Walks of art Bonnie Greer on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

The writer and critic explores the friendships, work and designs behind this radical set of artists

Duncan Grant, ‘Bathing’ 1911
Duncan Grant
Bathing 1911
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Known as a group who 'lived in squares … and loved in triangles’, the Bloomsbury Group were rule breakers. Playwright and critic, Bonnie Greer travels London exploring the lives of these twentieth century artists, including Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Hear about their relationships with one another, their influence on interior design and their liberal attitudes towards sexuality.

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Bonnie Greer

Bonnie Greer, OBE is an American-British playwright, novelist, critic and broadcaster, who has lived in the UK since 1986. An accomplished writer, her novels and plays have been read and performed throughout the world. Dealing with themes including living as a woman and living as part of minority cultural groups, her works have captivated audiences from all backgrounds. She has appeared as a panellist on television programmes such as Newsnight Review and Question Time and served on the boards of several leading arts organisations, including the British Museum, the Royal Opera House and the London Film School. She is also the Chancellor of Kingston University in Kingston upon Thames, London.

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