Image: A man with waist-length auburn hair, tied back under a Buff head-scarf, sitting indoors with his face resting on his clasped hands, wearing a black top with sunglasses perched on his head.
Contact Jay: info at jayfaulkner.com
As well as a management career in the Public Sector as an Information Assurance and Security Specialist, Jay has written professionally since 2009 with his work, fiction, non-fiction, and for the RPG sector, published widely. He is currently also a freelance editor for two small publishing presses. He was a regular co-host and contributor on the ‘Following The Nerd’ radio show, Northern Ireland’s preeminent pop culture entertainment award winning site.
At 16, after many years of childhood illnesses, during a ‘routine’ operation Jay died on the operating table but thanks to the skill of the doctors was resuscitated and during the following six months spent recovering in hospital it was found that he had not one, but two rare diseases: a genetic neuromuscular disability called congenital myasthenia which causes muscle weakness and restricted lung function, as well as diastematomyelia (split spinal cord) of the L2/ L3 vertebra. He was hoping for some better mutations, maybe something that would allow him to join the X-Men but who knows, there’s still time …
Not letting either of these things stop him Jay is now a 5th degree Black Sash Instructor in Kung Fu, a para-archer, a writer, a photographer and sketcher (with a Degree in Art & Design), the former Chairman of the Arts and Disability Forum of Ireland, a Governor of a local Integrated School, but mostly just a husband and father to two beautiful boys (both of whom have inherited — to some extent — aspects of my genetic disorder).
…he even finds time to sleep (allegedly).
He is a strong advocate for disability rights in Northern Ireland, and the wider UK, challenging local and devolved Governments as well as individual Politicians to always do better for disabled people, and has spoken at medical and charity conferences across the UK.
Jay is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
Additional communication availability: Chat, videoconference