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.

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Awards & words to make me blush

Creative Writing

Writing Awards:

  • 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

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I'm also an experienced copywriter, content strategist and digital marketing specialist.

Business Awards:

  • 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 

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Bliss is...

Unsettling, twisted fairy tales
Silence to write
Boogieing 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
Absorbing conversation
My awe-inspiring, mayhem-making, clever, hilarious kids. Always.

Writer crushes

Argh, so many! Octavia E. Butler, Helen Oyeyemi, Andrea Levy, Toni Morrison, Malorie Blackman, Kerry Young, Patrice Lawrence, Maya Angelou, Angela Readman, Zoe Gilbert, Susanna Clarke, Margaret Atwood, 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, Dean Atta, David Mitchell, Becky Chambers, Nikita Gill, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Alycia Pirmohamad,  Tade Thompson, Sara Collins, Nnedi Okorafor, Jasmin Kaur, Shivanee Ramlochan… Whoever I'm reading right now!

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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.

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