Chaired by BBC broadcaster Martha Kearney.
Anne Enright has published three collections of stories, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award as well as the 2007 Man Booker Prize.
The Forgotten Waltz, was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and most recently The Green Road, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the Irish Novel of the Year, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award.
From 2015 to 2018, Enright was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works.
Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels for both adults and children. She was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in in 1977 with her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, again in 1984 for According to Mark and won the prize for Moon Tiger in 1987.
She has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was born and grew up in Cairo and now lives in London.