Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Anne Byrne, Contributor
Virginia Woolf International Conference, Reading
Hogarth Press Centenary Exhibition
Museum of English Rural Life (MERL, University of Reading)
Optional Fields
Art work and 2 papers (In the editorial of the last issue of the Bulletin, Stuart Clarke referred briefly to the four-day Virginia Woolf conference at the University of Reading and to the exhibition on the centenary of the Hogarth Press that accompanied it, which ran from June to the end of August 2017 at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL). In response to a call for printed works on paper to ‘recognise the creative contribution made by the Woolfs and the Hogarth Press to printing, art, literature and book culture’, I decided to follow the Woolfs’ design for their first publication and combine text and image in a work of letterpress art. Drawn to one of the suggested themes for the exhibition, ‘author as publisher’ and the theme of the Virginia Woolf conference ‘The World of Books’, I began to think about the possibilities for an artwork based on Leonard Woolf’s autobiography Beginning Again: An Autobiography of the Years 1911-1918, published by the Hogarth Press. Inspiration was provided by Leonard’s preoccupation with his English and Jewish identities and his evocative description of chocolate creams in that particular volume of his autobiography.)
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Humanities in Context