SED Opportunity Digest – 17 December 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Last chance to donate!

Donate via the JustGiving.com page and you could win one of 2 Faber & Faber Poetry Diaries for 2022 and a £20 voucher.

CALL OUT: Solitude and Social Difference project

Expressions of interest from Queen Mary colleagues in all disciplines are welcome as part of an interdisciplinary research project on ‘Solitude and Social Difference’. The aim is to investigate how the social divisions and inequalities of our society affect people’s experiences of solitude and loneliness.

The project is still at development stage, and any expressions of interest or questions can be directed to Barbara Taylor (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk)

Outside QMUL

The Journo Resources Fellowship Programme 2022 – Apply by 24 Dec

The Journo Resources Fellowship is an intensive scheme to support people looking for their first break in journalism. It offers a paid commission for our website, bespoke training in both job hunting and reporting skills, 1-2-1 mentoring, and a supportive community to help you take your first steps within the journalism industry.

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Myriad (a @newint imprint) is looking for a Book Sales & Promotions Co-ordinator to join the team. Working part-time from home for 2 days a week. Full details here: https://myriadeditions.com/about/opportunitiesandinternships/

what will Just FACT do?

Sign up to get trained and become part of the fight for Climate Justice in East London.

Be.Green is a free 4-month programme that builds young climate activists. We are part of an exciting borough wide initiative, JustFACT, which brings together partners from across the borough to work towards a socially just food and climate transition.

Be.Green participants are engaged in a series of workshops from local changemakers to national troublemakers who are working on innovative and inspiring climate projects, receiving workshops from Organise, R-Urban, Sunny Jar and London Leap, amongst others.

After soaking up the learning you will work on real life projects and campaigns which will create or support change in Tower Hamlets. Our first cohort have been engaged in Be.Green since July 2021 and have attended a range of exciting workshops and events, and made a trip to COP26! They have also created a Zine which showcases local people’s views towards climate change and highlights some key issues which you will be able to view in print and online by December 2021. 

Our second cohort is due to start in January 2022 and applications are now open. Please express your interest here!

www.wen.org.uk

Talkaoke Skills Lab is a hybrid cross-border creative development opportunity, exploring the question of what does a creative and socially engaged practice means in the global community, where technology plays an ever increasing role?

The programme is for UK and Uganda-based artists, performers, writers, creative producers, cultural programmers and everyone who is interested in pushing the boundaries of socially engaged creative practice. 

Application deadline: 1st February

Website: http://thepeoplespeak.org.uk/talkaoke-skills-lab/ 

Attachment: a pdf with programme info

I’d love to invite your team and your wider network of collaborators to consider getting involved. You could alsovhelp us getting the word out to the world via a social media post or sharing of our existing Twitter post / Facebook post.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Hello friends of Raze!
We hope you’re all doing okay in these wild wintery times! We’re writing to you with news of a fabulous new call-out which we currently have open! 

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you’ve two weeks left to apply! Got a friend who’d be perfect for it? Share it with them!

– are you a queer writer based in London?⁠
– do you have a short story of around 2,500 words (15-20mins)?⁠
– would you love to have it recorded & creatively sound designed?⁠
– would you & your work benefit from the support of a dedicated team of queer arts producers?⁠
– do you want connect with other more experience queer storytellers?⁠
– do you want your stories, to reacher wider audiences?⁠

Here’s a link to the google form now!

Here’s a link to an audio version of the application form & information

THE COMMISSION⁠

Application Deadline: 29.12.2021⁠

You will will receive:⁠

– a £350 commission fee⁠
– expert directorial support in the recording of the story⁠
– creative sound design & production support⁠
– weekly check-ins & support with the Raze Team⁠
– guidance on network support & relationship building ⁠
-Your work published as the first instalment of our Raze Sounds audio series⁠

As ever, thanks for supporting all the work we do & making it possible for us support incredible queer performance!

The Raze Team x  

New opportunities resource:

I Like Networking

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

SED Opportunity Digest – 3 December 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

MA English Literature and MA Creative Writing Zoom Event

Tuesday 7 November 2021
1600-1700 UK Time

Sign up

Embodiment in Disembodied Systems by Vivian Chinasa Ezugha

Wednesday 8 December

Soft start at 18:30 GMT via Zoom

Book on bit.ly/qm0812o

Vivian Chinasa Ezhugha, one of the new directors of Live Art Development Agency, will be talking about navigating leadership as a performance artist.

Bad English

Book Launch: Bad English: Literature, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Language in Contemporary Britain (2020) by Rachael Gilmour.

A convivial conversation between Rachael, Nisha and Juliette will be followed by a reception.

Email to reserve a place

Careers Events

SED Livelihoods in English ESH6044: Presenting yourself to others (careers)

07-Dec-202110:0012:00

Canary Wharf Jobs Fair

09-Dec-2021 11:0015:00

External fair run by Tower Hamlets

Amazon Women’s Event Series: Silencing your inner critic

09-Dec-2021 12:0013:00

External event hosted by Amazon

Cover of book "London Yiddishtown" next to headshot of Vivi Lachs

LONDON YIDDISHTOWN: EAST END JEWISH LIFE IN YIDDISH SKETCH AND STORY, 1930-1950 

Thursday December 9th 7.30pm at JW3

An evening with Vivi Lachs, Alan Dein and guests for the book launch of

LONDON YIDDISHTOWN

Conversation, story readings and East End music.

£10 in person with a big discount on the book and free CDs of Cockney-Yiddish music hall songs.

JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET,

Book here: https://www.jw3.org.uk/index.php/whats-on/london-yiddishtown

TO BUY THE BOOK, DESCRIPTION AND REVIEWS 

https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/london-yiddishtown

Add voucher code FW21 for a 30% discount 

https://www.eurospanbookstore.com/book/detail/london-yiddishtown/?k=9780814348475

Add voucher code VIVI20 for a 20% discount 

OR IN PERSON launch discounts – a whopping 36% off

LONDON YIDDISHTOWN:  GREAT JEWISH BOOKS ONLINE AT THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER 

Sunday December 12th 1pm (Eastern time), 6pm (UK) 

ONLINE: Yiddish Book Center

https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/educational-programs/adult-learners/great-jewish-books-lecture-series/register-great-jewish-books

LONDON YIDDISHTOWN:  YIDDISH NEW YORK 

27th, 28th and 29th December 6.30-7.45 (UK)  

ONLINE: Three lectures, each focusing on a different writer 

London Yiddishtown: Katie Brown’s comic and rueful tales of family shenanigans  

London Yiddishtown: Arnold Kaizer’s humour on community and synagogue politics 

London Yiddishtown: I A Lisky’s left-wing stories of work, protest and fascism 

Sign up at https://www.yiddishnewyork.com/ 

Linkedin Learning

Discover all the things you can learn

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

SED Opportunity Digest – 26 November 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Wonderer Journal’s submission deadline has been extended to 3 January

Watch our Instagram Live to see the sort of thing you could submit.

Listen to Craft the new podcast by Wasafiri

Craft is brought to you by Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing. Check out our website (www.wasafiri.org) for outtakes from this interview that didn’t (quite) make the final cut, and much more from writers all over the world.

Ed Charlton (English, QMUL) “Blueing Toronto: Dionne Brand’s Melancholy Utopianism”

REMINDER: Upcoming event in week 10 – a talk by Ed Charlton (English, QMUL). Register by email, or through this form: https://forms.office.com/r/FeUpKRUKEU

Our very own Clare Stainthorp is giving a talk‘The Women of the Nineteenth-Century Freethought Movement in Britain’ on Thursday 16 December, 16:00-18:00 CET (15:00-17:00 GMT)

The talk is part of an International Society for Intellectual History seminar series.

INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE & VIOLENCE REDUCTION ENGAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM – 3 December

Join us for the first focused engagement symposium on Interpersonal Violence and Violence Reduction hosted by SMD Crisis Network. Speakers include our very own Paul Heritage (Drama/People’s Palace Projects). The new Queen Mary & SMD Crisis Network is pleased to host our first focused engagement symposium on Interpersonal Violence and Violence Reduction. We aim to connect researchers from across all Schools & Faculties in the University who have an active academic interest in this area, and to explore new directions and collaborations for future research, education and engagement.

Outside QMUL

Vault Festival: New Critics Programme

Early-career reviewers who have no formal training or professional experience in arts journalism, check out @VAULTFestival‘s New Critics Programme!

Deadline: 10 December, 8pm Find out more: https://buff.ly/3oOQyks

FESTIVAL LAB PRODUCERS COURSE

Get a chance to produce your own area at London Remixed Festival (25 March 2022) with support from industry specialists.

Deadline for applications: 8 Dec

Find out more: https://www.globallocal.co.uk/opportunities

FREE FRIDAYS BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Nice free online workshop introductions to various career skills:

Nov. 26 – Adobe InDesign 101

Nov. 26 – Visual Design 101

Dec. 3 – Adobe Illustrator 101

Dec. 10 – Digital Marketing


Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

SED Opportunity Digest – 19 November 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

How Queer Everything Is To-day: Zine Workshop at V&A Museum – Saturday 20 November

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Join Rachael House, legend of the comic strip and queer zine scene, for a free two-hour zine making workshop in the Art Studio on the theme of queer Wonderland.

Talks Programme

Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
11.30 – 15.00

Join Dr Kiera Vaclavik, Curator Alice Power, Queer Bruk founder Akeil Onwukwe-Adamson, and
Quiplash for insightful talks about queer communities and identity.

11.30 – 12.00 Alice is a Boy’ with Dr Kiera Vaclavik

This talk explores the instability about identity at the heart of the Alice books and shows how
‘gender blind’ casting of the central role was for many years a feature of theatrical adaptations.

13.30 – 14.00 Finding queer communities through digital rabbit holes with Alice Power

Many journalists have put the blame of the closure of LGBTQ venues on social media and dating
apps. Assistant Curator of Architecture and Urbanism, Alice Power, however, contends that from its
inception the internet has been a vital tool community building for marginalised groups.

14.15 – 15.00 Making LGBTQ intersectional Wonderlands with Queer Bruk and Quiplash

This panel highlights two organisations striving to cultivate intersectional queer spaces to counter
the mainstream gay scene.

ECRs Work in Progress Seminars

We would love to invite you to the first session of the ECR Work in Progress Seminars at the SED! The event will take place on Wednesday December 8th, 4:00-5:30pm at Arts Two, 3.20. We will be hosting two speakers from the School of English, and the panel will be followed by a Q&A.

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Dr Deven Parker – Byron’s Poetic Cartographies

This paper examines cartography as a popular and hotly contested form of representing the Peninsular war and argues for its centrality to the poetics of Byron’s Childe Harold. I explore how innovations in mapping, coupled with the British public’s desire to visualize the events of the war, created a new market for published military maps. The popularity of these maps coincided with the rise of body of poetry I term “cartographic war poetry” that was directly informed by and sometimes even published with popular war maps. I demonstrate how cartographic war poetry remediates the perspectives of the maps themselves, deploying a series of formal and textual strategies to anesthetize military violence and advancing the government’s case for continuing a war facing significant opposition. Byron seeks to intervene in these literary and political contexts, replicating the perspective of both military maps and cartographic war poems in order to expose its ideological underpinnings. Toggling between the distant, birds-eye perspective of war cartography and a much closer view, Byron reveals, I argue, the problem with cartographic representation: that its guise of accuracy and objectivity actually furthers violence.   

Dr Clare Stainthorp – Freethought Dialogue and Debate in the Secular Review/Agnostic Journal

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The freethought movement’s periodicals grew and sustained a space in which atheist, agnostic, and secularist ideas could be developed and debated during the second half of the nineteenth century. Reading, writing for, and editing periodicals built social networks, imagined communities, and feelings of shared endeavour. Nonetheless, the freethought movement was not built on a single homogenous platform; factionalism and infighting were rife. Debates and dialogues looked both inward and outward, and proliferated in various ways. This paper focuses on the Sunday weekly periodical that began life in 1876 as The Secular Review: A Journal of Daily Life and was titled The Agnostic Journal and Eclectic Review in 1907 when it ceased publication. I will explore how dialogic forms (specifically verbatim debate reports, imagined dialogues, readers’ letters, and correspondence columns) functioned and consider how the heterogeneity and multivocality of freethought was navigated by those involved in the movement.

Inclusivity and Equality in Performance Training

Teaching and Learning for Neuro and Physical Diversity

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Sumita Majumdar and Daniel Oliver wrote a chapter together for this book that’s just come out.

Inclusivity and Equality in Performance Training focuses on neuro and physical difference and dis/ability in the teaching of performance and associated studies. It offers 19 practitioners’ research-based teaching strategies, aimed to enhance equality of opportunity and individual abilities in performance education.

Challenging ableist models of teaching, the 16 chapters address the barriers that can undermine those with dis/ability or difference, highlighting how equality of opportunity can increase innovation and enrich the creative work. Key features include:

  • Descriptions of teaching interventions, research, and exploratory practice to identify and support the needs and abilities of the individual with dis/ability or difference
  • Experiences of practitioners working with professional actors with dis/ability or difference, with a dissemination of methods to enable the actors
  • A critical analysis of pedagogy in performance training environments; how neuro and physical diversity are positioned within the cultural contexts and practices
  • Equitable teaching and learning practices for individuals in a variety of areas, such as: dyslexia, dyspraxia, visual or hearing impairment, learning and physical dis/abilities, wheelchair users, aphantasia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autistic spectrum.

Electric Shock: Art School Performance and the Making of Fad Gadgetwith Gavin Butt (Northumbria University) – 24 November

​​Wednesday 24 Nov, 18:30 GMT both in-person and online. In-person booking: bit.ly/qm2409ip Online booking: bit.ly/qm2409o 

This lecture will explore the formative influence of art school education within post-punk music culture. It will address the work of electro-pop and industrial music pioneer Fad Gadget (a.k.a. Frank Tovey) as a response to the avant-garde shock tactics of experimental performance by staff and students in the Fine Art department at Leeds Polytechnic in the mid-1970s. The presentation is based upon Butt’s forthcoming book No Machos or Popstars: When the Leeds Art Experiment Went Punk (forthcoming Duke University Press, 2022).

Poetry and Place in Cambridge from 18 November

Poster for 'Poetry and Place in Cambridge'

Our very own Di Beddow is featured in this exhibition in Cambridge.

This exhibition looks at the rich history of poetry about Cambridge, by focusing on poems and poets concerned with the places of the city. From Geoffrey Chaucer to the lesser-known Mary Davys, Sylvia Plath to William Wordsworth, poets both inside and outside the University have been moved to write about different areas of Cambridge. As well as transporting readers as far as Grantchester and Trumpington, these poems also help us shed new light on central locations, such as the Mill Pond and Market Hill.

TheoryLab is hosting the launch of JF Drolet’s latest book: Beyond Tragedy and Eternal Peace: Politics and International Relations in the Thought of Friedrich Nietzsche

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a live and in-person event – on the 25th of November 2021, at 6pm in the Hitchcock Cinema in ArtsOne.

The launch is followed by a drinks reception. Details and registration

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Occupy! Ten Years After 7 December

In this panel debate we welcome leading writers and thinkers on the Occupy movement to reflect on its legacy and dynamics today.

Outside QMUL

100 MASTERS SCHOLARSHIPS ON OFFER FROM AZIZ FOUNDATION

Yesssssss you read that right! We’re offering 100 masters’ scholarships at 18 Preferred Partner universities in the areas of:

  • Media and Journalism
  • Tech
  • Sustainability
  • Policy
  • Law
  • Creative Content

We ask university partners to commit to tackling Islamophobia on campus and in higher education. Wondering why your preferred university isn’t on our list? Reach out to them and ask them to join our programme! Want to learn more about the scholarships?

SIGN UP to out information event on the 2 December, link in our bio

Bernadine Evaristo, Yomi Sode and Julianknxx to highlight Black-led Tottenham Literature Festival 

  • The festival that centres around Black writers and Black narratives is now in its third year 
  • Many events are free or low cost, with some taking place online as well 
  • The theme of this years’ events is revolutionary love 

The Sex Lives of African Women                             Available to watch on demand during festival | £5 

Alexandra Hemsley presents…                                                           29 Nov, 6.30pm | The Hub | £7 – £5 

Malika’s Poetry Kitchen                                                                       29 Nov, 7.30pm | Theatre | £12 – £10 

First Five with Yomi Sode                                                                1 Dec, 7pm | Theatre | £12 – £10 

Bernardine Evaristo in-conversation with Hannah-Azieb Pool            2 Dec 7.30pm | Theatre | £15 – £13 

Julianknxx’s Black Corporeal                                                              3 Dec 7.30pm | Theatre |  £12 – £10 

Speed-writing workshop with Veronica Mckenzie,             4 Dec, 5pm | Rehearsal Space | £10 – £8 

Bernie Grant Arts Centre and online, 29 November – 5 December 2021 

@BGArtsCentre | #TottenhamLiteratureFestival | berniegrantcentre.co.uk 

Women & Power festival at Shakespeare’s Globe – 6-12 December

The Women & Power festival at Shakespeare’s Globe will ask some of the most important questions of our moment. Join the conversation to discover the role that theatre, music, art and poetry can play in exploring the intersections of gender, race and class that are at the centre of social change today. How does the work of Shakespeare speak to this moment of gender revolution? How can we use Shakespearean performance to tell our own stories of oppression and assault?

This festival includes performances, panel events, a scholarly symposium and workshops that will spotlight and prioritise the work and the voices of women of all backgrounds.

Portfolio Review: Getting into Design with Google Creative Labs

Ever wondered what it’s like to work as a designer at Google? Or what the team look for in a great design portfolio? On Wednesday December 1st, Creative Lives in Progress is teaming up with Google Creative Lab to host a portfolio review for emerging designers. Apply to take part via Homerun.

Good to Go Festival

Good to Go Festival | 20-21 November

Good to Go Festival at Theatre Deli London highlights artists whose work was cancelled due to the pandemic.

History of Political Ideas Seminar, Institute of Historical Research:

Shatema Threadcraft (Vanderbilt), ‘The Labors of Resurrection: Black Women, Death Work and the Making of the Black Counterpublic Sphere’

Wednesday 24 November
17.15 – 18.30 GMT

The seminar takes place on Zoom. To attend please register here. You will then be sent a link to join on the day.

Channel 5 Eggheads Opportunity

Eggheads is back for a second series on Channel 5 and we are looking for teams to take part.

Teams can be made up of friends, family, colleagues or members of clubs – whether you quiz regularly, started during lockdown or maybe this will be your first time. 

Each team will consist of 4 team members and 1 standby. 

If you beat the Eggheads you could win a cash prize. If you don’t the prize fund rolls over.

We would love it if you could share our flyer (attached) on social media, or forward it to people/students/colleagues who you think would be interested.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 10th December 2021 so don’t miss out on applying!

If you are interested, you can apply online via our online entry form.

You can watch an episode at https://www.my5.tv/show/eggheads

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THE WHITE REVIEW SHORT STORY PRIZE PARTY 2021

Thursday 2 December / Reference Point / £3.50 entry (+fees) / Tickets
We’re excited to be celebrating the winner of the 2021 White Review Short Story Prize, sponsored by RCW, at Reference Point on 2 December. This year’s prize was awarded to RZ Baschir for ‘The Chicken’. On behalf of the judging panel, Preti Taneja said that the story ‘announces her as a brilliant new talent.’
  Join us for short readings, followed by drinks in Reference Point’s bookshop and bar space. Issues of The White Review will be on sale, as well as Reference Point’s unique collection of first editions.

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Cheap scripts and theatre titles from Nick Hern Books

Theatre publishers Nick Hern Books are bringing their first-ever pop-up bookshop to acclaimed London new-writing venue the Bush Theatre for two days only on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November! Choose from a massive range of playscripts and books all at amazing, one-off bargain prices, with hundreds available for just £2. Find out more

  • Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

SED Opportunity Digest – 12 November 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Stepney Words 50 Years On

Free event this Sunday in the People’s Palace Great Hall

The remarkable story of 1971’s Stepney Words, with Chris Searle, Stepney Words poets, historians, activists and today’s young voices.

In 1971, English teacher Chris Searle was sacked from a school in Stepney for publishing his students’ poems about their perspectives on the world around them. His students, joined by others from local schools, went on strike and marched from the East End to Trafalgar Square to demand justice. Fifty years later, Chris and his pupils, with historians and grassroots activists, reflect on Stepney then and now, student strikes then and now, and the continuing radical potential of poetry. The afternoon will end with performances from today’s young poets.

Speakers include: Chris Searle, Alan Gilbey, Tony Harcup, Judith Suissa, Ken Worpole, Julie Begum, Rob Waters, Tom Woodin, Angela Hancock, Alan Dein, Nadia Valman with poets Dillon Kalyabe and Becksy Becks.

  • 1400 The Stepney Words Story with Chris Searle and the Class of 71
  • 1445 Changes with Rob Waters, Judith Suissa and Tom Woodin
  • 1530 Down in the Basement with Alan Gilbey and the Basement Writers
  • 1540 Tea
  • 1600 Grassroots with Tony Harcup, Ken Worpole, Julie Begum and Angela Hancock
  • 1645 Poetry with Chris Searle and the Class of 71, Dillon Kalyabe and Becksy Becks, poets, and the Class of 21
  • 1815 End

QMUL English Seminar-Prof. David Kurnick “The Erotics of Large Numbers”

18 Nov, Thursday, 5pm, GMT

Want to know how literary realism renders quantitative facts qualitatively perceptible? Don’t miss Prof. David Kurnick’s talk on “The Erotics of Large Numbers” next week!

All are welcome – Register here: https://qmul-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeqtrTsiGtW2q5Dgr-Te8IgHJm6mnga1

Karen Christopher duets event Tuesday 23 November, 6.30pm

Please join us for the launch of a new book Entanglements of Two: A Series of Duets, edited by Karen Christopher and Mary Paterson, and published by Intellect Books. The event will include contributions from Karen Christopher, Mary Paterson, David Berman (Physics, QMUL), Andrea Milde and Jemima Yong.

Tue, 23 November 2021 | 18:30 – 20:00 GMT | Add to calendar

FILM AND DRAMA STUDIO, ARTS TWO

Electric Shock: Art School Performance and the Making of Fad Gadget

with Gavin Butt (Northumbria University)

Wednesday 24 Nov, 18:30 GMT on Zoom or in-person in RR2, ArtsOne building at Queen Mary University of London. 

In-person booking: bit.ly/qm2409ip

Online booking: bit.ly/qm2409o

QUORUM committee is excited to invite you to a free seminar hosted by QUORUM at Queen Mary University and online on 24 November: This lecture will explore the formative influence of art school education within post-punk music culture. It will address the work of electro-pop and industrial music pioneer Fad Gadget (a.k.a. Frank Tovey) as a response to the avant-garde shock tactics of experimental performance by staff and students in the Fine Art department at Leeds Polytechnic in the mid-1970s. The presentation is based upon Butt’s forthcoming book No Machos or Popstars: When the Leeds Art Experiment Went Punk (forthcoming Duke University Press, 2022).

For more, visit QUORUM Twitter (@QuorumQMUL) or our website: https://quorumqmul.wordpress.com/

Imperial Nostalgia: a conversation

Thursday 25 November, 7.00pm – 8.00pm UK timeOnlineFree, but booking is essential  

A strong emotional attachment to the memory of empire runs deep in British culture. In recent years, that memory has become a battleground in a long-drawn ideological war, inflecting debates on race, class, gender, culture, the UK’s future and its place in the world. Peter Mitchell’s Imperial Nostalgia surveys the scene of the imperial memory wars in contemporary Britain, exploring how the myths that structure our views of empire came to be, and how they inform the present. Taking in such diverse subjects as Rory Stewart and inter-war adventure fiction, man’s facial hair and Kipling, the Alt-right and the Red Wall, Imperial Nostalgia asks how our relationship with our national past has gone wrong, and how it might be improved.

Peter Mitchell will be discussing his book and the issues it raises with Nadine El-Enany, Reader in Law at the Birkbeck School of Law, and Gargi Bhattacharyya, Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, UEL.

Kathryn Yusoff Reading group: Week 8 Monday 15 November 1-2:30pm

We’ll be reading “Inhumanities” from A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (U of Minnesota P, 2018). A brief introduction will be given by Ananya Mishra. Chair: Charlotta Salmi. 

The seminar will be IN PERSON in Laws: 3.08-D and ONLINE. Please register via the following link: 

Ed Charlton (QMUL) “Blueing Toronto: Dionne Brand’s Melancholy Utopianism”.

Week 10 Monday 29 November 1-2:30 pm – Chair: Rehana Ahmed

The seminar will be IN PERSON in Scape Canalside TR1 and ONLINE.

Outside QMUL

Free Online Event: The Future of Storytelling    

Thursday 18 November 2021
6-7pm GMT | 7-8pm CET | 1-2pm EST

The enduring power of storytelling is undeniable and the printed book has proved resilient, even in the face of digitization and the global pandemic. So what does the future have in store for reading, storytelling and the ‘text’ in a world where visual media is increasingly dominant? How do advances in digitization change the way we read and experience texts? And how does this change the way that books and other kinds of textual media are made?

Our esteemed panellists will draw on their own research projects to explore these questions and to demonstrate how important research from across the humanities is in shaping our understanding of the past, present and future of our cultural heritage and production. Register for the event here.

New Possibilities for Performance @ Eastside Projects 

New Possibilities for Performance Eastside Projects

ONLINE: Saturday 4 December, 11am–1pm
Pay what you can (£7 suggestion), Free to EOP

BSL interpretation and live captioning What is at stake in experiencing performance? How is this experience mediated, live and direct in close physical contact or mediated and transmitted via technology and screens? What does it mean to make performance, now in a pandemic and post-pandemic world? Where is performance made and shown, and by whose authorship?

This event will explore what is currently at stake in performance across all live contemporary art forms, reflect on the current climate for making and sharing performance and build collective conversations in response to a series of urgent questions and provocations by guest contributors. Guests include Barak adé Soleil artist, dancer and co-director of Live Art Development AgencyJoe Moran choreographer and director of Dance Art Foundation, Louise O’Kelly curator and founder of Block Universe, Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange, and SERAFINE1369 dancer and artist. 

The event will start with a series of provocations exploring ‘what is at stake in performance now’. With responses engaging with current concerns within choreography, contemporary art, live art, artistic practice and beyond. We will explore what is at stake in the live experience, and what a removed viewing through a screen or device may add or take away from the observer. 

This event is “pay what you can” to allow for flexibility depending on your income, the suggested amount for those with secure income is £7  READ MORE
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Half Moon Young People’s Theatre – Creative Learning Assistant (Internship)

Are you keen to gain a year’s experience working in a theatre for young people? Half Moon Theatre is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Creative Learning Assistant to support all aspects of the company’s extensive programme working with young people in Tower Hamlets.

Each year, Half Moon works with around 26,000 workshop participants and has around 25,000 audience members. Half Moon is a theatre for young audiences which tours nationally and specialises in artform development and new writing. Our participatory work and professional theatre programme have equal status and are mutually enriching.

The post is a fixed term one-year contract, paid at the London Living Wage, funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation Internship Programme.

The Jack Petchey Internship development programme is designed for young people who are leaving further or higher education and starting out in the youth/charity sector – or young people who have done one or two years of employment and are looking to transfer into, or take their next career step in, the youth/charity sector.

We particularly welcome applications from residents of Tower Hamlets.

Please email a CV and covering letter (maximum 1 side A4) demonstrating your experience and abilities to : beccy@halfmoon.org.uk
(Please also send your completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form)

Closing date for applications: Friday 26 November 2021 at 10am
Interviews: w/c Monday 29 November 2021
Starting date: Monday 10 January 2022

Computacenter roles are now open and they have some awesome opportunities for both placement years and graduate programs. 

What do Computacenter do? In simple terms, you’d be joining a company who delivers digital tech solutions to some of the biggest organisations in the world. They have opportunities across Business Management, Project Management, Technical Consultancy, and Sales.

Placement Years – £17k, Locations across the UK, Add real value from Day 1, Hands on experience and the opportunity to learn and work on innovative solutions for our customers.

Graduates – £30k starting salary, Locations across the UK, Structured support programme designed to fast track your learning and development in a business that really cares about it’s employees.

Interested? Follow the link below to their Future Careers page to find out more.

http://ocply.co/am-computacenter21

  • Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

SED Opportunity Digest – 5 November 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Pop Up Creative Skills Academy in Reading Week

Diaspora Speaks x Peach Creative Writing Event

Diaspora Speaks × Peach Magazine Creative Writing Workshop
16 November 2021 | 6-8 pm | St Benet’s Chaplaincy – QMUL Mile End

An amazing creative writing workshop is around the corner. A Diaspora Speaks x Peach Magazine collab. All welcome.

Sign up here


Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival – From 5 November

For many years, Tower Hamlets Council and Queen Mary University of London have been proud to support A Season of Bangla Drama, an annual festival which brings the borough’s communities together each November to celebrate the magic of theatre as well as the arts and cultural traditions of Bangladesh.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh, this has been renamed the Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival.

The themes in the title have inspired the plays and events that make up this year’s programme. We are delighted that we are continuing to profile British Bangladeshi theatre as an important way to spotlight key events of 1971, tell untold stories, and reach out to new audiences.

The variety of plays on offer cover topics including the plight of women, the tales of freedom fighters, the journeys of refugees such as the Rohingya and Vietnamese, as well as the power of protest. 

There will be a fringe programme of events including a Bengali heritage walk, film screenings, an international youth writing project, talks and exhibitions.

The festival will also provide opportunities for audiences to participate through Q&As, and to be immersed in the richness of poetry, music and dance.

This is a fantastic way to learn about the history, legacy and impact of what unfolded half a century ago.

For the full programme listings, please visit our What’s On page.

The Unbreakable Student: 6 Rules for Staying Sane at University

To celebrate the publishing of his new book The Unbreakable Student: 6 Rules for Staying Sane at University Nic will be sharing some of his best hints and tips with our student ambassadors before giving you the chance to ask your own questions. The free live event will be happening on Wednesday 10th November at 2pm.

To book your free space follow this link

Outside QMUL

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BBC Academy: Production Unlocked

Are you interested in getting into the field of factual television production? #ProductionUnlocked has a day packed with all the tips and tricks you need to create great factual content

Click the link to secure your place! https://bbc.co.uk/academy/events/production-unlocked

Build your speaking confidence for free with top employers like Just Eat, Investec and Google


Sign up now for the award-winning We Speak Employment online programme. Improve your speaking confidence and employment opportunities with mentors from companies including Just Eat, Investec and Google.

Your place would be fully funded by our corporate partners. During live weekly online sessions, you’ll build your confidence around how to contribute to discussions, speak comfortably at job interviews and speak in front of groups.

The programme take place once a week over 4 weeks. You can choose from dates starting in mid November. Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement. It’s a friendly and relaxed environment so perfect if you feel less confident speaking.

Sign up as soon as possible at www.wespeak.co/apply (2 minute form). The opportunity closes on Monday 8 November but places may run out earlier.

Decadent Plays A one-night-only rehearsed reading of ‘decadent’ plays

Rehearsed readings at The Albany, Deptford, Wednesday 10th November 2021

Book a free ticket

While commonly associated with hedonism and excess, the word ‘decadence’ has a much richer set of connotations, including a taste for decay, delight in uncommon sexual and cultural practices, and the upturning of moral hierarchies. For this event, we’ve selected some of the most innovative scenes from Remy de Gourmont’s Lilith (1892), in a new translation by Dan Rebellato; the first act of Jean Lorrain’s Ennoïa (1905), translated into English for the first time by Jennifer Higgins; Djuna Barnes’s brilliant one-act play The Dove (1923); and a little-known text that was well ahead of its time by Izumi Kyōka called Kerria Japonica (1923). The curators and translators will also be offering short introductions to each of the performed texts.  

Expect an unusual and expansive evening filled with femme fatales, sadomasochistic pleasures, queer desires, and the fall of humankind.  

Curated by Dr Adam Alston and Professor Jane Desmarais | Directed by Jonathan Meth | Performers: Lauren John Joseph, Georgia Sansom, Sadao Ueda, Yuriri Naka, Eric Stroud and Adam Alston.

The ‘Go For It’ High Street Enterprise Start-up Support Programme will help you:

– Develop your enterprise idea

– Work out what you need to start and grow a high street business.

– Develop your entrepreneurial skills 

– Plan market research

– Develop a marketing & sales plan

– Prepare a budget

– Learn about customer service and 

– Manage cash flow and finance

Apply here

Creativity and Climate Justice: OPEN SPACE EVENT

Discussing how creativity and arts can engage with climate change and action

Women in the Arts Festival – Rich Mix

From Fri 5 – Fri 12 Nov Sama Arts Network will bring us concerts, talks and panel discussions – all focused on women in music and the arts.

  • Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

Queen Mary is proud to partner on Freedom & Independence Theatre Festival 2021 starting on 5 November

The Freedom & Independence Theatre Festival runs from 5-28 November 2021 and will comprise an intercultural programme marking the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence. Activities will include 12 theatrical performances, exhibitions, curated talks and seminars.

It will facilitate a dynamic cultural exchange between youth, elders and marginalised groups across the UK Bangladeshi, Palestinian, Rohingya, Somali, Vietnamese and London’s East End communities, celebrating in diverse modes and media the themes of freedom and independence.

Queen Mary University of London has been a key partner on the festival since its inception with events happening on campus in our ArtsOne Building.

Some highlights include:

Freedom and Independence: People Speak by British Bangladeshi Poetry Collective A (bilingual) poetry-play event where audience members are invited to join BBPC poets on stage

Bengali History Walk by Swadhinata Trust A poet will be joining this year’s Banglatown walk to add a new dimension to this engaging, interactive slice of local history

Film: ‘A Very British History: British-Bangladeshis’ The film explores the migration history and experiences of the British Bangladeshi community

Future 001 Xuriyo by Numbi Arts Future 001 Xuriyo is an Afro-Futurist project that tries to imagine the possibilities of a Somali future

Use Your Words by Arts Without Borders Come along and hear how young writers have got creative and honed their craft using the themes of independence and freedom

Ummsiyah by Arts Without Borders This is a celebration of Palestinian arts and culture as well as the lived Palestinian experience

Sunday is Saree Day by Mohila Ongon This is a female only event to celebrate womanhood through sarees, heritage and Bangladeshi delicacies

When Madonna was Dying by BSK This play tells the story of the women activists in 1971 in the UK who were the forerunners in raising voices for freedom

SED Opportunity Digest – 22 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

New Black History Month alumni profile – Tomiwa Owolade (English BA, 2018)

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I’m excited to share my latest profile for Black History Month, featuring freelance writer and critic, Tomiwa Owolade (English BA, 2018). (Thank you to Suzanne, who bumped into Tomiwa at a book signing recently and told me about him!)

In his profile, Tomiwa explores the idea of ‘pride’ and talks about how his degree helped to develop his skills as a writer, how lucky he feels to have a job that aligns so much with his interests, and why he’s been inspired to begin writing a book about black British identity. 

“[My book] is a critique of a tendency to conflate the experiences and cultures of the black British population with the black American population. Obviously, there are instances when comparisons are valid, but the assumption, which I found pervasive after the Black Lives Matter protests last year, that we can analyse black Britain through an American lens, is reductive.”

For the full interview, visit: https://bit.ly/TomiwaOwolade.

Please like and share the social media posts if you can:

Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn / Facebook.

Craft Podcast

Calling all lovers of reading and literature! Join Wasafiri’s Malachi McIntosh and your favourite international writers including Daniel Mella, Chen Chen, Bernadine Evaristo, and Raymond Antrobus to take you on a journey behind the scenes and unpack the often-hidden side of how their work was created.

New Learning Resources

  • Digital Theatre + (digital recordings of theatre productions).  This is in addition to Drama Online (digital recordings of theatre productions and play scripts), which we started subscribing to last year.
  • Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Literature (dynamically updated key reference work on literature)
  • Alexander Street Academic Video Online (documentaries and films across all subject areas)

Read more here

Diversity QMUL Diversity Speaks Coaching

We have the opportunity for you to engage with some specialist mentoring.

Unlock your Talent, build confidence and tackle any difficulties you are facing whilst being at university and identifying from a Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Background.

If you are interested please sign up here or via the QR code in the email.

Outside QMUL

A Free Inclusive Festival of Theatre, Dance and Cabaret

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18th – 28th November 2021 At Stanley Arts & Online A Bit Of A Do, our annual festival of theatre, dance and cabaret, featuring work by disabled and non-disabled artists is back!  Everyone is invited! We will be returning to Stanley Arts – a community arts venue in South Norwood, from the 18th to 28th of November. This year there will be two ways to experience the festival: this can be in person or online, so you can choose which you prefer. All events include British Sign Language interpretation and some events include enhanced access for visually impaired audiences. We have a range of amazing performances and digital experiences including work from Bert & Nasi, Forced Entertainment, Moxie Brawl, GymJam, Ellen Renton, Jack Dean & Company and Aby Watson. As well as an evening of Cabaret Performance, an inclusive club night and a Scratch Night that will showcase brand new performance ideas from disabled artists. As always all events are Free to attend – you just need to book a ticket so that we know how many people will be with us! You can find all of the festival information and book tickets by following the link below. We can’t wait to have ‘A Bit Of A Do’ with You! Learn More

Friday Late: remake with gal-dem

Friday Late takeover, this month gal-dem and friends are back for a night of live performances, workshops, installations, talks and screenings.   As we enter the Roaring Twenties, this Friday Late, we’re asking you to remake with us, using your hands, minds and imagination to radically change the times we live in.   29 October, 18.30 – 22.00

FIND OUT MORE GO TO gal-dem

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Rough Trade Books presents an evening curated by Musa Okwonga at The Social

Featuring live readings from two of the UK’s most exciting literary voices, Inua Ellams and Nikesh Shukla, a long-overdue Social performance from the incredible 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE and finally, Musa himself in conversation with Ian Wright (can’t believe we’ve actually just written that…

We’ll also have music from DJ Pierre Nedd, and the usual array of Rough Trade Books merchandise for sale. So get down to the best bar in town for what promises to be a classic night.

Calling all avid readers! Enrich your CV with a portfolio of book reviews on our independent review site Reedsy Discovery.

We spotlights gems of the indie publishing world — great books that are often overshadowed by big bestsellers. As a reviewer, you can contribute as much or as little as you like, and great reviews will be featured in our newsletter, sent weekly to 300k readers.

What do you need to apply? At least 1-2 book review examples.

Interested students can apply here: https://reedsy.com/discovery/reviewers/apply?source=uni

If you have any further questions, you can drop me an email at victoria@reedsy.com and check out our FAQ here: https://reedsy.com/discovery/reviewers-faq

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WebCrafters

WebCrafters is a student-led project aiming to enable students to access the hidden job market through the power of the personal website. Whether you are a student, a graduate, or looking to have a change of career, we are here to help you promote your personality and achievements in the best possible light. How? By teaching you to code your own personal portfolio website and showing you how to interface that site with LinkedIn and other key employability sites to maximise your online presence. These will enable you to gravitate towards the hidden job market and showcase yourself in the best possible light to prospective employers.

Computacenter roles are now open and they have some awesome opportunities for both placement years and graduate programs. 

What do Computacenter do? In simple terms, you’d be joining a company who delivers digital tech solutions to some of the biggest organisations in the world. They have opportunities across Business Management, Project Management, Technical Consultancy, and Sales.

Placement Years – £17k, Locations across the UK, Add real value from Day 1, Hands on experience and the opportunity to learn and work on innovative solutions for our customers.

Graduates – £30k starting salary, Locations across the UK, Structured support programme designed to fast track your learning and development in a business that really cares about it’s employees.

Interested? Follow the link below to their Future Careers page to find out more.

http://ocply.co/am-computacenter21

The Uni Bubble regarding our free weekly careers newsletters where we’re equipping students to move into industries of the future after university. We’ll be guiding you on the opportunities available to you, the free skills and qualifications you can gain to increase your employability and other specific advice on each industry weekly.

Our 7 industry-specific newsletters you can choose from are: Digital, Technology, Creative, Business, Green Jobs, Entrepreneurship and Exploring Opportunities.

It can be overwhelming navigating the career paths available to you so we’re here to guide and prepare you to find work in an industry you’re interested in, regardless of your degree background.

Find out more about us on our website or sign up now using this registration form – it’ll take 5 minutes and you won’t regret it!

Journeys: 150 Years of ImmigrationRoyal Albert Hall – 29 October – 6 November 2021 

Next week sees an all-new festival taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating 150 years of immigration via a series of inspiring talks, performances, and interactive events, featuring an array of artists, musicians and speakers from immigrant backgrounds.

Part of the Hall’s 150th anniversary programme, Journeys is curated by prolific musician, producer and broadcaster Nitin Sawhney, who will headline the festival with a concert in the main auditorium on Friday 29 October.

Nitin will also be on hand to lead panel discussions covering the relationship between diversity and creativity, and evaluating the meaning of being an immigrant in society today. He will be joined by such names as Andy Serkis, Sonita Gale and YolanDa Brown. Limited £5 tickets for these talks are available for students, under 26s and unemployed.

Find out more and book tickets at: royalalberthall.com/journeys.

Warburg Institute Director’s Seminar – a conversation with Rivka Galchen about her new novel, Everyone Knows your Mother is a Witch, with Ulinka Rublack

Wednesday 27 October 2021: 5.00-6.00pm UK time (BST)

Online via zoom

Rivka Galchen’s novel, published this summer, about the witchcraft trial of Katharina Kepler was described by the Wall Street Journal as “a very beautiful work of fiction” and the LA Times as “a smart book that investigates the power of narrative… while being funny and deceptively easy to read.” Galchen re-imagines the world of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War, concentrating on the herbal remedies, troubled friendships, and worldly tribulations of the mother of the astronomer Johannes Kepler. To discuss the book and the case, as well as the challenges of rendering difficult histories in artistic forms, Galchen will be joined by Professor Ulinka Rublack of Cambridge University, whose book on the trial and its implications for the history of science and magic, the Reformation, and women’s lives, was an important source. Rublack also created an opera, Kepler’s Trial, on the subject.

Rivka Galchen is the author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances, the short-story collection American Innovations, the essay Little Labors, and the children’s book Rat Rule 79. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and is a regular contributor of essays, reviews, and fiction to The London Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. She lives in New York and Montreal and teaches in the writing program at Columbia University.

Ulinka Rublack, FBA, is a professor in early modern European history and a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. She is editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Protestant Reformations; her other books include Dürer in the Age of Wonder and The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for His Mother, which won the Deutsche Historikerpreis. Her current project, The Triumph of Fashion, charts the rise of fashion in different parts of the globe from 1300 onwards. During the academic year 2021-2 she is a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin.

Free to attend. All welcome. For booking see: https://warburg.sas.ac.uk/events/directors-galchen-rublack

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The Amplify Project – Black Writers In Their Own Words

Recently launched podcast series called The Amplify Project is committed to supporting Black British writers and amplifying the Black British literary cannon. We’ve invited writers for the stage, page and screen to tell us about themselves, their work, what inspires them and why they write.

You can find our website here which also has links to our social media handles.

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)

SED Opportunity Digest – 15 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Winners Announced for the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Find out the winners here

There Are Plenty of Businesses like Show Business: Launch Event for ‘Marxist Keywords for Performance’ — 20 October 2021, 7:30 PM (BST) with a soft start at 7 PM

This year we return to QUORUM with a research group Performance and Political Economy. 

This year, we will be hosting events both online and in person whenever possible. Tickets are free but please RSVP. 

For in person ticket, click here.

For online ticket, click here.


Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2021 – Tuesday 19 October 2021

Nicole Aljoe (Northeastern): Racing the Rise of the Novel: Black Lives and the Development of the English Novel from 1688-1832 

This talk comes from a larger study that aims to analyze the complex relationships between the development of the novel and narratives of Black lives in Britain during the long 18th-century (1688-1837), as well as contribute to conversations about the impact of notions of race and empire on the development of the novel in Europe during this time. Tracking the representations of Black lives across novels and other texts throughout the century highlights the ways in which Black and White writers used these representations to engage particular questions not only about the aesthetics and form of the new genre, but also important attendant questions about notions of subjectivity and human rights. The appearance of a range of black characters and protagonists in early European writings over the course of the century provides a useful framework for revealing an/Other story of the development of the novel that complicates the often nativist and frequently exclusive narratives of the “rise” of the genre that continue to dominate in the field. In essence, this talk aims to explore what happens when Watt’s “rise of the novel” model is “recast” with a focus on Black texts. 
Chair: Markman Ellis

All welcome

Time: 17:15–18.30pm. GMT.
 
Venue: Online via ZOOM and IN PERSON.

If you wish to join this seminar ONLINE Please register here —
https://qmul-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfumsqj8sGNcqEGKDDlbL9nA8hFNgjfT3

If you wish to join this seminar IN PERSON please come to the Francis Bancroft Building, Room 109, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS (no. 31 on this map https://ph.qmul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Article/Mile-End-campus-map.pdf). If you are attending in person, please e-mail w.bowers@qmul.ac.uk to confirm this, so we can keep track of numbers for social distancing and refreshments. 

All About Inclusion: In Conversation with Black Alumni on Wed, 20 Oct 2021, 17:30 – 19:00 

At this event, a panel of Black alumni will speak about their journey as a Black person looking for work and their personal experiences in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about our speakers. 

Click here to self enroll to our QMPlus module, which you will need access to to view the event. If you are a graduate, please contact careers-events@qmul.ac.uk 

If you require captioning for online events, we recommend using the Google Chrome extension. Find out how to do this by clicking here.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar – Thursday 21 October

“Shakespeare and Dickinson at the White Heat

Prof. Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth College)

Get Zoom Link Here (Registration Needed)

The Last Gasp: A Recalibration by Split Britches – Tue 19—Sat 23 Oct 2021, The Pit at Barbican

Equipped with some know-how and a touch of irony, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (Queen Mary Drama) use spoken word and movement to respond to a world turned upside down. How do you survive a loss? First you recalibrate…

Little Wimmin by Figs in Wigs at Battersea Arts Centre – 20-28 October

Drama Grads Figs in Wigs are coming out of isolation and this time they’ve got their period
(dresses)

Presenting a live art, feminist ‘adaptation’ of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. Wild, irreverent and cosmically comical, this production dismantles the traditional canon to make way for the doomed future of humankind.

Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival – From 5 November

For many years, Tower Hamlets Council and Queen Mary University of London have been proud to support A Season of Bangla Drama, an annual festival which brings the borough’s communities together each November to celebrate the magic of theatre as well as the arts and cultural traditions of Bangladesh.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh, this has been renamed the Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival.

The themes in the title have inspired the plays and events that make up this year’s programme. We are delighted that we are continuing to profile British Bangladeshi theatre as an important way to spotlight key events of 1971, tell untold stories, and reach out to new audiences.

The variety of plays on offer cover topics including the plight of women, the tales of freedom fighters, the journeys of refugees such as the Rohingya and Vietnamese, as well as the power of protest. 

There will be a fringe programme of events including a Bengali heritage walk, film screenings, an international youth writing project, talks and exhibitions.

The festival will also provide opportunities for audiences to participate through Q&As, and to be immersed in the richness of poetry, music and dance.

This is a fantastic way to learn about the history, legacy and impact of what unfolded half a century ago.

For the full programme listings, please visit our What’s On page.

Outside QMUL

Roots at Wilton’s Music Hall – Until 30 October

1927’s Roots is a medley of these rarely-told stories, an anthology of ancient folk tales by anonymous authors. Tales of tyrannical ogres, magic bird’s hearts and very, very fat cats are brought to life with 1927’s signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling.

Flairbox – Performing Arts Pro Workshops

I wanted to let you know about FlairBox’s Workshop Week, an exciting opportunity for your students to learn from industry Professionals through online masterclasses, at a discounted price.
Places are going rapidly, but we want to do everything we can this year to support graduating and recently graduated students by giving them as much support as possible in entering the industry. 

I’m delighted to be able to offer the students of Queen Mary University a 20% discount on all of our workshops! (including masterclasses with Casting Director Nancy Bishop, United Agents’ Olivia Jones, and viral comedy sensation Jonny Weldon). All your students need to do is apply the discount code: DramaSchoolRef  when purchasing a workshop space through our website FlairBox.

(RE)CONNECT WORKSHOPS

For young people aged 16+

Thu 28 – Sat 30 Oct; 11.30am – 1pm; £4.50 each + Booking Fee

Want to start your own podcast, write your own music or create your own solo show? We’ve got a series of workshops this month from amazing artists to help get your creative juices flowing. 

MAKE YOUR OWN SOLO WORK
Apphia Campbell
Thursday 28 October
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MAKE YOUR OWN PODCAST
Cherise Hamilton-Stephenson
Friday 29 October
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MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC
Lilly Pollard
Saturday 29 October
BOOK NOW

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)

SED Opportunity Digest – 8 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

EXCLUSIVE THEATRE PREVIEW TONIGHT IN PINTER STUDIO, ARTSONE

Sign up here: https://forms.office.com/r/ZKGEDdWv4g or turn up at 7.30pm

The Death of King Arthur by Seth Kriebel explodes the legend we all think we know and asks:
What story do you want to believe?

The Death Of King Arthur is a new version of a very old story, an interactive twist on the enduringly popular tales of Arthur and his knights.

Choose which parts of the story you want to hear: The bit about the sword in the stone? Lancelot & Guinevere? How Arthur dies?

Or the other version of how Arthur dies? …or the other other version?

Sit back and enjoy or actively take part in the decisions that guide the story. Each show is unique, depending on the audience’s choices… bringing a lost Britain back to life and asking what the old tales can tell us in these complicated times.

Learn more about Seth here: http://www.sethkriebel.com/arthur

The Queen Mary Postgraduate Research committee is delighted to invite you to our schedule of seminars this autumn (see poster).

We have put together a fantastic line-up of speakers from across the UK and America, who will be sharing their work with us, ranging from seventeenth-century skin colour to twenty-first century music videos.

This semester, we will be hosting seminars on Zoom on Thursdays, beginning 14th October. The seminar begins at 17:00 (UK time) and follows the format of a paper of up to 45 minutes and a question session of 15 minutes. All QMUL staff and students are warmly invited to attend, and to share with anyone else who might be interested at other universities or elsewhere.

We hope the seminars inspire you and spark new discussions, especially at a time when we are rediscovering the strength of our QM English community after a long time apart. It is our belief that the PGRS seminar exemplifies all that is best about QM English – innovative, supportive, and led by learning from each other. We are so looking forward to seeing you all there this autumn as we reconnect with our community here at SED. 

Zoom registration for our very first talk, ‘Citizenship in an Erotic Mode in the work of Beyonce Knowles and Warsan Shire in Lemonade (2016)’ on 14th October, is open now! Follow this link to sign up: 

https://queenmaryenglish.wordpress.com/autu/

Temporary Before Permanent is a contemporary art exhibition curated by Drama graduate Rebecca Sangs showcasing prints from Ann Chang which were collected and archived over the artists’ time here in the UK. These prints were primarily stencils used for the practice of           . Each of the stencil prints exhibited represents a person, an interaction and the connection between the artist and the person that was            .

Stencils are often used right before the start of a            session for the artist to find the best position for the design to permanently live on someone. It could often take multiple tries of applying and wiping to eventually find the best location. Stencils act as temporary guidelines and will be wiped off completely from the skin by the end of the session. As a sentimental act, the artist collected all the stencil prints used in every          session.

Originally from a small town based in Taiwan, Ann Chang takes inspiration from the origins of her parents’ home where rain and wet weather are a common phenomenon. Through connections from back home, as well as friendships built within East London, interactions of culture form many aspects of the artist’s work which are delicately showcased within the amalgamation of this exhibition.

Chang has an obsession with vases, where it took her a long time to figure out what it meant to her. She explains, “Vases are like people, they are in all shapes and colors and it’s up to you what you’d like to put inside of it. The vases I draw are often covered in a rain texture, which represents the melancholic rainy cities and small towns I live in now and  have lived in before”. 

As well as representing a collection of experiences found through human connection, Chang’s            practice aims to present a discovery of peace within all aspects of art-making. Seen as a form of therapeutic experience, there is power in the artwork not only for the            artist, but also the people who connect and participate with it, as well as the clients who get           . Framed as a non-aggressive approach to active creation, these prints represent the idea of continuously being able to find joy in a time of challenges and hardships.

Ann Chang is a            artist, printmaker, illustrator and painter.            makes up a large part of her original work. As the kind of art form that Chang practices is not only unsupported but also red taped by the government, she is applying for a visa as a printmaker and illustrator to continue living her life in London. The word            has to be erased and kept secret. By marking the word in the color of the stencils the artist believes that the art form is not completely disowned but highlighted with a distinctive shadow.

If you would like to know more about why certain words are removed from the texts above, please write to us at temporary.before.permanent@gmail.com and we will send you a personal letter written by the artist to tell you more about the story as the artist would still like to keep the focus of the exhibition on the artwork. You can also follow Ann on Instagram @she_shan_yu to see more of her fantastic work.

Location: Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT

Exhibition period: 10am- 6pm, 11 – 17 of October 2021

Stepney Words 50 Years On

An event at the People’s Palace reflecting on the significance and legacy of the publication of Stepney Words & the Stepney Schools Strike with Chris Searle, historians, activists & poets.

Free

20 years since 9/11. Panel Discussion on Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism

On Wednesday 13th October at 14.00, Suzanne Schneider (Brooklyn Institute for Social Research) will launch her new book: 

The Apocalypse and the End of History: Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism 

(Verso, 2021)  

Ahmed Dailami (Exeter), Martyn Frampton (QMUL) and Julie Norman (UCL) will offer comments before opening up to Q+A. 

This is a blended event which will take place both online and in person at Queen Mary University of London

To register please follow this link: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/ihss/whats-on/items/20-years-since-911-panel-discussion-on-modern-jihad-and-the-crisis-of-liberalism-.html

The book’s blurb is as follows: 

In this authoritative, accessible study, historian Suzanne Schneider examines the politics and ideology of the Islamic State (better known as ISIS). Schneider argues that today’s jihad is not the residue from a less enlightened time, nor does it have much in common with its classical or medieval form, but it does bear a striking resemblance to the reactionary political formations and acts of spectacular violence that are upending life in Western democracies. From authoritarian populism to mass shootings, xenophobic nationalism, and the allure of conspiratorial thinking, Schneider argues that modern jihad is not the antithesis to western neoliberalism, but rather a dark reflection of its inner logic.

About the speaker:

Dr Suzanne Schneider is Deputy Director and Core Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, working in the fields of history, religious studies, and political theory. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2018), and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Mother Jones, N+1, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other outlets.

*This event is a part of our “Aftermaths” series

Outside QMUL

Online Lecture: In Conversation: That Other British Asian Theatre: British East Asian and Southeast Asian Performance

British East Asian and Southeast Asian theatre and performance are perhaps less well-known than theatre and performance created by British South Asian companies and artists. How are British East Asia and Southeast Asia represented by theatre-makers? So, how has Asia been represented on the contemporary British stage? Increasingly more plays about Asians and on Asian themes have been produced at the National Theatre, the Arcola, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and more. There are a wealth of stories, histories and voices that are yet to be explored and told. Theatre artists Kumiko Mendl and Kwong Loke join us in conversation.

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WEBINAR: Making Feminist Theatre (and Making Theatre Feminist) – Thursday 28th October, 8am PST | 11am EST

Digital Theatre+ and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education are delighted to invite you to our latest free webinar Making Feminist Theatre (and Making Theatre Feminist)

Join leading practitioners for a roundtable discussion about the practical strategies, approaches and exercises that enable them to practice feminism in their work. We’ll be asking them about the politics of their work, how they experience power in the theatre, and how they have navigated it in their careers.

Exploring both process and product, this unmissable event aims to inspire and to further understanding for those interested in both creativity and social justice.

Click here to sign up now

Click here to learn more about Digital Theatre+ webinars

Job: Student Recruitment Content Coordinator

University of the Arts London (UAL) is a vibrant world centre for innovation and top 2 in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings 2021). UAL draws together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.

Student Marketing and Recruitment is a forward thinking department. We deliver market intelligence, marketing campaigns, prospective student communications and guidance. 

Registration for the free virtual ‘Books on Screen’ symposium is now open!

Join us for part or all of 3 November 2021 to explore how books are represented on screens. All welcome, please share widely.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/books-on-screen-symposium-tickets-185791636787

Bestselling author Candice Carty-Williams will be in conversation with Jamelia at The Ritzy cinema next Monday 11 October at 4.30pm about her new book, Empress & Aniya – South London’s answer to ‘Freaky Friday’.

Tickets are only £5 + booking fee, and attendees will have the chance to ask Candice questions, buy a copy of the book and get it signed. Monday 11th October is also International Day of the Girl, so this event which will focus on female friendship should be particularly relevant and inspiring! The ticket purchase link is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/candice-carty-williams-introduces-empress-aniya-tickets-172357384577.

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)

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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

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: a.perumal@hss20.qmul.ac.uk

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR PEACH MAGAZINE: 🦋PASSAGES🦋

‘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 peachmagazine@qmsu.org

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

Maya and Alexandra, Editor in Chief & Deputy Editor

PEACH Magazine http://peachmagazine.co.uk/

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 www.BenjaminFranklinHouse.org.


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.


Submissions
*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 education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org. 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: https://romanroadtrust.co.uk/jobs-events-communications-officer/
  2. Neighbourhood Curriculum Workshops: https://romanroadtrust.co.uk/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 roundhouse.org.uk

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)

5 Cultural Things To Do In Summer 2021

Whether you’re a Londoner, taking a day trip before moving here or a new resident here’s our arty list of exciting ways to spend your summer in the city.

All Points East in the Neighbourhood 31 August -2 September

Free activities all week in Victoria Park near our Mile End campus including live music, free outdoor cinema, live music, live performances from Pan-Asian cabaret collective BITTEN PEACH and much more.

PLUS: We’ll be there at 2pm on Thursday 2nd September for a pop-up podcast recording with a surprise author guest.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 27 August-11 September

A feast of (mainly) free performance across east and south London including this spectacular ‘northern lights’ installation called Borealis and a promenade show at the Tudor surroundings of Charlton House by our very own Mojisola Adebayo. Be sure to book in advance for free and paid events.

Open House London 4 – 12 September

The doors are thrown open to London’s gorgeous, unusual and secret buildings at Open House London. Booking opens on 11 August at 12pm (midday) and it’s the perfect chance for locals to discover something new in your area or if you’re new to explore London.

Summer Reunion at Southbank Centre until end of August

Free summer weekenders curated by some cult icons including Shingai (pictured above) who’s showcasing Black talent, dance battles from Zoonation and bank holiday carnival vibes from Dennis Bovell’s Sound System Experience.

What Shall We Build Here 8-12 September

MISERY, Sad Girl Summer event 2020. Photo by Ella J Frost

What Shall We Build Here is a festival of art, climate and community at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in Aldgate East, in parks and in your local supermarket. 

Free Peopling the Palace Festival – Line Up Announced – 7-20 June 2021

Conducting conversation / Connecting Creatively / Creating Courageously / Courageously Carrying On / and Cabaret! / Come on and join us!

Peopling the Palace is a yearly festival of performance, workshops and events that showcases the work of Queen Mary academics, artists, current students and alumni. 

This year’s theme is care and features over 25 events from outrageous cabaret nights to a day exploring the rituals of care. In times of global unrest and pandemic, Peopling the Palace Festival, creates a space to explore how important caring about each other is. The festival tackles important contemporary issues of racial inequality, mental health, care provision, neurodivergence, art in a crisis, climate justice and aging.

All events are free to attend and open to all. Advanced booking required for all events. 

New Performance

  • I am Leah (13 June) A vital new play inspired by the stories of survivors of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 
  • Dadders (19 June):  Escape to the Meadowdrome with acclaimed artists Daniel Oliver and Frauke Requardt (The Place, Latitude Festival) to delve into their experiences of neurodivergent parent. 
  • Last Gasp WFH (19 June): Playing with the fragility of technology, particularly the unpredictability of Zoom, the team found new avenues to the classic Split Britches (Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw) aesthetic of broken down theatrical conventions, exposing the self on stage.
  • The Tempest in English and Spanish (17 June): This interactive experience explores how the arts can break the stigma around autism. 
  • The Possibility of Colour (12 June): Dystopian play about a new miracle cure and explores themes around mental health voice hearing, synaesthesia, neuro-diversity, Artificial Intelligence, privatised health and the illusion of choice.

Cabaret & Showcases

  • Alumni and Current Student Performance Showcase Nights (10,15 & 17 June): Be shocked, surprised and inspired when you support new artists and performers as they show their latest works.  
  • Her-Pees (9 June) a comfortable, inclusive, and questioning performance night ahead of their Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Debut. 
  • Friday Night In (Film Night) (11 June): A small screen celebration of work from QMUL students, alumni, staff and other exciting filmmakers.
  • Cossy Fanny Tooty Cabaret (16 June): A cheeky performance cabaret curated by Vivian Harris. 

Workshops, Conferences & Conversations

  • A Queer Climate Justice Workshop (16 June) by Queen Mary Theatre Company in the lead up to a new show, The Cabaret at the End of the World.
  • Free Creative Skills Workshops (14-15 June) to help QMUL students and the community get into the creative industries with Creative Skills Academy. 
  • Workshop on Writing Race (16 June) for sixth-form students with acclaimed artist Vanessa MacAulay. 
  • Enlightening Conversations and Conferences: ‘Women, Theatre, Criminal Justice’ with Clean Break, ‘Making During States of Emergency’, ‘Cults, Conspiracy and Pseudoscience’, ‘Mental Health and the arts’ and ‘How do Universities Care for Students Learning’.

Check out the full programme and book free tickets: https://www.airsupplycollective.com/programme 

SED Opportunity Digest – 21 May 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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Peopling the Palace Festival 2021 is coming from 7-20 June 2021 and students get exclusive early access to booking free tickets ahead of the launch via the button below…


QUORUM: Hear for You: Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers and Listening work by Dr. Marie Thompson PhD Researcher The Open University – Thursday 27th of May 2021 – 7:30pm soft start, 8pm presentation.

Zoom event – Free admission – We welcome interest from the public, link on request via our Twitter account on Twitter account on @QuorumQMUL or our email address queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk.


Performance, Possession & Automation – a collaborative research project led by Nick Ridout and Orlagh Woods, in collaboration with Dhanveer Singh Brar – invites you to two online conversations.

Possession & Modern Acting | Friday 4th June, 6-8pm (BST) | Online | Shonni EnelowJulia Jarcho and Nicholas Ridout 

Possession: an actor seems to have been taken over by someone else.

Automation: an actor is someone whose actions are not their own.

In this public conversation, Shonni Enelow, Julia Jarcho and Nicholas Ridout explore ideas about possession and automation in relation to 20th and 21st century experiences of acting, theatre and the movies. Do they hold clues to the roles that both possession and automation play in contemporary life, and to how we might think and feel about them.

Click here, to book your place and for further information.

I was born a loser | Friday 11 June, 6-8 pm (BST) | Online | Edward George and Dhanveer Singh Brar 

What occurs when “lose her” is recast as “loser”, and covered over once more to become “winner”? And why in each reversioning does “pride” persist, but never in the same guise? These are questions which arise from listening to the Jamaican essayist of the song form, Alton Ellis.

By losing ourselves in Alton Ellis’s losses and revisions, Edward George and Dhanveer Singh Brar believe it is possible to begin to open up an auditory dimension to the question of spirit in Jamaica, the Caribbean, the diaspora, and in turn, modernity itself, as it was being rendered towards the end of the twentieth century.

Click here, to book your place and for further information.

Performance, Possession & Automation is a research project exploring automation and possession as two ways of thinking about what happens to human subjects who act in ways that they do not themselves fully control. How can making and thinking about performance contribute to thinking about these ideas?

In partnership with Fierce Festival, performingborders and Transform Festival

This project is supported by:

Collaborations Fund of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), The Centre for Public Engagement, QMUL & Strategic Research Initiative, School of English and Drama, QMUL


Creative Workshop: Calling University Students! What do you think of your hometown? Why do you want to leave? Why do you want to stay?

Join Botch Job for an online creative workshop, focusing on exploring the question of what home means, and how identity can be shaped by the place you grew up in.  We want to hear about your love/hate relationships with your hometowns, why you have chosen to stay or leave and what this means for the places left behind. The workshop will be a mixture of group discussion and informal writing tasks based around these themes, and used as research in devising a new piece of theatre about hometowns. No tools or preparation will be required. 

Botch Job are an emerging company, formed in January 2019 by Jack Tricker and Tom Chamberlain as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Starting Block artist development scheme. Botch Job have an interdisciplinary approach to theatre making, involving video and live art practices and create entertaining work engaging in wider social and political discussions. They make theatre driven by questions about the world that they have yet to answer.

If you’re interested in supporting Botch Job, then please register here https://forms.gle/H3vUTPVEJuw4XNCR8 . Attendees will receive a £10 Dominos Voucher or £10 Book token voucher.  Please respond by 23rd May at 5pm. 

Dates/Times:

  • Monday 24th May, 6pm-7pm 
  • Tuesday 25th May 6.30pm-7.30pm 
  • Wednesday 26th May 7pm-8pm

Outside QMUL

Creative Youth Worker Job at Spotlight “We are seeking amazing, creative, inspiring people to join our team at Spotlight. The role will support our young people to access and thrive within our creative programme and support our teams of expert facilitators and delivery partners. This is a perfect opportunity for freelance artists; people wanting to gain experience in the arts and youth work; anyone passionate about the arts looking for a rewarding and exciting experience! We are looking to expand our pool of agency staff so this is a flexible role that will be managed by Hays agency.”

To apply email a short cover letter (addressing shortlisting criteria) and CV to hello@wearespotlight.com by Sunday 23rd May

Download the JD

UK Asian Film Festival, 26 May to 5 June 2021

The UK Asian Film Festival 2021 brochure is now available – https://tinyurl.com/46pt2fav

Tickets and screening details can be found here: https://www.tonguesonfire.com/events#venue-screenings

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2021: City of Literature A weekend of experiments, original commissions, and interactive experiences, and invite you to encounter these prophecies with us and each other.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London and the Genesis Foundation invite you to join them for the fourth in the series of Cultural Conversations: Culture, Technology and Innovation’ taking place online at 5-6:30pm on 24 May 2021. The Cultural Conversations series is a sequence of focused debates around Arts and Culture in the City of London. This fourth Conversation, the first of our renewed 2021 season, will be a conversation between: Javaad Alipoor, Artistic Director, Javaad Alipoor Company; Daniel Birnbaum, Artistic Director, Acute Art; Sarah Ellis, Director Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company; Suhair Khan, Strategic Projects, Google; Rich Waterworth, General Manager UK & EU, TikTok.

Season for Ex-Change returns with free events addressing the climate crisis

Ahead of COP26 this November, Season for Change aims to showcase the leadership of the cultural sector on the biggest issue of our time, through 15 artistic commissions and an open programme calling on artists and arts organisations to host events, artworks and actions across the UK to declare their commitment to the climate crisis.

After a successful programme in 2020, Season for Ex-Change is back with an 8-week online programme of free talks, events and workshops every Thursday about artists, activism and the arts sector’s role in the climate movement. Find out what’s up next, with more to be announced shortly. 

Season for Change is led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Find out more at seasonforchange.org.uk

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)

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.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for next edition via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

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: https://www.thawra.co.uk/submissions-1

Any enquiries, please email: info@thawra.co.uk 

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 queenmaryquorum@hotmail.co.uk 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 (k.pettit@bbk.ac.uk)

#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.


ELEVATE EAST ARE OFFERING:

  •  £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): https://richmix.org.uk/have-you-been-stuck-in-the-lift/

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

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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: https://www.uplifttng.co.uk/upcoming-events

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)