LitFest Goes Wild
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September 28, 2013 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm£8.00
Chaired by Bidisha
Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction, two of which have recently been adapted into BBC Radio 4 dramas. She was longlisted for the Orange Prize and won the Orange Youth Panel Award for Blonde Roots in 2008. Her books have been a ‘Book of the Year’ twelve times in British newspapers. She received an MBE in 2009.
Interestingly, Bernardine’s works often experiment with a fusion of verse and prose within the novel format. From a drama school background she co-founded the first black women’s theatre company in the UK, blending visual symbolism, movement and poetry.
Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he’s lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather – but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.
His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?
Mr Loverman, Bernardine’s latest novel, is a ground-breaking exploration of Britain’s older Caribbean community. It explodes cultural myths and fallacies and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.