Jay Hulme is an award winning transgender performance poet, speaker and educator. Alongside his writing and regular performances he teaches in schools, works as an Inclusion Ambassador for Inclusive Minds, and consults and speaks at events and conferences on the importance of diversity in the media, and more specifically transgender inclusion and rights. In 2017 he gave a TED talk and was featured in Nationwide Building Society’s “Voices” advertising campaign, with him and his work appearing in both TV and radio adverts.
In recent years Jay has worked alongside and/or consulted with Amnesty International, The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Stop Funding Hate, and The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, among other groups, on inclusion and diversity in literature, especially YA and children’s literature, and has performed confidential inclusion and sensitivity reads for a number of large publishers, improving the quality and accuracy of transgender representation in a number of books.
Jay performs his poetry across the country regularly, as both stand alone sets, and as part of larger events. His work has been published in a number of magazines and journals, as well as anthologies by both independent and well known publishers, including Bloomsbury and the Ladybird imprint of Penguin Random House. He has been focusing, most recently on poetry for children and young adults, and the five-poet collection “Rising Stars”, of which he was a part, was Highly Commended in the 2018 CLiPPA awards - the UK’s biggest award for children’s poetry collections - and has a full collection of poetry for teenagers being published in October 2019 by Troika Books.
As a speaker he has given a number of high profile talks, almost all of which also included the performance of one of more of his poems. Most notably he’s spoken at 2019’s London Book Fair, the 2018 Children’s Media Conference, and at 2017’s TEDx Teen. He has also spoken in Parliament about trans rights, alongside Stonewall and PinkNews, and has worked with the a number of Hospital Trusts, giving talks and staff training focused on ensuring trans patients are provided with dignity and adequate medical care.
As an educator Jay has taught poetry to adults and children, and has worked in libraries and a number of schools, primary and secondary, state and private, working alongside the curriculum to not just expand the pupils knowledge of poetry, but to generate enthusiasm and excitement for a form that is so often seen as difficult and intimidating. Pupils often express how their perspective on poetry has changed, and their teachers report that their enthusiasm for and engagement with poetry remains long after his visits. Jay also teaches poetry to adults through lectures at universities and through workshops, at venues as varied as libraries and theatres, to festival sites and pubs. He has also been the coach of the Durham University Slam Poetry Team since its first year. The team has, under his tutelage, won ‘Slam of the North’, and came third in ‘UniSlam’, the UK’s biggest team poetry slam competition.
Jay gained a BA(hons) degree in English Literature and Journalism in 2018, focusing, in his final year, on Victorian Sensation novels, and how they informed and reflected the morality and social mores of mid-19th century British society. He has also taken part in short training courses in order to develop his own practice and educational skills, including a course with the National Literacy Trust focused specifically on working with primary school students, and a course run by Pop-Up Projects and Historic Royal Palaces on the use of heritage sites in literary education and as stimuli for creative writing, something which is very much a passion of his.
Jay holds a current enhanced DBS certificate.
Selected Speaking Engagements:
2017 - TEDx Teen - O2, London
2018 - PinkNews MP’s Reception - Houses of Parliament
2018 - Children’s Media Conference - The Crucible, Sheffield
2019 - London Book Fair - Olympia, London
Winner - SLAMbassadors 2015 (UK’s biggest youth slam poetry competition)
Finalist - Roundhouse Slam 2016
Highly Commended - CLiPPA 2018 - awarded to all five co-authors of ‘Rising Stars’