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Bernardine Evaristo: On Never Giving Up


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Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo shares insight into her inspiring guide for how to be unstoppable – in your craft, your work and your life.

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In 2019, Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, becoming the first Black woman to do so and achieving what she jokes was ‘overnight success’ some four decades in the making. Her radically honest new memoir, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, charts her hard-won journey to artistic recognition, from the challenges of growing up mixed-race in Britain, to her creative rebellion against the mainstream, and her lifelong commitment to exploring ‘untold’ stories. Speaking with journalist and presenter Jan Fran, Evaristo shares insight into her inspiring guide for how to be unstoppable – in your craft, your work and your life.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival. Proudly supported by ARA Group, with additional support from the British Council.

This event is also supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019 with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other, the first black woman and black British person to win it. A #1 Sunday Times bestseller for 5 weeks, it spent 44 weeks in the Top 10, has sold over a million copies and been a bestseller in many other languages. I... Read more

Jan Fran

Jan Fran is a Walkley-winning journalist, TV Presenter and internet commentator. Jan is the creator, writer and presenter of the online opinion segment, The Frant, which has been viewed more than 20 million times on social media and earned Jan a 2019 Walkley Award for Best Commentary, Analysis, Opin... Read more


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