Jay Bernard

Jay Bernard (FRSL FRSA) is a writer from London. Their work is interdisciplinary, critical, queer and rooted in the archive. They won the 2018 Ted Hughes Award for Surge: Side A, a cross-disciplinary exploration of the New Cross Fire in 1981. Jay’s short film Something Said has screened in the UK and internationally, including at Aesthetica and Leeds International Film Festival (where it won best experimental and best queer short respectively), Sheffield DocFest and CinemAfrica. Jay is a programmer at BFI Flare, an archivist at Mayday Rooms and resident artist at Raven Row. Their debut collection, Surge, appeared with Chatto and Windus in 2019 and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and the Costa Poetry Prize.

Photo: Joshua Virasami


Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Jay Bernard, Yolanda Castaño

Sat 7 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£5.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street

On the Same Page »

Three Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature reflect on writing in Britain 200 years after the society was founded

Fri 6 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | Holy Trinity, Queens Terrace, Small Hall