About The Event
Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS United Kingdom
Bernardine Evaristo, in conversation with Diana Evans
‘Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life’ Ali Smith
‘One of those writers who should be read by everyone everywhere’ Elif Shafak
The Woolwich-born Bernardine Evaristo is a dynamic figure in British letters, both as an acclaimed writer of fiction (Mr Loverman and The Emperor’s Babe) and through her championing of others as an academic, mentor, editor and literary activist. Her latest novel, Girl, Woman, Other offers a vibrant portrait of contemporary London, Britain and womanhood. It follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different people in Britain, predominantly female and black.
Born in Woolwich, an alumna of Eltham Hill Girls, Greenwich Youth People’s Theatre, Rose Bruford College and Goldsmiths University, the Anglo-Nigerian Evaristo is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and was made an MBE in 2009. In 2019, she is the inaugural Woolwich Laureate, appointed by the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival.
Bernardine Evaristo MBE will be interviewed by Diana Evans, the award-winning author of 26a, The Wonder and, most recently, Ordinary People, which is shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Rathbones Folio Prize.
This event will be held in QA063 (Council Room) of Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London. All attendees must have a valid ticket. The session will be followed by a book signing.