Other Commissions

In this section of Jay’s online portfolio, you can find more information about various some of Jay’s recent commissions. Mostly, these are audio productions, although you can find the odd bit of playwriting and event coordination.

Apples and Snakes – “Assembly”

This short audio series celebrated 100 years since the first women in the UK were able to vote, through a collection of recorded poetry by a collection of poets from across the North.

“There is an extraordinary quality to this recording, which weaves intriguingly together the voices with such skill! At first I was surprised, then almost annoyed, but finally glad to be challenged to catch everything. This creativity in the programme mirrors that in the poems.”

CoLab – Podcasting Across Disciplines

John Mooney Senior Lecturer in Public Health University of Sunderland Luke James Hester Dowling comedy radio studio podcast recording

Click here to read more about the CoLab project

In summer 2019, Jay was commissioned to co-facilitate a series of workshops, and produce a pilot podcast episode, as part of the University of Sunderland’s collaborative research project “CoLab” – “enabling interdisciplinary activity across faculties”.

Working closely with John Mooney, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, this project involved exploring the potential of both podcasting and comedy to engage young audience in public health messages. Using John’s work as a pilot model, this project also involves experimenting with podcasting as a means to make the research of academics more accessible to a general audience.

Pages of the Sea – Sunderland Culture

“The Wound in Time”, an original poem written by the Poet Laurette Carol Ann Duffy, and read by 24 members of Sunderland’s community, young and old.

Jay was commissioned by Sunderland Culture, in partnership with 14-18-NOW, to produce this mixture of North East voices reading the poem, which was played on headphones at the Pages of the Sea event, at Roker Beach in Sunderland, on 11/11/2018, making 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War.