Penelope Lively, novelist, in conversation with journalist and biographer Peter Kemp
Penelope Lively is a prolific writer of fiction for adults and children, of memoir, journalism and radio scripts. She is the only author to have won both the Carnegie Medal for children’s literature (for The Ghost of Thomas Kempe in 1973) and the Booker Prize (for Moon Tiger in 1987).
Moon Tiger is partly set in Cairo, where Penelope was born and spent her childhood. This background has influenced much of her writing.
Her latest book, Life in the Garden, reflects her enduring passion for gardens and gardening through memoir, art and literature.
Penelope has lived in Islington for many years and has made several trips up the hill to the Institution to talk about her work. This talk will take the form of a conversation with her old friend the writer and journalist Peter Kemp, about Life in the Garden.