A special live podcast event with Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize.
She will be in conversation with Joy Francis from Words of Colour, to discuss last year’s Booker winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other, her colourful career, the role of visualisation and affirmations in her success, how she plans to top her historic win, and her specially curated book selection, to be featured in Waterstones for International Women’s Month 2020.
As well as the live podcast, Bernardine will take part in an audience Q&A and sign copies of the new paperback version of Girl, Woman, Other.
Please note: Photography and/or filming will take place at the event.
Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo-Nigerian award-winning author of several books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora: past, present, real, imagined. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other won the Booker Prize in 2019. Her writing also spans short fiction, reviews, essays, drama and writing for BBC radio. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University, London, and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She was made an MBE in 2009.
As a literary activist for inclusion Bernardine has founded a number of successful initiatives, including Spread the Word writer development agency (1995-ongoing); the Complete Works mentoring scheme for poets of colour (2007-2017) and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize (2012-ongoing).
Praise for Girl, Woman, Other:
‘Masterful . . . A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain’ Elle
‘Exceptional. Ambitious, flowing and all-encompassing, an offbeat narrative that’ll leave your mind in an invigorated whirl… [It] unites poetry, social history, women’s voices and beyond. You have to order it right now’ Stylist
‘Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life’ Ali Smith
‘Sparkling, inventive’ Sunday Times
‘Funny, sad, tender and true, deserves to win awards’ Red
‘Brims with vitality’ Financial Times
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