Jay Griffiths is a British writer living in Wales. With her first book (Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time) she won the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA. Her second book (Wild: An Elemental Journey) was shortlisted for both the Orwell prize and for the World Book Day award and won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award in the USA. Philip Pullman describes Wild as ‘like nothing else I’ve ever read: thrilling, troubling, frightening, exhilarating. This is a truly necessary book, and we are all lucky that the subject found a writer worthy of it.’
Her fiction includes Anarchipelago, which she wrote attracted by the wise mischief of the anti-roads protesters. Recently she has written A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, a tribute to Frida Kahlo, Subcomandante Marcos and the rebellion at the heart of art.
She has written for Radiohead in their newspaper ‘The Universal Sigh’, and her work has featured in The Strokes film about the making of their latest album, and was quoted on the cover of KT Tunstall’s album Tiger Suit. Jay’s work appears in the first two Dark Mountain books, and she presented talks at the first two festivals.
‘If bravery itself could write, it would write like she does’ – John Berger