Access Statement

We aim to facilitate inclusive and supportive spaces. 

We want SBWN to be a welcoming place for BPOC people with varying access requirements, whether they are disabled, D/deaf, blind, chronically ill, and/or neurodivergent; are from a working-class background or on a low income; have caring responsibilities; and/or are otherwise marginalised.


SBWN Events and Activities

We run our own programme of events and activities.

Access provided for each event or activity is stated on each event listing or activity description.

Access requirements are also invited during event sign-up.

Access provided at all our own events:

  • Free tickets for people on low incomes
  • Sliding scale ‘pay what you can’ tickets 
  • Comfort breaks
  • Automated captions at digital events
  • Venue-based events: 
    • Wheelchair and mobility aid access
    • Free refreshments

Access provided for some SBWN events and activities may include

  • BSL translation
  • In-person captioner or notetaker
  • Professionally captioned recordings
  • Quiet zone
  • Bursaries for childcare/carer, travel, and/or data


Partner Events and Activities

An example of a Partner event would be an SBWN showcase or workshop at a book festival, e.g. SBWN x ‘Partner name’ poetry festival.

Partners are encouraged to take a proactive approach to accessibility.

SBWN may not engage in a partnership, where a potential partner doesn’t have sufficient funds to also cover access costs in line with our requirements.



We are working to make our website more accessible.


Working together

Access requirements and/or Access Documents are welcomed and/or invited from members, operational team members, partners, volunteers, and commissioned artists and contractors.

Templates are provided for team members and for commissioned artists and contractors.



We welcome all feedback, including criticisms, constructive feedback, wishes and/or positive feedback.

You can send us feedback via email: or via feedback forms at our events, or our annual EDI survey.  


Reviewed November 2022