About

Jade Cuttle is a full-time Commissioning Editor (Arts) at The Times. As poet and plant-whisperer, she has written for BBC Radio 3 ‘Words and Music’, BBC Contains Strong Language Festival and the BBC Proms’ Official Guide. Jade has been an editor at Ambit and final judge for the Costa Book Awards (2019). 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 previously worked at The Poetry Society and tutored at The Poetry School. 

 

Extended bio

Jade Cuttle holds a first-class honours degree in French & Russian from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia.

Selected as a Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Poetry Critic and winning Best Reviewer (Editor's Choice) in the Saboteur Awards 2018, Jade reviews widely. In addition to The Times, her criticism has been published in the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph.

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'). She has also featured on BBC One TV.

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 received 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.

 

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,