Thursday, 7th May 2020
3.30 pm
Montrose Suite, Cotswold House Hotel

Lennie Goodings author of A Bite of the Apple, a memoir set in the context of feminism, and segueing into thoughts on editing, post-feminism, reading, breaking boundaries, and the Virago Modern Classics is in conversation with with Helen Taylor whose Why Women Read Fiction describes how British women readers draw on fiction to tell the stories of their lives, and offers a cornucopia of witty and wise women’s voices including those of Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Dunant.

What writers say about A Bite of the Apple:
‘such a great read.’ Susie Orbach

‘I enjoyed it hugely’ Caroline Criado Perez

‘Lively frank fascinating – and above all inspiring.’ Sarah Waters

Lennie Goodings who arrived in London from Ontario in 1977 soon began work as a publicist at Virago Press where she became the Publishing Director in 1992. After eight years of independence, the company was sold to Little, Brown. In 2017 Lennie became Virago Chair. Her awards include an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s University in Canada (2004), the Bookseller’s Industry Award: Editor and Imprint of the Year (2010) and A Lifetime’s Achievement Women of the World (2018). She is a trustee of English PEN, board member of the charity Poet in the City and author of the children’s book When I Grow Up.


Helen Taylor, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, Honorary Fellow of the British Association of American Studies, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow 2016-18, has taught English and American literature at the universities of the West of England, Bristol, Warwick, and Exeter, where she was Head of the School of English. Her books include Scarlett’s Women, Circling Dixie and The Daphne du Maurier Companion. Curator, Chair, and participant in many literature festivals, she was the first Director of the Liverpool Literary Festival.


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