Jeff Young is a writer for theatre, radio, TV and film.His theatre work has been produced internationally and he has had over 35 radio productions. TV work includes Eastenders, Casualty, Holby City and CBBC. He also works on collaborative projects in site specific performance, installation and spoken word. His most recent work includes 'Bright Phoenix', the 50th anniversary production at Liverpool Everyman Theatre; 'The 'Curfew Tower Fragments' an artists residency in Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower, Cushendall, County Antrim, with composer Martin Heslop; '23 Enigma', Liverpool Everyman, and Cosmic Trigger; '200 Light Bulbs', a Light Night Installation, Liverpool Everyman; 'Moon Eclipse For The Driftwood Boy', Liverpool Everyman; 'The Ballad of Ray and Julie', a film and spoken word collaboration with artist Alan Dunn, composer Philip Jeck, film maker Tim Brunsden, Liverpool Everyman; 'A552 HEX', a 6 month Arts Council Residency in Frank Cavanagh’s Shoe Repairs culminating in a sound and voice installation and performance in collaboration with composer Martin Heslop; 'Protohome: Dwelling and its Discontents', Newcastle; "Invisible Trains' in collaboration with Immix Ensemble chamber orchestra and composer Paul McGhee for METAL, Edge Hill; 'Liverpool Rambles' , a series of urban research walks culminating in performance collaboration with storyteller Anna Maria Murphy, Kneehigh Theatre Company; 'When Elvis Met The Beatles', an imaginary documentary for BBC Radio 2; 'Transformer' an essay for BBC Radio 3 on the influence of Franz Kafka on his work; a 5 part adaptation of 'Prayers for the Stolen' by Jennifer Clement for BBC Radio 4, 'The Lighthouse Invites the Storm' a sound, music and word performance piece for Bluecoat Arts Centre in collaboration with Mariner's Park Merchant Seamen Retirement Home. For BBC Radio 3 he wrote and presented a 5 part series of Essays 'Kaleidoscope of Muses', which explored ideas around memory, place and the search for the Muse. Current projects include an audio exploration of the cassette archive of author Anthony Burgess; a Liverpool based memoir for Little Toller Books. Currently researching into 'Black Stream' negative architecture and the invisible city.
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA Writing
Senior Lecturer, Screen School, Creative Writing, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
Young J. 2014. Bright Phoenix Bloomsbury Methuen 9781474228800
Young J, Tookey H. Trespass Zone Zimzalla Press
Young J. 23 Proposals For Decay Magic Stuplex Publications
Young J. 23 First Lines of Decadent Novels I Will Never Write Stuplex Publications
Young J. Transformer
Young J. Kaleidoscope of Muses
Engagement & Impact
Other Professional Activity:
PERFORMANCE/ PRODUCTION since 2014 2014 Bright Phoenix Full length play, Liverpool Everyman 2015 The Curfew Tower Fragments – collaboration and artists residency in Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower, Cushendall, County Antrim, with composer Martin Heslop 2015 23 Enigma Liverpool Everyman, Cosmic Trigger 2016 200 Light Bulbs Light Night Installation, Liverpool Everyman 2016 Moon Eclipse For The Driftwood Boy Liverpool Everyman 2016 The Ballad of Ray and Julie Film and spoken word collaboration with artist Alan Dunn, composer Philip Jeck, film maker Tim Brunsden Liverpool Everyman 2016 A552 HEX 6 month Arts Council Residency in Frank Cavanagh’s Shoe Repairs culminating in a sound and voice installation and performance 2016 Protohome Dwelling and its Discontents Newcastle Consultant artist, presentation and performance 2016 Invisible Trains Commissioned piece for chamber orchestra and voice in collaboration with Immix Ensemble and composer Paul McGhee for METAL, Edge Hill 2016 Liverpool Rambles – a series of urban research walks culminating in performance, collaboration with storyteller Anna Maria Murphy, Liverpool Everyman, Kneehigh Theatre Company 2017 The Lighthouse Invites The Storm Bluecoat Arts Centre, Mariners Park Merchant Seamen Retirement Home. Part of LJMU’s International Malcolm Lowry Conference.
RADIO since 2014 2015 Prayers For The Stolen 5 Part Drama Series, BBC Radio 4 2016 When Elvis Met The Beatles Drama Documentary, BBC Radio 2 2016 Transformer Essay about Kafka BBC Radio 3 2018 Kaleidoscope of Muses 5 Essays for BBC Radio 3, personal reflections connecting time, place and the muse 2018 Black Streams Documentary collaboration with Horatio Clare about ‘negative architecture’ in Liverpool.
Selected exhibitions, installations & non-gallery works since 2014 2014 /seconds, group exhibition, presentation of Artists’ uses of the word revolution, curated by Peter Lewis and Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (Director and President of Sharjah Foundation and Sharjah Biennale), Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, (Oct) 2014 (h)ear XL II, Multimedia Sound Art Exhibition, presentation of The sounds of ideas forming, curated by Mike Kramer, Kunstencentrum Signe, Netherlands 2014 Sound Museum of Silence, presentation of excerpt from The sounds of ideas forming, curated by Aaron Inker, Italy 2014 PITCH AND PATCH, presentation of Artists’ uses of the word revolution, curated by muk, Grunbach, Austria 2014 RADIO ON, broadcast of Before The Sounds of Ideas Forming, curated by Rinus van Alebeek, Berlin 2014 Transnational Express, presentation of Artists’ uses of the word revolution, curated by Dr Malcolm Riddoch, The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand 2014 basic.fm, broadcast of Tunnelblind, curated by Pixel Palace, Newcastle upon Tyne 2015 The Ballad of RAY + JULIE, live art event, in collaboration with Everyman Theatre, Alan Dunn, Philip Jeck and Emma Bassnett. 2015 Circuit Bridges, group exhibition, in collaboration with Alan Dunn, Dina Bird and Ewan Grant, curated by Patricia Walsh, MC Gallery, New York 2015 RADIO ON, broadcast of the tenantspin archives, Volume 1, including SuperBlock, curated by Rinus van Alebeek, Berlin 2015 Modern History, Volume 1, presentation of Artists’ uses of the word revolution, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool 2015 Other Worlds Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art, broadcast of The Ghost Telegrams, curated by Rick Thompson, Blackpool 2015 Radiophrenia, broadcast of The Ghost Telegrams, curated by Mark Vernon, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow 2015 The Winter's Tale UK International Radio Drama Festival, broadcast of The Ghost Telegrams, curated by Moving Theatre, Herne Bay, Canterbury 2015 NUMBERS.FM, broadcast of Before The Sounds of Ideas Forming, curated by Jon Cates, Chicago 2015 Circuit Bridges, group exhibition, curated by Patricia Walsh, Media Factory, Preston 2016 LONDON ROAD 66 88, Limited edition 7” single in collaboration with Alan Dunn and Martin Heslop 2016 The Ballad of RAY + JULIE, group exhibition, Lewisham Arthouse, London 2016 Sechzig 11, 13, 14, broadcast of audio works in collaboration with Alan Dunn, curated by Simon Knaus 2016 The Ballad of RAY + JULIE, part 2, screening and soundtrack installation, in collaboration with Everyman Theatre, Alan Dunn, Philip Jeck and Emma Bassnett. 2016 Listening Booth, broadcast of 36 compositions for a Woolton jukebox, in collaboration with Alan Dunn, curated by G.GEORGE 2016 DadaSounds, soundworks in collaboration with Alan Dunn and Martin Heslop for CITIES AND MEMORIES, curated by Stuart Fowkes, Oxford 2016 Dwelling and its discontents: Art, Home and Economy, a PROTOHOME un-conference, presentation of SuperBlock with Alan Dunn, Newcastle 2016 FOUR WORDS, curated hour of animated textworks on digital billboard, Media Wall, Liverpool, in collaboration with metal, curated by Alan Dunn 2017 ANTI, presentation of Music for the Williamson Tunnels, Kuopio, Finland 2017 The Lighthouse invites The Storm, collaboration live event and poster installation with Alan Dunn and Martin Heslop, commissioned by Liverpool John Moores University and Bluecoat, Liverpool 2017 Sechzig 15, broadcast of audio work in collaboration with Alan Dunn, curated by Simon Knaus 2017 The 39th CD: 1 minute autohypnosis, in collaboration with Alan Dunn, curated by Pedro for Mute Sound, Zaragoza, Spain.