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I was asked to write something for BBC R3′s programme The Verb and decided on a prose poem which I’ve called
The Forgotten African Soldiers of The Great War. You can listen to it here
until Friday 31st January 2014.
Guardian Review Click on link for piece.
My opinion piece in today’s Guardian Review about 1980s arts activism, black women writers and Mr Loverman.
‘There is still work to do. Three decades on, black women are still rarely in positions of power. We remain the creatives and not the career makers. We are chosen but do not choose, and the elite networks of power continue to perpetuate themselves.’
This Thursday 17th Oct at 7pm Barrington Jedidiah Walker esq will take a leisurely stroll in his Jermyn Street brogues down to the Thames to the wonderful Wapping Project to provide notable insights into his life, 50 year marriage to Carmel and lover of 60 years, Morris Courtenay de la Roux. Hosted by Erica Wagner, writer & former lit ed of the Times until this year. Come along and join us https://readingsbytheriver.eventbrite.co.uk/
For the Mr Loverman Tour, see link on website.
I appeared on BBC R4′s Loose Ends on Saturday to talk about Mr Loverman. It’s available via BBC iPlayer for another six days. Other guests were Martin Clunes, Arthur Smith (legend), Warwick Davis (Star Wars/ Harry Potter) and John Otway (hysterically funny). Hosted by Clive Anderson. Lovely, funny people. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qjym
On my radar: Bernardine Evaristo’s cultural highlights
The writer and critic on genealogy websites, Caribbean poets and the simple pleasure of riding your bicycle
Interview by Ellie Bothwell
The Observer, Sunday 8 September 2013
Writer and critic Bernardine Evaristo. Photograph: Darren Gerrish/WireImage
Bernardine Evaristo is an award-winning writer, editor and critic. She grew up in Woolwich, south-east London, and attended the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. She has received huge acclaim for her fiction and verse fiction, which includes Lara, Blonde Roots and The Emperor’s Babe. She has co-edited several anthologies and teaches creative writing at Brunel University. In 2009, she was awarded an MBE and she has won the EMMA Best Book award, Arts Council award and the Big Red Read award. Evaristo’s seventh book, a novel titled Mr Loverman, is available now.
Her work is very bold, colourful and provocative and she plays around with politics, culture and history in a way that speaks directly to my interests. She had a major retrospective at Tate Modern called AxME featuring 100 works from the past 20 years. It was absolutely gorgeous.
It is a sitcom about a potty-mouthed Irish matriarch and her five grown-up children. Brendan O’Carroll plays the mother and he is hysterical. The rest of the cast is made up of his family and friends. It’s smutty, crude, and a little bit slapstick – just my kind of humour.
I discovered that I like where I live more since I’ve been cyclingbecause I experience it differently. It’s a lovely, hidden and unexplored part of outer London – I can almost convince myself I’m in the countryside. Cycling takes me away from my computer and forces me to be away from technology.
It houses all the records of births, deaths and marriages. I keep returning to it to trace my mother’s side of the family and recently went back to 1788 to one of her ancestors. I find it addictive. I start to create stories about the people who have gone before me.
He was one of the first poets to publish from the Caribbean and is a major voice. He’s 90, has dementia and there’s a benefit for him at the end of September featuring leading speakers –Roger McGough, Andrew Motion, John Agard and Grace Nichols.
It’s about Jamaican women in New York, Jamaica, Calcutta and London and is written by Ifeona Fulani. It’s a beautifully constructed book of short stories about these women’s relationships, disappointments and desires. It hasn’t had much attention and deserves far more.