My Work

Jamie with a red beard, glasses, and lipstick, wearing green eyeshadow and a silver jacket, clearly performing
Jamie performing. They are white with ginger hair, red glasses, green eyeshadow, pink lipstick, and a red beard. A mic is attached to their face


I am one of the three Jerwood Poetry Fellows for 2021-2022, a previous winner of the London Writers’ Awards for poetry, and curator of the CRIPtic x Spread the Word d/Deaf and disabled writers’ salon and retreat. My first poetry pamphlet, Shield was published by Verve Poetry Press in January 2021.

To read some of my work, please see:

Sonnet I from Shield (link) – my poetry pamphlet exploring the frenzied intimacy of being a disabled person in the midst of pandemic, which can be purchased here (link), or read about it

Knights of the Round Table (link) with audio version (link) – a rewrite of five Arthurian myths into the context of historical events, accompanied by a podcast for Bedtime Stories for the End of the World (link) with transcript (link)

Lewisham and Harrow (link) – a collaborative poem with Daljit Nagra for the Royal Society of Literature

Bird song (link) – published in Zoeglossia

Fibrotic (link) – second prize in the Yale-UCL poetry prize 2021

Performance and public speaking

I am a confident and experienced performer, interviewee and public speaker, with venues from the Tate Modern and the British Film Institute to the BBC and the Barbican Centre. I am able to deliver poetry readings and performances of my show NOT DYING, as well as interview speakers and offer after-dinner speeches. For more information on this, please contact me.

Previous performances and speeches include:

Bromley Disability Pride – March 2021

Launch for Shield – Jan 2021

Jamie Hale and Hannah Gadsby @ Barbican Podcast – Nothing Concrete, Sept 2020

Jamie Hale: Meet the Vulnerables @ BBC Ouch, May 2020

Welfare Counting @ Live Art Development Agency, June 2020

NOT DYING @ CRIPtic Showcase, The Pit at the Barbican, 11th & 12th October 2019 (solo show)

NOT DYING @ Joy, the Lyric Hammersmith, 6th June 2019 (solo show)

Trans Creative at the Movies @ BFI Flare, 25th March 2019, 18:15-19:45 (talk on Lawrence of Arabia)
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT

Malady Mag x Science Gallery @Science Gallery London, 9th March 2019, 13:00-17:00
Science Gallery London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9GU (poetry set)

Transpose: the Future 2018 @Barbican, London (6th, 7th & 8th December 2018) (poetry set)

Crip Casino – Platform Southwark (4th Aug 2018) (poetic dialogue with Emily Robinson)

Boys Don’t Cry – Trans Creative Arts Festival, Manchester (4th July 2018) (poetry videos)

Saboteur Awards 2018 @ Theatre Delicatessen, London (review) (19th May 2018) (poetry set)

Invisible Fest @ Rich Mix, London (20th April 2018) (poetry set)

Shape Arts showcase @ Tate Modern, London (24th Jan 2018) (poetry set)

Transpose 2017 @ Barbican, London (review) (8th & 9th December 2017) (poetry set)

Bromley Disability Pride 2017 @ Bromley Civic Centre (poetry set)

Transpose 2016 @ Barbican, London (26th November 2016) (poetry set)


I have had work published in a range of forms, publications and styles – from my exploration of disability arts for the Wellcome Collection titled Art, Activism and Access to my disability journalism for the Guardian. To commission work, please contact me.

August 2021        Write Across London with Daljit Nagra (discussion and collaborative poem)

April 2021            Bedtime Stories for the End of the World – Knights of the Round Table (podcast and poetry (search “Jamie Hale”)

Mar 2021              Zoeglossia – bird song

Feb 2021              Yale-UCL Poetry Prize – Fibrotic

Jan 2021              Verve Press – Shield

Nov 2020              Novara Media (“Shielders have been abandoned during lockdown. It can’t happen again”)

Nov 2020              Wellcome article (“The Freedom to Provoke”)

Sept 2020              Wellcome article (“Giving Shape to Sound”)

Sept 2020              Inspirations: Jamie Hale and Hannah Gadsby

Aug 2020              Wellcome article (“Acting, Disableism and Inclusive Theatre”)

May 2020              Wellcome article (“Talent, Tech, and Visual Art”)

May 2020              BBC Ouch (“Meet the Vulnerables: Jamie Hale”)

Apr 2020              Wellcome article (“Disabled musicians and the fight to perform”)

Apr 2020              Graeae (“When We Got Sick” – written by Jamie Hale, performed by Simon Statin, directed by Nickie Miles-Wildin, introduced by Jack Thorne)

Apr 2020              Spread the Word (“Writers At Home”)

Edition 75             Magma – Resistencía (“‘Furias Para Danzar’, Gioconda Belli, trans. Jamie Hale”)

Mar 2020              Wellcome article (“The politics and power of audio-description”)

Mar 2020            Guardian article (“As coronavirus hits, Britain’s ‘vulnerable’ are terrified to see our rights removed”  

Mar 2020              Red Pepper article (“The politics of COVID-19: government contempt for disabled people”)

Mar 2020              I news interview (“We’re making masks out of t-shirts”)

Jan 2020              Wellcome Collection essay (“How hospital care fails disabled bodies”)

Edition 92              The Rialto (poetry) (“Faggot”)

Dec 2019              Disability News Service Interview (“Lewisham commission hopes to put disabled people at heart of decision-making”)

Dec 2019              Lewisham Council Interview (“Interview with Jamie Hale, Chair of the new Lewisham Disabled Peoples’ Commission”)

Nov 2019              Guardian opinion article on NHS underfunding (“I’m stuck in a hospital that’s starved of funds – let’s not forget the NHS when we vote”)

Oct 2019              The Reviews Hub review (” Hale’s response to that sort of attitude is clear from their clothing – the T-Shirt slogan “Piss on Pity” summing up their defiant take on life.”)

June 2019             The Stage Interview (“My show went from coming to terms with dying to coming to terms with living”)

May 2019              Disability Arts Online Interview (“Previous winner, Jamie Hale on the London Writers Awards, which are open for submission”)

May 2019              Spread the Word Interview (“London Writers’ Awards”)

Aug 2018              Wellcome Collection article on reliance on social care, (“Everybody desires a degree of independence”)

July-Sept 2018      Articles for Muscular Dystrophy UK on direct payments and why young disabled people should employ their own carers.

June 2018             Guardian opinion article on disabled opposition to assisted suicide (“We’re told we are a burden. No wonder disabled people fear assisted suicide”)

April 2018             Guardian Opinion article on public transport (“Britain’s public transport system is great, if you’re not disabled”)

April 2018             Canary interview on public transport (“A series of tweets shows what a nightmare public transport is for disabled people”)

March 2018           Unite Magazine (“Introduction to social care”)

Dec 2017           Poetry Quarterly (“Icarus”)

July 2017              Guardian Opinion article on disabled opposition to assisted suicide (“We are told we are a burden. Legalising assisted suicide would further devalue our lives”)