Throughout my academic and working life, I have had the very good fortune to come into contact with a number of female academics and teachers who have inspired and galvanised in me, a love of early twentieth century fiction by women writers. Four of these had a passion for Virginia Woolf. Two of them have made her work, part of their work.
My Supervisor for my first degree in English Literature at the University of York, was Dr. Hermione Lee, who wrote a wonderful biography of Virginia Woolf which came out to much critical acclaim in 1996.
And now, my tutor for the MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University, Michelene Wandor, has adapted Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf for BBC Radio 4 which you can still listen to (just) here in two parts. It’s wonderful. For anyone who has tried and failed to read this book, have a listen. Fenella Woolgar who plays Clarissa Dalloway in this adaptation has the most amazing speaking voice and Michelene’s script is elegant and beautiful, pared down but still vintage Woolf.