Virginia Woolf

Rare recording of Virginia Woolf, This is the only surviving recording of the voice of author Virginia Woolf. The extract is from a talk was called “Craftsmanship” and was broadcast on the BBC on April 29th, 1937 as part of a series called “Words Fail Me”

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So, what has this to do with my project and my work here on the Blog. Well I first learned about this recording of Virginia Woolf this morning on Twitter. I do still love Twitter and I have now had access to so many images, articles and videos that I can see how easily one can be addicted. But I have managed to isolate a few that are relevant for my project. At the moment I am working on my Confirmation of Candidature Presentation. The Research Proposal draft has been updated and sent to my Supervisor and so, the next job, is the Presentation. I have plenty of slides with information (not too heavy on the text) don’t worry I’m following the mantra for the most part, but I need to also add some images and think about some anecdotes. After all, it is a presentation, a performative aspect of being a student and it won’t be helpful to spend the whole time to talking about the Literature Review. In fact, because I have done so much reading I think I will just put a slide up and call it a ‘Snapshot’.

Okay, so back to Virginia Woolf. Well I did enjoy reading A Room of One’s Own but I found The LightHouse very difficult and I have to say that one day I will have to go back and finish it. So, on discovering the link on Twitter I went straight to it to hear what Virginia Woolf had to say. She speaks for about eight minutes and she makes wonderful sense. But towards the end of the recording she says that “…words do not live in dictionaries, they live in the mind.” I got to think about that and it is so true. Here I am worried about words on the slide and words on my reading notes page, but it is always in my mind that they come alive. That is why I want to write the novel and move on to my next book/project. I love words, words become a story that I tell myself and if others are interested, words become the stories we tell each other. So, thank you to Irene Gammel@MLC_Research.

Have a good week…yes I know, I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks but it is holiday time:):):)

The Marginal and the Monstrous: The ‘Voices’ of Prostitutes and Traffickers in Modern History


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Our second post in The Voices of the People symposium (full programme here) is by Julia Laite, Lecturer in British History at Birkbeck, University of London. Reflecting on her own work on prostitutes and traffickers in the early twentieth century, Julia addresses a number of themes that will recur frequently throughout this symposium: the value of the microhistorical approach and the capacity of digital technology to support the work of close contextualisation; the importance of self-reflecting on ‘history from below’ writing as a genre and methodology; and the ethics of recovering the ‘voices of the people’.      

Julia Laite

When Lydia Rhoda Harvey steamed away from the shores of New Zealand, enroute to Buenoes Aires where she would, according to her traffickers, ‘see gentlemen’, what did she think? What did she say? What did her traffickers, Antonio Adolfo Carvelli and Veronique White, say to her?…

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IMG_6072I have discovered Twitter. I love Twitter and it suits me perfectly…at the moment that is…although I have to say that I didn’t feel this excited  when I first joined Facebook, which I left shortly after.

My supervisor suggest that I open a Twitter account and check it out. What I have discovered has changed a lot of my perceptions about social media. I feel part of the community studying Irish History and writing ‘it’. There is so much going on in Irish Studies (although I did know this before) but to be able to be part of the sharing of links to various sites and read the papers that other twitterers share on the topics related to Irish history and migration, is terrific.

So far, I have managed to access three papers related to my project which I don’t think I would have seen otherwise. They are recent works and it means that I will be able to get a better sense of what is around now as well as what has been written up til now.

The other little thing I discovered is that I can share my blog on Twitter. Now I thought about this for awhile and I questioned whether it would be of value. I thought and thought and thought and finally decided I would take the plunge.

And here’s the rub…if I am to share then of course my work must be worth sharing. If I wasn’t nervous about the thought before, I certainly was now. So again I thought and thought and thought and then walked away. However, don’t you love how there is always a ‘however’, I was going over some stuff for my upcoming presentation and realised that yes, that it would be worth tweeting the blog. The process engenders reflexivity and can be used to broaden my research methods. How excting!!

You can see I am suffering from one ‘cons’ of twitteruse and that is being restricted to 140 characters…so now I’m going crazy here. But wait for it there’s more…drum roll….

Using twitter will make me a better blogger and increase my experience in different types of social media…which all goes to improving my writing practice…

So lucky with my Supervisors and how everything seems ot be coming together…as I wade through the Literature Review swampland:)