Through CRIPtic we have offered workshops for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced writers. When we ran Poetry and Place, we reached people who might never have written poetry before. Meanwhile we designed the retreat for people currently focused on improving their practice further.

We are currently working on two key writing programmes along with Spread the Word as CRIPtic x Spread the Word.


CRIPtic Salon is a bimonthly event CRIPtic and Spread the Word run on Zoom, hosted by Jamie Hale. It features a workshop run by a d/Deaf or disabled writer. After this there is a break, a reading and a Q&A with another deaf or disabled writer. Finally there is an open mic session with five slots of five minutes long, and of course there is BSL interpretation. If you have other access needs please get in touch.

We are passionate about giving opportunities to emerging excellent d/Deaf and disabled writers. We are really excited about the people who will be leading workshops and giving readings.

For more about the Salon or to get involved, see the Spread the Word website


In 2020, Jamie Hale and Spread the Word created an online writing retreat for 14 d/Deaf and/or disabled writers, under the name ‘Experimental!’ – because it was nothing if not an experiment. In 2021, we’re reprising this crucial piece of work. This time it is a piece of research by practice funded by Arts Council England. It will be curated by Jamie Hale again, and run alongside Spread the Word. This is a joint project allowing us to observe and reflect on the retreat and the writers’ experience. We will also run a focus groups and discussions with individuals, organisations and others to better understand what barriers d/Deaf and disabled people face in accessing the literature sector.

To find out more, or to book, have a look at the retreat page.


If there are bookings open, please check them out here, or on our What’s On page. If Eventbrite is inaccessible to you, please email us on and we will register you directly