Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

Professor Bernardine Evaristo receives her award at Brunel University’s College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences.

The novelist, critic, creative writing professor and founder of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, Bernardine Evaristo, has been honoured with the Best Small Module Award 2017 at the inaugural Teach Brunel Awards in Brunel University, London. In 2014, she had been a finalist for the Brunel University London Inspirational Teacher Award.

This new honour, which is based on student ratings and feedback in Your View, was accorded her for her work in the university’s College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences. Her research areas at the College include contemporary British fiction, international/multi-culture fiction, historical fiction and alternate universe, Afro-diaspora interests, and verse fiction/ experimental fiction.

Bernardine’s teaching and mentoring is something we’re proud of. A staunch, longstanding advocate for the inclusion of artists and writers of colour, the British-Nigerian professor founded The Complete Works in 2008, a mentoring scheme which has since seen her protegees snag major recognition. One, Mona Arshi, won the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Debut Collection, and another, Sarah Howe, won the 2016 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

In 2012, Bernardine founded the game-changing Brunel International African Poetry Prize, whose inaugural 2013 winner Warsan Shire has since collaborated with Beyonce, and whose partnership with the African Poetry Book Fund Next Generation Series has ensured publication for some of the continent’s rising poetry stars: Safia Elhillo, Inua Ellams, Viola Allo, Amy Lukau, Kayo Chingonyni, Gbenga Adesina, Nick Makoha.

The Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and Fellow of the English Association, Bernadine was made an MBE in 2009 “for being a major voice in the multicultural panorama of multicultural British literature.”

The author of eight fiction books—including The Emperor’s Babe which won the 2000 Arts Council England Writer’s Award and was listed by The Times in their “100 Best Books of the Decade”; Blonde Roots which was nominated for the Orange Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2009; and Mr Loverman which won the 2014 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize—her work has been translated into several languages, adapted into radio plays by BBC, and named Notable Book of the Year thirteen times in British newspapers.

Bernardine has judged a host of prizes, including the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize, the 2012 Caine Prize, and the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Congratulations to Bernardine Evaristo!

 

Tags: , , , ,

About Otosirieze Obi-Young

View all posts by Otosirieze Obi-Young
Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2018 Peter Rosegger Literature Prize

fiston mujila mwanza

Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2018 Rosegger Literary Prize in Austria for his debut novel Tram 83. Mujila was shortlisted […]

Psalm 151 | Theresa Lola | Poetry

PSALM151

Theresa Lola is a poet of considerable achievement. A few months ago, she became a joint winner of the 2018 […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award

gerald kraak - as you like it

The 2019 Gerald Kraak Award is open for submissions. The deadline is 25 June 2018. Founded in 2016 by the Jacana […]

If Football Nations Were Rappers | Musa Okwonga’s World Cup Thread Is a Twitter Moment

musa okwonga - god is in the tv zine

Writer-musician Musa Okwonga last week saw a fun thread he started, “If Football Nations Were Rappers,” in which he matched football […]

Cassava Republic Warns Against the Deletion of Local Publishing Houses

cassava republic books

A few days ago, publishers Cassava Republic published on their site a trend in which Nigerian media de-prioritize the work […]

Crime-Writing as Political Engagement in Moroccan Literature

InstaBox_201861813422729

Among the best known Moroccan writers are Laila Lalami, UNESCO-Sharjah Prize winner Bensalem Himmich, Grand Atlas Prize winner Youssef Fadel, Prix Goncourt […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.