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Bernardine Evaristo

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Live Bookshelfie: Bernardine Evaristo

Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast

Recorded in front of a live audience with guest presenter Pandora Sykes, 2021 Women's Prize Chair of Judges Bernardine Evaristo shares the five books that have shaped her as a person and as a writer. Bernardine Evaristo is an award-winning, number one bestselling writer, a Professor of Creative Writing and also an activist who endlessly campaigns for inclusivity within the publishing industry. In 2019, she became the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other. The same novel also earned her a spot on the Women’s Prize shortlist, and this year, she’s on the other side of the fence as Chair of Judges. Bernardine’s next book, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, an urgent and powerful account of staying true to yourself and to your vision, comes out in October – pre-order it here. Pandora Sykes is a journalist, broadcaster and writer, plus the co-creator and co-host of the No.1 women’s podcast, The High Low. Pandora also hosts Doing It Right and the 8-part BBC Radio 4 docu-series, Pieces of Britney. Bernardine’s book choices are:  The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde The Bone People by Keri Hulme The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta** Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonEvery week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. Produced by Bird Lime Media. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Sep 2021

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Bernardine Evaristo on Black British identity and her Booker-winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other

Writers and Company from CBC Radio

In this conversation from January 2020, the award-winning British author spoke with Eleanor about amplifying the voices of marginalized people through literature.


8 Aug 2021

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102 - Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo

The Bookstore

This week we read and discuss Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo. It's Becca's pick for our July prompt: to read a book by an author you have loved before. Next time we will be talking about Primeval and Other Times by Olga Tokarczuk. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us. Get two months for the price of one at Libro.fm with code 'bookstore' at checkout.  Website | Patreon


8 Jul 2021

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ILFDublin X 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist Podcast Ep 6: Bernardine Evaristo

ILFDublin Podcast

The DUBLIN Literary Award longlist of 49 has been narrowed down to a diverse and exciting shortlist of six, and the award will be presented during ILFDublin. This exclusive limited podcast series is hosted by Maeve Higgins and Jessica Traynor. Their conversation about Girl, Woman, Other is followed by Jessica’s interview with Bernardine Evaristo. Evaristo’s remarkable eighth novel follows 12 characters, most of them black British women, raising timeless questions about feminism and race.Meet your hosts. Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and a comedian who has performed all over the world. Her latest essay collection will be published by Penguin US in 2022. She hosts a climate justice podcast with Mary Robinson entitled Mothers of Invention. Jessica Traynor’s debut Liffey Swim was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award, and The Quick was an Irish Times poetry choice. She co-edited Correspondences: an anthology to call for an end to direct provision with actor Stephen Rea.Presented in partnership with the DUBLIN Literary Award, a Dublin City Council initiative.


18 May 2021

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Live Podcast Recording: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo with Cicely Belle Blain and Stephanie Bokenfohr

DIVERSITY Reads Podcast Bookclub

*Unedited live recording* Host Coral Santana, author Cicely Belle Blain and Vancouver Art Gallery's programmer Stephanie Bokenfohr discuss Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.  Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood. Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. This episode is part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's Art Connects Series - live footage available in their facebook page.

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6 May 2021

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Ep 49. Adwoa speaks to acclaimed author and activist Bernardine Evaristo, about her approach to writing, activism and moving through the world as a biracial woman.

The Gurls Talk Podcast

They say don’t meet your idols. But for this week’s episode I was lucky enough to do just that, and it was completely exhilarating.  Bernardine Evaristo, the acclaimed author of one of my all-time favourite books, Girl, Woman, Other, joined me to chat about everything from her win of the 2019 Booker prize, to understanding her proximity to whiteness, to her work in theatre in the eighties. Bernardine is a force of nature, and I spent most of this episode enthralled by her passion and vivacity. Her life, as an award-winning author of eight books, as a professor of creative writing at Brunel University London, as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is just as rich and captivating as her storytelling prowess. You can follow @bernardineevaristowriter and you can follow us @gurlstalk. Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com and don’t forget to subscribe, so you never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

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1 Oct 2020

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Bernardine Evaristo

Changes with Annie Macmanus

In this wonderfully compelling conversation, The Booker Prize winning author opens up to Annie about her childhood, going to the Youth Theatre, losing herself in a toxic relationship with another woman and her hopes for the future of society. As the first black woman to win the Booker Prize, Bernardine Evaristo is, rightly so, unashamedly basking in the huge success of her ninth novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. In this episode, Bernardine takes Annie through her journey with writing and speaks about enjoying mainstream recognition much later in life, believing in herself and the sacrifices she has made. She describes herself as “unstoppable” - something which may not have happened had she not experienced the changes she has in her life. You can buy the book and find out more about Bernardine’s work here: https://bevaristo.com/girl-woman-other/You can follow Bernardine on twitter: @BernardineEvari and instagram: @bernardineevaristowriter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 Sep 2020

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Bernardine Evaristo, writer

Desert Island Discs

Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize in 2019 for her novel, Girl, Woman, Other. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.Bernardine was born in May 1959, the fourth of eight children, to an English mother and a Nigerian father. She grew up in Woolwich in south London, and was educated at Eltham Hill Girls’ Grammar School. She spent her teenage years at the Greenwich Young People’s Theatre and, after deciding that she wanted to be a professional actor at the age of 14, did a Community Theatre Arts course at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.After graduation she founded the Theatre of Black Women with two fellow students in the early 1980s and they began to write roles for themselves. By the late 1980s, she had decided that it was the writing she enjoyed most.Her first poetry collection was published in 1994, followed by a semi-autobiographical verse novel called Lara three years later. More books followed, experimenting with form and narrative perspective, often merging the past with the present, prose with poetry, the factual with the speculative, and reality with alternate realities. Girl, Woman, Other is her eighth book.A longstanding activist and advocate, Bernardine has initiated several successful schemes to ensure increased representation of artists and writers of colour in the creative industries.She is married to David, who she met in 2006, and lives in London.DISC ONE: Malaika by Angélique Kidjo DISC TWO: Zombie by Fela KutiDISC THREE: Breaths by Sweet Honey in the RockDISC FOUR: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free by Nina SimoneDISC FIVE: Woyaya by OsibisaDISC SIX: Köln, January 24, 1975, part I by Keith JarrettDISC SEVEN: Things Have Changed by Bob DylanDISC EIGHT: Fight The Power by Public Enemy BOOK CHOICE: The Norton Anthology of Poetry by Margaret Ferguson), Tim Kendall and Mary Jo Salter LUXURY ITEM: A hologram of Bernardine's husbandCASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Köln, January 24, 1975, part I by Keith Jarrett Presenter: Lauren LaverneProducer: Cathy Drysdale


20 Sep 2020

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Bernardine Evaristo: What Makes Us Human?

What Makes Us Human with Jeremy Vine

The Booker Prize winning author joins us to answer the question.Producer: Ryan Wilson


8 Sep 2020

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S8, Ep8 How to Fail: Bernardine Evaristo

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

It is the SEASON FINALE, BABY! I know, I know - it goes so quickly doesn't it? But here we are, two months after we started season eight, with a truly phenomenal guest. Bernardine Evaristo was the first black woman to win the Booker Prize, with her stunning novel, Girl Woman Other. She joins me to talk about her failure to be an actor, her failure to drive from London to Australia (hey, it happens to the best of us) and...brilliantly...her failure to be a lesbian. Along the way, we talk about writing, motivation, race, coercive control, age, gender and the courage she found to create her own work when none was offered to her. Bernardine is the embodiment of that overused term - an inspiration - and a truly jouyous interviewee. Thank you for listening! * If you've enjoyed this season of How To Fail, you might like to join me for a livestream event I'm doing on 2nd October to mark the launch of my new book Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong You can book here * Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo is available to buy here * How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp. We love hearing from you! To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com *  Social Media: Elizabeth Day @elizabday Bernardine Evaristo @bernardineevaristowriter How To Fail @howtofailpod 

1hr 2mins

22 Jul 2020