woolf’s “Between the Acts” by Mark Hussey
  • Virginia Woolf, Life and London: Bloomsbury and Beyond by Jean Moorcroft Wilson, a revised reissue available in both paperback and casebound editions
  • Virginia Woolf: A to Z  by Mark Hussey, a reissue available in both paperback and casebound editions

Download Cecil Woolf Publishers Bloomsbury Heritage Series 2011 Catalogue and Order Form.

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Electronic post card graphic from the Willows Tea Rooms website

What started as a discussion around a tea table in Glasgow has now become an official list sent to the VWoolf Listserv by Vara Neverow.

A group of attendees from the 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, held June 9-12 at the University of Glasgow, were at the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, taking tea and mining their memory banks to come up with the complete list of 21 conferences, their organizers, and their sites. Missing just one, they queried the list, and Vara sent round the full 21.

Here is the official list of the Annual International Conferences on Virginia Woolf that have been held from 1991 through this year. Conference planners are included in parenthesis.

Anne Fernald posted the same list on Fernham and indicated the 14 conferences she attended in bold face. I am doing the same here, but as a relative newcomer, I have far fewer — just three.

You can add your count as a comment at the end of this post.

And if, like me, you didn’t make it to Glasgow, you can pick up a souvenir at the Willow Tea Rooms online shop.

  1. Pace University–New York City, N. Y. (Mark Hussey) 1991
  2. Southern Connecticut State University–New Haven (Vara Neverow) 1992
  3. Lincoln University–Jefferson City (Jane Lilienfeld) 1993
  4. Bard College–Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (Paul Connolly) 1994
  5. Otterbein College–Westerville, Ohio (Beth Daugherty) 1995
  6. Clemson University–Clemson, S. Carolina (Wayne Chapman and Elisa Sparks) 1996
  7. Plymouth College–Plymouth, New Hampshire (Jeanne Dubino) 1997
  8. St. Louis University—St. Louis, Mo. (Georgia Johnston) 1998
  9. University of Delaware—Newark, Delaware (Bonnie Kime Scott and Ann Ardis) 1999
  10. University of Maryland-Baltimore—Baltimore, Md. (Jessica Berman) 2000
  11. Bangor University—Bangor, Wales (Michael Whitworth) 2001
  12. Sonoma State University–Rohnert Park, Calif. (J.J. Wilson and Eileen Barrett) 2002
  13. Smith College—Northampton, Mass. (Karen Kukil et alia) 2003
  14. University of London—London, UK (Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari) 2004
  15. Lewis and Clark College—Portland, OR (Rishona Zimring) 2005
  16. University of Birmingham—Birmingham, UK (Kathryn Simpson, Steve Ellis et alia) 2006
  17. Miami University of Ohio—Miami, Ohio (Madelyn Detloff and Diana Royer) 2007
  18. University of Denver—Denver, Col. (Eleanor McNees) 2008
  19. Fordham University, Manhattan—New York City, N.Y. (Anne Fernald) 2009
  20. Georgetown College—Georgetown, Ky. (Kristin Czarnecki) 2010
  21. University of Glasgow–Glasgow, Scotland (Jane Goldman) 2011

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The 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf was held June 9-12 at the University of Glasgow.

Blogging Woolf was not able to travel to Scotland for the event, but friend Patrizia Muscogiuri did. And she sent us her conference photos. Thanks for sharing, Patrizia.

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Marina Warner and Jane Goldman, conference organizer

Jean Moorcroft Wilson

Vara Neverow and Patrizia Muscogiuri, who provided Blogging Woolf with these photos. More are posted on Flickr. See the Flickr feed in the right sidebar.

At left, Gill Lowe in the pageant skit written by Suzanne Bellamy, pictured at right

Derek Ryan, who played William in the pageant skit, was also one of the conference organizers.
Catherine Hollis, Lois Gilmore and Barbara Lonnquist

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