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In 2023, the Fabula in Theory addresses the issue of personal and collective past, what we have learnt from our past for a better today, and what await us in the future, how this relates to human (personal) and collective (social) memory. What advantage can be taken of hindsight and (self)reflection. Bernardine Evaristo, the world-renowned British author of Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, is to address the subject at Cankarjev dom.
Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere.
Manifesto: On Never Giving Up is a vibrant and inspiring account of the path travelled by British writer Bernardine Evaristo – about her decades-long struggle to bring her creative work into the world. With her characteristic humour, Evaristo describes her childhood as one of eight siblings, with a Nigerian father and white Catholic mother; tells the story of how she helped set up Britain's first Black women's theatre company; remembers the queer relationships of her twenties; and recounts her determination to write books that were absent in the literary world around her. She provides a hugely powerful perspective to contemporary conversations around race, class, feminism, sexuality, and aging. She reminds us of how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. In Manifesto, Evaristo charts her theory of unstoppability, showing creative people how they too can visualize and find success in their work. A manifesto on being unstoppable. A manifesto for all of us.
The novel has been translated into Slovenian by Katja Zakrajšek.
Bernardine Evaristo (1959) is an award-winning author of eight novels. Her 2019 Booker Prize win was a historic and revolutionary occasion, with Evaristo being the first Black woman and first Black British person ever to win the prize in its fifty-year history. She writes fiction, verse and non-fiction. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and President of the Royal Society of Literature. She was awarded an MBE in 2009 and an OBE in 2020, both for services to literature.
The talk will be held in English, with simultaneous translation into Slovenian.