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Dalloway Day 2020: Queer Bloomsbury

Joining BBC Radio 3 presenter Shahidha Bari, Paul Mendez (author of Rainbow Milk) and Francesca Wade (author of Square Haunting) discuss the inspiration they found walking in London, Bloomsbury's legacy for modern queer writing, and the need for empathy in modern times.

“Let us admit in the privacy of our own society that these things sometimes happen. Sometimes women do like women.”Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Almost the entire body of Virginia Woolf’s writing – her novels, essays and letters – have been interpreted from a variety of queer perspectives, and her work has inspired many modern interpretations across film, dance and theatre.

Joining BBC Radio 3 presenter Shahidha Bari, Paul Mendez (author of Rainbow Milk) and Francesca Wade (author of Square Haunting) discuss the inspiration they found walking in London, Bloomsbury’s legacy for modern queer writing, and the need for empathy in modern times.

This was the final event of Dalloway Day 2020, originally planned as an event at British Library but recorded for lockdown and broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking. It is now available as an Arts and Ideas Podcast.

Special thanks to producer Robyn Read.

Recorded on: June 17, 2020
Recorded at: Dalloway Day