At the beginning of the pandemic, I spoke to my GP about being ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and intensive care treatment, and he told me that I was “stuck between a rock and a hard place”, that the factors that made me extremely vulnerable would also make me low priority for intensive care treatment. I wasContinue reading “Shield – my poetry pamphlet is RELEASED”
On the 14th Jan 2021, Shield – my first poetry pamphlet – will be published by Verve Press. Exploring my experience as a disabled person during the pandemic through a variety of voices, Shield has been described as: ‘These are arresting, heart-stopping poems lit with a rare intensity. Hale’s poems don’t pull any punches, theyContinue reading “SHIELD”
I’m very excited to tell you that I’ll be bringing my solo show to the Barbican on the 11th and 12th October 2019, and curating a showcase of disabled artists to accompany it – see the CRIPtic website (link) I have been developing my solo show over a number of years, and in October 2018Continue reading “CRIPtic & NOT DYING”
In a world that feels bleak, it is important not to accustom ourselves to living without the hope that we can build a better future.
At Transpose: The Future (Barbican Centre, 6th-8th Dec), a collection of trans artists come together to explore how this could be done, through mediums ranging from opera to electronica and poetry.
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This autumn I will be running a creative residency at a London theatre, including offering free performance workshops for disabled artists on the themes of DISABLED JOY and WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE Easy read version For several years I’ve been working on a poetry show exploring my journey through the trauma of illness toContinue reading “NOT DYING: A creative residency”
Performed at the Saboteur Awards in May 2018, aseptic is a collaboration between poets Jamie Hale and Emily Robinson. Created in PechaKucha format, the piece uses found text and hospital imagery to explore the creation of value through living despite the diminishing of the disabled body to medical curiosity.
Building a career as a poet in London is hard enough – doing it while relying on wheelchair accessible public transport is almost impossible The problem with trying to build a performance poetry career in London is that London is a big city, and early-career you really don’t want to turn down any bookings. ThisContinue reading “A Poet in London? Not if you’re travelling by wheelchair!”
Icarus, by Jamie Hale, published in Poetry Quarterly – Winter 2018 Icarus is told as a tragedy But to love life that much For one perfect moment – he soared And his end obscures that The arching of our backs The aching for wings. It’s only when I flew myself That I understood the precipice Over whichContinue reading “Icarus”
When we see performers on stage, what bodies are reflected in front of us – and what does that mean for the future of performance? Transpose is an evening performance at the Barbican theatre, London, 6th & 9th December, curated by CN Lester and directed by Kate O’Donnell. The line-up is entirely trans and queer artists, and theContinue reading “Performer, exhibit, excluded. Who’s on stage and whose stories are suppressed?”