SED Opportunity Digest – 26 February 2021

In an effort to help students focus by not sending too many emails we’ve stored up all the great opportunities into one short digest.

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English at Work: SED English Alumni Careers Panel

Wednesday 3 March, 5.30-7pm

A live online panel discussion of English alumni working in publishing, marketing, charity, journalism and content creation, this event will give you the opportunity to hear their journey and experiences across a broad range of careers, as well as advice and tips for entering their sectors.

This is a great opportunity to learn, make connections, and have your questions answered, in an informal online setting. 

Panellists include: 

  • Zoe Rutland – Editor, DK Eyewitness. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English Literature, 2016.
  • Sumit Sharma – Head of Digital, Prezzo Ltd; Co-Founder, Breaking Atoms. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English Language and Literature, 2006.
  • Josh Lee – Commissioning Editor, The Guardian Labs. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English and Drama, 2012.
  • Chrissie Reed – Corporate Partnerships Lead, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Graduated from Queen Mary in BA English Literature, 2013.

More panellists will be added closer to the date as confirmed.

Profile photo of Sandeep Saib

How Are You Really Feeling? Let’s Talk About Mental Health – 4 March. ‘Join us on ‘University Mental Health Day’ 4 March 2021 as we bring together a Queen Mary University of London mental health community-led panel openly discussing and exploring mental health from various perspectives, and most importantly to see mental health as a university-wide priority to benefit you and the future of student mental health. Come along and be inspired to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, start conversations, take action and create and be the change for today for a better future. The panel will consist of different members of the Queen Mary community including Sandeep Saib – Co-Director of Happy Heads, Niall Morissey – Queen Mary Head of Advice and Counselling, Dr Dominic Hurst – Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Careand Head of Student Support –  and more TBC.

Mental Health First Aid 1-2-1 with Rupert: Rupert is happy to speak to you in a 1-2-1 on Teams to help in a crisis or get information about where to find the best help. You can book here.

Writing Support: Drama with Daniel Oliver – Wednesdays from 12:45-2.45. Sign up to a slot. ‘Although the set up on QM+ is for 30 minute 1-2-1 sessions, students can email me if they want to meet as a group or for a series of shorter sessions. It’s very flexible and can be for any concerns or questions relating to writing – academic in the first instance but not exclusively so. I am going to run a very informal ‘writing retreat’ for students on the Monday of reading week, from 6-9pm. It will be hosted on TEAMS and be an opportunity for students to write at the same time as each other, and to discuss that writing and their general writing practices.

The Writing Group

“Hi all we’re three SED students who love to write! But we want to know who else loves to write, we’re starting a small group that will be here to work on all things writing. Whether fiction or fact, beginner or expert we’re here to see what you’ve done. So if you want to share poems, plays, novels, or even a DnD campaign we’d love it if we could hear them.

So if you want to share your work, or help others with theirs, or even just listen to some stories, please email any of us we’ll be happy to tell you more!”

Outside QMUL

The Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize awards its winner a £600 cash prize, the chance to work with UCL Special Collections staff to purchase a new item for our printed and archive collections, and the opportunity to publicly display or present their own book collection. To enter, applicants must put together a collection of at least 8 books or other printed or archival items, and write a short, 500-word piece about their collection. We are looking for both creativity and enthusiasm. Applications close on 30 April 2021.  

We know that many students are book-lovers, but don’t think of themselves as book collectors, so we’ve written some advice on how to be a student book collector. We want to highlight collections that have been put together with intention but are not particularly expensive or rare. Collections of all types of printed or archival works are eligible, including, for instance, playbills, music scores, magazines, etc., : the importance is the intentionality and purpose of the collection.  

Andrea Levy

Celebrating Andrea Levy – Thursday 4 March, 18.30, FREE Part of Leeds Lit Fest, join our lively panel discussion celebrating the life and work of prize-winning Small Island novelist and QMUL fellow Andrea Levy as we mark our acquisition of her archive.

Clod Ensemble Free Workshops:

The company also has a Research Assistant post to work closely with Clod Ensemble Co-Artistic Director Suzy Willson. Research will include assisting in the review and curation of the Clod Ensemble archive. Apply by 3 March.

Bellissimo and Azeema magazines

Dazed & Confused ‘SELF PUBLISHED’ Workshops on Magazines and Publishing

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MAGAZINE A MOVEMENT -Tuesday March 2 -3PM GMT London-based publishers AZEEMA are joined by Dazed’s Head of Content Ahmad Swaid to discuss the importance of representing your community in publishing, how to tell authentic stories of womxn from the MENASA region and diaspora, and why inclusive media is the future.


HOW TO MAKE YOUR MAGAZINE FUNTuesday March 2 5PM GMT Ivan Ruberto and Paolo Zerbini of Italian publication Bellissimo are joined by Claire Marie Healy to discuss how they make their magazine unique, go deep into their references, explore the power of 90s teen mags, and talk about their reaction to the seriousness they have been seeing in publishing.. Tuesday March 2 5PM GMT


Ethical Matters: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology? Monday 15th March • 6.30pm – 8pm (Online) Futurist Tracey Follows presents a fascinating and urgent exploration of what personal identity will come to mean for us in the coming decades, as we navigate social media, AI and the digital afterlife.

Job: Marketing and Advertising Officer at A Younger Theatre – Deadline 1 March

My Story, My Way | Free Workshop | 06 Mar 2021: a new workshop series exploring different artistic methods of story-telling. The first workshop will be hosted by @shivaraichandani, @freddielewiss, @alexnoblezine and @benpechey, who will each take you through their own unique creative process. You’ll be looking at song-writing, photography, dance and fashion, each as means of expressing our complex personal narratives and as powerful tools for self-enquiry.

Paid Publishing Internship: Comma Press – Deadline 14 March. Do you have the ability to work to tight deadlines, write social media copy and confidently communicate with partners and colleagues? Don’t miss this six-month internship with this leading independent publisher…

ShakesQueer – Free event – 27 Feb – Get ready to be transported to a queer closet to hear the shocking stories that circle the Shakespeare legend. Performance artist Tom Marshman elegantly intertwines his personal experience of Shakespeare with queer voices of the past in this fun, energetic multi-artform show ShakesQueer. Book a free ticket.

Staging Decadence: Agitation, super-saturation and trash – Free event 23 March and a call for papers. Plus an event on 10 March with Nando Messias on their performance preparation, which in part involves the selection of a perfume, this talk uses scent as a framework and touchstone to explore some trails through queer solo performance’s indulgence with decadence.

Theatre in the Criminal Justice System: Celebrating Clean Break and TIPP Tickets, Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite The event will take the form of short presentations from the present Artistic Directors of Clean Break and TIPP (and current co-Chairs of the national Criminal Justice Arts Alliance), Anna Herrmann and Simon Ruding. Anna and Simon will give a plotted history of their organisations, and this will be followed by an open Q&A.  

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | Creative Access (Jobs) | JournoResources | MediaBeans (media jobs) | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

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