Anne Enright and Penelope Lively: Sex, Love & Families

As part of our celebration of fifty years of the Man Booker Prize, two of the award’s previous winners joined us at Southbank Centre for a special discussion about family dynamics, memory and desire.

As well as three collections of stories Anne Enright has published six novels, which include the 2007 winner of the Man Booker Prize, The Gathering, and The Green Road, which was long-listed for the Prize in 2016. Penelope Lively has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times; in 1977 for her first novel The Road to Lichfield, in 1984 for According to Mark and in 1987, when she won the Prize for Moon Tiger.

In this podcast, recorded at Man Booker 50, and chaired by BBC broadcaster Martha Kearney, the pair discuss how the past impacts on the present and how memory affects perception.

Anne Enright & Penelope Lively: Sex, Love & Families by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud

Writers mutate through life, just like anybody else
Penelope Lively

This talk was just a small part of a weekend-long festival of talks, readings and masterclasses featuring leading authors, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, here at Southbank Centre.


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