CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers Workshop with DL Williams, guest reading from Penny Pepper + open mic

Mon, 13 December 2021

17:30 – 20:00 GMT


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.


CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers Workshop with DL Williams, guest reading from Penny Pepper + open mic. 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 DL Williams, followed by a reading and Q&A with Penny Pepper, 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. They’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.

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.

They cannot guarantee a trigger-free space, and we will request that people participating in the Open Mic slots flag content likely to trigger.

Penny Pepper is an acclaimed wheelchair-using author, poet, performer & disabled activist. A genre-defying and versatile writer, her work focuses on the examination of difference, inequality and identity. She tells stories we haven’t heard, making others see life differently, always with humour and wisdom. Her champions include Jake Arnott, Margaret Drabble and Danuta Keene. Most recently she has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious international Hemingway Shorts 2021 Competition and her winning story will be published in their competition anthology.

Penny published her groundbreaking memoir, First in The World Somewhere with Unbound and a poetry collection, Come Home Alive, with Burning Eye Books. She is now signed to The Good Literary Agency where she is represented by Abi Fellows. She has also been widely published including Mslexia, The Guardian, Byline Times amongst others.

Published on:
2 Nov 2021
Opportunity deadline:
13 Dec 2021


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