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 and reading with Khairani Barokka + 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 followed by a reading with Khairani Barokka, 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 'Writing the Body' with Khairani Barokka

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Khairani Barokka + 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 photo of an Indonesian woman with short hair, earrings, and a patterned dress, lying down on her front, pen in hand, ready to write. Picture credit: Derrick Kakembo.

About Khairani Barokka

Khairani Barokka is a Minang-Javanese writer and artist from Jakarta, now based in London. Her work has been presented widely, across 18 countries, and centres disability justice as anticolonial praxis. Among Okka’s honours, she was a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research, an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow, Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, and Associate Artist at the UK's National Centre for Writing. Her books include Rope (Nine Arches, 2017), Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis, 2016), co-edited volume Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017), shortlisted for a Saboteur Award, and her most recent book, Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches, 2021), which was shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize.

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