Lennie Goodings is Chair of the UK British publishing house Virago Press. Her authors include, among others, Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, Sarah Dunant, Sarah Waters, Naomi Wolf, Linda Grant, Natasha Walter, Kate Figes, Joan Bakewell, Shirley Williams, Rachel Seiffert, Sandi Toksvig and Marilynne Robinson. Decades on from Virago’s founding, the landscape of publishing, bookselling and politics may have changed dramatically, but Goodings continues to publish books that champion women's writing and, as her new memoir, A Bite of the Apple: A Life With Books, Writers and Virago clearly shows, remains as passionate and committed as ever. 

Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North