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Sunday September 11 (3pm) Virginia Woolf Heritage Plaque Unveiling

St Ives Town Council, together with Peter Eddy and the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, will be hosting the unveiling of a heritage plaque at Talland House, Albert Road, St Ives to celebrate the writer Virginia Woolf and her connection with St Ives. Woolf spent the first 13 summers of her life at Talland House and in 1927, based her novel To The Lighthouse on Godrevy lighthouse in St Ives Bay.

Virginia Woolf plaque

The unveiling will be followed by a brief talk about Woolf’s time at Talland House by Professor Maggie Humm, vice-chair of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain. Maggie has been leading the campaign for the plaque for the past four years and gained full support from the town council this year. Having written a novel titled Talland House, Maggie will also be giving a reading fit for the occasion.

Guests are welcome to arrive from 2pm for an informal tour of the gardens led by heritage horticulturist Polly Carter. Polly has been re-landscaping the garden with plants referenced by Woolf in her novels and memoirs.

After the unveiling ceremony, there will be refreshments and music at Talland House.


Maggie Humm and Talland House
Maggie Humm and the cover of her novel, Talland House.

Entry by advance ticket only as space is limited. Email

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