The seas of the south coast and Cornwall played an important role in Virginia Woolf’s work, largely drawing on time spend in St Ives with her sister Vanessa Bell and their family as children. This session will focus primarily on To The Lighthouse, inspired in part by Philip Hughes’ St Ives paintings in our current exhibition, before extending to look at other modernist writers from Proust to Joyce (with his memorable description of ‘The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea’).
Join us around the Coco Table in the Threshing Barn 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, following the success of the Sunday reading and discussion groups held during our Orlando season.