Bernardine Evaristo United Kingdom

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Bernadine Evaristo is a British writer and literary activist. She’s the author of 10 books and numerous writings that span genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, journalism, and radio and theater drama. Her “fusion fiction” “Girl, Woman, Other” won the Booker Prize 2019, and her first non-fiction book, “Manifesto: On Never Giving Up,” was published by Penguin UK in 2021. Evaristo’s writing explores the African diaspora, and she’s the Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. We asked her to take part in our Literally series and write something for our slowly expanding library of written commissions by some of the best writers in the world. She responded with her short story “The First Feminists,” which took us back to the women at the dawn of time.