Jeda Pearl is a Scottish Jamaican writer and poet. Her work often traverses/reflects the ‘in between’ and explores the histories, cultures and folklores of her ancestral islands, and the intersections of belonging, secrecy and survival.
She is also Co-Director of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers.
Jeda has performed at StAnza, Push the Boat Out, Event Horizon, Inky Fingers, Hidden Door and in 2019, she was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency. Her poems and short stories are published by Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, New Writing Scotland, Not Going Back to Normal Disabled Artists Manifesto, TSS Publishing, Tapsalteerie, Shoreline of Infinity, and Peepal Tree Press.
Selected work includes Caledonian Biotech Library, 3033 (Scottish Storytelling Centre), I was born, An Ocean of Patience, inheritance reverb (poetic response to Maud Sulter’s archive, Rhubaba), and Acts of Observation – a series of poems exploring where acts of observation intersect the disabled BPOC body, archeoastronomy and the sublime (Collective).