Events

July

June

  • Thursday the 29th to Sunday the 2nd: Susan will be taking part in a round-table discussion at the 27th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference ‘Virginia Woolf and the World of Books’ hosted by the University of Reading. The title of the round-table is ‘Woolf by the Book: Reflecting on Woolf Editions’, and will give Susan an opportunity to talk about the Cambridge Edition of Virginia Woolf’s writing of which she is co-editor: http://woolf2017.com/programme/.

May

April

March

January

  • Saturday the 21st, Susan will give the Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture 2017, at the Senate House at the University of London, on the topic of ‘Virginia Woolf and the essay’. This will be the 18th Annual Birthday Lecture organised by the Virginia Woolf Society of great Britain.

December

  • Publication of an article on writing Vanessa and Virginia in Biographical Fiction: A Reader, edited by Michael Lackey, Bloomsbury London and New York.

November

  • Saturday the 19th: Lecture, “‘Marcel Proust and the Madeleine’, 15:00-18:00 for ‘The Literary Kitchen’ [Moved from June 26].

‘The Literary Kitchen’ is a new initiative by Literature Cambridge. Susan’s lecture will discuss Proust’s life, his love of food, his interest in the workings of memory and time, and explore why, a century later, his themes still resonate with us. The lecture will take place in the Cambridge Cookery School, and will be followed by the opportunity to bake the perfect madeleine!

September

  • Publication of ‘Virginia Woolf’ in a new collection by Routledge entitled Fifty-one Key Feminist Thinkers, which celebrates feminist thinkers across the centuries.

July

  • 18th-22nd: Vanessa and Virginia reading and lecture on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

Susan will be reading from Vanessa and Virginia and will lecture on Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway at the Virginia Woolf Cambridge Summer School, between the 18th and 22nd July. This Summer School hosts scholars and readers from all round the world.

June

  • Saturday the 25th: Reading and Discussion on ‘Literary London’ with Jennifer Wallace, ‘Travelling Through’ bookshop near Waterloo Station.
    • Susan will be joining fellow Cillian Press author Jennifer Wallace, for an evening of readings and discussion on the topic of ‘Literary London.’ Jennifer, who is Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, will talk about her recently published novel ‘Digging up Milton’, as well as Milton’s own connections to London. She will talk about the influence London had on Virginia Woolf, and will read from Vanessa and Virginia.
  • Wednesday the 22nd: Panel discussion at King’s College London on ‘The Ethics of Biographical Fiction’.
    • Biographical fiction has developed into a popular genre over the past two decades, and this panel discussion brings together researchers and writers of biofiction to shed light on the relationship between an author’s power to shape a historical individual’s afterlife and notions of responsibility, creativity, and truthfulness. Susan will be joined for the discussion by Lucia Boldrini, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London; Michael Lackey, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota; and the Trinidad-born poet, novelist, musician and lecturer, Anthony Joseph. Admission is free and all are welcome.

April

  • Saturday the 2nd: Interview with BBC World Service’s ‘Witness’.
    • The interview marks the 75th anniversary since the death of Virginia Woolf, and includes fascinating archive recordings of those closest to Woolf, including her husband, Leonard, her sister, Vanessa Bell, and a wonderful reminiscence of Woolf’s joyous laughter by the novelist Elizabeth Bowen.

August

  • Piece on Virginia Woolf in a new guide ‘Fifty One Key Feminist Thinkers’, published by Routledge. For more information, click here.

July

  • Interview with Ian McMillan for BBC Radio 3, The Verb, on Virginia Woolf and the sea. To listen, click here.

April

March

February

  • Monday the 23rd: Post-show Talk with Lucy Kirkwood and Ben Duke, following ‘Like Rabbits’, a dance piece inspired by Virginia Woolf’s short story ‘Lappin and Lapinova’ by Lost Dog, at the Cambridge Junction.
  • Publication of ‘The “Supreme Portrait Artist” and the “Mistress of the Phrase”: Contesting Oppositional Portrayals of Woolf and Bell, Life and Art, in Susan Sellers’s Vanessa and Virginia,’ by Bethany Layne in the 2015 Virginia Woolf Studies Annual.
  • Publication of article on Vanessa and Virginia by Jospeh Yosup Kim and Jung Kim in The James Joyce Journal of Korea.

January

  • Monday the 19th: Talk at Presidency University, Kolkata India.
  • Saturday the 17th: ‘We Rarely Get the Real-Life Endings’, Interview with Leigh Chambers, Cambridge News.

November

August

  • Friday the 1st: Summer lecture at Monk’s House, Rodmell, former home of Virginia Woolf.
  • Publication of Polish translation of Vanessa and Virginia.

May

April

February

  • Friday the 14th: Talk as part of the Writers’ Speaking Literary Series, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 18:00.

January

  • Wednesday the 1st: Interview with the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network.

December

  • Thursday the 19th: Interview by Donna Freed on Radio Gorgeous.
  • Publication of Italian translation of Vanessa and Virginia.

November

  • Saturday the 16th: Talk and reading at ‘Myth, Fantasy and Fairy Tales in Literature and the Arts Conference’, Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Thursday the 14th: Scottish launch of Given the Choice, Watersones, St Andrews.
  • Saturday the 2nd: Guest author, Book Mark, Radio Cambridge 105 podcast.
  • Publication of Finnish translation of Vanessa and Virginia.
  • Publication of Brazilian translation of Vanessa and Virginia.
  • Publication of Lithuanian translation of Vanessa and Virginia.

October

September

May

  • Friday the 10th: Talk at the Michaelhouse Festival, Cambridge at 1:00 pm.
  • Thursday the 1st: Interview on Book Night, Radio Cambridge 105.

March

January

  • Publication of a discussion piece with writer Alice Thompson in The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fictionedited by Katherine Cooper and Emma Short, published by Palgrave MacMillan.
    • From The Other Boelyn Girl to Fingersmith, this collection explores the popularity of female-centred historical novels in recent years.

December

  • Saturday the 1st: Talk at Churchill College, Cambridge, to the Cambridge St Andrews Club.

October

  • Sunday the 28th: Talk entitled ‘From Lighthouses to Paintbrushes: Things as Multi-Sensory Archives’ at Performance: Art-Critique-Experiment organised by Cambridge University and the London University of the Arts.
  • Sunday the 14th: The Katherine Mansfield Birthday Lecture with Ali Smith and Salley Vickers, The Keynes Library London.
  • Contribution in The Arvon Book of Literary Non-Fiction published by Bloosmbury.

July

  • Publication of Yang Lixin’s Chinese translation of Vanessa and Virginia, number 48 in the Classics List, Nanjing University Press.

June

  • Monday the 18th: Playreading of ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ by the Shakespeare’s Sister Company, New York City, 18:00-20:00.

May

  • Tuesday the 8th: Guest Seminar at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 16:45.

March

February

November

  • Thursday the 3rd: Susan will be giving a talk as part of the ‘Afterlives of Virginia Woolf’ series at Essex University at 17:30. This will be followed by a performance of ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ at the Lakeside Theatre.

October

  • Publication of ‘Painting in Prose: Performing the Artist in Vanessa and Virginia‘ with playwright Elizabeth Wright in Making Sense, Peter Lang.
  • Saturday the 8th: Susan interviewed by Radio Cambridge 105.

September

  • Susan will be giving talks and running workshops as part of To the Lighthouse Festival in Cambridge from the 24th September until the 7th of October. The festival is supported by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and will include performances of ‘Vanessa and Virginia’.

August

  • Publication of Spanish translation of Vanessa and Virginia, Las Hermanas Woolf, translation by Gabriela Ellena Castellotti, Collection Emece.
  • ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ at the Bakewell Arts Festival.

July

  • Interview in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany. To read the interview, click here.

June

  • ‘The English Sisters Enter Novel from History’ -《从历史进入小说的英伦姐妹花:评<范尼莎与弗吉尼亚>, a discussion of Susan’s novel Vanessa and Virginia, is published this month in the Chinese journal World Literature Recent Developments, volume 6, 外国文学动态. The article is by Professor Yang Lixin whose translation of Vanessa and Virginia is forthcoming from Nanjing University Press.
  • Friday the 10th: Susan will be speaking at the 21st Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, ‘Contradictory Woolf’, at the University of Glasgow. The Moving Stories play of Vanessa and Virginia will be performed at the conference.

May 2011

  • Monday the 23rd: Public lecture, University of Regensburg, Germany.
    • Performance of Vanessa and Virginia, Regensburg.
  • Saturday the 14th: Keynote lecture, Demystifying Public Engagement, University of Newcastle.
  • Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th: Performances of ‘Vanessa and Virginia’, Bath Spa.
  • Thursday the 5th: Creative writing workshop, Bloomsbury Adaptations, Bath Spa University.

April

  • Sunday the 17th: ‘Vanessa and Virginia’, Cambridge Wordfest, 15:00 and 19:30 in the Old Science Labs, Newnham College, University of Cambridge.

March

  • Publication of French translation of Vanessa and Virginia, Virginia mon amour, ma soeur, Editions Autrement.
  • Sunday the 6thIndependent on Sunday.
  • Vanessa and Virginia at the West Wiltshire Playhouse.

February

  • Interview for Fresh Outlook.
  • Scottish premiere of Vanessa and Virginia’ at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews.
  • Saturday the 12th: Woolf in the 21st Century, a one-day symposium at the School of English at the University of St Andrews.
  • Launch of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf at the Senate House, London, with Professor Dame Gillian Beer, Professor Rachel Bowlby, Dr Jane Goldman and novelist Ali Smith.

January

December

November

  • Sunday the 21st: Talk at International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland, preceding performance of Vanessa and Virginia. For a wonderful virtual tour of the accompanying exhibition of Bloomsbury art, click here.
  • Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th: Vanessa and Virginia will perform at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute as part of the Bath Festival of Illumination.
  • Wednesday the 3rd: Talk at Tramway Theatre, Glasgow.
October
  • Tuesday the 26th October: Talk to Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.
  • Tuesday the 5th: Talk to Cambridge Writers.

September 2010:

  • Friday the 17th: Premiere of ‘Vanessa and Virginia’, adapted for the stage by Elizabeth Wright, directed by Emma Gersch, Aix-en-Provence.
  • Friday the 17th: Talk on ‘Vanessa and Virginia’, University of Aix-en-Provence.
  • Thursday the 16th: Reading at Book in Bar, Aix-en-Provence.
July
  • Tuesday the 6th: Hemingford and Huntingdon Writers Groups, Old Post Office, Hemingford Grey.
May
  • Vanessa and Virginia Editor’s Choice New York Times Book Review.
  • Wednesday the 5th: Talk to Cambridge University Creative Writers, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.
  • Susan joins feminist critics, including Professors Dame Gillian Beer, Judith Halberstam and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, to give her ‘desert island text’ in an anniversary edition of the journal ‘Women: a Cultural Review‘.

April 2010:

  • Publication of Vanessa and Virginia, Mariner Books.
  • Sunday the 11th: Chairing a discussion with biographer Pam Hirsch at Cambridge Wordfest on novelist and anti-nazi activist Phyllis Bottome.

March

  • Publication of Vanessa och Virginia, translated by Eva Johansson, Ordfront, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Vanessa and Virginia discussed on Not the TV Book Group.

February

  • Publication of the second edition of The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf. This fully updated edition has new chapters on Woolf and race, nation and empire, sexuality, aesthetics, visual culture and the public sphere.

January

December

  • Publication of Vanessa & Virginia, translated by Lucie van Rooijen, Artemis and Co, The Netherlands.
October

September

  • Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th: Reading at the University of Oxford, Writing Bodies/Reading Bodies in Contemporary Women’s Writing.
  • Friday the 25th: In conversation with Beth Wright at ‘Making Sense’, a one-day conference in the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Cambridge.
June
  • Launch of Harcourt’s US Edition of Vanessa and Virginia.
  • Friday the 5th: Interview on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, details.
  • Saturday the 6th: Reading at Lincoln Centre, New York (International Virginia Woolf Conference). Susan will discuss the novel with Katherine Lanpher, host of Barnes and Noble’s acclaimed Upstairs at the Square, and Ruth Gruber, feminist, activist and author: click here for details).
  • Workshop on Vanessa and Virginia at ‘Echoes of the Past’, University of Newcastle.
  • Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th: Appearance at Welborne Arts Festival.
May
  •  Publication of American edition of Vanessa and Virginia, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Vanessa and Virginia selected for Barnes and Noble Summer 2009 Discover Great New Writers programme.
  • Monday the 5th: Appearance at Kingston Literary Festival.
  • Monday the 25th: Vanessa and Virginia chosen by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire for their ‘Book a day in May’, click here.

April

  • Tuesday the 21st: Talk on Vanessa and Virginia at University of Glasgow.
  • Three events at Cambridge WordFest.
    • Friday the 24th: Writing workshop at Kettle’s Yard.
    • Saturday the 25th: Reading with Absolute Fiction at the ADC Theatre (10 a.m.).
  • Sunday the 26th: Conversation with biographer Professor Frances Spalding at Newnham College.
March
  • Thursday the 12th: Appearance at Essex Book Festival.
  • Reading at Heffers to launch Cambridge Wordfest.

November

June

  • Launch of Vanessa and Virginia at Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity St, Cambridge.
  • Publication of ‘Scottish? What’s that?’ in Cleave: New Writing by Women in Scotland, edited by Sharon Blackie, Two Ravens Press.