Evaristo is an award-winning author of seven books and numerous other works of fiction, poetry, verse fiction, short fiction, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama. She will be in conversation with Zoe Norridge and Marsha Hutchinson about her verse novel, The Emperor’s Babe (2001), which tells the story of a black girl growing up in Roman London in 211 AD. As part of the conversation, readers who have read the novel will be able to participate in a discussion that centres on their responses to the book.
This workshop series, hosted jointly by the Oxford English Faculty and TORCH and supported by the OUP John Fell Fund, brings a number of contemporary British writers into conversation with readers to discuss how literature shapes our perceptions of the world today and our identities within it. In the first half of each workshop, readers will be able to offer responses to their experiences of reading the book of the week; in the second, the author will give a reading and engage in conversation with the audience.
All are welcome. These sessions will be recorded for podcasting.