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Afternoon Tea with Penelope Lively

14 October @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Pop the kettle on and get to know prize-winning novelist and short story writer Penelope Lively, in conversation with Nicola Solomon. Penelope will share her creative routine, as well as talking about her work as an author for children and adults.

The event will take place on online via Zoom Webinar and the event link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the SoA
  • 5-10 minutes – Introduction from Penelope Lively and glimpse into her creative routine
  • 15 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected
  • 3 minutes – Penelope Lively will do a short reading from her latest book: Selected Short Stories.
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A with audience


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Penelope Lively in advance, email nsolomon@societyofauthors.org  with ‘Penelope Lively – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.

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The line-up

Penelope Lively – Author

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.

She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List, and DBE in 2012.

Penelope Lively lives in London. She was married to Jack Lively, who died in 1998.

Website: www.penelopelively.co.uk


Nicola Solomon– Chief Executive of the Society of Authors

Nicola’s role encompasses protecting authors’ interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment. Nicola is an expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract.

She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council and the European Writers Council. At the SoA Nicola liaises with the Management Committee to set and implement strategy and policy and to manage finance. She liaises with external organisations and manages the SoA team of professional staff.



Book your place using the registration form below.

All SoA @ Home Afternoon Tea online events are free to everyone but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE


14 October
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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