Jay has always believed in bringing poetry alive for people in performance, and in the atmosphere that poetry can create which has been part of his work from its beginning in the early '80's (in London).
As well as administrating ANGELS OF FIRE with its four major London Festivals of New Poetry (1983-1988), he has performed at many festivals and venues over the years including Edinburgh, Oxford, Cheltenham, Brighton, Glasgow, Lancaster, Salisbury, Ledbury, Bath as well as London (Drill Hall Arts Centre, Riverside Studios, the ICA, and the Purcell Room, South Bank) with residencies at Windsor Castle (ICOREC/ARC Faith & Ecology Summit, 1995), Whitehall ('A Celebration of Creation', 2002), St James' Church Piccadilly (2005-6), and in the Sinai Desert for the Makhad Trust (2010).
Most recently he has been performing with artist-musician Herewood Gabriel, who plays ballaphon, djembe, flute, rainstick, tambourine, shruti box and Tibetan bowl in accompaniment to Jay's poems. They have performed at the Tagore Festival (Dartington), Quest (South Devon), Brewery Arts (Cirencester), Words & Ears (The Swan, Bradford on Avon), and the Universal Hall (Findhorn). Jay can also perform solo with darabouka, rainstick and tambourine. They can also offer live (djembe) drumming for dance as part of a performance. Please contact him at email@example.com for more details.