SED Opportunity Digest – 30 April 2021

Welcome to our digest full of interesting events, opportunities and schemes that may help you meet collaborators, improve their career prospects or simply broaden your horizons.

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From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Two exciting events are coming up from the Women Theatre Justice Project which involves our very own Professor Caoimhe McAvinchey…

Sweatbox Screening and Panel Discussion
Apply Now: ‘In the Clean Break Archive Workshop’

Thawra (online publication started by our English with Creative Writing graduate Asia Khatun) is open for submissions! Are you interested in writing about politics, society, culture, identity etc. or want to showcase your work? Open to the BAME community only. We publish:

  • Poetry
  • Short Story
  • Essay & Review
  • Art & Fashion
  • Opinion

Pitch here:

Any enquiries, please email: 

You are warmly invited to our next Quorum seminar with David Atencio entitled ‘Abstraction and Repetition: Procedures to Observe Reality’ which will take place on Thursday 6th May. We are really looking forward to (virtually) seeing you there.

Please feel free to join the event from 7:30pm, where we can hang out, chat, and introduce each other and our speaker before David’s presentation at 8pm. After David’s presentation there will be a Q&A facilitated by one of the members of the Quorum committee, before opening up to questions from everyone else.

Please email for the registration link.

Transformative Testimonies: Writing and Human Rights. Four Countries. Two Regions.  17 – 23 May 2021 

A week of workshops, conversations, and readings on writing as remembrance, catharsis, and renewal.  All events are free to attend.

In December 2020, Wasafiri launched issue 104: Human Rights Cultures. This special issue explored writing in the wake of political crisis and opened up conversations and connections between literatures, writers, and creatives from four countries: Rwanda, Kenya, Colombia, and Argentina

Transformative Testimonies will build on this special issue with a multi-country, multilingual, digital programme this May. It will unite writers from South America and East Africa in eight events that affirm the power of writing for those responding to, remembering, and healing from collective catastrophe. 

Find out more

The Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2021- ‘Imperial Sexual Economies’ – Hazel Carby

Hazel Carby, Charles C. And Dorathea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, Yale University

Wednesday 16th June 2021, 6.00 – 7.30pm BST | Online | Places are free but booking is essential

Drawn from her new book Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands the lecture will examine the workings of patriarchal, racialized and gendered power through the entangled lives of free women of colour and enslaved women on a Jamaican coffee plantation. For information contact Katy (

#RSHCml2021 @RSHistCentre

Outside QMUL

Paid artist development opportunity called Stuck In The Lift . Our goal is to create a playground for artists using any performance practice – theatre, live art, spoken word, multidisciplinary work (and beyond!) who have experiments, ideas or material to test and play.


  •  £100 fee, contributing to your creative practice
  •  1-1 in depth conversation + consultation to gauge your needs and wants as an artist
  •  Access to a robust and ever growing east London based and focussed artist network
  • Opportunities to test work or share ideas and feedback in the form of our ‘Basement Chatter’ sessions (Fri 4 June, Fri 30 July)
  •  Access to three days of free rehearsal space at Rich Mix (June + start of July)
  •  Opportunity to perform 15 minute of your work-in-progress at the Stuck In The Lift scratch night at Rich Mix on Fri 23 July.

Details on how to get in touch if people are interested are here (scroll to the bottom of the page):

WORK FOR ART NIGHT 2021 – Paid opportunities: apply to be an Art Night Guide or Production Assistant   We’ve partnered with Art Night 2021 to bring you the chance to apply for two paid roles working with the festival team this summer.   As an Art Night Guide you’ll receive training to engage visitors with works of art and performances in selected locations across the UK. Or, if you prefer being behind the scenes, apply for a Production Assistant role – you’ll support the London-based curatorial team on tasks ranging from film shoots to rehearsals.   If you have a passion for contemporary art, are looking to develop new skills and would love to gain experience supporting a large-scale event – apply today.  

POPLARISM – A DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY OF THE POPLAR RATES REBELLION OF 1921   This weekend we launch the debut Poplarism! Digital Arts Festival with Finborough Theatre!   10 submissions have been selected from an open call which will be streamed on our YouTube channels over the 1-2 May, followed by a live online Q&A at 7pm with the contributing artists from each day (both will be BSL interpreted and all videos will be captioned).   This is the perfect injection of culture into your bank holiday weekend, and of particular interest to anyone keen on local history. All commissioned digital performances respond to the historical milestone of the Poplar Rates Rebellion of 1921. Never heard of it? Learn more about it here.

See the programme

Adeola, When We Speak participant and founder of @uplifttng has launched the Your Career Development online course that was developed whilst a part of the programme!

Up Lift The Next Generation have been working behind the scenes since 2019 and it’s finally here! For young people aged 13+ who want to development themselves in every way! Learn how to develop your leadership skills, boost your self-confidence, master the art of communication, learn about financing and meet the professionals!

There is free access until 4th June 2021, so do not miss out on this great project. Find more information below:

So many great job opportunities in this week’s Artsadmin E-digest.

Read it here

Birkbeck Arts Weeks3-21 May 2021: Join us online for this extraordinary range of events, including the theatre programming listed below. Events are free and open to all but require booking.   

5 May: In conversation: Jack Thorne Jack Thorne, playwright and screenwriter, in conversation with Birkbeck playwright David Eldridge.  

11 May: Building Back Better On the eve of the re-opening of the nation’s theatres, leading freelance theatre makers from Freelancers Make Theatre Work discuss the challenges faced by the theatre’s workforce and the future of our theatre ecology.  

17 May: Muslim Representation on Screen With UK Muslim Film and the Riz Test  Daragh Carville (Birkbeck), Sajid Varda (UK Muslim Film) and Shaf Choudry (The Riz Test) will be exploring issues around Muslim representation in UK.   

17 May: Theatre Scratch Night A rich collection of new short-form sound and video works from students in Birkbeck’s School of Arts, encompassing terrific solo pieces, poetry, rehearsed readings, adaptations, and audio performances.  

17 May: Invisible Ink Interactive online life drawing event and panel discussion responding to Invisible Ink, a theatre project exploring isolation and alienation, inspired by film noir.  

18 May: Circles of Hell Live streamed from Sitges, Barcelona, in association with Museus de Sitges, Theatre North presents a new solo performance piece based on Salvador Dali’s paintings of Dante’s Inferno.  

19 May: Burning Light Into That Good Night A single-screen moving image based on a memory session recorded in the summer of 2019 by artist Alda Terracciano with her father, a few weeks before his death.  

20 May: Belarus Free Theatre’s Burning Doors A screening and Q&A about Belarus Free Theatre’s film Burning Doors, drawn from the real-life stories of iconoclastic Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina.   ——-   GRiT is our termly research seminar, featuring presentations by visiting scholars, faculty and graduate students.   

Monday 24 May 2021, 4-5pm, Andy Smith (Theatre Maker / University of Manchester), ‘Plays by Committee’ This talk will explore Andy’s current project plays for the people. These works are short pieces that are written to be read and discussed by a group meeting for that purpose, rather than performed by actors for an audience. The form is influenced in part by the lehrstücke (learning plays) of Bertolt Brecht, but also (and perhaps more importantly) by the theatrical and socio-political context in which they are emerging. Book your free place here.       

For regular news and events, keep an eye on our website or follow us on Twitter @BirkbeckCCT

Upload Festival

The BBC is excited to bring you the virtual comedy and writing Upload Festival for a second year running! Upload will be taking place this weekend, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of May.

Upload is the front door to the BBC for creators of all kinds across the UK. We want to support you if you’re a new or developing writer or comedian by giving you the chance to join free online workshops with expert advice from successful writers and comedians.

All you need to do is sign-up, it’s as simple as that. Places are limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up ASAP!   Saturday 1st May 12 noon – 1pmGenerating and Structuring Ideas Plus special Q&A – Insights From a Commissioning Editor Author James Harris, winner of the Hachette Children’s Novel Award, will share tips and advice on how to generate your best creative ideas and bring them to life on the page. Plus insights from James’ Commissioning Editor, Rachel Wade, in a special Q&A.

Sign up to the Generating and Structuring Ideas workshop

Saturday 1st May 1.30pm – 2.30pmBBC Writersroom: Who we are and how we can help you
Development Executive Simon Nelson from BBC Writersroom will share insight and tips on opportunities and support for new writers in the BBC.

Sign up to the BBC Writers Room workshop
Sunday 2nd May 1pm – 2pmWriting Beyond Stereotypes: Developing Complex Characters
Yvonne Battle-Felton is the author of Remembered, winner of the Northern Writers Award and a lecturer in Creative Writing. In this session Yvonne will share techniques that you can use to create vivid and compelling characters, to bring your stories alive and to write as advocacy.

Sign up to the Writing Beyond Stereotypes workshopSunday 2nd May 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Upload: Getting Your Work on the BBC
Fancy hearing or seeing your work on Upload? Our team of BBC Upload presenters from England and Scotland are here to help with insight, tips and advice on easy ways to turn your writing into audio or video, how to get your content ready to upload and giving yourself the best shot of getting it on air.

Sign up to the Getting Your Work on the BBC workshop

Each night at 9pm content uploaded from across England, Scotland and Wales will be streamed on the Festival Stage and broadcast on BBC Sounds as well as across all 39 local radio stations in England and the Channel Islands.
The shows will also be available to watch afterwards on BBC iPlayer. BBC Radio Scotland will also broadcast an Upload Festival Special in the build-up to the weekend, on Wednesday 28th April.  

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

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