CRIPtic x Spread the Word – Writers’ Salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers

Mon, 16 August 2021

17:30 – 20:00 BST



All Salon sessions will be BSL Interpreted by Michelle Wood and Lynne Bateman. They will also be auto-captioned.

CRIPtic x Spread the Word Salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers Workshop with Jenny Alderton, guest reading from Hayleigh Barclay+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 Jenny Alderton, followed by a reading and Q&A with Hayleigh Barclay, 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.


5.30pm – 6.30pm: Workshop by Jenny Alderton

7pm – 8pm: Reading by Hayleigh Barclay + open mic slots


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.

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


About Jenny Alderton

Jenny is a Welsh based artist and writer who often engages with themes around identity, expression, politics, and equality. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to creating; Jenny often combines poetry and spoken word with movement, video, and installation. Mainly writing poetry and short fiction, Jenny’s written work often engages with the everyday: using it as backdrop to comment on larger questions, thoughts, and contemporary political and societal issues. Jenny has previously taught creative writing and holds a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.

About Hayleigh Barclay

Hayleigh Barclay is a Scottish based writer and disability rights campaigner. She obtained a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow in 2019. Her thesis researched 19th century Gothic vampire literature and involved writing her debut novel, Girl of the Ashes which was published in 2020. She writes short stories for the online magazine Disability Horizons. The stories blend dark humour and disabled characters to reinforce that disability needn’t be a taboo subject.

During the pandemic she co-edited an anthology of stories/poems with proceeds going to The Ambulance Staff Charity. Avid scriptwriter. Teller of bad jokes!

Published on:
12 Aug 2021


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