25 January 2017 at 9.15am | 24 Comments
On this day in 1882, Virginia Woolf was born. We're marking the occasion by asking for your reaction to her writing. Woolf is a huge figure in 20th-century modernism, who inspires complex and passionate responses from readers.
'the ‘book itself’ is not form which you see, but emotion which you feel'
Virginia Woolf, On Re-reading Novels
We'd like to know about your personal experience of reading her novels and essays. How did you discover her? What was the first thing you read? What struck you about it? What did (and does) her work mean to you? Perhaps you've never read any Woolf, and the ballet has inspired you?
We originally asked this question ahead of the ballet's premiere in 2015, but we're revisiting the question as Woolf Works returns to the stage again this year.
Woolf Works is a full-length ballet from Wayne McGregor, and with it Wayne hopes to convey the feeling of reading Woolf, rather than telling the story of her novels in a conventional narrative. Read the audience's reactions so far.
If you haven't encountered any of Woolf's writing, a good place to start is Mrs Dalloway, a novel in which past, present and multiple points of view criss-cross around themes of memory, madness and love.
Let us know what Virginia Woolf's writing means to you.
Woolf Works runs until 14 February 2017. Tickets are still available.