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An illustrated talk by Rosemary Coxon

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This summer, Pallant House Gallery is hosting an exhibition “Virginia Woolf:an exhibition inspired by her writings”. This illustrated talk adds another facet to the artistic and verbal power of Virginia Woolf by looking at two books and films which have been inspired by one of her books-“Mrs Dalloway” .

“The Hours” is a brilliant recasting and dramatic deconstruction by Michael Cunningham of Virginia Woolf’s 1923 novel ”Mrs Dalloway”. Moving effortlessly across the decades and between England and America, the novel ”The Hours” intertwines the worlds of three unforgettable women. In 1920s London, Virginia Woolf is attempting to start her new novel.

Meanwhile, a young wife and mother in the suburbs of Los Angeles yearns to escape and reads her precious copy of Mrs Dalloway. And Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her Greenwich Village home to buy flowers for a party she is hosting for a dying friend.

These three stories re-cast the classic novel “Mrs Dalloway” in a startling new light and follow these women who, to the world lead happy and fulfilling lives , but to us, the audience, they are women who will always wonder what might have been.

We hope you will enjoy this exploration of these two books and their film versions.

Talk Brought to you by SMH Books

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