March 8, 2018

On Wednesday 20 June 2018 we will dedicate a whole day to the celebration of one of the 20th Century’s most important novels. Set on ‘a Wednesday in mid-June’, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (like James Joyce’s Ulysses) takes place over the course of a single day.

Looking at Mrs Dalloway, 1:30 – 2:30pm, National Portrait Gallery
Cultural historian Alexandra Harris leads a tour of selected paintings and photographs followed by a short talk on Mrs Dalloway.

Walking with Mrs Dalloway 4:00 – 5:00pm, British Library
Virginia Woolf’s biographer Hermione Lee and Alexandra Harris talk about the walks in the novel and follow its paths into dreams, memories, and moments of revelation.

RSL Members’ Book Group, 5:30 – 6:30pm, British Library
A chance for RSL Members to talk about Mrs Dalloway. This informal discussion will be steered by RSL Director Molly Rosenberg.

Dalloway Day, 7:00 – 8:30pm, British Library
Literary critics Elaine Showalter and Sarah Churchwell discuss the significance of Mrs Dalloway and its ongoing influence on literary culture. Then, Hermione Lee talks to novelist Alan Hollinghurst about Woolf’s legacy and influence on his work. A drinks reception will follow this event.

Related RSL Fellows

Elaine Showalter 2011
Dame Hermione Lee 1992
Alexandra Harris 2014
Alan Hollinghurst 1995