CRIPtic x Spread the Word

CRIPtic x Spread the Word are producing a new programme of activities including salons, a retreat and research for deaf and disabled writers 

After the success of Experimental! the UK’s first online writers retreat for deaf and disabled writers, CRIPtic x Spread the Word are joining forces to offer a range of activities to support, develop and empower deaf and disabled writers. 

The CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salon is an inclusive space facilitated and run by and for deaf and disabled writers, to create a community in which people can learn, have fun, and share their work. 

The new season starts in June 2022 and runs through to December 2022. Each Salon has  a workshop with an invited facilitator followed by a reading and Q&A from a guest writer and an opportunity for participants to take part in an open mic. 

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

There is more information about the Salon here:

CRIPtic x Spread the Word Retreat took place online in July 2021. 

Free to participate in, the Retreat encouraged UK based deaf and/ or disabled writers to experiment and broaden their writing practice, get insight into the industry and become part of a writing community.   

The 2021 Retreat focussed on poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting. There were creative exercises, workshops, guest readings, industry insights, and a public sharing event. 

Places on the Retreat were available by application, with 10 places being available.

CRIPtic x Spread the Word Research  

Deaf and disabled writers, producers, and other literature creatives face significant barriers to access in the literature industries. There is a lack of understanding about the audience for accessible opportunities, and literature organisations lack knowledge about making their programmes accessible. 

We are running research which will start to provide data and evidence to support change, the development of best practice and open up opportunities for deaf and disabled writers and audiences.   

Salon workshop leaders and guest readers

Jamie Hale

June Salon workshop leader and host

Antonia King

June Salon reader

Jenny Alderton

August Salon workshop leader

Hayleigh Barclay

August Salon reader

Shannon Yee

October Salon workshop leader

Tom Ryalls

October Salon reader

DL Williams

December Salon workshop leader

Penny Pepper

December Salon reader

Ayesha Chouglay

February Salon workshop leader

Sonny Nwachukwu

February Salon Reader

Inigo Purcell

April Salon workshop leader

Betty Doyle

April Salon reader

Shahid Iqbal Khan

June Salon workshop leader

Kathryn O'Driscoll

June Salon reader

Sahera Khan

August Salon reader

Last year's retreat for deaf and disabled writers showed me so much about the barriers people are facing, and made me realise that we needed an ongoing commitment to supporting, developing, and showcasing deaf and disabled writers, which CRIPtic and I are proud to do alongside Spread the Word

Jamie Hale, CRIPtic Arts