Disabled Poets Prize 2024 free online BSL workshop with Kabir Kapoor on Saturday 21 October


As part of the Disabled Poets Prize 2024, the UK’s first BSL Poet Laureate Kabir Kapoor hosts a relaxed and welcoming workshop for Deaf BSL users experimenting with creating visual poetry in BSL.

Please note this workshop has been rescheduled from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 21 October. Kabir’s video uses the previous date but the content and concept will be the same – but the workshop runs on Saturday 21 October.

In this safe, supportive and playful space, Kabir will lead exercises so you can create your own visual poems, explore the beautiful language of BSL and learn skills in performing your work and how to film yourself performing your work so it looks as good as it can be.

You’ll leave with a renewed sense of creativity, confidence and joy and some great ideas for visual poems that you can enter into the 2024 Disabled Poets Prize.

Who is this for?

This workshop is for UK based Deaf BSL users and will be conducted entirely in BSL.

It is for Deaf BSL users who are already creating their own visual poetry and for those who have not tried visual poetry before but would like to take part and give it a go.


The workshop will be conducted entirely in BSL. No English translation will be available.

The workshop will be relaxed.

There will be regular breaks.

The workshop won’t be recorded.

If you have other access needs please get in touch with us on [email protected] so we can support you as best we can to participate in the workshop.

Booking Your Place 

Book now by visiting: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2024-disabled-poets-prize-bsl-workshop-with-kabir-kapoor-tickets-727351276247

The workshop is FREE but places are limited.

Date: Saturday 21 October (rescheduled from 23 September)

Time: 12pm – 3pm

Cost: FREE

Location: online via Zoom - the Zoom link will be emailed to participants in advance of the event.

About Kabir Kapoor

German-born Kabir is a poet, visual language artist and designer. In 2023 he became the British Deaf Association’s first UK BSL Poet Laureate. He uses beautiful, expressive and comical signed poetry presented purely in a visual form for both deaf and hearing audiences to enjoy. Kabir has directed, produced and participated in performances both here in the UK and around the world.

Kabir is the judge for the Best Poem performed in BSL category of the 2024 Disabled Poets Prize.

About the 2024 Disabled Poets Prize

The UK’s first Disabled Poets Prize was launched in 2023 and looks to find the best work created by UK based deaf and disabled poets, in written English and in British Sign Language.

Deaf and disabled poets can submit to three categories – best single poem, best unpublished pamphlet, and best poem performed in British Sign Language. In each category, there will be a first place prize (£500), second prize (£250), third place prize (£100), and three highly commended entries, (£50). The Prize offers significant professional development opportunities for the winning writers, including a publication deal with Verve Poetry Press for the best unpublished pamphlet as well as development prizes from The Literary Consultancy and Arvon Foundation.

You can find more information about the 2024 Disabled Poets Prize and how to submit your work on the Prize website: www.disabledpoetsprize.org.uk/

The 2024 Prize closes for entries on Tuesday 31 October 2024 at 1pm.

The Disabled Poets Prize is a collaboration between CRIPtic Arts, Spread the Word, Verve Poetry Press and Verve Poetry Festival. The 2024 Prize is supported by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

Published 7 September 2024