Deptford Literature Festival:
Dissembling Nature with Jamie Hale

Dissembling Nature unpacks the body and questions the natural, exploring disability, ecopoetics and climate change to understand the radical potential of the 'non-normative' body in nature writing.

BSL interpreted.

A bright yellow banner with pinks and blue circles and a blue dotted river shape. On the top left reads Deptford Literature Festival and in the middle is a photo of Jamie Hale.

This workshop explores nature writing from a range of interconnected perspectives, linking the disabled body, ecopoetics, and the intimate connection between humans and the rest of the natural environment.

Taking work primarily from writers of colour and disabled writers, we will explore a range of approaches to writing about nature, before going on to engage creatively with these themes through discussions, exercises and play.

After a short break, we will take a gentle wander around the area, identifying and engaging with nature in the urban environment and consider ecopoetics, the climate crisis, and explore the methods and responsibilities poetry has in responding to this.

At the end of the workshop, having produced several different written excerpts, we will consider the meaning of copying them onto plantable paper, and how this can demonstrate a nourishment from the ephemerality of poetry in a different form. The workshop is designed for writers of all levels – no experience of the forms, poets and topics will be required, and all attendees who have pre-registered will be given access to a pack containing the works we are engaging with.

Access Notes

– This event is BSL interpreted.

– This event includes a break.

– Deptford Lounge has accessible toilets, and Changing Place facilities ( you require additional access in order to attend the Festival, for example larger print handouts at workshops, or a Scribe, or anything else you may need to ensure you can take part, please get in touch: [email protected] 

Deptford Literature Festival COVID-19 Protocols

The facilitator for the Dissembling Nature workshop with Jamie Hale is immunocompromised. So we continue to ask that attendees wear masks unless exempt, and we encourage people to take a lateral flow test the morning of the Festival to do all we can to make this event run safely.

The Festival COVID-19 Protocol can be found here. Any changes to these will be communicated with all ticket bookers and on the page itself.

Free bursary places 

If you are a Lewisham resident and are unable to afford the price of this ticket, we have a number of free bursary places available by application by Monday 14 February, 9am. You can find out more and apply here:

About Deptford Literature Festival 

Deptford Literature Festival takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 and celebrates the diversity and creativity of Deptford and Lewisham through words, stories and performance. It is run as a collaboration between producer Tom MacAndrew and Spread the Word.

You can find out more about Deptford Literature Festival at:

About Jamie Hale

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Jamie Hale is a poet, screenwriter and essayist fascinated by the intimate connections between language, the mortal body, and nature. Their pamphlet, Shield, was published by Verve in Jan 2021, and their 2019 poetry and theatre show, NOT DYING, featured at the Barbican Centre, with which Jamie won Director/Theatremaker of the Year in the Future Theatre Fund awards. Jamie runs CRIPtic Arts, an arts development organisation focusing on d/Deaf and disabled creatives


Deptford Lounge Room 2
9 Giffin Street