Jeff Fereday was an Australian writer and artist.

Born in Adelaide in 1959, Fereday spent most of his adult life in Melbourne. He began his career in writing with a newspaper cadetship at The Advertiser, Adelaide, gravitating towards motorcycle journalism. During the 1980s he wrote road tests and feature articles for Australian Motorcycle News and a monthly satirical column, ‘Random Lines’, for Two Wheels magazine.

He studied theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, where in 1987 he graduated with a Diploma of Arts in Dramatic Arts (Writing for Performance). Fereday wrote and produced several plays including ‘A Slow Exit (He is Going to Die)’ (1987, performed at Grant Street Theatre, Melbourne) and ‘A Moment's Hesitation As She Changes the Expression of Her Face’ (1988, performed at La Mama, Melbourne).

Becoming disenchanted with contemporary theatre’s moribund state, Fereday turned to making art and writing reviews, catalogue essays and articles for Australia art journals, Agenda and World Art.

In 1996, after a year of illness, Fereday died of cancer of the tongue, aged 36.