Fiction

Esmie Jikiemi

Agent: John Baker

Esmie is a science-fantasy writer, who spent much of her childhood reading on sunny Australian beaches, before moving to London, where she swapped the sunshine for grey skies, and the beach for the window seat of her grandmother’s creaky old house.

She is currently pursuing a BA in English Literature and Classical Studies—a degree that allows her to write essays on Disney villains, read ridiculous amounts of Ancient Greek Lyric poetry, and argue about postcolonial readings of canonical texts all in the same week.

Her writing, which is invariably about marginalised people saving the world, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Penguin WriteNow scheme, and more recently, Esmie was the inaugural winner of The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award.

Esmie is also co-founder of Impact of Omission, an organisation dedicated to decolonising the UK’s compulsory curriculum, that has been featured in publications such as The Guardian and The Huffington Post.

When she isn’t writing about Black kids dismantling space empires or travelling through time, she can probably be found re-watching Treasure Planet, or campaigning for a copy of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to replace the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.