Professor Bernardine Evaristo
Professor Bernardine Evaristo MBE, FRSL, FRSA, FEA is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.
She won the Booker Prize in 2019, with ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ – the first Black woman to do so.
She received the award jointly with Margaret Atwood. She is the author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora — past, present, real, imagined.
Other books include ‘Mr Loverman’ (2013), ‘Lara ‘(2009 & 1997) ‘Blonde Roots’ (2008), ‘Soul Tourists’ (2005) and ‘The Emperor’s Babe’ (2001) Her writing spans the genres of short stories, essays, poetry, literary criticism and writing for stage and radio.
Professor Evaristo is a longstanding advocate for the inclusion of writers and artists of colour.
She founded the Brunel International African Poetry Prize (2012 -) and The Complete Works poets’ development scheme (2007-2017) and she co-founded Spread the Word literature development agency in (1995-) and Theatre of Black Women (1982-1988).
She says that her writing and literary activism are intertwined and driven by the need to address ‘the paucity of our stories in the world’.
She is passionate about being a voice in society and helping to open it up to essential conversations and creative expressions that would otherwise remain marginalised.