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Anne Fernald and Megan Branch

Anne Fernald and Megan Branch

Wow! That is my overwhelming response to the Virginia Woolf conference that ended yesterday afternoon in New York City.

The comments I heard throughout the four-day event tell me that Woolf and the City left everyone buzzed. Anne Fernald and her team of volunteers from Fordham University — Megan Branch, Elizabeth Foley O’Connor, Kelly Spall and Sarah Cornish — put together a dynamite event that sparked many ideas in the minds of Woolfians from around the world.

Here are some highlights:

  • Fifty fabulous panels featuring the work of Woolf scholars and common readers from around the globe, including Bloomsbury biographer Frances Spalding of Newcastle University, Pace University’s Mark Hussey of Virginia Woolf from A to Z fame, Alice Lowe of San Diego, artist Suzanne Bellamy of the University of Sydney, Sarah Prieto of SUNY New Paltz, Katarzyna Rybinska of Wroclaw University in Poland and Iolanda Plescia of Roma Tre University in Rome.

    Alice Lowe

    Alice Lowe

  • Dr. Ruth Gruber. Yes, Dr. Ruth Gruber. The 97-year-old journalist, photographer and author of Virginia Woolf: The Will to Create as a Woman, was part of a conversational panel led by writer and broadcaster Katherine Lanpher. She shared fascinating stories of her 1930s experiences as a journalist who visited the Soviet Arctic and a writer who met Virginia and Leonard Woolf in their Tavistock Square flat.
  • Susan Sellers, author of Vanessa and Virginia, the novel based on the relationship between sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, which is receiving rave reviews in the U.S. after its recent release, was also part of the Lanpher conversation. When she read a passage from her novel, I wasn’t sure what impressed me more — the words she read or the liltingly beautiful English accent with which she read them. Maybe it was the combination.
  • Kris Lundberg, founder of Shakespeare’s Sister, a New York theater company for women that also focuses on community literacy. She did a dramatic reading of Woolf’s words that made a hush fall over the audience.
  • Keynote speaker Rebecca Solnit, a prolific author whose soothing voice left her audience in a state of suspended animation while her intriguing ideas left their minds in a state of excitement.
  • Tamar Katz of Brown University who spoke about the importance of “pausing and waiting” in life and in Woolf.
  • Anna Snaith of King’s College, London, who shared her views regarding the meaning of street music in The Years — and treated us to audio clips of the actual tunes as well.
  • Plus a reading from Vita and Virginia and a performance that combined rock-out music from Princeton with dance from the Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre.
  • A table full of lovely books for sale from New York’s independent, activist book seller, Bluestockings.
Cecil Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson
Cecil Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson

And, of course, what Woolf conference would be complete without the inimitable combination of Cecil Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson and their collection of Bloomsbury Heritage Series monographs, including their two latest.

These monographs, published by their London publishing house, Cecil Woolf Publishers, are always popular at Woolf conferences, as they cover topics often missing in other Woolf scholarship.

Get the full list of books available in his Bloomsbury Heritage and War Poets series.

I will soon be posting an order form as a PDF to make the purchasing process easier. And I promise to keep you updated on other steps Cecil and Jean plan to take to make their monographs more available to their reading public.

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cecilwoolfseriesIn a month and year when our country is giddily celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama as president, our friends across the pond have a different event on their minds.

They are getting ready to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Of the five million British men and women who served in the war, only three are still alive. They are Henry Allingham, Harry Patch and William Stone, and they will lead the country in two minutes of silence on Nov. 11, in honor of those who have died in war.

The BBC has a special Web page and programs devoted to the 90th anniversary, along with information about artists and poets from WWI. And the Imperial War Museum in London is the site of a year-long exhibition to commemorate the anniversary.

The museum was also the site of the November 2005 launch of The War Poets series, edited by noted war poet writer Jean Moorcroft Wilson and published by Cecil Woolf Publishers of London.

That fall, just in time for Armistice Day, four volumes in the series were published. Another four came out the following November.

This year, Cecil Woolf Publishers has released several more. They include People’s Poetry of World War One by Phil Carradice, and Trench Songs of the First World War, selected and edited by John Press. These two soft cover volumes are the twelfth and thirteenth in the series.

Five of the volumes in the series are reviewed in the Camden New Journal. You can also read more about them on the Web site of the War Poets Association. Just search on Cecil Woolf.

Other titles in the series, which is billed as “The Lives, Works and Times of the 20th Century War Poets,” include:

  • Richard Aldington: The Selected War Poems
  • Richard Perceval Graves: Changing Perceptions: Poets of the Great War
  • Anne Powell: Alun Lewis: A Poet of Consequences
  • Alan Byford: Edmund Blunden and the Great War: Recollections of a Friendship
  • John Press: Sidney Keyes
  • Christopher Saunders: Edward Thomas: All Roads Lead to France
  • John Press: Charles Hamilton Sorley
  • Merryn Williams: T.P. Cameron Wilson
  • Dominic Hibberd: Harold Monro and Wilfrid Gibson: the Pioneers

For a full list of these and other books from Cecil Woolf Publishers, as well as details about how to order them, click here.

All of the monographs are available directly from Cecil Woolf Publishing, 1 Mornington Place, London NW1 7RP, UK, Tel: 020 7387 2394 (or +44 (0)20 7387 2394 from outside the UK). Prices range from £4.50 to £9.95. 

Cecil Woolf is also planning an addition to his Bloomsbury Heritage series on the topic of Virginia Woolf’s Likes and Dislikes, and anyone can contribute to the project. Search her letters and diaries for the things she liked and those she didn’t, then post them here.

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