Short Stories

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 here.

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

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.

Chipped and Wandering 450

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.

The Apple Inspector by Jeda Pearl 450

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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Available Anthologies

'I was born', published in 2020 Mixtape: Writers of Colour Audio Anthology - listen/read 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.

Five poems 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 - read the poem.

Inspired by some amazing #instapoets, I 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 - some poems will land over there.

You can read poetry on my blog too.


Available Readings

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

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


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


'Time and the Immaterial', Hidden Door, 2020

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.


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