Finishing ‘Firebird’

Finishing a novel is a strange experience. For years, my life has run on parallel tracks. There has been work, family, home-life, friends…. And then there has been researching and imagining the enduring love affair between two of the twentieth-century’s most brilliant and unusual figures: the Russian prima ballerina Lydia Lopokova and the British economist John Maynard Keynes.   It was …

Writing music for the theatre

With Elizabeth Wright’s stage play of Vanessa and Virginia continuing at the Riverside Studios in London this month, by the award-winning Moving Stories Theatre under the direction of Emma Gersch, I asked the play’s musical director Jeremy Thurlow about writing music for the theatre and Vanessa and Virginia specifically.   – Where did you begin with creating music for Vanessa …

Cambridge Virginia Woolf Edition

Friday saw the launch of the Cambridge edition of the works of Virginia Woolf, a project I have been involved in for the best part of a decade. I thought I’d give a taste of the work we’ve been doing by presenting some of the findings from one of our two pilot volumes, The Waves.   Scholars have known for …