About Jay

Photo by Ryan Booth Photography

Jay is a multi award-winning audio producer, working with companies and charities to create impactful audio storytelling.

Alongside content creation, from conception to broadcast, Jay delivers workshops and 1-to-1 tutoring in audio production and writing.

Jay specialises in composed feature documentary and “mosaic” structures; using aspects of non-linear narrative construction, interlacing voice, music, and sound-art.


Academic Tutor – University of Sunderland

Jay has taught at the University of Sunderland since January 2015 – across Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Foundation level.


  • Audio documentary & feature production.
  • Audio drama writing & production.
  • Creative professional development & employability.

Jay has also delivered lectures, seminars and workshops on podcasting, live radio production, media theory, journalism, social media and visualisation, content marketing, and employability skills.

Current Projects

Recording at the Black Lives Matter vigil, in Keel Square, Sunderland, June 2020

Black Lives

– A new podcast series in partnership with Prof. Donna Chambers & Prof. Angela Smith, hosted by Chantal Erbie.

The Black Lives podcast is an nine-part podcast series, documenting conversations and experiences from the perspectives of Black and mixed heritage people living in the UK, edited as a mosaic-style interlacing of voices.

The project is supported by the Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) Interdisciplinary Research Network, and the University of Sunderland Gender Network.

Staff and clients of Ticketyboo, Houghton le Spring

Accidental Therapists

Exploring the connections with people in our lives who step into the role of “therapist”, accidentally, and freely chat and give advice even though it’s not part of their job description. People who listen to our problems, share stories, give us guidance, or are just a friendly face that brings us comfort.

An audio mosaic of entwined interviews, verbatim drama performances and experimental soundscapes, we meet hairdressers, teachers, nurses, and taxi drivers alike – hoping to capture that sense of lockdown longing, and whether these ever-fleeting relationships become more impactful.

Accidental Therapists has been commissioned by ‘New Creatives’, a talent development scheme supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts, and delivered by Tyneside Cinema.  New Creatives is a co-funded by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.


Foresight eLearning

Video presenting & copy editing for the team at Foresight, working on several online eLearning courses.

Jay’s Brands

ArtyParti podcast participatory arts art

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Jay produces & presents ‘ArtyParti‘ – celebrating participatory artists and creatives. The podcast brings together artists & creatives for discussions about their creative practice.

“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

Speak Up Sunderland podcast New York radio awards community radio awards best podcast of the year winner bronze nominee Betty Ball Stevie B

Jay produces ‘Speak Up Sunderland‘, a bold and ambitious podcast proudly made in Sunderland.  Recorded in front of a live audience at venues around Sunderland, hosts Betty Ball and Stevie B meet the people behind various projects, events and organisations in the city.

“Fantastic, informative and funny podcast.  I’m a local lad and even I’m learning more about my own city!”Ryan Booth, Photographer & Graphic Designer


Podcast of the Year
Rich Seams (New Writing North) 
– Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2019

Podcast of the Year
Speak Up Sunderland – Bronze winner, Community Radio Awards 2019

Best Podcast: Arts and Culture
Speak Up Sunderland
– Finalist, New York Radio Awards 2019

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year
– Finalist, Community Radio Awards 2018

Community Show of the Year
– Finalist, Community Radio Awards 2018

Community Development Project of the Year
Mackem Craic
– Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2017

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

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

Best Speech Programming
– Bronze winner, Student Radio Awards 2015

Best Drama Producer
– Nominee, Radio Production Awards 2015