Jeda Pearl

Jeda Pearl is a Scottish writer and poet. In 2019, she was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and was shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Bridge Awards. She’s a member of the Writers of Colour Group at the Scottish Poetry Library, committee member of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and contributing editor for The Selkie. Jeda’s short fiction has been shortlisted for the Cambridge Prize, Momaya Press, Yellow Room and Words with Jam awards and her poems and short stories appear in anthologies published by TSS Publishing, Tapsalteerie and Shoreline of Infinity. Find her online @jedapearl or

Head and shoulders shot of Jeda Pearl, smiling, against a background of grass as if she's lying on a lawn


Expeditions »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts held by the University of St Andrews’ Museum

Thu 5 March - Sun 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2020

Wed 4 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium


Lashed to this Unseelie Court, since 1655

You fortify yourself when you see it
that knowing look in their jellied squid-eyes
Where to place you among the condiments
in their spice cupboard, a collectable figurine
Weather in your eyes turns dreich.
Haar, they notice not. Lay your accent on,
in muckle, drop-scone dollops. Pointless.
Ancestors roar, invisible, behind your lips
Nah dis time, say the duppies.
Pull up dem saggy shoulders gyal. Dey nah know yuh!
Anchor dem feet dere so.
De Scots run in yuh veins, way back
Don’t divulge your mother-father-mother-father-mother-
for them tae filch again.


Jeda Pearl

From Ceremony (Tapsalteerie, 2019)