Short Story Masterclass With… Penelope Lively

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In the fourth instalment of this year’s Short Story Masterclass podcasts, Jac Cattaneo talks with award-winning author Dame Penelope Lively about the relationship between the past and the present, the nature of memory and the unknowability of other people…


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. Her novel Family Album was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award.

Her works for children have 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.

She is the author of several collections of short stories: Beyond the Blue Mountains, Nothing Missing but the Samovar, Corruption, Pack of Cards, and most recently, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories.


Listen to Short Story Masterclass

with Penelope Lively

( 16 minutes)



With warm thanks to the organisers of the Small Wonder Festival.



Jac Cattaneo is an artist, writer and lecturer in Fine Art and Creative Writing. Her prize-winning short stories and poems have been published in a wide range of journals and anthologies. Jac is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Chichester and writing a novel. She tweets @jaccattaneo



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