Archive for the ‘Sussex’ Category

Predictably, the latest collection of Woolf sightings includes many related to the BBC Two three-part drama Life in Squares, along with Charleston, where much of the filming was done. But scroll down for references to Woolf in pop culture — including Downton Abbey — literature and war and peace.

  • Sussex and Charleston are getting a big boost from Life in SquaresLife-in-Squares-_3215726b
  • Was Life in Squares more than a reminder that the Bloomsbury Group liked sex? Many think it was.
  • Life in Squares episode 3 review: The dream fades.
  • Reaction to episode one of Life in Squares.
  • Life in Squares: How the Radical Bloomsbury Group Fares on Screen by Frances Spalding
  • Life in Squares review: ‘absurd, beautiful characters in a ridiculously golden world’ by Lucy Mangen
  • Life in Squares among top 30 shows on the telly.
  • Life in Squares will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on Aug. 17. It can be shipped to the U.S., but it can only be played on a Code 2 DVD player, a Code A Blu-ray player or a code-free player. Visit Amazon UK for details.
  • The Hotel Russell’s mistake in closing the Virginia Woolf Burger Bar.
  • Charleston Farmhouse campaigns for funds.Charleston
  • Charleston, the Bloomsbury Group’s living legacy: A piece in The Daily Mail
  • Bloomsbury Group: Charleston Farmhouse and Berwick Church, an Aug. 14, 2015, blog post.
  • Vanessa Bell steps out of the shadows.
  • Fashion tips from the Bloomsbury Group, including a link to Cressida Bell.
  • A Virginia Woolf primer.
  • Season six of Downton Abbey mentions Lady Edith’s meeting with Virginia Woolf.
  • In Spain, a walk of one’s own, courtesy of the BBC.
  • Clarice Lispector earned comparisons to Virginia Woolf.
  • Virginia Woolf on the wall — in color — at New Cafe at Elliott Bay Books.
  • New collection, Pleasures of the Table: A Literary Anthology, includes Virginia Woolf and is illustrated with vivid historic images from the collection of the British Library.
  • Tavistock Square: A Decade After Terror, A Reminder Of Peace” by Susan Pollack

    A screenshot of the YouTube video trailer for Camden Connections that shows the Virginia Woolf portrait

    A screenshot of the YouTube video trailer for Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters that shows the Virginia Woolf portrait

  • Schoolchildren choose Woolf for “Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters,” a NPG exhibit that fetes the famous faces who have lived, worked in, or studied in the north London area.
  • Review of Pat Barker’s Noonday mentions Woolf: “If Life Class and Toby’s Room were benevolently haunted by Vera Brittain and Virginia Woolf, the ghosts of Elizabeth Bowen, Rose Macaulay and Graham Greene walk the bombsites of Noonday.”
  • Review says second section of Among the Ten Thousand Things, by Julia Pierpont pays homage to Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, “as time passes and characters are killed off, their lives synopsised.”
  • An article about scholar and performance artist Coco Fusco, whose 2006 work A Room of One’s Own: Women and Power in the New America, uses Virginia Woolf as a springboard to talk about female interrogators in U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Ruth Scurr on Virginia Woolf: A review of Viviane Forrester’s Virginia Woolf: A Portrait. From the Aug. 14, 2015, issue of the Times Literary Supplement.
  • Prettiot’s “Suicide Hotline” song invokes Woolf.

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"Waving at the Gardener," the 2009 Asham Award collection of short stories, will be published by Bloomsbury in September.

"Waving at the Gardener," the 2009 Asham Award collection of short stories, will be published by Bloomsbury in September.

Another home once owned by Virginia Woolf is in the news. Earlier this month, the news was that the Round House is up for sale. Now the news is that the site of Asham House is full of trash.

Asham House, Woolf’s country home in Sussex from 1912 to 1919, was demolished in 1994 so that a landfill could expand. The Virginia Woolf Society opposed the demolition, but it took place anyway. 

The amount paid in compensation to the East Sussex County Council was used in part to set up the Asham Literary Endowment Trust.

Now the 60-acre landfill — which has taken in around 250,000 tons of rubbish each year — is full. It will close today for what operators call a “substantial restoration programme.”

The program will restore the site to a “Sussex Downland standard, in keeping with the surrounding environment and landscape, providing a high quality habitat for plants and animals,” according to a story in the Mid Sussex Times.

When Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived in Asham House, the legend was that the house was haunted. This became the basis for Woolf’s two-page short story “A Haunted House,” which tells the tale of a ghostly couple who glide through the rooms of their well-loved home at night.

Ironically, the gentle ghostly couple were searching for “buried treasure.” But neither Woolf nor her fictional characters could have imagined the tons of trash that would be buried on the site over the course of 15 years.

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NPG 5933, Virginia Woolf (nÈe Stephen)News about two Bloomsbury-related events has reached Blogging Woolf. Here is the scoop about both:

“The Afterlives of Virginia Woolf: Reading Woolf in Literature, Visual Arts, and Theatre”

April to May 2009
University of Essex
Presented by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.

The series “The Afterlives of Virginia Woolf: Reading Woolf in Literature, Visual Arts, and Theatre” runs through April and May at the University of Essex with an exhibition in the Albert Sloman Library. Download the “Afterlives” flier.

April 22, 2009, events in Lecture Theatre Building 10:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – screening of Kenneth Macpherson’s Borderline
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – inaugural talk by Maggie Humm of the University of East London, on “Virginia Woolf, Photography, and the Arts.”
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5p.m. – tea
  • 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Roundtable “Afterlives, Ghosts, Adaptations: Virginia Woolf and Film”; Professor Maggie Humm, Dr Sophie Mayer, Professor Marina Warner, Dr. Sanja Bahun. Chaired by Dr. Sophie Mayer
  • 6 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. – screening of Sally Potter’s Orlando (1992, UK, feat. Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp)
  • 7:40 – 8 p.m. – SPARK workshop by Dr. Sophie Mayer of Cambridge University: “Reading Orlando, Creating Orlando

May 6, 2009, events in Lecture Theatre Building 10:

  • 7.30 p.m. screening of Marleen Gorris’s Mrs. Dalloway. Introduction: Dr Sanja Bahun (1997, UK, feat. Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha McElhone, Rupert Graves)

May 13, 2009, events in The Lakeside Theatre:

  • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Sally Potter in Conversation.
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – screening of Sally Potter’s Yes (2004, feat. Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Sam Neil)

May 29, 2009, events in The Senate Room:

  • 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.  – Professor Hermione Lee of Oxford University, “Woolf and Drama”
  • 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. – refreshments in the LiFTS Common Room
  • 4.30 p.m. – Katie Mitchell’s Waves; reading and discussion
  • 5 p.m. – Darryl Pinkney (writer: drama, literary criticism)

More events to come

Within the next year, talks, screenings, workshops, rehearsed readings, conversations, and many other types of engagement with Woolf’s “lives” and “afterlives” on the page, stage, and screen will be held. Presenters include Hermione Lee, Maria DiBattista, Jane Goldman, but also “practitioners” such as Sally Potter, Kristin Hutchinson, Darryl Pinckney and others.

All events are free and open to public.

“David Rhys Jones: A Bloomsbury Journey – London and Sussex”

June 3 to 26
Curwen & New Academy Gallery, 34 Windmill St., London

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.  to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed bank holidays. Download the flier for more details.

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