Bernardine Evaristo

Tue 5 Oct 2021 | 7:00pm

Bernardine Evaristo

Booker Prize winning author returns, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up.

In 2019 Girl, Woman, Other took the world by storm as the first book by a Black woman to win the Booker Prize. Now Bernardine Evaristo is back with an intimate memoir telling her inspirational story. 

Manifesto charts her creative rebellion against the mainstream and a life-long commitment to exploring ‘untold’ stories, contributing to conversations surrounding race, class, feminism, sexuality and aging.

From a childhood steeped in racism, to discovering the arts through local youth theatre; from belongings in bin bags, to exploring romantic partners, both male and female. Then setting up Britain’s first theatre company for Black women to growing into the trailblazing activist and writer she is today.

Don’t miss Bernardine’s first-hand experience of moving from the margins into the spotlight as she speaks to fellow writer Irenosen Okojie.

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Venue: West Road Concert Hall, CB3 9DP

Duration: 1 hour

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Author Biography

Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other made her the first black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, as well winning the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020, where she also won Author of the Year, and the Indie Book Award.

She also became the first woman of colour and black British writer to reach No.1 in the UK paperback fiction chart in 2020.

Her writing spans reviews, essays, drama and radio, and she has edited and guest-edited national publications, including The Sunday Times Style magazine.

Her other awards and honours include an MBE in 2009. Bernardine is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University, London, and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London with her husband.


Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight. She has worked as a freelance writer, Marketing Assistant and Editorial Assistant. She is a freelance Arts Project Manager and Coordinator.

She was the National Development Coordinator at Apples & Snakes, England’s leading performance poetry organisation and a Publicity Officer for The Caine Prize For Fiction tour.

She worked with The Southbank Centre on their live children’s show Peter & the Wolf and has programmed for Duckie for their series of interactive nights.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally.

She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and was featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors.

Her debut novel, Butterfly Fish, published by Jacaranda Books won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award. Her short story collection, Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.

Irenosen has been a judge for The Society of Authors, The London Short Story Prize, The Royal Society Of Literature, the Berlin Writing Prize, Henley Literary Festival and Mslexia Short Story Competition.

The Venue

West Road Concert Hall,