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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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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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At a time when inaccurate information spreads like wildfire via social media, it’s refreshing to learn that a major media outlet is interested in fact checking something as seemingly minor as a literary quote, particularly one attributed to Virginia Woolf.

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life” was the quote attributed to Woolf and shared more than 300 times by a Facebook group called “English literature and Linguistics.”

USA TODAY on the hunt

Then USA TODAY noticed. And reporter Rick Rouan, based in Columbus, Ohio, started checking into it. On his own, he was unable to find a record of Woolf saying or writing those words.

So he contacted a couple of folks in the Woolf community, including Blogging Woolf and Benjamin Hagen, assistant professor of English at the University of South Dakota who is heading up this year’s Woolf conference and serves as president of the International Virginia Woolf Society.

Woolfians join the search

I searched my copy of Major Authors on CD-ROM: Virginia Woolf and found no such statement in Woolf’s work. But Hagen traced it to the 2002 film “The Hours,” which is based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same title, inspired by Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway.

The Facebook group that posted the quote Rouan investigated has apparently removed it from its page. Fact-checking information shared online is something USA TODAY does regularly, Rouan told me.

Read more about the hunt for the quote and its origins in “Fact check: Quote attributed to Virginia Woolf was in a movie, not her primary work.”

A collection of memes found in a Google search that include the quote falsely attributed to Woolf

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Teaching Virginia Woolf online this fall? If so, these YouTube videos focused on her life and her work may help. Take a look.

Virginia Woolf and Mrs. Dalloway

This is a nearly one-hour 1987 dramatized documentary on the novel, with an introduction by Woolf biographer Hermione Lee.

The Mind and Times of Virginia Woolf

This is an approximately 25-minute triptych featuring (among others) Hermione Lee, Eileen Atkins, Nigel Nicolson and Frances Spalding.



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A couple of months ago I posted a Woolf sighting on Jenny Offill’s Weather (which I just read for the second time). I’m happy to see that the book is on the shortlist for the UK’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Here, the six shortlisted authors recommend novels that have been meaningful to them–all of them worth noting–and Jenny Offill has chosen Mrs. Dalloway. 

Besides Offill, the 2020 shortlist features Angie Cruz, Bernardine Evaristo, Natalie Haynes, Hilary Mantel, and Maggie O’Farrell.

And so I picked up Mrs Dalloway and was thrilled by its subversive swings from the trivial to the sublime and back again. I also found in it a model for the novel I hoped to one day write. Her [Virginia Woolf’s] elaborate, far-reaching sentences were very different from my own but her insistence on the importance of recording the modest, the quiet, the almost unseen moments of life was a revelation and continues to be. – Jenny Offill on Mrs. Dalloway

 

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