Our History

Established in 2006, JLL is a London-based company working with writers, venues, festivals, promoters and educators to devise projects which entertain and edify bookish audiences.

  • The Inn Crowd

    Look at all these beautiful spoken word shows from Scary Little Girls, Dan Simpson, Jonny Fluffypunk and Rosy Carrick. These are some of the shows that Jaybird is working on for The Inn Crowd. A spot of production, a dash of project management, and off they go to the pub.

    While we juggle breweries and bar-tabs, there are a couple of new Jaybird-produced shows on the blocks too; one of our own and one for a publisher. The alignment of cash and time is a precise one for a company the size of ours to manage, but we hope to send our new shows roaring onto stage soon.

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  • Doing Anything Nice This Summer?

    It's been a while since the last Jaybird performance (Ovid's Heroines, in Nottingham, in the Spring, in a snowstorm), but there's plenty of backstage action keeping us busy at the moment.

    The Inn Crowd - this is a project run by Applause Rural Touring, Creative Arts East, Writers' Centre Norwich and New Writing South, designed to find and promote new live literature performances in pub venues in the east of England. Jaybird is working with WCN in particular to scout new shows and work on the production process to bring new shows to the bar.

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  • Pregnant Medea

    We've come to the end of the Spring run of Ovid's Heroines now, not least because Clare is expecting a baby. She writes 'I’m particularly going to miss being on the road with producer Julia Bird and our technical expert John Castle, but as the set fits in a suitcase, future revivals are not impossible. Here’s hoping. In the meantime, it was becoming hard (at seven and a half months pregnant) to get up off my knees angrily at the climax of Medea, so perhaps its a good time to take a break! Many thanks to the Arts Council for their support.' and a longer write up of her experience is here

    Behind the scenes, there is a bit of financial juggling and piggy bank jiggling going on which - we hope - will allow us to book a few more performances later in the year. More details as we have 'em.

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