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Lennie Goodings

Lennie Goodings was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020.

Lennie Goodings is Chair of Virago Press. She has edited and published writers including Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Dunant, Natasha Walter, Marilynne Robinson, Sandi Toksvig and Sarah Waters. Born in Canada, she moved to London in her early twenties and was Virago Publisher for twenty-five years; she continues to work with her authors as Chair.

She won a Nibbie: Editor of the Year (2010), a Lifetime Achievement at London’s Women of the World Festival (2018) and has written her own book, A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Writers, Books and Virago (OUP 2020).

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