SED Opportunity Digest – 5 March 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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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.


For all Drama students | Monday 8 March, 6-9pm

  • “This is an opportunity to write alongside your peers in a relaxed and informal set up, hosted by Daniel Oliver. 
  • We will meet at 6pm and everyone can briefly let the group know what they are working on. 
  • Then we all write for around 90 minutes. 
  • Then we chat about what we wrote and general writing practices – there no pressure to share anything. 
  • Please let Daniel know if you will be coming –

How to Write a Psychopath Tuesday 16 March 6:30PM

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! BL PsychSoc are proud to present a thrilling talk on personality disorders in Film and TV by expert psychologist Dr Mark Freestone, who will be taking us though the portrayal of personality disorder in media in How to Write a Psychopath.

Dr Freestone is not only a Lecturer in Psychology at QMUL, not only a leading researcher in forensic psychology, but is also involved in hit BBC America show Killing Eve as psychological consultant. His work on the show helped forge the iconic character Villanelle, who has captivated viewers across the world. Dr Freestone will be breaking down performances throughout Film and Television, allowing us to understand the decisions made by writers and directors to accurately display Personality Disorder in all its forms. What makes Norman Bates so merciless in American Psycho? What leads to Kevin’s horrific murder spree in We Need to Talk About Kevin? And why do we all love Villanelle despite all the evil acts she does? Get the answers to all this and more in our event at 6:30 on Thursday 16th March, you don’t want to miss it.

This event will be taking place on Zoom and the link will be sent closer to the event. Tickets are free but please do register so that we can email you the zoom link:

Certificates will be given to members! Join for £2 at

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Outside QMUL

BBC Comedy Welcomes Applicants For Fourth Felix Dexter Bursary For BAME writers

Big Book Weekend – 19-21 March: Lift your lockdown spirits with 31 amazing authors. Free to watch live on BBC Arts.

See the full programme

Call for Papers: Books on Screen University of Leeds and Anglia Ruskin University Wednesday, 3 November 2021

New Suns – 5-7 March The feminist literary festival returns to explore the legacy of science-fiction author Octavia Butler and her prophetic Earthseed series. With online panel discussions, workshops and a film screening.

Poets and Archives Tuesday 9 March, 18:00-19:15 | Online

As museums, archives, and libraries adapt to a series of lockdowns, we have a stronger sense than ever of the challenges involved in providing access to the objects that carry our collective memories. While one-way routes and Perspex shields may be new, the complexities around acquiring, preserving, finding, and using collections are not. How can the hidden histories of collections be shown? What tools are emerging for recording and sharing cultural heritage? How can writers and researchers engage with, and make innovative use of, collections?

The Institute of English Studies and The Warburg Institute are delighted to announce this special event, held in connection with the School of Advanced Study ‘Open for Discussion‘ series, to explore the relationship between poets and archives.

The event will feature poets Linda Anderson, John Challis, and Theresa Muñoz. They will each give a reading of their poetry, followed by a discussion, co-chaired by Clare Lees, Director of the IES and Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg. 

Find out more and register.

Spread the Word

  • GET FEEDBACK Spread the Word will be accepting submissions from writers under-represented in publishing for short feedback sessions from the editorial team at One More Chapter – a division of HarperCollins Publishers from 1 – 31 March 2021. 
  • EVENTS FOR WRITERS: Lots of helpful free and paid events announced for summer. Read the newsletter here for full details.

Writing as Resistance and Transgression: Gender, Poetics and Activism in Post-War Literature in English – 27-28 May – Free Zoom conference

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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