CRIPtic x Spread the Word - Writers' Salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers

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CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salon for d/Deaf & disabled writers Workshop with Inigo Purcell, guest reading from Betty Doyle + open mic

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The Salon aims to 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.

The Salon has a workshop run by Inigo Purcell, followed by a reading and Q&A with Betty Doyle, and an opportunity for participants to take part in an open mic (five x five mins slots will be available ).

The Salon is open to d/Deaf and disabled writers writing in any genre, new or more experienced and is hosted by Jamie Hale.

For each salon event, you can book a ticket to the workshop or the reading, or both!

If you'd like to be considered for an open mic slot, please book a ticket to the reading event.

We'll email an open mic signup form 2.5 weeks before the Salon takes place, which you'll need to complete.

The Salon is free to attend.

The Salon is supported by Spread the Word.

5.30pm – 6.30pm: Workshop by Inigo Purcell

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Betty Doyle + open mic slots


The Salon will take place on Zoom.

All Salon sessions will be BSL Interpreted by Michelle Wood and Lynne Bateman. They 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:


What do you mean by d/Deaf and disabled?

When we say d/Deaf and/or disabled, we include within that neurodivergence, chronic and long-term health conditions and mental health conditions.

Do I need to sign up for the workshop AND the reading to take part in the Salon?

You don't have to. You can sign up just for the workshop or the reading or for both.

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. To take part you’ll need to sign up for one of the readings.

We will send you a link to a google form a week before the Salon takes place which you’ll need to complete. We will let you know if you have an Open Mic slot by the Wednesday before the Salon takes place and you will be asked to send through copies of the work you will be reading for the BSL interpreters.

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.

About Inigo Purcell

Inigo Purcell is a graduate student and writer from London. He is currently studying a PhD about Arthurian legend at the University of Bristol and Macquarie University. He previously studied at St Edmund's College, Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University. In 2017 he was selected for the Moth magazine's residency for writers under 30. His novel about the long term fallout of a political sex scandal, An Entirely Different Person, was recently selected for the Hachette Future Bookshelf scheme. He enjoys knitting, jigsaws, and getting very intensely interested in popular fiction from the mid twentieth century.

About Betty Doyle

Betty Doyle is a poet and student from Liverpool. Her poetry has been published in Cake, Brag, Smoke, Lunate, Re-Side, and Sink amongst others, and has been accepted for Agenda’s Young Poets series. She was longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Prize 2018, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. From 2014-2016, she was poetry editor for Flash Journal Lancaster.

She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she is researching infertility poetry. She has a physical disability called Arthrogryposis.

Her debut poetry pamphlet, Girl Parts, will be published by Verve Poetry Press in March 2022. Twitter: betty_poet

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Spread the Word is London's writer development organisation, helping London's writers make their mark on the page, the screen and in the world.

We kick start the careers of London's best new writers, and energetically camapign to ensure publishing truly reflects the diversity of the city. We do this by supporting the creative and professional development of talent, by engaging those already interested in literature and those who will be, and by advocating on behalf of both. 

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