Delia Jarrett-Macauley biography


Delia Jarrett-Macauley (DMS, Ph.D., FRSA) is an accomplished writer, academic and broadcaster with a career spanning over 30 years. Her impressive body of work is held in high regard both nationally and internationally.

Delia has published four books, including the novel 'Moses, Citizen and Me', which received the 2005 Orwell Prize for political writing.


A multi-disciplinary scholar in history, literature and cultural politics, Delia has held fellowships at the University of Warwick, the LSE and the Women's Library in London. She has devised, taught and examined a range of undergraduates and postgraduates courses at the Universities of Kent, London and Middlesex. Delia began her university teaching career in 1989 by running the first black women’s studies courses on the MA in Women’s Studies at the University of Kent; she later published an anthology based on that programme of work. She also devised and led the Arts Management Programme at Birkbeck College, London.

Delia has trained teachers at Goldsmith’s College, London and has contributed to many professional development courses for teachers and facilitators in Europe at a range of academic institutions, including the Amsterdam Summer University and (in association with the European Cultural Foundation) the King Baudouin Foundation (Brussels) and the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres.

Delia has contributed to a number of academic publications as author and board member including Feminist Review, Women's History Review, Journal of Gender Studies and Gender and History.


Delia has worked on a number of broadcasting projects for BBC Radio, including devising and presenting 'The Una Marson Story' and 'Black Women Writers in 1930s England' on BBC Radio 3 and 4 respectively. She has made several appearances on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, as well as programmes such as Open Book, Midweek and the Today programme. Delia voiced 'Warrior Marks', Alice Walker's documentary film on female genital mutilation.


Since the mid-1980s, Delia has worked extensively in the cultural sector, including a period as Director of the Independent Theatre Council, and later as a consultant to Arts Council England. She also managed the pan-African dance summer school and co-ordinated educational projects for African Players. In the 1990s she was joint director of the National Theatre’s project, Transmission, which focused on arts and social change in Europe.

Delia has more than twenty years experience of leading change management projects across all sectors, providing guidance for senior managers and human resource specialists. Her diverse client list includes Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Shell (UK), NSPCC and local government agencies