Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson CBE was born in Manchester and raised in Lancashire, by adoptive parents. She was raised in the Elim Pentecostal Church and, intending to become a Pentecostal Christian Missionary she began evangelising and writing sermons at age six. By age 16 Winterson left home. She soon after read for a degree in English at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

After moving to London, her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published when she was 24 years old. It won the 1985 Whitbread Black for a First Novel, and was adapted  by Winterson in 1990, which in turn won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama. She won the 1987 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Passion.

Winterson’s subsequent novels explore the boundaries of physicality and the imagination, gender polarities, and sexual identities, and have won several literary awards. Her most recent novel, Frankissstein: A Love Story was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize.

Her stage adaptation of The PowerBook in 2002 opened at the Royal National Theatre, London. She also bought a house in Spitalfields  east London, which she refurbished into a flat as a pied-a-terre and a ground-floor shop, Verde’s, to sell organic food.

Jeanette also writes for many prominent publications including the Guardian, Times, Daily Mail, Observer, New York Times, and Harpers Bazaar, and has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Winterson holds an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

She is Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester. She believes that art is for everyone and it is her mission to prove it.

12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next is her latest book.



The Daylight Gate @Wintersonworld

BAFTA winner Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit back on telly ! BBC4 10pm Wednesday night and then on iplayer . Episode 2 includes the first gay girl kiss on prime time TV. Back in 1989! Oh yes! Just so y’know ! X

Hooray ! For the Tories this is the start of the good-bye-elections . And that little twerp Dowden has resigned too! Great start to the weekend

It’s the Summer Solstice . I have just put up a Substack about doing and being . Seemed like a good thing to think about on the shortest night of the year .

Why does everyone who has a flight cancelled call their experience ‘devastating ‘ or an ‘ absolute nightmare’ . What will they call a real problem ? And if this is ‘panic’ and ‘ meltdown ‘ what is the lexicon of grief and loss ?

My agent Caroline Michel just sent me this photo of her cat . Have a good weekend !

Jamie Olivier is right to picket Boris on processed food U turn . This stuff isn’t food; it’s industrial pulps, scrapings, sugars, additives without nutritional value . Decent simple food is a basic right and that’s what the govt should be addressing. 2 for 1 crap not the answer

End of a busy day in London filming the Sky Arts Bookclub. Now in my little house in Spitalfields with a glass of Si irresistible fizz from the English Restaurant on the corner . Going there for supper in an hour .

Wet morning for cross cats. Nero hiding under the chair and sunshine saying I am a desert cat

‘We cannot allow our decisions to be affected by extraneous influences such as the public reaction to our work’ Judge Alito USA Supreme Court on overturning right to abortion. In effect 5 men &a Catholic woman are calling millions of women ‘extraneous influences’.

Fawning piece in Daily Telegraph today with Neil Parish, MP caught watching porn on his phone in the House of Commons. No understanding of how sexist, shitty , disturbing, his behaviour is, plus his wife laughing it off. But this isn’t silly schoolboy/loyal wife . It’s horrible

Sectarian violence & rightwing Hindu thuggery have escalated in India since Modi in power from 2014. India won’t condemn Russian invasion&buys Russian weapons &oil But Boris is smiling his way towards a trade deal including relaxing immigration to U.K. Brexit ? Borders? Boris?

Harrison Birtwistle, composer , is dead at 87. He was born in Accrington, Lancashire, where I grew up. These things form us. Calling it a northern mill town, as the obits do, is true and not the truth. What a town that was back then Seriousness, self respect, high spirits

Back from TED and drinking this stone cold 11.5 cava that is so good when you need a little revival ! After passing through LHR I can tell you I do !

Here I am in Vancouver for TED Tech. My talk is on Monday .

I see the Tories have another of their lunatic fringe groups lobbying away. Together Against Wind aims to stop onshore wind farms .Johnson already backtracking as 100 of his ignorant MPs complain about EYESORES ffs. Putin, fossil fuels, fracking, all look fine to them I guess

Turned off the heating and lit the fire in the smallest room in the house . The wood is from my own woodland and well seasoned and the gales have brought down enough for at least 2 years . On a planting programme this spring and meanwhile thank you Mother Nature .

First row of broad beans out of the greenhouse and into the ground .

There’s a new Substack up on my page if you want some words about Spring and why life has to keep beginning again and why it is sometimes easier to go on living in winter . Spring is here

Biden calls Putin a war criminal . Kremlin says ‘unacceptable ‘. That means Putin says ‘unacceptable ‘. Invading Ukraine and bombing the shit out of people is unacceptable. And yes, all Putin pals should pay the price, so UK police stop protecting the Deripaska Mayfair mansion