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If you are among the 464 million people worldwide who listen to podcasts — and you love Virginia Woolf — this podcast is for you. It’s “The Virginia Woolf Podcast,” featuring Dr. Karina Jakubowicz and made in association with Literature Cambridge.

In the dozen episodes currently available online and on the podcast app, “The Virginia Woolf Podcast,” features talks with writer, artists, and academics whose work has been influence by Woolf.

The latest episode, “Bloomsbury in Bronze: A Statue is Unveiled,” features the Nov. 16, 2022, unveiling of the life-size bronze statue of Woolf along the riverside in Richmond. In it, you will hear the voices of sculptress Laury Dizengremel, Woolf’s great niece Emma Woolf, along with Sophie Partridge, great, great niece of Virginia Woolf. You will also see a photo of Jakubowicz sitting charmingly alongside Woolf on her park bench.

That episode pairs well with one that aired in the spring of 2022 where Jakubowicz interviews author Peter Fullager and Dizengremel about the Aurora Metro campaign to bring the Woolf statue to Richmond.

Other episodes on the Literature Cambridge website, as well as the app, include:

  • Jacob’s Room Centenary
  • Caroline Zoob on Virginia Woolf’s Garden
  • Maggie Humm on Talland House
  • Emma Sutton on Virginia Woolf and Classical Music
  • Susan Sellers on Firebird and Vanessa and Virginia
  • and more

Please note that the podcasts are the same on the Literature Cambridge as they are on the app, but the titles differ.

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For the first time since 2019, Literature Cambridge will hold an in-person  summer course this year, along with a live online course. The topic for both will be Woolf’s Women.

Trudi Tate welcomes students to the Virginia Woolf’s Gardens course at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge in July 2019.

Two options

  1. Attend the course live online, July 10-14, 2023.
  2. Attend the course in person in Cambridge, July 23-28, 2023.

Women in Woolf’s life and novels

The course will cover some of the fascinating women in Woolf’s life and writing, including Julia Stephen, Vanessa Bell, Ethel Smyth, Pernel Strachey, and Vita Sackville West.

It will focus on five novels: Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One’s Own, and Between the Acts.

Lecture topics and field trips

These will include:

Ellie Mitchell, Mrs. Dalloway and her Daughter (1925)
Trudi Tate, Women in To the Lighthouse (1927)
Alison Hennegan, What is a Woman?: Orlando (1928)
Karina Jakubowicz, Women in A Room of One’s Own (1929)
Claire Davison, Between the Acts (1941): Virginia Woolf and Ethel Smyth

Topics will include Mrs. Ramsay, Lily Briscoe, Orlando (as both man and woman), Miss La Trobe, and the idea of “Woman,” women’s education, and more.

Students will also learn about the women’s colleges in Cambridge and the manuscript of a section of A Room of One’s Own, held in the Fitzwilliam Museum. The course held live in Cambridge will visit Girton, Newnham, and the Fitzwilliam Museum

Course booking and accommodations

The course in Cambridge is filling fast. Members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain may book the conference at the student price. See fees and book the in-person conference here.

Overnight accommodations are booked separately from the course. Organizers have reserved bedrooms at Robinson College. To book, use the code in the Terms and Conditions. However, when I checked today, all accommodations at Robinson were booked up, but that may change.

If Robinson College accommodations are not available, you can reserve a room at another college or at a Cambridge hotel.

For more information

Further information is on the Literature Cambridge website. Or send an email with enquiries to info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

King’s College, Cambridge, July 2019

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Peter Jones, fellow of King’s College, and Karina Jakubowicz

Add another celebration of the centenary of the publication of Jacob’s Room (1922) to the list. This time, it is Literature Cambridge’s new Virginia Woolf Podcast.

Join Karina Jakubowicz as she visits King’s College, Cambridge and speaks with Susan Sellers, Woolf scholar and novelist, and Peter Jones, King’s College Fellow, for the first episode of season two of the Virginia Woolf Podcast.

In the podcast, we get a sense of where some of the Bloomsbury members lived in Cambridge, and we explore the novel’s relationship with death, memory, and the Great War.

Listen to it on Spotify.

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Last time, I wrote about the online programs offered to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, thanks to the pandemic. Today, I must also grudgingly thank the pandemic for the wide selection of online sessions featuring Woolf and other women writers that are offered by Literature Cambridge for the second year in a row.

Second Virginia Woolf Season

The first group of sessions are those remaining in the Second Virginia Woolf Season. Each offers an hour-long lecture by a Woolf scholar, followed by an hour of discussion. Each of the following sessions has a theme and focuses on one book by Woolf.

  • Saturday 26 March 2022, 6 p.m. BT – Tea and Tradition: Night and Day (1919),

    Ellie Harrison lecturing on Woolf via Zoom

    with Ellie Mitchell. Live repeat session.

  • Saturday 9 April 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Books and Libraries in Three Guineas (1938), with Claire Davison
  • Sunday 10 April 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Woolf and Androgyny: A Room of One’s Own (1929), with Alison Hennegan. Live repeat session.*
  • Sunday 8 May 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Virginia Woolf and Clive Bell, with Mark Hussey
  • Saturday 11 June 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Mrs Dalloway from Bond Street to Westminster, with Claire Nicholson.

British Summer Time: Please note that clocks in Britain move ahead one hour on Sunday 27 March 2022.

Woolf’s Houses summer course

The path behind the Monk’s House gate

Literature Cambridge’s annual summer course resumes this year with a live online course on Woolf’s Houses, 25-29 July 2022. Literature Cambridge hopes to resume the in-person Woolf Summer course in July 2023.

Women Writers Season

Woolfians might also be interested in the last few lectures in the Women Writers Season on Vita Sackville West, Radclyffe Hall, and Elizabeth Bowen. Dates are April 2, April 16, and May 7.

Members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain are welcome to book sessions at the student price. Per session: £23 students, VWSGB members, CAMcard holders £28 full price

T-shirts like these may be available when Literature Cambridge holds its first in-person summer course since 2019 in July of 2023. The topic will be Woolf’s Women.

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Virginia Woolf scholar Gillian Beer will do an online reading and discussion of her short memoir covering her experiences of being evacuated as a child during WWII. Titled Stations without Signs, the memoir was published this year by Hazel Press.

The one-hour reading via Literature Cambridge will begin at 6 p.m. BT Dec. 5. The cost is £5 and registration is available online.

Gillian Beer lecturing on Virginia Woolf’s The Waves in April as part of Literature Cambridge’s online offerings.

 

 

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