Bernardine shares the win with Margaret Atwood. When receiving the award, said she hoped her win will bring about change, with more black writers winning the award in the future.
“It’s so incredible to share this with Margaret Atwood, who’s such a legend and so generous,” she said.
“A lot of people say, ‘I never thought it would happen to me’, and I will say I am the first black woman to win this prize, and I hope that honour doesn’t last too long. I hope other people come forward now.”