SED Opportunity Digest – 30 May 2022

Welcome to our latest round up of events, opportunities and schemes that may help you meet collaborators, improve your career prospects or simply broaden your horizons.

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From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Drama Research Showcase: What I’m Working OnLunchtime Lectures in June

Please join us for our new series of weekly lunchtime lectures, in which Drama staff discuss the research they are working on.  The lectures will be 25 minutes long and there won’t be any questions or discussion after – just a pleasurable dip into somebody’s research.  Please do join us on Teams to hear about the rich array of research taking place across our department. We really hope that all of our students and staff will join us there.

  • Julia Bardsley –  June 1st, 1pm
  • Dominic Johnson –   June 8th, 1pm
  • Martin O’Brien –  June 15th, 1pm
  • Martin Welton –  June 22nd, 1pm

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health – Free conference on 10-11 June

This two-day event explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice, with a view of imagining a different future.

Book here

This year’s theme is Masked/Unmasked – the wearing of physical masks to face the pandemic is a prompt to reflect on the metaphorical masks we wear to face the world, how we put these on to protect us from an unforgiving social world at the price of hiding the beauty of our differences. Interventions will examine how the arts can help us see behind the masks and sustain a new vision for mental health. 

We welcome service users, mental health professionals, artists and researchers and any members of the general public interested in the way the arts can contribute to mental health.


Onsite day – 10 June

  • Theatre Temoin’s work ‘NHS Yarns’ comes to Queen Mary and will be followed by a discussion panel about the pandemic and impact on NHS and other key workers
  • Performances and participatory creative and discussion workshops
  • Exhibition of selected artistic work submitted by conference participants (see here below for how to submit)

Book Day 1

Online day – 11 June – Live Captioning Available

  • Artist’s Keynote:”Birdsong from Inobservable Worlds” by acclaimed arts Dolly Sen
  • Maria Grazia Turri on a sketch for a Manifesto for the Arts and Mental Health
  • Parallel panels including:
    • Autistic unmasking and performing Beingness
    • Phakama on the language of resilience
    • A theatre company unmasking the life and work of a forgotten mad artist from the Faroe Islands
    • Masking and masculinity

Book Day 2

‘How to Read, Write, and Publish’ Workshop at Queen Mary 

Date: Tuesday May 31, 3-5pm 

Location: Arts Two Senior Common Room (on the top floor of the Arts Two building) 

I’d like to invite you to an upcoming workshop led by our IHSS Distinguished Visiting Fellow John Durham Peters. This workshop, aimed at MA students, PhD students, and Early Career Researchers, will focus broadly on ways to improve your writing and address any concerns participants might have about the writing process.  

All are welcome at this event, though please email me ( to let me know you’re coming. 

Professor Peters will also be available during his visit for individual consultations if any of you would like to meet with him. Just send me a note so that I can arrange a time. 

Here’s his bio: 

John Durham Peters is María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and Professor of Film and Media Studies at Yale and is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (1999), Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and Liberal Tradition (2005), The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (2015), and Promiscuous Knowledge: Information, Image, and Other Truth Games in History (2020), co-authored with the late Kenneth Cmiel. He taught for thirty years at the University of Iowa before moving to Yale, and he has held visiting fellowships in England, Finland, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, and Norway. He loves several languages, even if that love is not fully requited. For more info, see: 

Outside QMUL


Thursday 30 June / Bold Tendencies, Peckham / Doors 6:30 pm, readings from 7:30pm / Tickets

Join us on 30 June for our annual summer party. This year, we’ll also be launching Issue 33 of The White Review. We’ll be celebrating with readings from Fahad Al-Amoudi, winner of the 2022 White Review Poet’s Prize, Claire-Louise Bennett and Amber Husain, followed by drinks at Bold Tendencies. Copies of the new issue will be available to purchase on the night. The event will take place in Bold Tendencies’ covered spaces. The downstairs concert bar will be open for ticket holders from 6:30pm and after the event has finished.

More info

The British Academy Summer Showcase 2022

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 June 2022

The British Academy, London

Join us this June as we throw open our doors for the British Academy’s annual two-day Summer Showcase, a free festival of ideas for curious minds. Alongside a programme of pop-up talks, workshops and performances, 12 of our researchers will bring their work to life – from livestreamed global connections and an immersive VR experience to calligraphy workshops, live woodcarving and a conspiracy kitchen.


Historic England are offering paid summer placements in the built environment & heritage sector

Historic England have offered paid summer placement for 8 weeks in a variety of positions either remotely or in-person at one of their offices around England as part of their Heritage Inclusion Placements Programme.

Not to forget, they will be providing a training bursary – £330 per week if you are outside of London and £380 per week if you are inside London!

Find out more and apply

Artist Support at ArtsAdmin (Aldgate East)

At Toynbee Studios and online, we continue to nurture the vision of artists at all career stages: you can book Creative Support Sessions conversations with our producers; there’s a workshop to help you write your best possible application for Arts Council England’s Project Grants; and our Morning Producers gatherings offer a space for exchange and peer-led support. 

Final call for participants from East and South East Asian backgrounds with a desire to discover their creative voices! 

Unearth your creative voice through a range of writing and performance exercises that will allow you to experiment with diverse forms of storytelling.  

In the 4 workshops, you will be guided by experienced writer, actor and filmmaker Daniel York Loh (below, left) and fellow accomplished theatre director and facilitator Lexine Lee (below, right), who will support you in developing your ideas. You will then have the opportunity to share your work at the brilliant New Diorama Theatre in Euston.

Dates: Sunday 12th June, 11:00-17:00
            Sunday 19th June, 11:00-17:00
            Monday 20th June, 18:00-21:00 
            Tuesday 21st June, 11:00-17:00 (workshop)
                                            20:00- 22:00 (sharing session and drinks)

Location: 12th, 19th and 20th June at Linen Hall, London, W1B 5TE
                 21st June at New Diorama Theatre, London, NW1 3BF 

How To Participate?

To register interest, please complete this short questionnaire . There will be a fee of £20 for all 4 sessions. Places are limited!

CRIPtic x Spread the Word are pleased to announce the new season of CRIPtic x Spread the Word Writers’ Salons – bi-monthly online workshops and readings for d/Deaf and disabled writers. 

The Salon aims to support, develop, promote, and feature underrepresented d/Deaf and disabled writers and be an inclusive space where these writers can be part of a community, learn, have fun and share their work. 

The new season starts in June 2022 and runs through to December 2022. Each Salon will have a workshop with an invited facilitator followed by a reading and Q&A from a guest writer and an opportunity for participants to take part in an open mic (five x five mins slots will be available at each Salon).   

The Salon is open to d/Deaf and disabled writers writing in any genre, new or more experienced and is hosted by Jamie Hale. 

The Salon is free to attend and will take place on Zoom. The BSL interpreters are Michelle Wood and Jemima Hoadley.  

Find out more

Upgrade Yourself Festival powered by Squarespace on 10-11 June 2022

A photo of a group of young people smiling and enjoying themselves at an event.

We’re hosting our first-ever Upgrade Yourself Festival powered by Squarespace, the all-in-one online platform for creators. The festival grants exclusive access to trailblazing creatives and experts via talks, workshops and mentoring sessions.

For creatives aged 16-24, Upgrade Yourself Festival champions expertise from across the creative and cultural sectors. Guest speakers from Run the CheckMerky Books and the Black Wellbeing Collective share the tools, hacks and skills to tackle issues such as finances and budgeting, burnout and self-care.

Wingstop, Poke House, Proper and Karma Drinks will be providing free food and drink across the weekend.

Get ahead of the curve and book your free ticket now, we’d love to see you there.

Book free tickets

In Conversation: Literature Events at City University of London

21 June, 6-7pm, B104: In Conversation with Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik will be visiting us, to read from her work and take part in a Q&A, hosted by Dr Hetta Howes. Ayisha is the author of various novels including Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (described as “The Muslim Bridget Jones”) and The Movement, coming out in June, which explores the power of words – when to shut up and when to speak.  Refreshments will be served in The Pavilion from 5:30-6, and after the event.

More details here:

14 July, 6-7pm, B104: In Conversation with Danielle Jawando 

Danielle Jawando will be visiting us, to read from her work and take part in a Q&A, hosted by Dr Hetta Howes. Danielle’s debut YA novel And the Stars Were Burning Brightly was shortlisted for numerous awards and her new novel, When Our Worlds Collided, has been described as “a raw, unflinching and powerful story.” Centring on a shooting in Manchester, it explores the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media and the rest of society. Refreshments will be served in The Pavilion from 5:30-6, and after the event.

More details here:

Deadline extended for Creativity Works: Podcasting
Apply before: Tue 7 June, 6PM

Creativity Works: Podcasting is a 6-week immersive training programme for young people aged 18-24. If you are based in London and have an interest in storytelling and presenting then this is your sign to apply! 

This year, you will have the chance to produce your own 5-10 minute podcast with an exciting creative brief set by The Migration Museum, and will learn how to make your ideas a reality!

BBC Academy Fusion invites you to AI 2022: The Conference – Automation, Algorithms and Accountability

Are you aware of what AI is, what it can do or to what degree it’s disrupting the media and journalism landscape?

Brought to you by the BBC Academy, this free online conference will explore the latest developments in the use of automation, algorithms and accountability. 
It will also interrogate the complex moral, legal and ethical issues they raise: the mass capture of personal data, bias, hidden environmental and social costs, 
plus the constant battle against fake news.

Two days of fascinating conversation and debate will feature experts from the BBC, the LSE’s JournalismAI project, global IT giant Accenture, editorial analytics platform, ChartbeatThe Guardian 
and the renowned International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. There will be headline speeches from Storm Fagan, Chief Product Officer for the BBC, 
Ofcom’s Chief Technology Officer, Sachin Jogia, and Michal Pěchouček, CTO at the FTSE 100-listed cyber security company, Avast.

Please share with your communities.

22 – 23 June 2022


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The Mirror are looking for two editorial assistants to join the team for six months across their news and features desks. It pays London Living Wage and is specifically for people from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Times and Sunday Times Digital Production Grad Programme 12 June

The Financial Times are offering a three month contract as an editorial intern in conjunction with the Aziz Foundation, which supports British Muslims. Pays London Living Wage.

LibDems are also looking for two website content interns, who will be paid the Real Living Wage.

Lighting, Sound and Design Assistants, CATALYST An opportunity to work on the Donmar Warehouse’s production of The Band’s Visit. Perfect for underrepresented talent who are looking to take their first steps in the industry but are unsure how to get started. 

Marketing and Comms Coordinator at Theatre Peckham – Closes 15 June.

Channel 4 Production Trainee Scheme 12 June

Channel 4 TV Drama New Writers Scheme 12 June

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

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