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 Emily Howlett, reading & Q & A with Sonny Nwachukwu + 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 Emily Howlett, 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 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: Workshop with Emily Howlett

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Sonny Nwachukwu + 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: black and white CRIPtic logo followed by a 'x' and Spread the Word logo

About Emily Howlett

(bio coming soon)

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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