Bernardine Evaristo’s new novel, Girl, Woman, Other is published by Penguin UK May 2019. She is the multiple award-winning author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora – past, present, real, imagined, including Mr Loverman, Blonde Roots, Lara and The Emperor’s Babe. Her other works span the genres of short stories, essays, poetry, literary criticism, stage and radio writing. Two of her novels have been adapted into BBC Radio 4 plays.
A longstanding advocate for the inclusion of writers of colour, Bernadine founded the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2012 and The Complete Works poets development scheme in 2007. She has judged many literary prizes and has undertaken over 150 invited international trips, tours, fellowships and residencies as a writer, most recently chairing the British Council Berlin Literature Seminar this past January. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and its current Vice Chair; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the English Association. She was appointed an MBE in the Queens' Birthday Honours List in 2009.