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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 and disabled writers Workshop with Shannon Yee, guest reading from Tom Ryalls + 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 Shannon Yee, followed by a reading and Q&A with Tom Ryalls, 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 in order to be considered for an open mic slot.

The Salon is free to attend.

The Salon is supported by Spread the Word.

5.30pm – 6.30pm: Workshop by Shannon Yee

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Tom Ryalls + open mic slots

Accessibility:

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: hello@spreadtheword.org.uk

FAQs

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 Shannon Yee

Shannon Yee (Sickels) is an award-winning writer and producer. Her perspectives as an immigrant, ethnic minority, queer artist-parent with a disability living in NI are deeply embedded in her work. Shannon has received a number of awards and grants, including the ACNI Major Individual Artist Award (2017). Her Reassembled, Slightly Askew sonically immerses audiences in her autobiographical experience of nearly dying and subsequent acquired brain injury (www.reassembled.co.uk) , touring locally, nationally and internationally in arts festivals and medical training settings since 2015. Shannon’s published short stories are ‘The Brightening Up Side’( Belfast Stories; Doire Press, 2019), and ‘Thumbnails’ (Queer Love: An Irish Anthology; Southward, 2020). www.s-yee.co.uk

About Tom Ryalls

Tom is a writer, theatre maker and producer who focuses on changing who gets to imagine the future by revealing how the things we take for granted as fundamental in our lives, are actually just made up nonsense.

His work has been seen at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Shoreditch Town Hall, Camden People's Theatre, Pleasance, Theatre503 and he is currently developing a digital piece as part of CRIPtic 2021 at The Barbican.

"Can You See Into a Black Hole?" is a solo show about his own experience of growing up with epilepsy. It was made in collaboration with his parents and follows the real story of his family. He wanted to be an astronaut but when he had his first seizure aged 8 and a black hole opened up inside his head - that had to change. Instead he goes on an epic adventure to understand the black hole in his brain. "Can You See Into a Black Hole?" is an imaginative attempt to remove epilepsy from the medical model and demonstrate that the thing that makes the condition difficult is not the seizures - but the way in which the world is built.

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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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