5 minutes with Delia Jarrett-Macauley

delia-jarrett-macauley-hrDelia Jarrett-Macauley, a writer of Sierra Leonean parentage, is a novelist and biographer and the Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. 


What was the last book you read?
Negroland, by Margo Jefferson.

How did you buy it?
A Lambeth Library book! Thank goodness for my local library.

What’s next on your reading list?
James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear.

What are you watching right now on TV?
Cold Feet – because I missed the first lot.

What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
When is House of Cards coming back? Will review my existence when it does.

You’re stranded on a desert island – what 3 books would you want with you?
Beloved, Crime and Punishment and The Aenied.

Tell us what you/your company does in 20 words or fewer?
I chair the Caine Prize Board of Trustees. We champion African writing.

What do you like about your job?
Writing is always demanding.

What was your first job?
Kitchen hand/waitress at The Yorkshire (agricultural) Show.

When was your first London Book Fair (LBF)?
I attended just once, in 1998, to meet an amazing African-American agent.

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