Bernardine Evaristo, MBE FRSL FRSA, FEA, is an award-winning British-Nigerian author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction. Her other writing includes short fiction, drama, poetry, essays, literary criticism, and projects for stage and radio. Two of her books have been adapted into BBC Radio 4 dramas. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice-Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. Evaristo is also a longstanding advocate for the inclusion of writers and artists of colour. She founded the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2012 and The Complete Works poets development scheme (2007–17). She co-founded Spread the Word writer development agency (1995–present) and in the 1980s, Britain's first black women's theatre company, Theatre of Black Women.