Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

with Hermione Lee

Sunday 18 May

Penelope Fitzgerald’s life is as various and as cryptic as her sparkling fiction. Loved and admired, and increasingly recognised as one of the outstanding novelists of our time, she was first published at sixty and became famous at eighty. Her novels – which include Offshore and The Blue Flower – have been rightfully acclaimed as works of genius. 

Biographer and critic Hermione Lee has written many of the seminal biographies of our generation, including the internationally acclaimed Virginia Woolf. She will delight in conversation as she discusses the life and work of Fitzgerald; a story of lateness, patience and persistence – a private form of heroism. 

Event runs: c. 60 mins

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life is a part of The Lives of Great Women Writers: A  Literary Festival In A Day.

A day of literary events in honour of great women writers. Renowned biographer Dame Hermione Lee turns her attention to Penelope Fitzgerald; we hear from the Costa Biography Prize winning team behind Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes; Samantha Ellis helps us re-visit our literary heroines and bestselling novelists Diane Setterfield and Raffaella Barker discuss their work. 

Tickets £6 per event or £20 for a day ticket

“A feat of exhaustive research … a glorious biography” Independent on Sunday on Hermione Lee’s biography of Edith Wharton

Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture - 'To pin down the moment with date and season'
(55.15 min)

Visit A Literary Festival in a Day page for a £20 day ticket here

Visit Hermione Lee's website here

City of Literature is presented in association with

Writers’ Centre Norwich
Writers’ Centre Norwich