Write out with Woolf
11am – 12pm, 29 Fitzroy Square
In April 1907, Virginia Woolf and her brother Adrian moved into 29 Fitzroy Square. In her letters, she remembered the lights in the square ‘turning silver grey’ and the ‘beautiful young women … playing tennis on the grass.’ This year we kick off Dalloway Day celebrations with an outdoor writing workshop led by RSL Fellow Daljit Nagra, in view of the blue plaque that marks Virginia Woolf’s early home. This event was in partnership with English Heritage, Camden Council and Camden Alive.
Walking with Mrs Dalloway
1.30 – 2.30pm, National Portrait Gallery
Join art historian, critic and biographer Frances Spalding for an afternoon stroll around the National Portrait Gallery, looking at selected paintings and photographs of and by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and others associated with the Bloomsbury Group and the modernist movement. Following the tour Frances will give a short talk about Woolf.
For There She Was: Love and Presence in Mrs Dalloway
4 – 5pm, British Library Piazza Pavilion
Renowned Woolf scholar Professor Dame Gillian Beer (pictured) is joined by Alexandra Harris to discuss love and presence in Mrs Dalloway.
RSL Members’ Book Group: A Room of My Own
5.30 – 6.30pm, British Library Knowledge Centre
A chance for RSL Members’ to talk about the RSL’s new anthology A Room of My Own. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the publication of A Room of One’s Own, the RSL has published an anthology of of new writing which addresses the essential needs for a writer working today and celebrates the contributions of writers who have had to create spaces for themselves.
7 – 8.30pm, British Library Knowledge Centre
Woolf’s nuanced way of capturing a moment or a place, in all its immediacy, has influenced generations of writers after her. Why does Virginia Woolf continue to be such a powerful point of reference for writers working today? And why does she still have so much to show writers about themselves? Monica Ali (pictured) and Elif Shafak discuss Woolf’s influence and the challenges of interpolating one of the 20th Century’s most significant writers in works inflected by their own lives.