Bernardine Evaristo MBE was born in London to a Nigerian father and English mother. Her six books include Hello Mum (2010), a novella written in the voice of a teenage boy, Lara, a verse novel based on her family history spanning England, Nigeria, Ireland, Germany and Brazil (republished with new material in 2009), Blonde Roots (2008), a prose novel in which Africans enslave Europeans, Soul Tourists (2005), a novel-with-verse about contemporary and historical Europe, and The Emperor’s Babe (2001), a verse novel set in Roman London.
She also co-edited the black and Asian poetry anthology Ten (2010), with Daljit Nagra, the black British issue of Wasafiri – Black Britain: Beyond Definition with Karen McCarthy Woolf (2010), and the British Council/Granta anthology NW15, with Maggie Gee (2007).
She reviews books for The Times, The Guardian and Financial Times and has written for theatre and BBC radio. She has received and judged several literary awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts.