“If one does not lie back and sum up and say to the moment, this very moment, stay you are so fair, what will be one’s gain, dying? No: stay this moment. No one ever says that enough. Always hurry. I am now going in, to see Leonard, and say stay this moment…” (Diaries of Virginia Woolf, 1932).
Join artist-in-residence for the day, Tanya Shadrick, in the gardens at Monk’s House National Trust as she reads passages from Woolf and invites visitors to engage in diary and letter-writing.
Sussex-based writer and artist Tanya Shadrick is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and 2019 Writer-in-Residence for Wealden Literature Festival. A former hospice scribe, she is best known in the nature/place-writing community as creator of the Wild Patience Scrolls: a mile of diary-writing and story-collecting done over two summers at Pells Pool Lido in nearby Lewes.
During this drop-in event (free to National Trust members or on payment of the usual property entrance fee) you can listen to readings from Woolf’s diaries, attend short workshops on the practice of diary-writing, and spend time in the grounds writing yourself.
Tanya will invite you to share your words on day the day and online as part of National Writing Day’s celebration of writing and story-telling.
For more information about this event, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house.