Five minutes with… VG Lee


VG Lee is the critically acclaimed author of four novels: The Comedienne, The Woman in Beige, Diary of a Provincial Lesbian and Always you, Edina.

In 2012 VG Lee was nominated for a Stonewall Award for writing and in 2014 she won The Ultimate Planet award for Best Established Author. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and she contributes articles forThe Lady and Gaia Magazine.

In her sixtieth year she decided to become a stand-up comedian and is now a regular performer at Laughing Cows comedy nights in London and the Midlands.

What was the last book you read?

The Bird Tribunal – Agnes Ravatn

And what did you read it on?

In paperback.

What’s next on your reading list?

Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre

Where is the best place to read in London?

For me, almost any of the main stations; particularly Charing X & Waterloo

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure…

George Formby singing Leaning on a Lamp Post.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

I laughed till I cried.

What was your first job?

Bulb scrubber in a garden centre.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party

Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kirk Douglas as he was in The Vikings, Daphne Du Maurier and my late Aunty Lynne.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Where I am right now – at the table, on my laptop with an evening with friends to look forward to.

VG Lee will be taking part in the Polari Soho Special celebrating its tenth birthday as part of London Book & Screen Week.  Find out more and book tickets here > 

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