Our monthly Reading Group Sundays run from 10.30am-12.30pm, and are held in our beautiful Barn.
Join us for civilised Sunday mornings of readings and lively discussion. Held on the first Sunday of every month, we will explore themes inspired by Charleston, the Bloomsbury Group, modernism, and our current exhibitions. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply come along, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with like-minded people in an inspiring space. Led by our Reader in Residence Holly Dawson.
What role did the body play in the thinking, painting and writing of the Bloomsbury Group? To what extent were they in their heads, rather than their bodies? What personal and cultural influences shaped their relationship with the body?
In this session, we shall explore the corporeal realm of the Bloomsbury Group – from body image and nudity to food, sex and death. We will have a particular look at illness amongst its members – how it was experienced, how it was treated, and how it informed the course of their lives. How does Roger Fry’s embodied writing style contrast with Virginia’s? And to what extent did Lydia Lopokova’s open, honest relationship with her body shock Bloomsbury?