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Prize judges

The judging panel for the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize is:


Niki Chang

Niki Chang is a literary agent at David Higham Associates. She works with a wide range of writers of both fiction and non-fiction. Prior to DHA, she worked at The Good Literary Agency and Aitken Alexander Associates. In 2019 she won the London Book Fair Trailblazer Award for her work at TGLA. Niki Chang will be chair of judges for the 2020 Prize.

Kadija George

Kadija George Sesay

Kadija George Sesay is a doctoral scholarship student at Brighton University researching Black British Publishers and Pan-Africanism. She is the Publications Manager for Inscribe/Peepal Tree, publisher of SABLE LitMag and editor of several anthologies. She has published poetry, short stories and essays in anthologies, the latest in New Daughters of Africa and a poetry collection, Irki (Peepal Tree, 2013) She is a co-founder of Mboka Festival in Gambia and has received awards and fellowships for her work in the creative arts, her research and has judged several prizes.  Watch Kadija talk about her work with the Prize since its inception in 2012, and the role it plays in supporting writers.

Malika Booker

Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Her writing spans poetry, theatre, monologue, installation, and education. She is the founder of the writers collective, Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.  Malika was the inaugural poet in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company, was Chair of the Forward Prize for Poetry in 2016, she lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently chair of judges for the international Manchester Poetry Prize.  


Yvonne Singh

Yvonne Singh is a journalist, writer and editor. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, The Mirror, The London Evening Standard and the BBC, and she was a contributor to the acclaimed anthology Know Your Place and the renowned Southword Literary Journal. She was staff at The Guardian for many years and is on the editorial team of Middle East Eye and Pree, the literary journal of Caribbean Writing. She was awarded second prize at the SI Leeds Literary Prize awards 2018.