Friends of the Bodleian Annual Lecture 2023


Friends of the Bodleian Annual Lecture 2023

Bernardine Evaristo: Bridging the Gap

A gold horizontal flourish

 Thursday 22 June 2023


 Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

 Booking required
General public: £10 / £7 concession
Friends of the Bodleian: free

About the event

Why do some readers think that certain novels are not for them because they are about communities different from their own? How can we read fiction in order to appreciate thematic undercurrents, both beyond and encompassing, for example, notions of race and gender?

How can literature bridge perceived gaps and expand our sense of a shared humanity?

In this talk, Booker prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo will draw on some of the novels published in the first half of 2023 by British women of the African diaspora including Yomi Adegoke, Jacqueline Crooks, Diana Evans, Liv Little, Nicola Williams and Vanessa Walters. 


Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize 2019 with her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin 2019). The recipient of many honours, she was named ‘Person of the Year’ by the UK Bookseller magazine in 2021. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford and President of the Royal Society of Literature.

Booking information

This talk is supported by Friends of the Bodleian.

Booking is required for this event.

Friends and Patrons

This talk is free to Friends and Patrons of the Bodleian. To book as a Friend, contact with your membership number.

General admission

For all other attendees, tickets are as follows:

  • Full price: £10
  • Concessions (students and Bodleian Libraries staff): £7

Booking for this event is now closed.

To enjoy closer access to the Bodleian, including exclusive events and priority access to online content, join the Friends today. For more information, email

Other events you might be interested in

A gold horizontal flourish