Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson


Jeanette Winterson 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 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 was made an officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the 2006 New Year Honours.


The Gap of Time @Wintersonworld

What 2020 Full Beaver Moon Means For Your Sign

Walking home through my Tier 2 lockdown world after a good day at work. See any folks? Nope. But this is now a high alert area of, er, 55 cases in 10,000. Why is the UK Government made up of weak men and bullying women who confuse brute stupidity with leadership ?

Ok I know Boris is hard to follow but how is my Cotswold village and those around me at the same risk level as London? We went into lockdown Tier 1 and emerged as Tier 2! Never mind, our pubs can go bust and all the old folks can freeze meeting outdoors. Muppets rule

Tonight’s the night ! Not to late to join in!

Jan Morris: She sensed she was ‘at the very end of things’. What a life it was. I have read everything they wrote . She ( her pronoun) once signed a book for me and wrote how much she had loved The Passion. Meant a lot to me

Just watching this again. The brain is so strange. It is all in there? Shakespeare sonnet 53 . What is your substance , whereof are you made, that millions of strange shadows on you tend?

Well, I for one, am sad that Cummings is going. He’s the living link to Vote Leave corruption. The reminder that the same govt that is bringing you Brexit, mass death & billion pound contracts to cronies came to power by deliberately subverting our electoral laws. What a legacy

Peter Sutcliffe the Yorkshire Ripper who murdered 12 women in the 1970s/80s has finally died of Covid in a prison hospital . At his trial he said God had told him to kill sex workers. God has also told Kanye West to become President of the USA. Toxic masculinity with halo&harp

Feminist Fairy Tales with Malorie Blackman Kamila Shamsie Rebecca Solnit and Jeanette Winterson - The British Library

You lost, you miserable self-entitled infantile fucker. Concede and get the hell out.

Here is the president’s spiritual advisor ( yes) holding a marathon prayer-along and speaking in tongues like we used to in my church but not with cat and beat

America is like a battered wife going back to her abuser

How to say this Govt is an arse re Covid without sounding like Farage Trump & the alt right? I am a fan of experts & medical science but the mansplainers and their data isn’t getting near the fact that humans have trashed our relationship with Nature. We can’t return to ‘normal’

Why do I keep getting surveys about my ‘shopping experience ‘? Shopping isn’t an experience; falling in love or climbing a mountain or watching an otter or going to the theatre are experiences .
Shopping is a means to an end . When did it become an experience FFS??

Check out "Daisy Johnson & Sophie Mackintosh in Conversation with Jeanette Winterson" @EventbriteUK

Now I know there is life after death. Charles Moore , Ex Daily Telegraph zombie and Paul Dacre, ex Daily Mail Hangman both offered jobs by Boris to ‘supervise ‘ BBC . This isn’t democracy this is dictatorship. Watch the BBC turn into Fox TV

I mean NOT allowed into USA for required appointment! Just baffling