Jay Whittaker grew up in Devon and Nottingham, and has lived and worked in Edinburgh for over 20 years. She has written poetry for much of her adult life. Her pamphlet "Pearl" was published in 2005 (Selkirk Lapwing Press) and more recently her poems have been published in Envoi, Brittle Star, The Frogmore Papers, Orbis, and The Interpreter's House. She was shortlisted for a Scottish New Writers 2016 Award and the 2016 Bridport Poetry Prize. One of Edinburgh's Other Writers, Jay enjoys making the most of the city’s literary and spoken word scene.