Jackie Hagan is a multi award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has most recently written and acted for BBC Four and BBC America. In 2018 she became a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow and was nominated for a Women of the World award for effect- ing social change using spoken word. She has contributed to many programmes on Radio Four, represented the UK in slam poetry in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and was the subject of a Channel Four documentary short. She has delivered over two thousand workshops in prisons, schools, hospitals and internationally. She is a working class, queer amputee with Systemic Sclerosis.
COMMISSIONS (a selection):
2020 Paper Knickers (writer, actor) A monologue about amputation, to be aired in Spring 2020 (BBC Four, BBC America)
2019 SICKOS! A short film about death (A SICK Festival Commission) with Harri Shanahan
2018 ‘The Forest of Forgotten Discos!’ (writer) A play for 5yrs+, bringing the excitement of the for- est to disabled children. A Contact/Hope Mill commission "Hagan makes a stylish transition towards a younger audience. She does not dumb down her socially-conscious approach and uses the characters to steer young minds in a positive direction." - British Theatre Guide
2017 ‘Cosmic Scallies’ (writer) an accessible experimental, poetic play about the underclass experi- ence. A Graeae Theatre/Royal Exchange co-production. “Touching and Tender” - The Stage “Very funny” - The Guardian “A work of fabulous subtlety and wit, it’s funny and fast moving” Emma Thompson, Actor.
2016 - present ‘This is Not a Safe Space’ (writer, performer) A spoken word solo show based on 80 interviews with people living on disability benefits. An Unlimited Commission Won ‘Best Spoken Word Show of 2018’ Saboteur award. “Startling, original poems about ... the state of society. Hagan is a unique talent who has the makings of a hugely provocative big-stage performer... a genius in the making” - Write Out Loud
2013 - 2016 ‘Some People Have Too Many Legs’ (writer, performer) A spoken word solo show for 13yrs+ based on Hagan’s real life experience of disability. A Flying Solo/Contact commission Won ‘Best Spoken Word Show of 2016’ Saboteur award. Creative Futures literature award 2016 “A poetic, playful, psychologically astute piece of theatre” - Sabotage Reviews
2018 Crip Casino by Abi Palmer (dramaturge, contributor and performer)
2012 My Heart is Hitchhiking Down Peachtree Street by J Fergus Evans (dramaturge)Commissioned by Contact Theatre
2011 Gender Theory, Judith Butler, and other bedtime stories by J Fergus Evans & Gemma Bradley (dramaturge) Jackie has also mentored numerous poets, artists and stand up comedians including Sophie Willan.
2008 - present Seymour Poets at Bluesci Arts and Well Being Centre; Manchester. (Founder, project manager and workshop facilitator) Seymour Poets delivers creative writing projects for adults who face barriers, and Seymour Press has published 4 anthologies and 5 individual collections. 2016: Seymour Poets was shortlisted for ‘Wildcard’ Saboteur Award
2010 - 2013 Magical Animals, monthly experimental cabaret, Sandbar, Manchester. (Creator, Project Manager, Compere) Won ‘Best Monthly Spoken Word Event’ 3MT Theatre Awards ‘Commended Spoken Word Event’, ‘Not Part Of’ Manchester
2002 - 2012 Survivors’ Poetry Manchester (Project Manager and workshop facilitator) A twice weekly writing workshop for adults with mental health problems.
Cosmic Scallies, Jackie Hagan- playtext, Nick Helm books, 2016 Some People Have Too Many Legs, Jackie Hagan, playtext, Flapjack Press, 2015 The Wisdom of the Jumble Sale, Jackie Hagan, poetry collection, Flapjack Press, 2009 Shut Your Eyes & Put Out Your Hands, Jackie Hagan, poetry collection, Citizen 32, 2007 Jackie has also appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines and is mentioned in a num- ber of academic papers.
CONSULTATION Jackie has a strong track record in helping organisations better understand accessibility in the widest sense of being able to reach and welcome disabled and D/deaf audiences as well as working class audiences. She has run training workshops for the British Council, spoken at a number of national events for Arts Council England and Writers Centre Norwich, and consulted for organisations like SICK! Festival. Jackie is a guest lecturer at Manchester Met University, and has taught drama at Lancaster University.