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Jackie Hagan

Festival Poet

Jackie Hagan is a council estate queer amputee and a multi award-winning poet, stand up comedian, playwright and theatre maker. She cares about shining an original light on the experiences of the vilified, informed by her own visceral experience and loads of interviews with others. She is funny and sad in the same breath. She is whimsy, grounded by grit. 

Both of her solo shows have toured nationally and internationally and both won the Saboteur ‘Best Spoken Word Show’ in their respective years. Her play Cosmic Scallies won several awards and has been picked up by Hat Trick Productions as a six part sitcom. Her children’s play The Forest of Forgotten Discos was described as ‘meticulously accessible’ by The Stage. 

Jackie enjoys usurping expectation. Drinks cut-price lager from her false leg, performs stump puppetry, shows an alternate view of the world where sad thing aren’t sad, anger is energising and council estate crips rule. She has performed at Southbank, The Tate Modern London, The New Vic, The Barbican and at hundreds of venues across the UK.  Her shows have been commissioned and produced by organisations such as Unlimited, Graeae, The Royal Exchange, SICK festival, Contact Theatre, Hope Mill Theatre and many more. She has four collections published and regularly crops on Radio Four. 

Jackie has been nominated for a National Diversity Award and a Woman of the World Award for effecting lasting social change. In 2018 she was awarded a Jerwood Compton Fellowship for poetry and a Creative Futures literacy award. She has worked abroad extensively for The British Council and acts as an accessibility consultant. 

“Very Funny”- The Guardian
“Politically Urgent” – The Stage
“Fabulous subtlety and wit” – Emma Thompson, actor.
“A perfect antidote to programs like Benefits Street” – Disability Arts Online

www.jackiehagan.org

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