A photo of author Bernardine Evaristo

Join Bernardine Evaristo for an unmissable live event at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, where she’ll be in conversation discussing her new inspirational book Manifesto

Bernardine’s 2019 Booker win – the first by a Black woman -- was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for her. After over three decades as a trailblazing writer, teacher and activist, she moved from the margins to centre stage, taking her place in the spotlight at last. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history. Manifesto is her intimate and inspirational, no-holds-barred account of how she did it, refusing to let any barriers stand in her way. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Bernardine discuss her creative rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to the imaginative exploration of ‘untold’ stories. Drawing deeply on her own experiences, you can expect her to offer a vital contribution to current conversations around social issues such as race, class, feminism, sexuality and aging. 

This unique event is not one to be missed. Bernardine will give inspiration about how to be unstoppable – in your craft, your work, your life. Don’t miss Bernardine Evaristo’s manifesto for never giving up.

This event is hosted in partnership with Penguin Live & Southbank Centre.

  • Manifesto

  • 'Promises to make for one of 2021's must-read memoirs' Stylist

    The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine Evaristo

    In 2019, Bernardine Evaristo became the first black woman to win the Booker Prize since its inception fifty years earlier - a revolutionary landmark for Britain. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history.

    Manifesto is her intimate and fearless account of how she did it. 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 the trailblazing writer, theatre-maker, teacher, mentor and activist we see today - Bernardine 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.

    Bernardine Evaristo's life story is a manifesto for courage, integrity, optimism, resourcefulness and tenacity. It's a manifesto for anyone who has ever stood on the margins, and anyone who wants to make their mark on history. It's a manifesto for being unstoppable.

    'Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere' Elif Shafak

    'Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain's best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional' Nikesh Shukla

    'Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers' Inua Ellams

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