Jeda Pearl is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet and Co-Director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network. She has performed at StAnza, Push the Boat Out, Inky Fingers, Hidden Door, and commissions include the British Council’s Momentum program and galleries Rhubaba and Collective. In 2019, she was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mhor Bridge Awards. Her poems and short stories are published by Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, New Writing Scotland, Not Going Back to Normal – a Disabled Artists Manifesto, TSS Publishing, Tapsalteerie, Shoreline of Infinity and Peepal Tree Press. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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

Selected Readings

'Acts of Observation'

Series of five poems, commissioned by Collective gallery in Edinburgh and part of the group exhibition, Acts of Observation, featuring works by Ana García Jácome, Abi Palmer and Simon Yuill. Visitors are invited to contemplate Jeda’s work on the viewing terrace where they can hear readings of the poems whilst looking out to over Edinburgh, or enjoy them via the captioned film on Collective's website.

'An Ocean of Patience'

Film-poem and dance. A collaboration with dancer and choreographer, Christophe Phillips.

Watch/listen to the captioned video. Read more about An Ocean of Patience here.

'inheritance reverb'

One of three poems, written as a response to Maud Sulter's body of work, commissioned by Rhubaba, forthcoming 2022. 'inheritance reverb' was read at the end of episode three (series three) of The Big Scottish Book Club - watch/listen here.

'I was born', 2020 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology

Content warning: reference to sexual assault.

To read the text, visit Scottish BAME Writers Network website.


'Chronic Fail'Not Going Back to Normal - A Disabled Artists Manifesto - listen/read here.

A poem written during the pandemic in 2020.

Screenshot of the first 2 stanzs of the poem - please click the link to read or hear it.


'Time and the Immaterial', Hidden Door, 2020

Woman with brown skin and long dark brown curly hair dressed in yellow top stands in front of a green wall, reading.

In the video below, I talk about my work and inspirations and read some poetry and an excerpt from my novel-in-progress. I'm on about 44 minutes in.

This event was not captioned - please contact me if you need access to a written transcript because the reading includes unpublished work and work-in-progress.



'A Wake: On mourning, marking, and moving forward together with joy'

Reading commission, 17/9/2020. I was invited read my work at a community mourning and healing event for Scottish disabled artists. I read 4 poems, 'Void', 'Citadel of Truth', 'The Finished Den' and 'Beloved Black'. 'Beloved Black' was created for a public art commission by the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail Scotland.

'A Wake' was curated by San Alland, and supported by Birds of Paradise Theatre as part of San's work for the Freelance Task Force. BSL/English Interpreter: Yvonne Strain (unprepared translation). Captions: A.B. Silvera. Sound editing: San Alland


Further readings and panels include:

  • Selection and Interview Panel, Cove Park Literature Residencies, December 2020 – March 2021
  • Reading, Metaphors for a Black Future, December 2020
  • Chair, 'Starting Your Own Arts Project' panel, Scottish BAME Writers Network Conference, November 2020
  • Panellist, Scottish BAME Writers, University of Glasgow, Creative Writing Mlitt (Editing and Publication)
  • Reading, Festival Launch Extravaganza, StAnza International Poetry Festival, March 2020
  • Reading, Event Horizon for International Women’s Day, Shoreline of Infinity, March 2020
  • Co-host, Scottish BAME Writers Network Industry Networking Event, November 2019
  • Reading, Alliance Française, Glasgow, November 2019 (part of Cove Park Residency programme)
  • Panellist, BAME Writers in Scotland, Golden Hare Books Festival, October 2019
  • Reading, Inky Fingers at The Lighthouse Bookshop, September 2019
  • Reading, Shoreline of Infinity International Women’s Day Event, March 2019


Poetry in Available Anthologies

'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) - buy here.

'The Thaw' and 'Tempest', published in Multiverse – New International Science Fiction Poetry, by Shoreline of Infinity - buy here.

Poetry Published Elsewhere

'Beloved Black' published by Black Lives Matter Mural Trail Scotland and displayed as a public art piece outside the Museum of Edinburgh, 2020  - read the poem.

'mynd oor gloamin corrieneuchin' poetry commission, We Are Wire for Glengoyne, 2020

'Wolf-white' poetry commission for Expeditions digital installation, StAnza, 2020

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

Not on the 'Gram? There's always my Facebook page - you'll need to Like + Follow + switch on Notifications to have any hope of seeing my content in your FB feed though! I also lurk on Twitter, retweeting awesome peeps and sharing writing opportunities.

Short Stories

In Search of Patience

Short speculative story, Open Book Unbound, issue December 2021

Read the Unbound newsletter where In Search of Patience is paired with poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye and Jean Guthrie-Smith.

Read In Search of Patience here

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When Cocoa Ripe, It Must Bust

When Cocoa Ripe, It Must Bust, Autumn/Winter 2019; Cambridge Short Story Prize Anthology, TSS Publishing

A woman is hiding in the bathroom of her mother's hospital room and eavesdropping on a visitor - an estranged friend and childhood neighbour.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Cambridge Short Story Prize.

Published in Make a Wish, Keep the Wish Secret, by TSS Publishing (2019) - buy the anthology here.

Excerpt of The Brink - Short story written by Scottish-Jamaican writer, Jeda Pearl

The Brink

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...

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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