Jay has been well received in appearances at Hidden Door Festival, StanZa International Poetry Festival, the Stay At Home Literary Festival, and at live and online readings in Scotland and beyond.

Enquire here about Jay’s availability.


1 July 2023 – Hame-ish 8. (Hame-ish is an evening of music and poetry in-the-round where a night out feels like a night in.)

13 July 2023 – The Edinburgh Bookshop, with Helen Boden and Anne Pia

11 August 2023 – Lovecrumbs Readings, Edinburgh.

Highlights from previous events:


Feature set at the Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh.

Guest reader at Robert Leach launch @ Cornucopia, Hawick.

2022 Wave Ten of IambaPoet; Ness Book Fest (as part of the Cinnamon Sisters); guest reader at Mary Ford Neal launch @ Typewronger Books, guest reader at Thomas Stewart launch @ Portobello Bookshop, Kith Festival of Writing.

2021 Stay at home International literary festival. Recorded on YouTube here; Positive Change Arts Projects event for LGBT+ History Month, I have a Que(e)ry about LGBT+ Disabled Representation; Poetry Lit Online Series (Utrecht).

2020 Cinnamon Press launches Sweet Anaesthetist (Vimeo), alongside Sian Hughes and Jane McKie.

2019 Butcher’s Dog Issue 12 launch, Newcastle; Panelist at Scottish Feminist Judgements Project book launch, Radical Book Fair, Edinburgh; Spoken Word @ The Space, Edinburgh; Hame-ish, Edinburgh; Pure Cinnamon at the West End Festival, Glasgow; reading from Wristwatch at Iona Community Shop, Isle of Iona.

2018 Hear Hare Here at Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh; Friends Reception, Scottish Poetry Library; God Damn Debut Slam at the Scottish Poetry Library; Cindigo (part of the West End Festival, Glasgow); Interrobang: Live and let die; Platform Poetry @ Off The Rails Arthouse, Ladybank, Fife; Border Crossings @ StAnza International Poetry Festival, St Andrews.

2017 “Nourish” by the LGBT Healthy Living Centre (part of Book Week Scotland), Edinburgh; Reading at Maggie’s Edinburgh; Wristwatch book launch, Summerhall, Edinburgh; Cult Fusion 4 @ the Leith Festival; Shore Poets, Edinburgh.