"One of our most compelling contemporary authors" - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Bernardine Evaristo is an award-winning author whose work spans the genres of novels, poetry, verse fiction, short fiction, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama. Her writing includes Girl, Woman, Other, Mr Loverman, Blonde Roots, Hello Mum, Soul Tourists, The Emporer's Babe, Lara and Island of Abraham.
She has received many honours and awards. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006, a Fellow of the English Association in 2017 and a Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in 2018. She received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009. She joined the governing Council of the Royal Society of Literature in 2016 and became Vice Chair in 2017. In 2019, she won the Booker Prize for her book Girl, Woman, Other.
Her verse novel The Emperor’s Babe was adapted into a BBC Radio 4 play in 2013 and her novella Hello Mum was adapted as a BBC Radio 4 play in 2012. In 2015 she wrote and presented a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary called Fiery Inspiration: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement.
She guest-edited the UK Sunday Times Style magazine in July 2020 with a black women womxn take-over, and she has edited several other publications. Her literary criticism and other writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Observer, Times, Independent, New Statesman, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Conde Nast Traveller. She has also judged many literary awards and is on the Editorial Board of the African Poetry Book Fund (USA) for all its publications and prizes.Her writing and projects are based around her interest in the African diaspora. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.
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Creative Conversations is programmed by the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme and funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health (1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.