So who is this bloke anyway?
Jay Hulme is an award winning transgender performance poet from Leicester. His work encompasses both adult and children’s poetry, and covers themes as diverse as civil and human rights, family dynamics, politics, and his suspicion of chickens (he’s not afraid of them, just suspicious).
Does he have any books?
The Prospect of Wings - Solo Collection - 2015 - Self Published
A Heartful of Fist - Anthology - 2016 - Out-Spoken Press
City Boys Should Not Feed Horses - Solo Collection - 2016 - Self-Published
Words That Burn - Teaching Resource - 2017 - Amnesty International
Rising Stars - Five Poet Anthology - 2017 - Otter-Barry Books
I Bet I Can Make You Laugh - Anthology - 2018 - Bloomsbury
Poems Out Loud! - Anthology - 2019 - Penguin Random House
Has he won anything?
In 2015 he won SLAMbassadors UK, the UK's biggest youth poetry slam, run by Joelle Taylor on behalf of The Poetry Society.
In 2016, he was a finalist in the Roundhouse poetry slam.
In 2018 Rising Stars, an anthology he co-wrote with four other young poets won Highly Commended at the CLiPPA awards for children’s poetry.
So, tell me about his advocacy work…
As part of his advocacy work Jay has performed at TEDx Teen at The O2 in London, run by Nile Rodger's We Are Family Foundation; performed at the Houses of Parliament; sat on a panel discussing how to better work with transgender patients as part of wider training for trainee GP’s at the Royal Free Hospital; spoken on the importance of accurate transgender representation at the 2018 Children’s Media Conference; conducted training in multiple corporate workplaces; given talks on transgender rights and representation in schools; worked with the publishing branch of Amnesty UK; consulted on how to increase the diversity represented by the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals; done inclusion reads for multiple publishers; worked with Stop Funding Hate; and works consistently as an ambassador for Inclusive Minds, working towards more accurate representation in children’s books - among other things.
Wasn’t he in those adverts?
Yes, in 2017 he was featured in multiple adverts for Nationwide Building Society. These adverts appeared across the UK on television, radio and social media, as well as in cinemas and in print.