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Bernardine Evaristo and Girl, Woman, Other at London’s Southbank Centre. Photo credit: Tolga Akmen and AFP via Getty Images.

Last night, the BBC was at the receiving end of a storm on Twitter when a presenter failed to name Bernardine Evaristo in a reference to the Booker Prize she shared with Margaret Atwood. The presenter, who is male and white, named Atwood but described Evaristo as “another author.” The gaffe came during a live broadcast of the Turner Prize, which this year was also shared among four artists.

“Now, this is a bit different from the Booker Prize earlier in the year where the judges couldn’t make up their minds,” began the presenter, Shaun Ley, “so they gave it to Margaret Atwood and another author, who shared the prize between them.”

A clip of the video was uploaded to Twitter by Booklove Multicultural Travelling Book Carnival, a campaign group which promotes diversity in literature.

Evaristo herself retweeted it. “How quickly and casually they have removed my name from history – the first black woman to win it,” she said. “This is what we’ve always been up against, folks.”

She appealed to her followers to retweet.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work has been published in McSweeneys, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as 'One of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction' in a feature introduced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a regular contributor with the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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