Huddersfield Literature Festival

Huddersfield Literature Festival / News / Thu 30 Jan 2020

Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo at Literature Festival

Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo at Literature Festival

Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo joins the stellar line-up for Huddersfield Literature Festival 2020

Last year’s Booker Prize-winner will deliver the prestigious JB Priestley Lecture
at the University of Huddersfield

Bernardine Evaristo MBE will be in Huddersfield on Thursday 5 March at 7.30pm to deliver the prestigious JB Priestley Lecture, the Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF2020) has announced.

The annual lecture is delivered by a leading writer of international renown, with a track record of making literature a vehicle for social and political comment. It is given in honour of JB Priestley (1894-1984), and in partnership with the JB Priestley family and the English and Creative Writing Department at the University of Huddersfield.

The author of eight books, Bernardine Evaristo won the 2019 Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, a novel that follows the lives of 12 predominantly female and black British people aged from 19 to 93. A Sunday Times bestseller, the novel was also selected by Barack Obama as one of his 19 Favourite Books of 2019.

The lecture will be a pre-Festival event, taking place at 7.30pm on Thursday 5 March in the Oastler Building at the University of Huddersfield. Tickets are £10 (£7 conc), with a number of free tickets for University staff and students (advance booking essential) and can only be booked online at:

Festival Director, Michelle Hodgson, said: “This is our first year organising the JB Priestley Lecture for the University, and we are honoured to be welcoming Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo to the podium.”

She continued: “As well as establishing an enviable reputation as an acclaimed, award-winning author, Bernardine has been a longstanding activist and advocate for wider representation of artists and writers of colour in the creative industries, and this is certain to be an inspiring and thought-provoking lecture.”

HLF2020, which will take place from 19-29 March with several pre-Festival events, has an exceptionally strong programme this year, including Anton Du Beke, Val McDermid, Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister, Being Mr Wickham, Celebrating Toni Morrison, a Moomins puppet show and a Qawalli Night. Plus workshops, performance poetry, LGBTQ+ event, several free children’s events and a variety of discussion topics.

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