Booker Prize 2019 winner British author Bernardine Evaristo
Booker Prize 2019 winner British author Bernardine Evaristo  ©

Daniel Mordzinski

Bernardine Evaristo, the 2019 Booker Prize winner, discusses her joyous and brilliantly inventive polyphonic novel that explores the lives of twelve black British women of different generations. Chaired by Peter Florence, chair of the 2019 Booker Prize.

Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019 with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other, a fusion fiction novel. Her writing centres on her interest in the African diaspora. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She’s won several awards and honours and was appointed an MBE in 2009. 

Hay Festival at night ©

Ruby Ingleheart

About Hay Festival

Hay Festival is a not-for-profit organisation that brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be. 

Nobel Prize-winners and novelists, scientists and politicians, historians and musicians talk with audiences in a dynamic exchange of ideas. The Festival’s global conversation shares the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences live, in print and online. Hay Festival also runs wide programmes of education work supporting coming generations of writers and culturally hungry audiences of all ages. 

In 1987, the festival was dreamt up around a kitchen table in Hay. Thirty-three years later, the unique marriage of exacting conversations and entertainment for all ages has travelled to editions in 30 locations, from the historic town of Cartagena in Colombia to the heart of cities in Peru, Mexico, Spain, and this year to Croatia and the U.A.E. The organisation now reaches a global audience of hundreds of thousands every year and continues to grow and innovate, building partnerships and initiatives alongside some of the leading bodies in arts and the media.  

Huge thanks to Wales Arts International to support the organisation to take part in this festival. 

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