Delia Jarrett-Macauley


The youngest daughter of Sierra Leonean parents, is a novelist, biographer, academic and broadcaster.
Her first novel, Moses, Citizen & Me, received the 2005 Orwell Prize for political writing.

Moses, Citizen & Me

When Julia flies into war-scarred Sierra Leone from London, she is apprehensive about seeing her uncle Moses for the first time in twenty years. But nothing could have prepared her for her encounter with her eight-year-old cousin, Citizen, a former c...

The Life of Una Marson 1905-1965

A biography of Jamaican feminist, activist and writer Una Marson, who established herself as a pioneering journalist, playwright and poet in the early 1920s. She travelled to London in 1932, meeting leading black figures such as Haile Selassie, befor...

Reconstructing Womanhood, Reconstructing Feminism: Writings on Black Women

Reconstructing Womanhood, Reconstructing Feminism was the first British feminist anthology to examine concepts of womanhood and feminism within the context of 'race' and ethnicity. Challenging contemporary feminist theory, the book highlights ways in...

Shakespeare, Race and Performance

Late summer and autumn 2016, Delia’s work on Shakespeare continued.

She joined the London Book Fair delegation to China and spoke at The Shanghai International Book Fair and at various events in Beijing, including the Beijing Book Fair’s C...

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Chair of the Orwell Prize for Fiction, 2021Chair of the Orwell Prize for Fiction, 2021

The last few months have been very busy. No idle moments during lockdown. I worked on visual arts and literary projects, building on existing relationships and creating some new partnerships. More than a decade since winning the Orwell Prize, I was invited to Chair the Orwell Prize for Fiction, 2021... read more