SED Opportunity Digest – 1 October 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

Black History Month in Tower Hamlets

Music, film, workshops, heritage and more form the mainstay of varied, month-long programme of events and activities to mark Black History Month 2021.

In addition to the wide array of events listed, Museum of London Docklands have a great programme for Black History Month throughout October.

You can learn about key moments in London’s Black history with an interactive timeline, drop in to a weekend storytelling session with Soup Stories, inspired from the new display ‘Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place’ and explore the stories of past Black Londoners with a digital trail for the who of half term week.

Local organisation Trapped in Zone One are creating two new community murals in Tower Hamlets which showcases the rich diversity of the borough and honour a community champion who is an inspiration to young people in Tower Hamlets.  For details to how you can get involved in these FREE creative workshops please visit their website.

English Study Support for First Years

English PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) starts for first year students in person on Thursday 7 October 2021. Email Amanda to RSVP or if you have questions:


‘After a difficult period of time, this new academic year will hopefully be one of positive change and transition, and we want our first print run to reflect that. By making ‘passages’ the theme of our first print run, we are hoping it will provide an outlet to help aid the healing process this next year will bring. 

‘Passages’ can be the fleeting or lasting effect of going through changes in life. It could mean passing next to someone and recalling a memory; the perfume of that person might remind you of a family member; a stranger you cross paths with might look familiar without personally knowing them. “Passages” could be the feeling of wading through water – there is little resistance, it is natural and almost as instinctive as time passing through life.
What can Passages encompass?

Submissions can focus on: emotional or physical transitions, transformations, changes in physical space, the progression of time, or any other interpretation that reflects this theme!

We are open for submissions NOW. We take submissions for poetry, prose, short story, comics, illustration, paintings, collage, photography (including photographs of 3D art forms such as sculpture, embroidery, textile art, ect.). Deadline is the 13th of October! You can send your submissions to us at

We are very much looking forward to seeing your submissions! 🍑

Maya and Alexandra, Editor in Chief & Deputy Editor

PEACH Magazine

Queen Mary Theatre Company Pitches Wanted

Do you have a show you want to pitch? Is it a bit out of this world? Well it’s time for our first ever festival and Anything Goes!

If you want to pitch a show head here and complete our application form, which has a handy pdf file about pitching. The Deadline is Friday 8th October at 12pm! 

We’re excited for everyone’s idea, no matter how extraterrestrial! 👾

Reach! Workshops

Studying at university is quite different from school. Reach! will equip you with the tips and skills you’ll need to succeed with your studies. You’ll learn about UK academic culture, effective study techniques, essay writing, data visualisation, how to recognise disinformation and more. Reach! workshops are organised by the Queen Mary Academic Skills team.

In  the session taking place on Wednesday 6 October [at 1pm or 4pm] will focus on Effective Reading & Note-Making, The session runs both in person and online. Visit our Eventbrite page to sign-up. 

To find out more about future sessions, take a look at our website

Outside QMUL

The Apocalypse Reading Room – Ama Josephine Budge

An installation of books for all ages, exploring ways to reimagine our futures

3 people on an armchair surrounded by books and plants in the corner of a cafe
The Apocalypse Reading Room at Toynbee Studios, curated by speculative writer and artist Ama Josephine Budge (centre) and two residency Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson (left) and Mohammed Z Rahman (right). Photo by Bettina Adela

The Apocalypse Reading Room is an installation by speculative writer and artist Ama Josephine Budge: an on-site library, a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social transformation, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world…

Explore the The Apocalypse Reading Room in person at Toynbee Studios in the Arts Bar & Café. This post-apocalyptic library installation is filled with books for all ages and you’re invited to come and read books exploring ways to build, transform, rethink, rewrite and reimagine our futures. 

The Apocalypse Reading Room is activated by two artists, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Mohammed Z Rahman, who are taking part in a three-month long residency programme, a series of public events and writing blogs:

Listen the audio description by Dot Alma

Here is a list of audiobooks that we have in the Reading Room

BBC Digital Cities – Free Training

Digital Cities Virtual returns on 12 October 2021 for another fantastic lineup of ONLINE events for people working in or interested in TV and related creative industries. We’ve teamed up with top UK media organisations to deliver a varied schedule of amazing FREE events for people who work in, or want to work in, the creative industries. Here’s some sections:

BBC Academy: Everything you need to know about reaching audiences on Instagram

Shooting and editing for BBC TikTok

Why is TV (still) failing people with disabilities and what are we doing about it?

BBC Academy: Everything you need to know about reaching audiences on Twitter

Launch of 2021 Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

‘Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.’ Silence Dogood, No.8, The New-England Courant (1722).
Each year a question or quote exploring Benjamin Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is open exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500. Winning entries will be posted online at

The Franklin quote for interpretation in 2021 is: ‘Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.’ Silence Dogood, No.8, The New-England Courant (1722). Entrants should interpret this quote for its significance today. All entries must be received by 31 October 2021.

Franklin is one of history’s great figures. While he made lasting contributions in many fields, his first passion was writing. He believed in the power of the written word as the bedrock of a democratic society to inform and stimulate debate.

*Entrants must be aged 18-25 years and living in the UK.

Entries of 1000-1500 words must be sent by 31 October 2021 to Each entrant is asked to provide their name, preferred email, postal address, and phone number within the email with the entry attached as a word document. In addition, entrants should provide their age and place of study (if applicable; if they are not in education, they should provide a biographical note explaining their current acurrent activities). Entrants may submit only one entry; fiction or non-fiction.

OverComeAutumn 2021 at Battersea Arts Centre

The Battersea Arts Centre autumn 2021 season of live theatre, dance and digital shows celebrates our unique ability to come together, learn and grow. All tickets Pay What You Can.

More info

James Cousins Company Presents: 
We Are As Gods
6-10 Oct

The world premiere of this large-scale immersive experience. Enjoy local food and drink as powerful dance performances weave through the building. Book now.

Figs in Wigs presents: 
Little Wimmin 
20-28 Oct

Wild, irreverent and cosmically comical, Figs in Wigs dismantle Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. Book now.

Roman Road Trust Opportunities

  1. Events & Communications Officer job at RRT, Deadline 9:00am on Monday 18th October:
  2. Neighbourhood Curriculum Workshops:

Roundhouse Rising Festival 2021 announces full programme including headline sets from Shay D, Grove, Jerkcurb + Natanya, 19th – 23rd October 2021.

The London festival returns to fully celebrate 11 years of championing new music, in association with BBC Music Introducing, Route, Saffron and Daytimers

More panels, masterclasses + workshops launched this year to open up access to the music industry. 

Tickets on sale for members on Tuesday 28th September with general on sale Thursday 30th September from

Landing a job in the Music industry

Wed 20 Oct, 6pm

Do you want to secure a job in the music industry? Participate in this workshop to learn how to get your foot in the door, make connections and launch your career.

How to be an Agent

Sat 23 Oct, 11.30am

Find out what it takes to create events and festivals in this informative and engaging panel. Gain tips on booking live shows, signing acts, routing tours and more!

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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