Hey you, I'm Jeda, boss of mischief, storytelling & strategy around here.
I write fiction & poetry and make art, often exploring intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. I'm working on my debut novel and my poetry appears or is upcoming in anthologies published by TSS Publishing, Tapsalteerie Press and Shoreline of Infinity. More creative writing news.
I'm also a programmer for the Scottish BAME Writers Network and I help creative entrepreneurs navigate their stories via intuitive + strategic copywriting & marketing. If you enjoy using expansive, supportive frameworks to develop your writing, content, marketing &/or strategy. If you seek a meaningful connection with your audience/readers, you're in the right place.
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Jeda Pearl is a Scottish writer & poet. Inspired by her Jamaican and Geordie-Scottish heritage, her work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards in 2019 and selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course in 2018. She’s a programmer for the Scottish BAME Writers Network and editor for The Selkie and is a Cambridge Short Story, Momaya Press, Yellow Room and Words with Jam short story finalist. Her poetry appears or is upcoming anthologies published by TSS Publishing, Tapsalteerie Press and Shoreline of Infinity.
Jeda also helps creative business owners navigate their stories. Since 2003, she's worked with 100s of diverse, inspiring businesses, from trailblazing start-ups to bodacious, award-winning bizmamas. Find out more about her philosophy and background as a copywriter and content strategist, view her portfolio or find out how you can hire Jeda.
Jeda has adored writing stories, poems and letters ever since she can remember - find out more about her creative writing or find her online @jedapearl.
Awards & words to make me blush
- Selected, Cove Park Scottish Emerging Writer Residency 2019
- Shortlisted, Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards 2019
- Shortlisted, TSS Publishing Cambridge Short Story Prize 2018
- Selected, Written: Fiction Work in Progress Arvon Course 2018
- Shortlisted, Words With Jam 2011 Short Story Competition
- Highly Commended, The Yellow Room Spring 2012 Short Story Competition
- Finalist, Momaya Press 2010 Short Story Competition
“Lovely, economical writing and fantastic turns of phrase.” – Willow
“I love the economical observation and the raw but restrained narrative voice. Your writing is wonderfully visual – it has the lilt of poetry and its rare to find such attention to style.” – Jane Hales
- Shortlisted, Shell LiveWIRE 2005 Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- Shortlisted, O2/Grazia 2008 Fashion Business Award
“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
"I had no hesitations working with Jeda. She is very clear, focused and professional." - Annamaria Sacco, Yoga Stable
“Jeda is an excellent communicator and empathetic listener – ensuring your business needs are met from all angles." - Victoria Handley, No Pink Please
Dark, twisted fairy tales
Silence to write
Boogieing all night to funk, soul & ska
His homemade pizza and a quality film
Getting lost in research
Sci-fi and fantasy films, series, art, stories
My wacky, loud, thoughtful, loving, cheeky extended family
Chocolate anything & a warm pot of tea
Sharing untold histories
My awe-inspiring, mayhem-making, clever, hilarious kids. Always.
Argh, so many! Andrea Levy, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Octavia E. Butler, Helen Oyeyemi, Malorie Blackman, Kerry Young, Patrice Lawrence, Maya Angelou, Angela Readman, Zoe Gilbert, Susanna Clarke, Gillian Flynn, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Ursula Le Guin, Roald Dahl, Rosie Garland, Zadie Smith, Kirsty Logan, Philip Pullman, Haruki Murakami, Oliver Jeffers, Suzanne Collins, Reni Eddo-Lodge, George Orwell, David Mitchell, Nikita Gill, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Jasmin Kaur… Whoever I'm reading right now!
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