Lisa McInerney and Kate Mosse talk @Latitude

This afternoon, in the Literature tent in the lovely surrounds of Latitude Festival our co-founder bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, and 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Lisa McInerney came together to discuss Lisa’s winning novel The Glorious Heresies, together with her other work and writing process.

Lisa first treated a rapt audience to a reading from The Glorious Heresies, then discussed the inspiration behind the novel, her writing process and the upcoming sequel to her prize winning book.

Lisa on her process: ‘A lot of novelists will be great people watchers, lovers of people…I really am profoundly lazy. I have to barricade myself away and unplug the internet.’

Lisa on writing: ‘I think being a writer is something you are, not something you become…’

Lisa on winning the Baileys Prize: Jesus, yes it’s validating. It’s amazing. It’s a massive validation because writing is a very solitary thing and you worry: ‘am I just full of myself, am I deluded?’ Even when the book is published, that’s no indication of quality in a lot of ways… I feel like this is all a dream and when I wake up I will be sorely disappointed.’

Lisa on gender equality in publishing: ‘When we think of the literary avatar, we almost always go for a middle-class white guy… I know a lot of women writers who have had books come back with completely inappropriate covers with shoes and pastels. It’s limiting.’