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Photo of Jeda Pearl, who is a Scottish-Jamaican woman with light-brown skin. She has dark brown, long curly hair and dark brown eyes and is smiling. She stands in front of a dark green wall and is wearing a patterned dress with toucans and tropical leaves on it.

Jeda Pearl ~ Writer, Poet, Artist,

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Jeda Pearl is a Scottish Jamaican writer and artist. Her work often traverses/reflects the ‘in between’ and explores the intersections of belonging, disability, secrecy and survival. At times, she examines the histories, cultures and folklores of her ancestral islands, creates magical realist or science-fictional worlds, and journeys through microcosms of time, thought and space.

Commissioned works include Acts of Observation (poetic audio installation and captioned film weaving the disabled BPOC body with archeoastronomy and the sublime, Collective), An Ocean of Patience (dance-film-poem, British Council Momentum), inheritance reverb (poetic response to Maud Sulter’s archive, Rhubaba).

In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mhor Bridge Awards. She’s performed on The Big Scottish Book Club (BBC Scotland), at StAnza, Push the Boat OutEvent HorizonInky Fingers, and Hidden Door and her poems and short stories are published by Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, New Writing Scotland, Open Book,  Not Going Back to Normal – a Disabled Artists Manifesto, TSS PublishingTapsalteerieShoreline of Infinity, Aesthetica, and Peepal Tree Press (forthcoming).

She is also Co-Director of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers in Scotland. She has experience as an event chair, panellist and arts programmer, and has sat on selection panels for arts organisations.

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Jeda Pearl is a disabled Scottish Jamaican writer. Performances include StAnza, Inky Fingers, Push the Boat Out, Hidden Door. Her work is published/commissioned by Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, New Writing Scotland, Not Going Back to Normal, Tapsalteerie, Shoreline of Infinity, Rhubaba, Collective, British Council, Peepal Tree Press. @JedaPearl jedapearl.com