Retrospective: Evaristo in Utrecht

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On Monday, October 31, Bernardine Evaristo visited the Neude Public Library in Utrecht. Evaristo is the author of Girl, Woman, Other, the book that was the focus of this year's One Book One Campus the collaborative reading project that took place during Diversity Month.

The programme

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.

Nina Köll, winner of the creative contest

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.

Bernardine Evaristo and Tirsa With
Bernardine Evaristo is interviewed by Tirsa With

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