With author Bernardine Evaristo, who recently became the first woman of colour in 50 years to win the Booker Prize for Fiction for her work Girl, Woman, Other, we discuss the representation of diversity in the literary world. For more than 15 years Evaristo wrote the stories and characters that she missed in literature her whole life. With her 8th novel – a story that features 12 interconnected characters, mostly women, black and British – Evaristo got international attention. What has changed in the literary world? What is needed to create an inclusive literary scene?
Girl, Women, Other has now been translated into Dutch. Using Evaristo’s novel as inspiration, we speak with people working in the literary field about the situation in the Netherlands where the discussion about diversity is also ongoing. What is the role and responsibility of authors, reviewers, publishing houses and readers?