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    Bernardine Evaristo - Black Britain: Writing Back

    Sun 13 Mar, 4pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £15
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    The Booker Prize-winning author explores works by Black women writers with guests Judith Bryan, Barbara Blake Hannah, Hannah-Azieb Pool, Jacqueline Roy and Nicola Williams.

    Join them in a journey through time to discover lost and hard-to-find works about Black Britain and the diaspora, exploring the stories these extraordinary books tell through conversation and readings.

    Since 2019, Bernardine Evaristo has been curating the Black Britain: Writing Back series for Penguin, adding new titles every year.

    Black Britain: Writing Back is a body of work that illustrates a variety of preoccupations and genres that offer important and diverse Black British perspectives. I am very excited to introduce these books to new readers who will discover their riches,’ says Evaristo.

    Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019 with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other, and was the first Black woman and Black British person to win it. The book also won the British Book Awards' Novel of the Year and Author of the Year.

    Her other award-winning novels include Lara, Mr Loverman, Blonde Roots and The Emperor’s Babe.

    Her first two non-fiction books were published in 2021: Manifesto: On Never Giving Up and Feminism, part of Tate Britain's Look Again series.

    She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and President of the Royal Society of Literature (2022–26), the first person of colour to assume this role.

    Part of WOW – Women of the World festival.

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 14+

    This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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    Dates & times

    Sun 13 Mar, 4pm

    Price

    • Standard entry£15*
    • Concessions25%**


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    Purcell Room

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