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Hey, I'm Jeda. I'm a Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet based in Scotland.

I'm also a copywriter and an editor and I love helping build community platforms.

Inspiration for my stories and poems comes from many places…

  • The musicality of my family’s shared languages, Scots, Geordie, Jamaican Patios
  • Science fiction, the fantastical, surreal, eccentric, weird and unexpected
  • Superstitions, folklore and unsettling, twisted fairytales
  • Untold and hidden histories
  • Highlighting people and stories from underrepresented communities
  • Life in all its rough and tough edges, incredible beauty and everything in between
  • The wilds of parenthood
  • Creativity in all its forms - art, illustration, design, dance, music - and so many amazing writers…

Published Poetry, Short Stories and Readings

'Acts of Observation' series of poems - audio installation in group exhibition Acts of Observation, online captioned video and pamphlet, commissioned by Collective.

'An Ocean of Patience' film-poem collaboration with Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Christophe Phillips.

'I was born' published in 2020 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology.

'15 Ways of Looking at a Tuareg Pendant' published in The Last Good Year: New Writing Scotland 38.

'Chronic Fail' published in Not Going Back to Normal - A Disabled Artists Manifesto.

Five poems in Shoreline of Infinity 18 ' Spotlight on BAME science fiction'.

'When Cocoa Ripe It Must Bust' shortlisted for the Cambridge Short Story Prize 2018 and published in Make a Wish, Keep the Wish Secret, by TSS Publishing (2019).

'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.



   Read, listen or watch selected readings and access available anthologies here


Contact me for readings, panels, writing workshops, creative collaborations or my writing CV.

Jeda Pearl, Writer + Poet, Editor, Story Navigator {Official Bio}

Jeda Pearl (she/her) is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet. Inspired by existing in the ‘in between,’ plus the hidden history, culture and folklore of her ancestral islands, her genre-splicing work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival.

In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards and, in 2018, was selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course. She's Co-Director for the Scottish BAME Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers, and a member of Crip Collective and Hannah Lavery's Writers of Colour Group.

Jeda has performed at StAnza, Event Horizon, Inky Fingers, Hidden Door and has been commissioned by the British Council’s Momentum program, Rhubaba gallery and Collective gallery. 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 Publishing, Tapsalteerie, Shoreline of Infinity and Peepal Tree Press.

Find Jeda online @jedapearl on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


Copywriter & Digital Marketing Specialist based in Edinburgh, Scotland

Since 2007, Jeda has worked with award-winning businesses including, Dance For All college and school, Danielle Zeigler SEO specialist, A Moment’s Peace theatre production company, several fitness companies, Kadence music artist management, No Pink Please unisex children’s retailer, and Studio MacLean interior designers. Jeda is a freelance writer and Co-Director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network (Writer Development and Communications).

Jeda has a First Class Honours degree in textiles from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and her first business, Velvet Boutique (2004 - 2010), was shortlisted national awards and described by magazine editor Tina Rose, as 'far ahead of its time… the first and one of the best'. While building Scotland’s platform for over 100 emerging & innovative designer-makers, Jeda worked on events and ecommerce; consultancy projects with Scottish Enterprise Textiles incl Scottish Textiles Design Network, London Fashion Forum, Fashion Advisory Board; and collaborations with The Lighthouse including exhibition INSIDE/OUT; Buy Designer Marketplace and the Six Cities Design Festival.

Are you a progressive, creative organisation or business? Find out if Jeda is available for copywriting, editing, digital marketing or content strategy:

Email jeda [at] jedapearl.com

Client love

"You've done an amazing job - far surpassed my expectations and have provided such incredible copy! You made the experience amazing!"  

- Kristy Gostelow, Kadence Group

"Jeda's an excellent communicator and empathetic listener – ensuring your business needs are met from all angles. I recommend Jeda wholeheartedly."  

- Victoria Handley, No Pink Please

"Jeda feels like a partner in my business. She genuinely cares about the success of her clients and she goes above and beyond to add value (for you and your clients). 

- Danielle Zeigler, SEO Specialist + Digital Strategist 

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