About Jay

Current Roles & Projects

A member of the Arts & Creative Industries team at the University of Sunderland since February 2015, Jay teaches at BA & MA level in audio drama, radio production, live radio, social media & employability skills.

Jay presents & produces two weekly live radio programmes on Spark, a community radio station in Sunderland.  ArtyParti, a weekly discussion with artistic practitioners in the North East; and Telling Tales, showcasing & discussing audio dramas & documentaries by audio producers in Sunderland.

“I think the best thing about ArtyParti is how inclusive it is. Whether you’re a struggling student or company director, I honestly believe that people are made to feel equally important in the drive to promote local arts and culture.” Kathryn Barnett, Fine Artist

Previous Projects

Mackem Craic James Whitman Jay Sykes Corinne Kilvington Spark Sunderland South Tyneside audio drama radio Cultural Spring Back on the MapThe collaborative audio drama Mackem Craic saw Jay working in partnership with Sunderland-based writer James Whitman & Theatre Space North East’s Artistic Director Corinne Kilvington.  We ran a series of workshops with various schools & community groups, and created this 45-minute audio drama pilot. Mackem Craic was funded by the Cultural Spring & the #Fourteen Fund.

“It feels like something that knows it’s good, and didn’t want to reveal its hand too early.” Dane Wilkinson, emerging audio producer

99% Perspiration logo podcast creative advice emerging TV radio writing theatre talent acting directing editing producing crafts design fashion From April 2015 to June 2016, Jay produced 25 episodes of 99% Perspiration; aimed at emerging creatives from a great variety of disciplines, this podcast offered industry advice from professionals working across broadcast media, literature, new media, theatre & the arts.  The programme was broadcast on Spark & Radio Hive.  Currently on hiatus, 99% Perspiration will see revival in late summer 2017.
“A highly encouraging insight into the creative industries. 99% Perspiration has a brilliant structure with a variety of voices from all walks of the creative world. It has become my weekly remedy for the mid-week slump. This podcast inspires, informs and innovates and I highly recommend it for amateur and experienced creatives alike.”
– Matthew Winter Watson, Writer

Awards & Recognition

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year
ArtyParti – Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2016

Best Student Drama Program
SeaBurn – Gold winner, New York Radio Awards 2015

Best Speech Programming
SeaBurn – Bronze winner, Student Radio Awards 2015

Best Drama Producer
SeaBurn – Nominee, Radio Production Awards 2015