Stapleford Granary

Course description

Saturday 15 September 2018

11.00-17.00  £80 / £70 students

Tea, coffee and light lunch provided
In partnership with Literature Cambridge


A Room of One's Own (1929) is one of Woolf's most influential works. What are her main ideas in the book, and how do they speak to us today? Three leading Cambridge lecturers will explore different aspects of the book, looking at the rich historical context in which Woolf was writing. 

Alison Hennegan, Women and Education in A Room of One’s Own

Trudi Tate, A Room of One’s Own after the First World War

Susan Sellers, Woolf as Essayist: A Context for Reading A Room of One's Own




The day will finish with a round-table seminar in which everyone can join in the discussion.

No prerequisites, just a love of reading. 



About our lecturers 

Alison Hennegan is Director of Studies in English and a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After working for many years in gay activism, literary journalism, publishing and broadcasting, she returned to Cambridge to teach for numerous Cambridge colleges, specialising in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and in Tragedy. She has published on Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth von Arnim, First World War writings, Benjamin Britten, gay fiction, and many other topics.  


Susan Sellers is one the General Editors of the scholarly edition of Virginia Woolf, published by Cambridge University Press, and edited the Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf. She is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews, and is also an acclaimed novelist.


Trudi Tate is a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge and Director of Literature Cambridge. She has published books and articles on the First World War, the Crimean War, and the American-Vietnamese War, with a special interest in Vietnamese refugee writers. She runs an annual summer course on Virginia Woolf.