Goethe and HerStory Foundation to host ‘Sister Library: Orlando by Virginia Woolf’ on Wednesday

Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in partnership with HerStory Foundation is going to host an online circle reading of British modernist author Virginia Woolf’s famous autobiographical novel ‘Orlando’ on Wednesday, 7 pm at the online platform Zoom. Open to any adult audience upon free registration, the event titled ‘Sister Library: Circle Reading Apart Together’ will feature the popular novel as the latest edition of the monthly reading circle, which went virtual after the coronavirus outbreak around the world last year.

First published on October 11, 1928, ‘Orlando: A Biography’ by Virginia Woolf is an influential and semi-biographical novel based in part on the life of Woolf’s lover Vita Sackville-West and generally considered one of Woolf’s most accessible novels. The novel, often considered a feminist classic, has been stylistically influential and is considered a historic literary creation that has been written about extensively by scholars of women’s writing, also shedding the spotlight on gender and transgender studies.

The novel has been adapted many times in theatre and opera productions, and also a film adaptation was released in 1992 featuring Tilda Swinton in the title role.

According to Sister Library authority – the platform, powered by female excellence, is a space to celebrate female creativity. The flagship library, founded by indigenous artist Aqui Thami in Bombay, holds one thousand works of women writers, artists, and zine makers. It is an evolving and generative artwork that engages with an in-depth reflection on the visual and reading cultures of modern times.

The goal of the project is to bring together readers, in order to explore literary contributions, showcase the artistic quality, and celebrate women in the creative world – as well as to foster interests and understanding of the accomplishments of female writers and artists, according to the Sister Library.

Following Aqui’s visit in 2020, a Dhaka chapter of the library was opened in the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh which has been hosting female authors and regular circle readings.

Goethe informs that following the usual format of the event, the circle readers take turns reading from the text and it is not mandatory for every participant to read, instead, the participants can continue listening while the speaker narrates the play, as the circle goes round. The participant can read considering the limitation of the session timing. Interested readers can read as much as they want and choose their own passages from the novel.

Interested participants can join the circle through the Zoom link: Meeting ID of the event 819 8839 8635 and passcode is 596096

The online event is free and open to an adult audience upon registering at

For additional information, interested readers can visit the official Facebook page of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh