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The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain began its celebration of our beloved author’s 139th birthday virtually on Saturday via Zoom with Professor Maggie Humm’s talk on “The significance of birthdays to Virginia Woolf.”

Members toasted Woolf and shared favorite quotes from her work.

The Society also shared this quote and photo on its Facebook page:

Once a year champagne is fizzier, food tastes better and the sun – when it shines – shines brighter. Celebrate with the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and join us in wishing the wonderful Ms Woolf a happy birthday!

Birthday photo posted on Facebook by the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain

Birthday wishes from the past on Blogging Woolf

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Tomorrow, Jan. 25, is Virginia Woolf’s birthday. And you can celebrate by joining a conversation about her life and work between the late Cecil Woolf, nephew of Leonard and Virginia, and his wife Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

Filmed in 2015, the light-hearted conversation between the publisher and the noted author of biographer of World War I poets is being held to celebrate Virginia’s 139th birthday as well as to publicize the on-going campaign to honor her with a statue.

The online event runs from 2 to 2:50 p.m. EST and you can purchase a ticket for £3.83 on Eventbrite.

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Woolf in two literary essays

In my world of creative nonfiction and literary journals, Virginia Woolf never ceases to be an inspiration for writers. Here are two recent contributions:

One panel in the Woolf display in the foyer of the Virginia Woolf Building at King’s College, London

In USC’s Air/Light Journal, Emily Hodgson Anderson writes in “No Room of One’s Own” that “…in frustrated moments as a writer, I feel Woolf’s resentment of my state. If I were a man, I think, or, if I had more money, more room, more time . . . perhaps I would emerge as Woolf’s cryptic Judith Shakespeare, my genius freed from the domestic labor of my life.” 

“As Woolf knew, illness, like trauma, lingers, even after we think we’ve recovered,” writes Gabrielle Bellot, exploring the complexity of detailing sickness in the age of COVID at Lit Hub, in “Interpreter of Maladies: On Virginia Woolf’s Writings About Illness and Disability.”

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