Jay Bernard

Jay Bernard

Jay Bernard Headshot - Kendal Poetry Festival 2021 Poet

Festival Poet

Jay Bernard (FRSL, FRSA) is a writer from London whose work is interdisciplinary, critical, queer and rooted in the archives. Jay’s first collection Surge (Chatto and Windus, 2019), based on the New Cross Fire archives, won the Ted Hughes Award 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection, the Costa Prize for Poetry and the T.S Eliot Prize.

Other works include several pamphlets: The Red and Yellow Nothing (2016), English Breakfast (2013) and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (2008). As well as working on BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ film festival, they work at Statewatch, a state research library, archive and collection based at Mayday Rooms.

Jay’s short film Something Said has screened in the UK and internationally, including Aesthetica and Leeds International Film Festival (where it won best experimental and best queer short respectively), Sheffield DocFest and CinemAfrica.

Recent work includes My Name is My Own, a physical performance piece in response to June Jordan which premiered at Southbank Centre’s Poetry International. Jay is a programmer at BFI.

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