Writers’ Salon for deaf and disabled writers with Jasmine Kahlia

For d/Deaf and disabled writers, the Salons support and promote underrepresented writers and be an inclusive space where d/Deaf and disabled writers can be part of a community, learn, have fun and share their work.


CRIPtic x Spread the Word is a year-long programme of writers’ salons, led by industry-leading creatives including a workshop, reading and open mic.

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

This Salon has a workshop, followed by a reading and Q&A with Jasmine Kahlia and an opportunity for you to take part in an open mic (five x five mins slots are available and you need to apply for them in advance – there is more information on this further down this page).

The Salon is open to deaf and disabled writers writing in any genre, new or more experienced and is hosted by Alice Christina-Corrigan, Community Programmes Officer at CRIPtic Arts.

If you’d like to be considered for an open mic slot, please book a ticket to the event. We’ll email you through an open mic application form. You’ll need to complete this to be considered for the open mic. We ask you to share your writing bio and writing you’d like to read on the night at this point. We have five x five minute slots for each Salon so if we’re oversubscribed for applications we’ll choose those who haven’t read before, and also consider a balance of reading genres.

The Salon is free to attend.

6.30pm – 7.20pm: Writing workshop with Jasmine Kahlia. Together as a group, we will be looking at trusting in our voices, autonomy and anecdotal storytelling methods. We will also be doing some interdisciplinary art and writing exercises to get us into a creative zone and get us thinking outside of the box when it comes to our approach to making art.

7 .20 – 7.35pm: break

7.35pm – 8.30pm: Reading and Q&A with Jasmine Kahlia + open mic

About Jasmine: Jasmine Kahlia is an outstanding Audiovisual Artist and Creative Practitioner that works across 19 different art practises to bring work to life. Jasmine has contributed significantly to the UK Arts Sector since 2016 in many capacities and has been platformed by some of the largest Arts Institutions across England including Britten Pears Arts, Resonance FM, Rich Mix, Southbank Royal Festival Hall, London Metropolitan Archives, New Diorama Theatre, Theatre Deli, British Council, UAL, Sage and BALTIC Gateshead, B:Music, Lighthouse Arts Centre, Sound UK and Alexandra Palace, amongst others. Jasmine’s proved her excellence within Live Looping, Film-making and Literature and has had work archived at Iniva, London Metropolitan Archives and Wellcome Collection.

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A bout the Writers’ Salons

The Writers’ Salons are run in a partnership between CRIPtic Arts and Spread the Word. The Salons are supported by Scope and Arts Council England.


The Salon takes place on Zoom.

The Salon will be BSL Interpreted by Michelle Wood and Lynne Bateman.

It will also be auto-captioned.

The Salon is a relaxed space. People will be given regular breaks and are able to take additional breaks as needed.

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 email us about any other access needs: [email protected]



What do you mean by deaf and disabled?

When we say deaf and 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.

In your confirmation email for the ticket you’ll receive a link to complete an open mic application form, which we need you to complete in order to read at the Salon. We ask you in this form to share your writing bio and five minutes of reading material with us – this can be in English written form, or as a video or audio file. We’ll let you know if you have an open mic slot by the Wednesday before the Salon takes place. We ask for this info as it enables us to send work through to our BSL interpreters in advance of the Salon.

If 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.

Image description: Jasmine has long dyed purple hair and looks over one shoulder to the camera. She wears purple sunglasses and a bright orange leopard-print top. She has large gold hooped earrings and white hair clips. The background behind her is light blue with superimposed graphic lettering.