Head shot of 2021-22 Distinguished Visiting Writer Bernardine Evaristo. She wears silvery earrings, dark rimmed glasses, and a jean jacket over a pink floral blouse.

Bernardine Evaristo

Meet this year's Distinguished Visiting Writer.

Booker Prize-Winner, Professor, and President of the Royal Society of Literature

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of the 2019 Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other. Her numerous other works span the genres of fiction, verse fiction, short fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama. Other fiction titles include Mr. Loverman, Blonde Roots, and Lara. Her first non-fiction book, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, will be published in 2022 by Grove Atlantic.

In Girl, Woman, Other Evaristo offers a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean. “This masterful novel is a choral love song to black womanhood.”, wrote Elle magazine, while The Washington Post proclaimed, “Girl, Woman, Other as “A breathtaking symphony of black women’s voices, a clear-eyed survey of contemporary challenges that’s nevertheless wonderfully life-affirming.” Evaristo won the Booker Prize alongside Margaret Atwood, to which the Washington Post also remarked, “Girl, Woman, Other received half a Booker Prize, but it deserves all the glory.”

Her writing is celebrated for its experimentation, daring, subversion, and challenging the myths of Afro-diasporic identities and histories. A staunch and longstanding activist and advocate for the inclusion of artists and writers of colour, Evaristo has initiated several successful strategies to ensure increased representation in the creative industries. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.

Follow Bernardine Evaristo on Twitter @BernardineEvari and learn more at bevaristo.com.

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