Crafted Reading Salon

Dates and times to be announced

A reading series where writers meet makers

Hosted and curated by author Leanne Prain.

The Crafted Reading Salon is a reading series that celebrates the process and products of making things. Focused on creativity, the series welcomes readers of original works of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction whose text includes a nod to the fields and pursuits of craft or design.

Each salon takes place approximately every two months and features an eclectic line-up of 6-8 readers who will share their perspective on the creative process, craft or design. Subjects will be diverse – from ceramics to architecture, weaving to screenprinting.

The audience is invited to bring their own works in progress and to knit, stitch, embroider, hook, whittle, and sketch while they listen and discuss.

Curatorial themes

  • Craft as Camouflage (hiding behind or amongst craft)
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Craft (love stories can go many ways)
  • Ravelled / Unravelled (on coming undone or remade)
  • Crafted Fictions (creating new realities with what we make)

Your host:

Leanne Prain helps communities and people connect through creative ideas. She is the author of three books, Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (2014); Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti  (2009 & 2019) co-authored with Mandy Moore; and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (2014), all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. When she’s not writing, Leanne organizes art and design events in the city, and acts as the co-artistic director of The Imprint, a literary collective that she founded with Laura Farina to explore participatory acts of writing in public spaces. | @leanneprain

Please direct your Reading Salon questions to Leanne at [email protected].


Submission Form

Interested in reading your work at a Crafted Reading Salon? We’re curating a diverse line-up including both experienced and emerging writers, makers and crafters of all varieties, and placing a particular emphasis on including voices from underrepresented or marginalized groups.

We invite submissions from makers who write, and writers who make.



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