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CRIPtic x Spread the Word

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

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

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

Starting in June 2021 and running through to April 2022, each Salon will have 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 d/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: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/criptic-x-spread-the-word-salons-for-d-deaf-and-disabled-writers/

CRIPtic x Spread the Word Retreat took place online Thursday 29 July – Sunday 1 August.

Free to participate in, the Retreat encouraged UK based d/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  

d/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 d/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


Last year's retreat for d/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 d/Deaf and disabled writers, which CRIPtic and I are proud to do alongside Spread the Word

Jamie Hale, CRIPtic