Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo


Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo-Nigerian award-winning author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora: past, present, real, imagined. 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 she has founded several 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).

Bernardine Evaristo’s new novel Girl, Woman, Other will be published in May 2019


‘Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere. Her tales marry down-to-earth characters with engrossing story lines about identity, and the UK of today’ Elif Shafak

‘Evaristo’s books are always exciting, always subversive, a reminder of the boundless possibilities of literature and the great worth in reaching for them. Her body of work is incredible’ Diana Evans

‘Witty, exhilarating and wise… Once again, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us she is one of Britain’s best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtly and humanity. Exceptional’ Nikesh Shukla

17:00 – 18:00 Insiders / Outsiders – Bernardine Evaristo, Guy Gunaratne

Walter MacFarlane Stage

Bernardine Evaristo’s new novel Girl Woman Other describes the lives of twelve people – mostly women, mostly black – across the miles and down the years of the 20th century.  What do their experiences have in common, and what do they tell us about our society?  Neasden-born Guy Gunaratne’s first novel In Our Mad And […]