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Hey you, I'm Jeda, boss of mischief, storytelling & strategy around here.

I write fiction & poetry and make art, often exploring intersections of identity, (be)longing, creativity, feminism, parenting and the womxn of colour experience.

I also help creative entrepreneurs navigate their stories via intuitive + strategic copywriting & marketing, but this page is all about my creative writing. Join my mailing list above for previews & freebies & letters.

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The Lining of the Shell - a Novel

Novel by Scottish-Jamaican writer, Jeda Pearl. Jeda is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and is working on her first novel.

In The Lining of the Shell, Dessie’s life feels constantly poisoned by her older half-sister, high-functioning sociopath, Delphine, until she meets Jake. But Dessie and Jake have secrets of their own - secrets that could destroy them.

Simultaneously, in 1842, young Sohal is enslaved to Maestro Jones, performing in his Menagerie Review & Parade of Exotic Curiosities. Are Dessie and Sohal's stories intertwined...? Will they ever escape the clutches of their oppressors?

My first novel {a work-in-progress} explores destructive secrets and hidden histories. Journey with me as I write...

{Temporary} Cover Image: Javardh via Unsplash

Short Stories

The Brink

In this award-winning short story, frustrated painter Mark is stuck in an office job he hates, sat next to an employee he can’t stand. It pays a pittance and he’s about to become a father. WARNING: Contains violence.

The Brink was Shortlisted in the Words With Jam 2011 Short Story Competition.

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Chipped and Wandering

Follow the misadventures of a chipped button as it travels from child to child in this award-winning funny, moving short story.

Chipped and Wandering was Highly Commended, The Yellow Room Spring 2012 Short Story Competition.

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The Apple Inspector

This chatty young girl just doesn't stop talking, but there's something else going on in her family.

The Apple Inspector was a Finalist in the Momaya Press 2010 Short Story Competition and inlcuded in their anthology, on the theme of ‘Family’.

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Poetry

Upcoming

The Thaw and Tempest - to be published in Multiverse – New International Science Fiction Poetry published by Shoreline of Infinity, co-edited by Russell Jones and Rachel Plummer.

Poetry Online

Inspired by some amazing #instapoets, I publish some of my poetry on Instagram - follow me to enjoy wordplay in your feed.

I have a Facebook page - you'll need to Like + Follow + switch on Notifications to have any hope of seeing my content in your FB feed!

Yep, I also lurk on Twitter, retweeting awesome BIPOC, women, writers & writing industry peeps - some poems will land over there too.

 

Poetry on my Blog

You can read poetry on my blog too.

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Jeda pearl's poems

Glimmer of the Harvest – a poem by Jeda Pearl

By Jeda | 31st August 2018

2 min | Glimmer of the Harvest   Death weaves his gossamer, silken threads around you, splicing through your veins. His ragdoll eyelashes dust your cheek. He snuffles, urgent, in your ear – archaic, fragile babe afeard of what the dark may hold.   His scent, a glimpse of memory, half-woken – a molluscs’ secretion, it shimmers on your periphery.…

Novel by Scottish-Jamaican writer, Jeda Pearl. Jeda is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and is working on her first novel.

The Lining of the Shell – the birth of a novel

By Jeda | 18th August 2018

11 min | In The Lining of the Shell, Dessie’s life feels constantly poisoned by her older half-sister, high-functioning sociopath, Delphine, until she meets Jake. But Dessie and Jake have secrets of their own – secrets that could destroy them. Simultaneously, in 1842, young Sohal is enslaved to Maestro Jones, performing in his Menagerie Review…

The Brink Award-winning Short Story by Scottish Jamaican writer Jeda Pearl

The Brink – short story excerpt

By Jeda | 17th August 2018

3 min | In this award-winning short story, frustrated painter Mark is stuck in an office job he hates, sat next to an employee he can’t stand. It pays a pittance and he’s about to become a father.  WARNING! Contains violence. The Brink was Shortlisted in the Words With Jam 2011 Short Story Competition. Words With Jam is a UK literary…

Chipped and Wandering Award-winning Short Story by Scottish Jamaican writer Jeda Pearl

Chipped and Wandering – short story excerpt

By Jeda | 17th August 2018

3 min | Follow the misadventures of a chipped button as it travels from child to child in this award-winning funny, moving short story. Chipped and Wandering was Highly Commended, The Yellow Room Spring 2012 Short Story Competition. The Yellow Room ran from 1998 to 2013, publishing short stories by female writers and running seasonal…

Ultimate creative writing submissions tracker, competions database and writing catalogue - google spreadsheet

The Ultimate Spreadsheet to Track Your Submissions, Writing Competitions & Catalogue Your Creative Writing

By Jeda | 19th July 2018

2 min | Spreadsheets are your friend when it comes to keeping track of your writing. I’ve been using spreadsheets for my clients and my own content, including social media and blog posts {published + ideas}. As I was going through my old creative writing from the past ten years, I decided to create a spreadsheet…

For my daughter – a poem by Jeda Pearl

By Jeda | 9th March 2018

2 min | This poem is for my daughter and all daughters…   On this day and all days may love find its way to you and to all womxn. May we wait upon each smile, may we light up your eyes and celebrate your work, seen and unseen. May we keep learning from you,…

Roots – a poem by Jeda Pearl

By Jeda | 3rd February 2018

2 min | Roots I am a thistle Prickly on the outside Strong on the outside Defiant Defended   But on the inside I am thistledown delicate gossamer momentary Blown this way and that, you could crush me with one sigh   I am ackee Tough on the outside Bold on the outside Vivacious Distinctive…

Poetic response - when your world is falling apart

A world in cinders – a poem by Jeda Pearl

By Jeda | 16th July 2016

1 min |   Sun-baked, it crumbles in our hands Parched cinders flee on howling gales The bitter taste sticks to our lips, burns throats and clings to salt-crust faces Through rasping breaths we choke ourselves   We grapple and try to grab one another Confused, dust-smeared fingers blunder, slip Desolate sorrow is yours and mine alone   Until,…