The Stories We Tell: Features

These Things I Know, by Bernardine Evaristo

“During my career I have often felt like the snail overtaken by many hares. I didn’t win full-on media attention until I published my third book, The Emperor’s Babe, in 2001 and I’d been writing professionally, first for theatre, since 1982. I never stopped writing because I found it deeply nourishing and rewarding, and I loved being a voice in the world through my creativity.” Read more …

Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction including Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin 2019), a polyvocal celebration of black British womanhood, which is shortlisted for both the Booker Prize 2019 and the Gordon Burn Prize 2019. Her other books include
The Emperor’s Babe, Lara, Soul Tourists, Blonde Roots and Mr Loverman (2013). Two of her books have been adapted into BBC Radio drama. Her writing explores the African diaspora: past, present, real, imagined, and she is known for her experimental writing. Evaristo is also a literary critic, has sat on many prize juries, and she is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London. She has founded and co-founded several arts inclusion projects including Theatre of Black Women in the 1980s, Spread the Word in the 1990s, The Complete Works poetry scheme in the 2000s, and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2012. She is 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 2009.