Amazing trip to East Sussex – I think everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did! A wonderful exploration of the world of the Bloomsbury Group and their beautiful homes that culminated in a memorable trip to Glyndebourne. We met up at the Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston on Wednesday afternoon – an excellent location for exploring the haunts of the Bloomsbury’s in Sussex.
We started with an introduction to the Bloomsbury Group by the renowned Wayne Bennett, an expert on the subject, who endeavoured to make sense of the incredibly convoluted love lives of this fascinating set of people whom Dorothy Parker famously described as ‘living in squares, painting in circles and loving in triangles’. For those of us (well, me) who were most familiar with them through Sue Limb’s ‘Gloomsbury’ series on Radio 4 which followed the amorous adventures of Vera Sackcloth-Vest, it was a salutary reminder that they were in fact a highly talented and important group of writers and artists who should be taken seriously. Wayne’s introduction was so persuasive that many of us were left with a burning desire to re-read (or read) the entire works of Virginia Woolf.