Jeda Pearl is a Scottish Jamaican writer and artist. Poetry performances include StAnza, Push the Boat Out, and Edinburgh International Book Festival. She was longlisted for the Women Poets’ Prize 2022 and awarded Cove Park’s 2019 Emerging Writer Residency (fiction). She has works published/commissioned by Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, Not Going Back to Normal – Disabled Artists Manifesto, Shoreline of Infinity, Scottish Storytelling Centre, galleries Rhubaba and Collective, and Peepal Tree Press. @JedaPearl jedapearl.com
- Shortlisted for Sky Arts RSL Awards!Utterly thrilled to be shortlisted for the Sky Arts RSL Writers Award 2022 (poetry)!
- Longlisted for the Women Poets’ Prize!I’m over the moon to be longlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize 2022!!
For upcoming readings and activities go to the Events page.
Poetry readings and installations
- Edinburgh International Book Festival 2022Notes on the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2022 plus links to captioned recordings available to watch.
- Figures of Speech – FutureCaledonian Forest, 3033 – new work presented at Figures of Speech – Future, on 22nd July 2022 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
- When all that’s left is… published in 2021 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio AnthologyI’m excited to announce the 2021 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology! ‘When all that’s left is…’ now published in the Scottish BPOC Writers Network’s Writers of Colour anthology.
- ‘I was born’ – in two anthologies‘I was born‘ is part of the 2020 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology, curated by Hannah Lavery and published by the Scottish BPOC Writers Network. It was also shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.
- Acts of Observation exhibitionA poetic audio installation, pamphlet and an online captioned film of a series of five linked poems that weave themes involving the disabled BPOC body with archeoastronomy and the sublime, commissioned by Collective gallery.
- BBC Scotland Big Scottish Book ClubIn October 2021, I had the honour of sharing a poem with Damian Barr’s Big Scottish Book Club. I read ‘inheritance reverb‘ which is one of three poems, written as a response to Maud Sulter‘s body of work, commissioned by Rhubaba, forthcoming 2022.
- An Ocean of PatienceAn Ocean of Patience is a film-poem and dance performance, and a creative response to the provocation “How can organisations and institutions integrate more inclusive practices to benefit communities through platforming disabled* artists?”
- 15 Ways of Looking at a Tuareg Pendant – New Writing ScotlandMy poem, ’15 Ways of Looking at a Tuareg Pendant’, after Raman Mundair’s ’15 Ways of Looking at a Silk Sari’ is published in The Last Good Year: New Writing Scotland 38.
- Beloved Black – Black Lives Matter Mural Trail ScotlandIn 2020, I was invite to create work for the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail Scotland. The trail was developed by producer Wezi Mhura in response to the rise in awareness in Scotland (and across the world) of the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Chronic Fail‘Chronic Fail‘ is a poem I wrote during 2020 as a response to experiencing the pandemic as a disabled person. It is part of Not Going Back to Normal – A Disabled Artists Manifesto: a digital collection of 49 artworks and texts responding to a call for ideas for a radically accessible arts world, curated by Sasha Saben Callaghan and Harry Josephine Giles
- ‘A Wake: On mourning, marking, and moving forward together with joy’In September 2020, I was invited read my work at a community mourning and healing event for Scottish disabled artists, curated by San Alland. I read 4 poems, ‘Void’, ‘Citadel of Truth’, ‘The Finished Den’ and ‘Beloved Black’. Video is captioned and BSL interpreted.
- Poems in Shoreline of Infinity 18I’m thrilled to have five poems published in Shoreline of Infinity 18! Shoreline of Infinity is a sci-fi magazine and indie publisher based in Scotland.
- The Apple Inspector and other storiesHere are some notes on early submissions (short stories) that were successful and encouraged me to keep going…
- In Search of Patience published in Open Book UnboundMy speculative short story, ‘In Search of Patience,’ is published in Open Book Unbound, issue December 2021.
- When Cocoa Ripe, It Must BustDelighted to have my short story, ‘When Cocoa Ripe, It Must Bust’ published in the anthology Make A Wish, Keep the Wish Secret and shortlisted for the 2018 Cambridge Short Story Prize!
Poetry in anthologies
‘When all that’s left is…’ published in 2021 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology – listen/read.
‘I was born’, published in 2020 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology – listen/read here, and published (shortlisted) in Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Anthology 2022 (buy here).
’15 Ways of Looking at a Tuareg Pendant’, published in The Last Good Year: New Writing Scotland 38 – buy here.
‘Chronic Fail’, published in Not Going Back to Normal – A Disabled Artists Manifesto – listen/read here.
‘Spectraverse implants changed my life’, ‘Lure of the Oracle’, ‘Umbilicus’, [haiku], ‘Ode to Mycelium, from AI/42’ in Shoreline of Infinity 18 – buy here.
‘Lashed to this Unseelie Court, since 1655’ and ‘The Witching Hour’, published in Ceremony, by Tapsalteerie Press (2019).
‘The Thaw’ and ‘Tempest’, published in Multiverse – New International Science Fiction Poetry, by Shoreline of Infinity – buy here.
Want to collaborate?
Jeda has experience as an arts programmer, event chair and panellist, and workshop facilitator. She has sat on art projects selection panels and may be available for consultations.