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

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

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Workshop with Shahid Iqbal Khan, reading & Q & A with Kathryn O'Driscoll + 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 an Introduction to Playwriting workshop run by Shahid Iqbal Khan, followed by a reading and Q&A with Kathryn O'Driscoll, 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 email through a form for you to complete to all ticket bookers if you're interested in performing at the open mic. You'll need to complete this if you'd like to read your work on the evening.

The Salon is free to attend.

The Salon is supported by Spread the Word.

5.30pm – 6.30pm: Introduction to Playwriting workshop with Shahid Iqbal Khan

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Kathryn O'Driscoll + open mic slots


The Salon takes place on Zoom.

All Salon sessions will be BSL Interpreted by Michelle Wood and Jemima Hoadley. 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 a ticket for the reading.

In your confirmation email you'll receive a link to complete an Open Mic Application form, which we need you to complete in order to read at the Salon. We'll 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.

Image description: On the left, a Brown South Asian man in a flowery shirt standing against a tree with his arms folded. On the right, a landscape photograph of a heavy-set woman stood in front of a primarily black backdrop in three-quarters profile. Behind her on the right is a projector screen and part of a circular logo is visible with the letters forming “the” and “po” cut off by the crop of the photo. She wears a very pale grey shirt, a black cropped bolero with full sleeves. Her hair which is multitonal reds and hot pink is swept to the left side, exposing her ear nearest to the camera. She looks serious but with a half smile, mouth open caught mid speech into the stage microphone in front of her. In her right hand she holds an a5 white notebook open with her thumb. There is a white watermark in the bottom right of the image of the same logo from the projection, but fully visible. It is a circle with a drawing of a stick figure holding up a barbell surrounded by the words “Raise the Bar”. In a circle around this it says “Spoken word” and “poetry”.

About Shahid Iqbal Khan

Shahid Iqbal Khan is an Offie-nominated playwright. He has been part of BBC Writersroom, MacFest and Write To Play. His recent stage plays are Stardust (Belgrade Theatre) and 10 Nights (Bush Theatre). His radio work includes Bhavika, Night of the Living Flatpacks (both on community channels) and Sheltering (BBC Radio 4).

About Kathryn O'Driscoll

Kathryn O'Driscoll is the 2021 U.K. Slam Champion and World Slam Finalist. A spoken word poet and activist from Bath, England, she talks openly about mental health, neurodivergency, disability, LGBTQIA+ issues and joys, and survival in her poetry.

She has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bath Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Literary Festival, and on BBC Radio Bristol. She was also one of the featured poets on the (BAFTA winning) Sky Arts spoken word TV show Life and Rhymes. Her debut collection ‘Cliff Notes’ was released by Verve Poetry Press in February.

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