Jade Cuttle holds a first-class honours degree in Modern & Medieval Languages & Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia. She has been commissioned to write poetry for BBC Radio 3’s ‘Words and Music’, BBC’s Contains Strong Language performance festival, and for the BBC Proms’ Official Guide. Jade is an editor at Ambit and judging the Costa Book Awards 2019 (Poetry). Selected as a Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Poetry Critic and winning Best Reviewer (Editor's Choice) in the Saboteur Awards 2018, Jade reviews widely. Her criticism regularly appears in publications such as the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and The Telegrap. Fusing metaphor with melody, Jade released her debut eco-themed album of poem-songs 'Algal Bloom' with funding and support from the PRS foundation and Make Noise in January 2020. She currently works full-time at The Poetry Society and is a tutor at The Poetry School. 


Extended bio


Jade Cuttle read Modern & Medieval Language & Literature (French & Russian) at the University of Cambridge (Homerton College), graduating with first-class honours. Now Deputy Poetry Editor at Ambit Magazine,  she has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of East Anglia. She is one of three judges in the Costa Book Awards 2019 (Poetry).

A poet and plant-whisperer, Jade has performed her poetry on BBC Radio 3 ('The Miracle of Mould') and in association with BBC Proms ('The Art of Splinters'). She has been commissioned to write for other BBC podcasts such as celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary through song ('I can’t fall in love with the night') and spoken word specials on BBC Introducing ('Contains Strong Language'). 

A double recipient of the Foyle Young Poet Award, Jade also won 1st place in the 2014 BBC Proms’ Poetry Competition and the National Seafaring Limerick Competition 2014 judged by Ian McMillan. 


She won 2nd place in the Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition 2011 (Young Category) and 3rd place in the Poetry Book Society's National Student Poetry Competition 2013, judged by Daljit Nagra.

She is a winner in the 2018 Creative Future Literary Awards for her short story 'Hearts for Sale', selected by Lemn Sissay, and will receive her prize at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the London Literature Festival

Jade is also a singer-songwriter, translating metaphor into melody. Her debut eco-themed album of poem-songs 'Algal Bloom', inspired by the humble-hearted wisdom and resilience of nature, was released to BBC Introducing acclaim through Warren Records in January 2020 with funding and support from PRS Foundation and Make Noise.

Jade has performed at a range of festivals including Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ilkley Literature Festival, Sheffield's Off The Shelf, Beverley's Lit Up, Saboteur Awards, and York Literature Festival.

She was Poet-in-Residence for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, closely mentored by Daljit Nagra, where she enjoyed devising and delivering nature-focussed workshops with the public and in schools, including her Poetry of Trees workshop.

Selected as a Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Poetry Critic of 2018 and named Best Reviewer (Editor's Choice) in the Saboteur Awards 2018, Jade reviews widely.


Her reviews are published or forthcoming in The Times Literary Supplement, The Poetry Review, the Guardian, Magma, Mslexia, Poetry School, Poetry Wales, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Brixton Review of Books, and Poetry Book SocietyOther articles appear in Culture TripThe Sunday Times, Wasafiri and The Observer,