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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 Ayesha Couglay, guest reading from Sonny Nwachukw+ 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 Ayesha Chouglay, followed by a reading and Q&A with Sonny Nwachukwu, 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 Ayesha Chouglay

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Sonny Nwachukwu + 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 Ayesha Chouglay

Ayesha is a writer and multimedia artist who aims to use her artwork for political means, opening up safe spaces for conversation about difficult topics. Often her work draws on personal experience of disability. Her poetry has been shown in the 'Song of Myself' Poetry Jukebox at Belfast International Arts Festival, at 'Mr W et al', a celebratory event exploring art and disability in Hackney Wick, and in 'Deaf Experience', an online short film screening of films by deaf and hard-of-hearing creators, organised by The Film Bunch. She is currently writing her MA dissertation whilst working for Creative Estuary.

About Sonny Nwachukwu

Sonny Nwachukwu is a writer, director, choreographer and performer based in London. His work is multi-disciplinary spanning across writing, poetry, dance, theatre and anything that lies beyond. His work primarily focuses on the African and Caribbean Diaspora.

Sonny is a storyteller that incorporates dance and literature making his work relevant, unique, vibrant and thought-provoking. His background in Psychology informs much of his work and he is keen to tackle issues seen as taboo or ‘different’.

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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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