Kadija George (aka Kadija Sesay) Hon. FRSL, FRSA, works in literary project management and creative professional development with adults and young people of African descent. From 2001-2015 she published SABLE LitMag, a magazine for emerging writers of colour. Currently the Publications Manager for Inscribe/Peepal Tree Press supporting the writing of Black British writers.
She has edited anthologies of work by writers of African descent in drama, poetry and fiction and has published and broadcast her own creative work including a poetry collection, Irki (2013). She received a research and development grant from Arts Council England and a Society of Authors Award to research her second collection, The Modern Pan-Africanists Journey 2022. She co-authored with Joan Anim Addo and Deirdre Osborne, This is the Canon: 50 Books to Decolonize Your Bookshelf (Quercus, 2021).
Kadija co-founded the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport in The Gambia and is currently developing AfriPoeTree, a Selective Interactive Video of Poetry and Pan-African history for which she received Arts Council England funding. She was an AHRC Techne funded doctoral student. Her thesis on Black British Publishing and Pan-Africanism will be published by Africa World Press. She also has a Research Fellowship from the School of Advanced Studies, London University. She is a Kennedy Center Fellow in Performing Arts Management and a Kluge Fellow (The Library of Congress).
In 2020 she received an MBE for services to Literature and an Honorary Fellowship from Goldsmiths, University of London.