Virago Press: Changing the World One Page at a Time
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Sunday 11 June
Virago Publisher, Lennie Goodings, returns to the Festival to talk about the publishing house and its history and will be joined by one of its authors, Rachel Seiffert, author of the Booker-shortlisted The Dark Room.
Forty years on Virago is the outstanding international publisher of books by women. The cultural, political and economic landscape has changed dramatically, but Virago has remained true to its original aims: to put women centre stage; to explore the untold stories of their lives and histories; to break the silence around many women’s experiences; to publish breathtaking new fiction alongside rediscovered classics; and to champion women’s talent.
One of those breathtaking fiction writers is Rachel Seiffert. Her new novel is A Boy in Winter. Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. Deft, spare and devastating, Rachel Seiffert's new novel tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.