Since graduating from Bournemouth University in 2011 with a degree in Scriptwriting for Film and Television, Simon Jay has written extensively for both these media as well as Radio, Print/Online Journalism and theatre.
His published memoir, Bastardography (about mental health, creativity and being gay), reached NO.1 on the LGBT Amazon UK Bestseller list as an e-book, and has been released in paperback, available from Waterstones, Gay's The Word and other reputable bookshops.
Simon often travels the U.K to give readings of the book at Universities, LGBT groups and theatres.
From a customer review:
'I'm a therapist, this is a great book to suggest clients read, it's beautifully written, with a real feel to it, because it is, it's easy to read, especially when I think how emotional some parts are. This is a timeless book that I highly recommend!'
Simon is currently working on a follow-up book about satire. As a freelance journalist, he has written for Theatre & Performance Magazine since 2013, contributing regular reviews, features and interviews. Simon cites his interview with Tori Amos ahead of the release of her album, The Light Princess, as a particular highlight. He also covered the London LGBT Film Festival 'Flare' through the magazine.
With Scott Payne (Hollyoaks, Rocket's Island, The Lodge) Simon co-wrote and starred in Is He A Bit Simon Jay?, a one-man show which toured the U.K, including the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014. He has also written short plays for Carabosse Theatre Company, who mounted a lavish production of Gormenghast with the approval Mervyn Peake's Estate. Among his dark plays for adults, Simon wrote 403 Forbidden (White Bear Theatre). He has also written comedies, such as Culture Bucket, and plays for children, such as Owl and Puss (Raunds Music Festival). His latest play, Trumpageddon, was a sell-out at the 2016 Edinburgh fringe and is set to be again this year, so far amassing14 four-star reviews, and a range of national and international coverage.
Threnody for Michael Field Carabosse Theatre Co. 2017
Trumpageddon Seabright Productions 2016 - Present
Owl & Puss Raunds Music Festival 2016
Blandiman Carabosse Theatre Co. 2016
Homemade Princess Goblin Baby 2015
'T' Freedom To Be 2014
Four Walls Carabosse Theatre Co. 2014
America's Youngest Activist Scrawny Cat 2014
Must Sunday Come at All Drayton Arms 2013
Bag Carabosse Theatre Co. 2013
Anti-Chug Bermonsey Street Festival 2011
403 Forbidden White Bear Theatre 2011
Is He A Bit Simon Jay? Various 2011 - 2014
Heaven's To Betsy Looking at you Productions 2015
The Bell Chimes Midnight BIRST F.M 2011
Rochdale Herald Ed. George Elliott 2017 -
Theatre and Performance Magazine Ed. Michael Darton 2013 - Present Meat Ed. Adrian Lourie 2013
Bastardography Zitebooks 2015