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A Room of One's Own 22 Oct 2009
Portrait of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) by George Charles Beresford (1864-1938), Victorian studio photographer
The 80th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated feminist essay

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction". 80 years ago this month Virginia Woolf published these words in an essay that was to become one of the seminal feminist texts of our age.  A Room of One’s Own has shaped the way in which creative achievement by men and women is viewed, and provided a point of reference for generations of female writers. Woolf uses the ‘room’ as a symbol for privacy, leisure time, and financial independence, all of which have been historically lacking for women. To mark the anniversary, a special programme looks at this remarkable essay and its continuing relevance to women today who are struggling to find the mental and physical space for their creativity. Jenni talks to Hermione Lee, author of an acclaimed biography of Virginia Woolf; the academic and author Susan Sellers; and the novelists Val McDermid and Jill Dawson. We also visit a room that Virginia Woolf called her own - a specially constructed writing lodge at the bottom of her garden at Monk’s House in Sussex.

Hermione Lee
Susan Sellers
Val McDermid
Jill Dawson
Monk’s House
Virginia Woolf Society
‘Rooms of Our Own: the Female Academy from Margaret Cavendish to Lucy Cavendish College’

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