Glennis Virgo’s novel, Vile Apparel, was the winner of the inaugural Jenny Brown Associates Debut Writers Over 50 Award.
Vile Apparel is a glorious world-building novel set against the rich fabric of 16th century Bologna where young seamstress Elena Morandi fights for justice for her wronged friend and battles to find a way to become a tailor in a male-dominated society.
Glennis Virgo spent many years grabbing opportunities to write while following a career in education. A high spot was winning a travel article competition launched by Italia! magazine and the prize of a short break in Venice was a thrill. But it was Bologna and its long history of dissidence which became an obsession. Once retired from her post as a primary school headteacher, Glennis was able to pursue her dream of writing an historical novel set in her beloved Bologna. Glennis lives in Essex and is working on her second novel.