Bernadette Nason

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Our guest is storyteller, actress and writer Bernadette Nason.  Her new memoir, TEA IN TRIPOLI  was released August 21, 2017 by Brave Bear & Company. 

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Bernadette Nason is a multiple award-winning storyteller, writer, actress and humorist. Her first memoir is TEA IN TRIPOLI  (Brave Bear & Co, August 21, 2017).

Bernadette grew up in England, lived and worked in Africa, and then the Middle East, before arriving in the US, where she’s been performing since 1993. She studied at Guildford Acting School (UK). She belongs to Actors’ Equity and the Screen Actors’ Guild, and is seen regularly in regional theatre productions, one-woman shows, and movies (Miss Congeniality, The Bystander Theory, Land of Leopold).  

Bernadette won the prestigious 2007 Austin Critics’ Table Special Citation for “Conspicuous Versatility” and in 2010, the dubious title, “Biggest Liar in Houston.” Bernadette is a company member of Austin Playhouse and ONSTAGE Theatre; resident artist with Pollyanna Theatre Co; and former associate artist with Austin Shakespeare Festival. For many years, her English-accented voice was heard on Austin’s NPR station (KUT 90.5 FM) as a newsreader, storyteller, and occasional presenter. She’s been on the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Roster since 2002, telling tales annually to over 30,000 students, Pre-K through high school.

Bernadette is currently working on her second memoir, Dinner in Dubai.


About Tea in Tripoli

Broken by divorce, debt, and workplace sexual harassment, twenty-six-year-old Bernadette Nason is hanging by a thread. When her cat is run over by a garbage truck, Nason makes an impetuous decision. With almost no travel experience, she grabs the first available overseas job and, two months later, finds herself in Libya. ‘Fitting in’ has never been her strength, yet here she is, the most unstable, self-loathing, slightly overweight fish ever to throw itself recklessly out of its own water. Move over, Bridget Jones, there’s a new, real-life idiot in town.

Inspired by her expatriate adventures during Gaddafi’s turbulent regime, c. 1984-85, Nason covers her thwarted desire to ‘fit in’, from bizarre daily life to terrifying confrontations with the Morality Police. Told with candor and wit, Tea in Tripoli, follows a young woman’s attempts to escape her past on an extraordinary, often perilous, journey of self-discovery. It’s sure to resonate with anyone who has ever run away from problems instead of taking care of business.

What People Are Saying About TEA IN TRIPOLI

“This picaresque tale chronicles one young woman’s seriously funny quest to reinvent herself. You will cheer in amazement as Nason wrestles with inner demons while facing down the morality police and the overarching threat of violence. Drenched in the aftermath of colonialism, Tea in Tripoli is a coming of age tale like no other. Nason is a brave and witty travel companion who leaves you looking forward to the next trip.” – Donna M. Johnson, Author of Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir

“[I]t’s a journey many will recognize, trying to find oneself in a new place…. Nason challenges us to think again about our own journeys. She reminds us that wherever you go part of you in some way. You may come back to where you started, but you see it in new ways.” – Ian Manners, D. Phil (Oxon), Emeritus Professor of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin

“Writing like the accomplished storyteller she is, Nason takes us on a journey–both literal and metaphorical–in this compelling memoir. Hers is a fascinating voice full of insight and humor, and the result is by turns intense and hilarious.” – Dr. Donna Ingham, Storyteller and Author of Tales with a Texas Twist and Texas Myths and Legends

Tea in Tripoli is an irresistibly fascinating account of a young British woman living in Libya during the time of Gaddafi. Bernadette Nason is an accomplished story teller, and in this memoir she transfers her oral abilities into the written word in a most beguiling and engaging way. She writes about an array of escapades and adventures, ones that are poignant as well as those that are outright hilarious, conveying all the complexities a young woman on her own would face in an unfamiliar repressive culture. And she does all of this as if speaking directly to the reader with an honesty that is truly disarming.” – Susan Miville, Director of Education, Austin Symphony

For more information, please see Bernadette’s website,   You might also check out her Youtube channel.  You can also find her on Twitter.