Lecture: Thrown to the Woolves

2 October 2014, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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In 1967 Quentin and Olivier Bell commenced the enormous task of assembling the research which would make the backbone of the authorised biography of Virginia Woolf, and the subsequent five-volume edition of her Diaries. That same year their daughter Virginia was twelve. Virginia Nicholson, now an acclaimed social historian, recalls growing up with the ghostly presence of ‘the other Virginia’, her great-aunt. Throughout her teenage years and beyond the family supper-table was dominated by discussions of Woolf scholarship, Woolf speculation, Woolf factions and Woolf strife. Virginia Nicholson talks about the Woolf legacy, and the challenge of becoming a writer when you’re related to a literary genius.

Virginia Nicholson is Deputy Chairman of The Charleston Trust, the organisation which supports Charleston, the Sussex home of her grandmother, Vanessa Bell. Her books include the acclaimed social history Among the Bohemians – Experiments in Living 1900-1939, Singled Out – How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War, and Millions Like Us – Women’s Lives in War and Peace 1939-1949, published by Penguin in 2002, 2007 and 2011. She is married to a writer, has three children and lives in Sussex.

The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.