Bernard, Jay

Jay Bernard

Elected: 2018

Jay Bernard is a writer from London. Their work is multi-disciplinary, critical, queer and rooted in the archives. Works include Surge: Side A, a multi-media piece (forthcoming as a collection in 2019), which won the Ted Hughes Award 2018, and short film Something Said, a queer response to the historical legacy of the New Cross fire in 1981. They are the author of three pamphlets, The Red and Yellow Nothing (2016), English Breakfast (2013), and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (2008). Jay works as an archivist at Statewatch and a film programmer at BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ+ film festival, and is co-editor of Oxford Poetry.

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