CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salons for deaf and disabled writers – new season open for booking


CRIPtic x Spread the Word are pleased to announce the new season of CRIPtic x Spread the Word Writers’ Salons for deaf and disabled writers which are now taking place monthly. 

The Salon aims to support, develop, promote, and feature underrepresented deaf and disabled writers and be an inclusive space where these writers can be part of a community, learn, have fun and share their work. 

The new season starts in May 2023. Each Salon will have a workshop and reading with an invited facilitator and an opportunity for participants to take part in an open mic (five x five mins slots will be available at each Salon).   

The Salon is open to deaf and disabled writers writing in any genre, new or more experienced and is hosted by Jamie Hale and Alice Christina Corrigan. 

The Salon is free to attend and will take place on Zoom. 

CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salon dates and writers 

If you prefer you can email [email protected] to book onto any of these events

A photo of a white person with long dark blonde hair smiling at the camera on a sunny day. They are wearing a blue summery dress and their face is half in shadow, cast by dappled sunshine.Monday 8 May 2023 with Elspeth Wilson 

6.30pm – 7.20pm: Workshop with Elspeth: ‘Writing different worlds – escape and illumination’.

7.20 – 7.35pm: Break

7.35pm – 8.30pm: reading and Q & A with Elspeth plus open mic

More info and book here:

A bearded, smiling white man in his mid-thirties wearing a denim shirt and jeans. He sits in front of a microphone and holds a mobile phone.Monday 5 June 2023 with Joe Rizzo-Naudi

6.30pm – 7.20pm: Workshop with Joe:  ‘Writing about and around the assistive technology in our lives’.

7.20 – 7.35pm: Break

7.35pm – 8.30pm: Reading and Q& A with Joe plus open mic

More info and book here:

Athena, a white woman with short sandy blonde hair and blue eyes, wearing a blue top, sits in her powered chair as she directs rehearsals. She gazes off camera as she watches rehearsals. Behind her is a blurry chalkboard.Monday 3 July 2023 with Athena Stevens

6.30pm – 7.20pm: Workshop with Athena: ‘Writing Every Day, Privilege or Prerequisite? What does the daily practice look like when your body doesn’t want to show up?’

7.20pm – 7.35pm: Break  

7.35pm – 8.30pm: Reading and Q & A with Athena plus open mic slots 

More info and book here:

Hayleigh sits in her wheelchair. She has blonde hair, white skin, is smiling, and wears a green lacy shrug over a black top.

Monday 24 July with Hayleigh Barclay

6.30pm – 7.20pm: Workshop with Hayleigh: ‘Writing Lyrical – how to create stories from songs.’

7.20pm – 7.35pm: Break  

7.35pm – 8.30pm: Reading and Q & A with Hayleigh plus open mic slots 

More info and book here:

Accessibility Information: 

  • All Salon sessions will be BSL Interpreted and interpreters’ names are listed on the Eventbrite pages and be auto-captioned. 

  • The Salon is a relaxed space.  

  • Open Mic participants and guest readers will be asked to self-describe when introducing themselves. 

  • Any images used at the Salon will be described, and Open Mic participants will be asked to describe any slides or images used in their own work. 

  • We cannot guarantee a trigger-free space, and we will request that people participating in the Open Mic slots flag content likely to trigger. 

  • Please do email us about any other access needs: [email protected]  


What do you mean by deaf and disabled? 

When we say deaf and/or disabled, we include within that neurodivergence, chronic and long-term health conditions and mental health conditions. 

How do I sign up to take part in the Open Mic? 

  • There will be five x 5 minute Open Mic slots available at each Salon.
  • Book a ticket for the event and you will be sent a Google Form to apply for a slot at the open mic and we ask that you submit your reading material (up to 5 minutes of reading material) and writers’ bio when applying for a space. You can do this in writing, audio or video file. The application form is available as a Word document by request. We’ll let you know if you have an Open Mic slot by the Wednesday before the Salon takes place. 

  • We expect the open mic slots to be oversubscribed and will prioritise writers reading from a range of genres and those who have not read at the Salon before.  

CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salons are a partnership between CRIPtic Arts and Spread the Word. The Salons are supported by Scope and Arts Council England. 


Published 4 April 2023