SED Opportunity Digest – 04 November 2022

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From QMUL, Partners & Friends

School of English and Drama Research and Events Newsletter – November 2022

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Breaking Bread with First Nations Words

Date and time: Sun, November 6, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT

Location: Candid Arts Trust. 3 Torrens Street London EC1V 1NQ

Register now

Free event: Black History Walks Volume 1, Queen Mary University Launch

14 November – David Sizer Lecture Theatre

Outside QMUL

Free Creative Careers Events at Barbican

See the programme and book

Simmons & Simmons – London ‘BreakThrough the diversity bias’ Event 10 November INVITE

Simmons & Simmons are hosting a diversity panel event ‘BreakThrough the diversity bias’ alongside the Barclays D&I team and we would be delighted to have you and your members join us on Thursday 10 November at our London office! We know that it can be challenging navigating entering a career in law which is why we have organised this panel event where you can ask questions and learn more about diversity and inclusion from leading members of the Firm and Barclays.

BreakThrough the diversity bias. Simmons & Simmons, panel event at CityPoint, London.
Thursday 10 November, 5.45pm-8.30pm (including time to network).
● Alan Thomas – Trainee for Simmons in Disputes & Investigations.
● Charlotte Aherne – Legal Director, Senior Wealth Management lawyer
at UBS.
● Lucy Glover – Legal Project Managerand Relationship Manager at Barclays.
● Tepo Din – Senior Managing Counsel atBank of New York Mellon.
● And moderated by Joanna Harris -Head of D&I at Simmons & Simmons

Whether you are a law or non-law student, a graduate of any discipline, or if you just want to hear more about commitments to diversity and inclusion – anyone is welcome to attend! Maximum travel reimbursement of £50.

Register here

Film Trainee Finder – Graduate Opportunity

Date 1 Apr 2023, 00:00 – 31 Mar 2024, 23:55 Region UK Age 18+ Application deadline 28 Nov 2022 Career stages Entry, Early Industries Film Funding ScreenSkills funded

ScreenSkills Trainee Finder 2023-24 is now open for applications.

Apply here

What is Film Trainee Finder?

Film Trainee Finder is an entry-level placement programme that places trainees on film productions to ensure a continued supply of talent, capable of making world-class creative content. Participants become part of an industry-recognised group of trainees and receive exclusive access to training placements across the UK.

In previous years trainees have been placed on films including The Batman, Matilda, Jurassic World Dominion, No Time to Die, The Railway Children Return, Mothering Sunday, The Son, Tuesday, The Lost King, Pretty Red Dress, Persuasion, Boys in the Boat, The Eternal Daughter, Benediction, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Dungeons and Dragons, Ali & Ava, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, After Love, Empire of Light and MEN.

Free online symposium: Shakespeare and Race Spoken Word(s)

Book now and find out more

Theatrics of technologies and drama in the classroom

Wednesday 9th November 2-5pm (live and on-line)  

MA Students at University of Derby and Derby Theatre have been conducting Practice as Research with young people in schools using theatre and drama to explore the world of virtual reality and gaming. 

How can theatre and drama support young people to explore the future of technologies pedagogically for both the benefits and challenges to wellbeing? And how can drama enhance the curriculum?

The Symposium will be online or in person in the studio theatre at Derby Theatre, Eagle Walk, Derby DE1 2NF. 

Please book your FREE place via link below:

Applications are now open for our new artist development commission, INTRODUCING, produced in partnership with Stanley Arts!

Listen to a speech version of the commission details here!

We want to support 5 LGBTQIA+ artists in the development of a new idea or work. 

Introducing, is a commission for early-career queer performance makers / live artists whose work involves dance, movement or physical theatre.

In collaboration with our friends at Stanley Arts Croydon, artists will be given money, access to space, one-to-one check-ins, workshops, tailored mentoring, sharing opportunities & peer feedback sessions to develop their new work.

We are looking for bold & exciting new ideas from LGBTQIA+ artists who want to push boundaries in their performance making. Experimenting, exploring, trying new things or alternative ways of making.
Click here to head straight to the application form!
The deadline to apply is Monday 7th November by 5pm.
Commission activity will take place from November-February.

If you have any questions about the application or commission, you can email

For more information on the commission details, criteria & application head to

Apply now for Introducing !

Boost your skills with these free workshops

  • Wednesday, 9 November 2022 14:00The Recovering Pessimists Guide to Optimism – Live longer, live better Register
  • Wednesday, 16 November 2022 14:00 From Surviving to Thriving Register
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2022 14:00 Reflective learning workshop Register
  • Wednesday, 30 November 2022 14:00 Workshopping Critical Thinking: skills and tools Register

Art and poetry in conversation with John Milton and Cornelia Parker

The OU’s Contemporary Cultures of Writing research group are holding the second of three free online seminars with the Institute of English Studies in their November series: Ekphrasis, Creating a space for Art and Literature. 

We would like to invite you to the second seminar on Tuesday 15 November 2022 6pm-7pm:

Details of the event and of how to register can be found at the following link:

The third and final seminar Beyond Ekphrasis featuring Heather Richardson (The Open University) and Maria Isakova-Bennett (Coast to Coast Poetry) will take place on Tuesday 29th November 2022 6pm-7pm. You can also book this event here:

Contemporary Cultures of Writing is a research group at the Open University. You can find more information here:

The Future is Back is a FREE creative writing and mentoring scheme for LGBTQ+ writers.

Black and brown writers are especially invited to apply. It is funded by Arts Council England, with Spread the Word and Central Islington Library as main partners.

The scheme is to help writers who wish to take their craft to the next level by providing a safe, supportive and stimulating environment, and giving insight into the professional writing world. The Future is Back contributes to global efforts with a dedicated anti-racist focus. It asks you as a creative person to reflect on questions of representation, voice, and anti-racist commitment. Please note that this is a prose writing scheme.Deadline: 27 November,All info on The Future is Back here

Walthamstow’s First Annual “The Midnight Gallery” is being launched at CRATE St James Street on national museum night to celebrate and showcase the art from local artists and wordsmiths!

Whether you’re a budding collector, fellow artists wanting to network, another night owl creative or somebody interested in the spoken word art form this is the place to be on November 1st!

We are inviting artists and creatives to showcase and sell their work as part of the event;

We welcome all types of mediums.
You can exhibit as many pieces as you’d like.

Please ensure works are family friendly or have a disclaimer.
You will be able to keep all your sales, we don’t require any commission.

Deadline is Monday 31st October at 1pm.

Apply now

More about the event


Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, 17-18 November 2022 

This Wellcome ISSF-supported symposium, hosted by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, explores the role of theatre, performance and related art practices in the experience and expression of grief in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Planned as a hybrid event, taking place online (17 November, via Teams) and in person (18 November, Birkbeck School of Arts), the symposium approaches its subject by bringing together artists, academics, community organisers, health and social care professionals.

The symposium features three strands: 1) invited specialist keynotes, panels and workshops; 2) panel presentations; 3) a Peltz Gallery/Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre new digital artwork commission.  

Schedule and booking 

Day 1, 17th November:

Day 2, 18th November:


WriteNow is back!

WriteNow is back! This year, Penguin is partnering with leading TV content creator, BBC Studios, to offer writers an opportunity to expand their understanding of both the TV and publishing industries.

Applications are open exclusively for commercial fiction – books with a fast-moving plot and a hook that reels the reader in.

WriteNow is looking for compelling love stories, comedy and family drama, and gripping crime and thriller novels.

Applications open on Monday 7 November and close on Sunday 8 January. It starts with just 1,000 words.             


Free event: The War in Court: Inside the Long Fight against Torture

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022, 17:00 – 18:30 (GMT)

Venue: Room 313, Third Floor, School of Law Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS

Register now

Free event: Taking the Mic: Black British Spoken Word Poetry Since 1965 Aesthetics, Activisms, AuralitiesFriday 18 November 2022

Keynote Speakers: Jay Bernard FRSL, Berlin and London and Kayo Chingonyi FRSL, Leeds

We are delighted to announce that registration for ‘Taking the Mic: Black British Spoken Word Poetry Since 1965’ is now open via Eventbrite:

Student Art Pass – a year of art + opportunities for a fiver

A Student Art Pass lets you dive into culture on a budget with free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and 50% off major exhibitions.

Plus, you’ll gain access to paid arts opportunities and grow your network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. All for just £5 a year.

Available for a limited time.

Get your £5 pass today

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1Xtra’s Where It Begins Work Placement Deadline – 06 November, 2022

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Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

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