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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.

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.”

Attention, Woolf readers around the globe. Literature Cambridge, which went virtual with its study sessions when the coronavirus hit, is in the midst of a Virginia Woolf Season that you won’t want to miss.

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Trudi Tate and Karina Jacubowicz are just two lecturers in Literature Cambridge’s online courses on Virginia Woolf via Zoom.

I, for one, have logged on to several sessions and plan to sign up for as many as my schedule will allow. Not only do I enjoy learning more about Woolf, it’s also fun to see old and new Woolf friends from all over the world, while benefiting from their knowledge and interest in Woolf.

Woolf Season details

The online classes, which explore Woolf’s major works in consecutive order, began in October with The Voyage Out (1915) and run through June 2021 with Between the Acts (1941). Each two-hour class via Zoom is taught by a Woolf expert from the UK and features a one-hour original lecture followed by a question and answer session.

Lisa Hutchins, who lives in Cambridge and is a former journalist turned college archivist, is penning blog posts on the Woolf Season. She wrote one on The Voyage Out and another on the lecture covering Night and Day: Tea and Tradition.

The cost is £26 at full price and £22 for students, CAMcard holders and members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

Read the Woolf Season blog

Lisa Hutchins, who lives in Cambridge and is a former journalist turned college archivist, is penning blog posts on the Woolf Season. She wrote one on The Voyage Out and another on the lecture covering Night and Day: Tea and Tradition.

Viewing and reading Woolf online

Online art exhibit

Louisa Amelia Albani, whose pamphlet and companion exhibit on Virginia Woolf we featured in July, is currently holding an online art exhibition inspired by Woolf’s essay “Oxford Street Tide.” Take a look.

Online reading group

Starting Monday, Jan. 11, and running through Monday, April 12, 2021, Anne Fernald will lead a Zoom reading group dubbed “All Woolf” at the Center for Fiction, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit dedicated to fiction writing. The fee is $120 for four sessions, with an additional fee charged for books. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. EST.

Online view of The Bloomsbury Look

View “The Bloomsbury Look,” Saturday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. via a free virtual event with author Wendy Hitchmough as she speaks live from the Charleston studio to art historian Frances Spalding. The event will include the opportunity to submit questions live, and signed copies of The Bloomsbury Look are available to purchase through the Charleston online shop. However, the link to the event is not up right now, and unfortunately the book is out of stock.

More than thirteen years after starting Blogging Woolf, I realized that several important components were missing. First off, the blog was missing an “About” page, a rationale for how and why the blog came to be. So I have added one. I introduce it here.

It includes the story of how I came to Woolf — something most Woolfians enjoy sharing. It also includes how I first met Woolf in the classroom and how I came back to Woolf many years later.

Most important of all, I think, it also tells the tale of my friendship and publishing experiences with the beloved Cecil Woolf and his brilliant wife Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

This new page also encourages Woolf readers and scholars everywhere to join the Woolf circle by attending a Woolf conference or signing up for the Woolf Listserv.

Cecil Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson
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