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


CRIPtic x Spread the Word are pleased to announce two new Salons are open for booking as part of our current season of CRIPtic x Spread the Word Writers’ Salons for deaf and disabled writers which are 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. 

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 Alice Christina Corrigan from CRIPtic Arts. 

The Salon is free to attend and takes 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 head shot of Khairani Barokka. Black and white photo of an Indonesian woman with short hair, earrings, and a patterned dress, lying down on her front, pen in hand, ready to write. Picture credit: Derrick Kakembo.Monday 6 November 2023 with Khairani Barokka  

6.30pm – 7.20pm: Workshop with Khairani: 

7.20 – 7.35pm: Break

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

More info and book here:

A black and white headshot of a white-passing woman with long dark hair, wearing a sleeveless dark top.Monday 4 December 2023 with Naomi Westerman

6.30pm – 7.20pm: Workshop with Naomi: ‘Writing From Lived Experience: How to keep yourself safe when writing autobiographical work.’

7.20 – 7.35pm: Break

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

More info and book here:

Accessibility Information: 

  • All Salon sessions will be BSL Interpreted and interpreters’ names are listed on the Eventbrite pages and the sessions are also 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 9 November 2023