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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 Hannah Hodgson, reading & Q & A with Sahera Khan + 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 Hannah Hodgson, followed by a reading and Q&A with Sahera Khan, 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: Writing workshop with Hannah Hogdson

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Sahera Khan + open mic slots

Accessibility:

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: 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 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.

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On the left, a black and white photo of a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera alongside an image of a woman wearing a black turban, wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

About Hannah Hodgson

Hannah Hodgson is a poet with a life limiting illness. Her debut collection is due from Seren in February 2022, and her New Poets Prize winning pamphlet is to be published by The Poetry Business in June 2022. Find more of her through her website, and Twitter.

Hannah is the first prize winner in the Poetry and Political Language Challenge on Young Poets Network, in partnership with the Orwell Youth Prize. She is the second prize winner in the second Bloodaxe Archive challenge, about White Space, and is commended in the fourth Bloodaxe Archive challenge, Take Note. She is also the second prize winner in the 19-25 age category in the Turn Up the Volume challenge, and in the Keats challenge on Young Poets Network, part of The Poetry Society’s celebrations of Keats’s bicentenary in 2021.

Hannah is additionally a winner in the 2016 Young Poets Network August Challenge #2, as well as a commended poet in 2016 August Challenges #1 and #4 and in August Challenge #1: Conversation Poems in 2021. She is also commended in Young Poets Network’s 10th anniversary challenge. She is a winner in the 2016 Behind the Curtain poetry challenge, in partnership with the V&A Museum, and the winner of the 2016 Even It Up Poetry Challenge in the 15-18 age category.

About Sahera Khan

Sahera Khan (she/her) is a Muslim, Deaf and BSL user, Writer/Creator, Artist/Actress, Filmmaker & YouTuber.

Sahera started writing to share her many creative stories with others. In 2010 she enrolled in a number of creative writing courses, then created her first blog for short pieces, before combining these into a book ‘My Creative Writing’ which she self published via Kindle. She has written nine ebooks. These covered a range of topics like children’s stories, fiction and nonfiction.

She has written several short screenplays for screen and theatre scripts, including a short film called ‘He Stood Me Up’ which was commissioned by BSL Zone in 2014 and a short play called ‘Hope for Ishq’, performed by Deafinitely Theatre in 2016.

Her poem is Why Together? published Together! 2020 Poetry Anthology 2020.

She wrote a short play No Words (2021) part of a research and development project which was funded by Deafinitely Theatre. The project is about a Deaf woman ‘Nice’, she was arrested and charged for ABH (Actual Bodily Harm). She was imprisoned for six months. She reveals the truth behind her journey in the justice system.

Her aim is to continuing writing ‘No Words’ to develop it into a full-length play and publish playtext.

At present she is writing and illustrating two new books: ‘Basic Islamic Signs with Illustrations’ and a series of short stories about deaf characters. This will be the first time she has published a book specifically with deaf characters.

Her first piece of journal published the book ‘Maternal Journal: A creative guide to journaling through pregnancy, birth and beyond’ by Laura Godfrey-Isaacs and Samantha McGowan, printed by Pinter & Martin (2021).

Also her poem ‘My Glow’ published What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective book by Arachne Press (2021).

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