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Bernardine Evaristo

Imagine a different ending to Clarissa Dalloway’s party. That what Bernadine Evaristo did as part of Radio 3’s “The Essay,” which asked five leading writers to pick a novel they love and then write an original piece of fiction imagining what happened to the characters after the story ends.

Man Booker prize winner Evaristo picked Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway for her “Open Endings” podcast submission. She then imagined a different ending for Clarissa’s party.

How to listen

Her 14-minute podcast, “Bernardine Evaristo on Mrs. Dalloway,” first aired on Christmas Eve 2019. But if you missed it, you can still listen to it any of the following three ways:

  • Tune in to Radio 3’s “The Essay” on Aug. 3 at 10:45 p.m. (BST).
  • Listen now on the Radio 3 website.
  • Download the podcast for listening any time.

About the author

Evaristo is not new to radio. Her verse novel The Emperor’s Babe was adapted into a BBC Radio 4 play in 2013 and her novella Hello Mum was adapted as a BBC Radio 4 play in 2012. In 2015 she wrote and presented a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary called Fiery Inspiration: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cecil Woolf stops at 46 Gordon Square, London, while giving Blogging Woolf a personal tour of Bloomsbury in June 2016.

The call came a few weeks ago. Woolf scholars and friends were asked to provide video clips of five minutes or less that would share our memories of Cecil Woolf, who passed away June 10, 2019, just over two years ago

The project was the brainchild of Drew Shannon, associate professor in the Department of Liberal Arts at Mount St. Joseph University and organizer of the 2019 Virginia Woolf Conference, and Jean Moorcroft Wilson, Cecil’s widow.

The 44-minute video here, first shared at the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf that wrapped up last Sunday, is the result.

It is not the final product, however, as this is is an ongoing project. Plans are in the works for continuing to celebrate and remember this beloved man, who was a friend, colleague, and publisher to so many people around the globe. The nephew of Leonard and Virginia is greatly missed by all who knew him.

Meanwhile, we hope this tribute video gives those who never had the opportunity to meet Cecil a glimpse into the charming and endearing man he was.

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Get ready to celebrate Dalloway Day on two days, June 16 and 19. And thanks to a variety of digital events being planned, you can join the celebrations of Woolfians across the pond without leaving your home.

Go live from Hatchards with the VW Society of Great Britain

This year’s Dalloway Day will be a Zoom event on Saturday, June 19, presented live from Hatchards, Piccadilly, an afternoon celebrating Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs Dalloway’s Party” and the art of the short story past and present.

The theme is “Virginia Woolf’s Short Stories” and speakers include Karina Jacubowicz, organizer of the ‘Virginia Woolf Podcast’ for Literature Cambridge, Woolf scholar and novelist Maggie Humm, and poet Cathy Galvin of the Word Factory, which ‘support[s] the next generation of short story writers’.

Book your FREE place on Eventbrite for this event set for 2-4 p.m. BST and 9-11 a.m. EST.

Share your favorite Woolf short story

Celebrate with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library

See all RSL Dalloway Day events

Some are free to the public or to RSL members. Others range in price from £3 to £5. A £25 annual digital pass covering all RSL events is available as well.

Join the Big Read in Bath

Enjoy artwork shared by Louisa Albani

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Come one, come all to the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, which for the first time will be held virtually via Zoom. Postponed last year due to COVID-19, the conference will be held online from June 10-13. And all are welcome.

On the bright side

While Woolfians won’t be able to meet in person this year, there is a bright side. This virtual conference will allow more folks from around the world to attend, something that some global attendees lobbied for when the last in-person conference was held in 2019. It will also allow those who cannot afford to travel from afar to be a part of things.

Profession and Performance, June 10-13

The Department of English will host the four-day virtual event at the University of South Dakota. The theme of the conference, “Profession and Performance,” brings together two significant terms.

The first term, profession, mattered deeply to Woolf. It calls to mind not only her sense of herself as a writer but also the set of specialized occupations she addresses in “A Room of One’s Own” (1929) and “Three Guineas” (1938), areas of study and livelihood traditionally reserved for the sons of educated men.

The second term, performance, invokes the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf’s commitment over the past three decades to the arts, to theater, to music, to the spoken word and to their resonances with the performance and performativity of Woolf’s life and writing.

Attend one or all

Since the conference is on Zoom, you can register, download the program, and attend as few or as many of the panel discussions and plenary events as you like. Plenary sessions feature:

  • A roundtable with Mark Hussey (Pace U), Urmila Seshagiri (U of Tennessee–Knoxville), Drew Shannon (Mount Saint Joseph U), and Jean Moorcroft Wilson (U of London)
  • Monumental Close Reading: Entering the “The Mark on The Wall” as an

    Ane Thon Knutsen with her hand-printed volume “A Printing Press of One’s Own,” introduced at the 2017 Woolf conference.

    Immersive Installation—Word by Word, Print by Print with Ane Thon Knutsen (Oslo National Academy of the Arts)

  • Performance Double Feature: “The Party” and . . . a surprise with Ellen McLaughlin, Kathleen Chalfant, and Drew Shannon
  • Still Very Precarious: Reprising Woolf’s “Think we must” with Carrie Rohman
    (Lafayette College)

Cost

Fees range from $15 for one day to $50 for the full conference.

Get some swag

A wide variety of conference swag — from stickers to mugs to T-shirts to posters decorated with the conference graphic — is available. Get it here.

More information

If you have questions, contact the conference organizer, Benjamin Hagen, at Benjamin.Hagen@usd.edu. Follow the hashtag #vwoolf2021 on Twitter.

 

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An essay by Blogging Woolf contributor Alice Woolf published May 19 on (mac)ro(mic) discusses a dreaded topic — aging — and includes the views of Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf.

Alice Lowe

Woolf used to address her future self—old Virginia—in her diary; days before her death she reminded herself to “observe the oncome of age. — Lowe

Lowe has written about Woolf and aging before. In 2017 she connected Woolf with aging, writing, and her own decision to get a tattoo.

Besides writing for Blogging Woolf, Lowe blogs at aliceloweblogs.wordpress.com. Her flash prose has appeared this past year in Hobart, JMWW, Door Is a Jar, Sleet, Anti-Heroin Chic, and BurningWord. She’s had citations in Best American Essays and nominations for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.

 

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