Jay Whittaker grew up in Devon and Nottingham, and has lived and worked in Edinburgh for over twenty years. For most of her adult life she has written poetry. Her themes are transition, resilience, grief, cancer, and LGBT+ lives (including her own). Her poems have been published by the Scottish Poetry Library, Envoi, Orbis, Frogmore Papers, Brittle Star, The Interpreter’s House, Northwords Now and The Fenland Reed. She was shortlisted for a Scottish New Writers 2016 Award and the 2016 Bridport Poetry Prize. A member of Edinburgh’s The Other Writers group, she enjoys making the most of the city’s literary and spoken word scene.
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