Bristol Festival of Ideas: Bernardine Evaristo at Waterstones
Bernardine Evaristo, one of Britain's most inspiring literary trailblazers, presents a powerful and intimate manifesto on creativity and the importance of never giving up.
When Bernardine Evaristo won the 2019 Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, she was called an overnight success. In reality, it was 40 years in the making. From a childhood steeped in racism from neighbours, priests and even some white members of her own family, to discovering the arts through her local youth theatre; from stuffing her belongings into bin bags, always on the move between temporary homes, to exploring many romantic partners both toxic and loving, male and female, and eventually finding her soulmate; from setting up Britain's first theatre company for Black women in the Eighties to growing into a trailblazing writer, theatre-maker, teacher, mentor and activist.
Evaristo charts her rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to community and creativity. And, through the prism of her extraordinary experiences, she offers vital insights into the nature of race, class, feminism, sexuality and ageing in modern Britain. Her life story is a manifesto for courage, integrity, optimism, resourcefulness and tenacity. It's for anyone who has ever stood on the margins, and anyone who wants to make their mark on history.
Bernardine Evaristo discusses never giving up with Nikesh Shukla.
7.00pm - 8.00pm
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