Retrospective: Evaristo in Utrecht
The completely sold-out event started at 20:00 and ended around 22:00. During the evening, Evaristo read from the book. She was also interviewed about her life and work by the Dutch-Surinamese writer and TV host Tirsa With. During the Q&A session, the audience had a chance to ask the British author some questions. In addition, Dutch translator of the book, and also UU alumni, Lette Vos was present and winner of the creative contest Nina Köll presented her reaction to the novel. As icing on the cake, student women's choir Medusa performed.
Advice from Evaristo
During the interview and Q&A, Evaristo revealed, among other things, that African-American writers Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde and Ntozake Shange used to be her sources of inspiration. She also had a piece of advice for all attendees who are interested in writing books themselves: read a lot! If you’ve been reading for a long time, you’ll absorb literary structure to a cellular level. And that is exactly what makes a good writer, according to Evaristo.
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