'Another author': BBC called out by Bernardine Evaristo for dismissive reference, apologises

  • Bernardine Evaristo called out the BBC for a news item which referred to the Booker Prize being shared between Margaret Atwood and another author.

  • For her book Girl, Woman, Other, Evaristo is the first black woman to win the prestigious award.

  • The BBC has since issued an apology, explaining their phrasing as unscripted.

Author Bernardine Evaristo called out the BBC for a news bit which referred to this year's Booker Prize as being shared between Margaret Atwood and "another author". For her book Girl, Woman, Other, Evaristo is the first black woman to win the prestigious award.

 Another author: BBC called out by Bernardine Evaristo for dismissive reference, apologises

Bernardine Evaristo. Photo credit: Facebook @bernardine.evaristo.

On 3 December, BBC news presenter Shaun Ley, when referring to the Turner Prize joint award, compared it to the Booker Prize's decision to split the award: “Now, this is a bit different from the Booker prize earlier in the year where the judges couldn’t make up their minds, so they gave it to Margaret Atwood and another author, who shared the prize between them,” he said.

In response, Evaristo wrote on Twitter: “How quickly & casually they have removed my name from history – the first black woman to win it. This is what we’ve always been up against, folks.”

When the Prize was announced in October, many had spoken about the harmful effects sharing it might have. In support of Evaristo, author Linda Grant commented on that:

Journalist Harry Wallop also commented along with a similar strain:

The BBC has since issued an apology, explaining their phrasing as "unscripted" and adding that they have "apologised for the offence caused".

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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2019 11:38:38 IST