Words as Weapons: Lennie Goodings on A Bite of the Apple

Lennie Goodings and Roland Gulliver

Words as Weapons: Lennie Goodings on A Bite of the Apple

Lennie Goodings and Roland Gulliver

6:00pm

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

45 mins

Lennie Goodings, chair of Virago Press, sits down with TIFA Director Roland Gulliver to discuss her latest book, A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Books, Writers and Virago, which accounts the company’s delicious journey from rebel upstart to pillar of the UK literary landscape. Part-memoir, part history book, and part thoughts on feminist publishing, Goodings’ juicy story of how the passionate authors and staff of Virago Press made it into one of the most influential English-language publishers in the world, will leave you satiated.

Interviewer: Roland Gulliver

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Lennie Goodings, chair of Virago Press, sits down with TIFA Director Roland Gulliver to discuss her latest book, A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Books, Writers and Virago, which accounts the company’s delicious journey from rebel upstart to pillar of the UK literary landscape. Part-memoir, part history book, and part thoughts on feminist publishing, Goodings’ juicy story of how the passionate authors and staff of Virago Press made it into one of the most influential English-language publishers in the world, will leave you satiated.

Interviewer: Roland Gulliver

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Lennie Goodings is Chair of the UK publishing house Virago Press. Goodings was part of Virago's management buy-out team of five who created a newly independent Virago in 1987 and became the Publishing Director in 1992. In 1995 Virago was sold to Little, Brown and Company where Goodings remained the Publisher and Editorial Director. She stepped back from that position in 2017 and became Virago Chair, still editing and commissioning her authors. Goodings won the Bookseller's Industry Award: Editor and Imprint of the Year in 2010 and A Lifetime's Achievement at WOW, London's Southbank Women of the World festival in 2018.

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Roland Gulliver is the Director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, and a leading international figure in the literature sector with over 12 years’ experience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as Associate Director. His programming explores the potential of live performance, alongside commissions for new multimedia storytelling. Gulliver champions communities by facilitating access and empowerment, and creating spaces for authors and audiences to engage in discussion. He is on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Arts Council and Chair of their Literary Advisory Committee, and is a Member of the Academy for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

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6:00pm

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

45 mins

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