Alongside her role as Arts Commissioning Editor at The Times, Jade Cuttle plays a unique role in the British poetry scene. With her critically acclaimed album of poem-songs Algal Bloom, and her series of Orchid Duets, Jade's poem-songs break down boundaries between spoken word, music and sound art, while sparking an urgently required discussion around our fraying connection to nature. Her groundbreaking ecopoetic theory, reconfiguring the reading, interpretation and composition of poetry as an ecological act, based on Roland Barthes's notion of feuilleté, has been debated on BBC Radio 3 with Ian McMillan, while her plant-whisperings have been filmed for BBC One TV.
A new wave of poetry, collaborating with nature. Her creativity is going to shift the poetry scene — BBC Radio London
Jade's poetry has been broadcast and commissioned by BBC Radio 3 ('The Miracle of Mould') and 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 and spoken word specials for BBC's Contains Strong Language festival. Algal Bloom was released through Warren Records, with funding and support from the PRS foundation, Make Noise Hull and BBC Introducing. Here is a link to all her BBC commissions.
After graduating from Cambridge (Homerton College) with first-class honours in French and Russian, Jade worked abroad as a travel writer for Culture Trip. She returned to complete a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, graduating with distinction and a focus in ecopoetics.
Jade then became a poetry editor at Ambit while working at The Poetry Society, and has judged numerous competitions including the Costa Book Awards and the Ginkgo Prize with co-judge Simon Armitage, the biggest ecopoetry competition in the world. Jade continues to lead workshops, tutor students at The Poetry School, perform widely at literature and music festivals, and complete various commissions and writer-in-residencies.
A Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic and now mentor, winning Best Reviewer in the Saboteur Awards, Jade's criticism has been published in the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, the Observer and The Telegraph as well as her current home The Times.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Jade Cuttle is creating a new wave of poetry with her orchid duets. Others use music to perform their poetry over, but Jade collaborates
with nature. Her ensemble of creativity is going to shift the poetry scene” — BBC Radio London
Jade Cuttle, the award-winning poet, folk singer, and plant-whisperer who duets with orchids