Jay is a multi award-winning audio producer & writer.
Community Development Project of the Year
Mackem Craic – Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2017
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
Academic Tutor – Audio Drama & Radio Production
Jay has taught at the University of Sunderland since January 2015 – across both BA and MA level. Modules include audio drama, radio production, live radio, social media & employability skills.
Jay produces & presents “ArtyParti”, a weekly live radio programme which “celebrates participatory arts in the North East. ArtyParti broadcasts every Monday at 11am on Spark, a community radio station in Sunderland.
“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
The 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
From April 2015 to June 2016, Jay produced 25 episodes of 99% Perspiration; aimed at sharing advice across a network of emerging creatives. Chiefly produced as a podcast, each episode was also broadcast on Spark & Radio Hive.
“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