English & Drama 2021 Entrants: Summer Preparation (Reading Lists) / Whatsapp / Tours

We hope you are enjoying the heat or avoiding if you’re not a fan hehe. We can’t wait to see you in September and remember if you’re worried or need help on results day please get in touch with me.

Please scroll down  ↓ ↓ ↓ to download preparation documents aka reading lists, which lots of you have been asking for by email.

Please note that this is not essential reading which will be delivered to you when the course begins. In September we usually provide module packs and extensive week by week information via our online learning platform which have extracts of everything we expect you to read and watch. We will provide more details on any must-purchase or borrow books when semester 1 begins.

Join the Student-Run Offer Holder Whatsapp Groups

Use the links below to join…

English / English with Creative Writing / Drama

The groups now how have a rep from English, Katie and Drama Joshua who can help with any questions you have.Please use these respectfully, be sensitive to others and be aware that there are moderators in the groups.

Tours

It’s been great meeting students in person for our tours on Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can book here for an in-person tour or 1-2-1 chat online.

English

English & Creative Writing Preparation

Please use the link below to see our suggested preparation for English ahead of your degree in September. Follow us on Twitter for literary events recommendations.

Download the English preparation document

Drama

Drama Preparation

Preparation Please see the recommended reading for drama and remember to see as much theatre and performance as you can this summer. We’d say Greenwich + Docklands International Festival is a great mainly free place to start.

Download Drama Preparation Document

If you have any questions or concerns please do let me know.

Warm regards,

Rupert

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School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

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What makes Queen Mary drama different by Estelle Homerstone

We caught up with Drama graduate and now staff member Estelle about why she thinks Queen Mary is different and an exciting place to study Drama.

Active Research university – your tutors and academics are not only delivery the highest quality teaching but are also delving deep into their own research and finding endless hours in the day to explore the topics in their specialism, which range from verbatim theatre to foley sound work, to changing the policy of the arts in education, to award winning performance art creation and so much more.

Being the only connected campus university in London. A big thing for me coming to university four years ago was wanting the full experience, having my accommodation in Halls and seeing all my mates go to their rooms just a stones throw away, and to be able to have that on this campus with very exciting and eclectic architecture and views by the canal and lots of grass all around it, and at the same time be able to look down the stretch of the Mile End road and see the big city buildings is an amazing combination. For me, as someone who spent a lot of their university life in central London when not in class, whether that was working, seeing shows or taking full advantage of the nightlife, have an entire city on your doorstep is a huge bonus to the university experience.

Opening your mind – the things I learnt during my BA drama undergrad and things I now thinking about in any role based around being a practitioner drama are skills and concepts that I hadn’t even thought about before my time here, but are now integral to my thinking and creating. The social and political basis of all artwork and the eye in which you look at that is so skill fully trained during your time here that you look at so much artistic content so differently, and you bring these elements such as accessibility, agency, diversity, and relevance into play in everything you do after that, making you so much more of a well rounded and progressive creator.

Student of the week: Maximillion Chapman – BA English

Usually caught with a fantastic book in one hand and a large glass of pinot in the other.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

Crikey, highlights at Queen Mary! Where do I begin? As its a campus based university in central London, QM has access to such experiences that really stay with you even after your time there. I’m quite a socialite and the quick route to Soho and Shoreditch were great to really embrace London culture. My course itself was a great companion for my lifestyle as some of the modules required to go out into the city and explore! A fantastic moment for me was definitely getting a lecturer taught underneath the Globe!

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

English at QMUL doesn’t restrict itself in its teachings. There is such a wide variety of subjects within the course that allow you to really explore what you truly love. This variation has been great for me in the outside world, not only in teaching me more but also as an insight to what I might want to do in my later years.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

As said previously, I loved the social life of uni. Who doesn’t! You have one of the greatest cities in the world on your doorstep and my friends and I made sure to take great advantage of it. London was our very own playground and that’s the way it should be. I’ve made some fantastic friends that have stayed in my life even after university, we simply haven’t left London yet. Two of my very close friends loved the social aspect of the city so much that they bought a pub in Mile End!

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

I’m currently working in content creation and marketing over three companies, which I absolutely love. It’s a lot of work but it certainly keeps me on my toes. The company I mostly work with is an up and coming new dating website, so its thrilling stuff at the moment what with everything (hopefully) going back to normal.

Before this career step, I worked for a company called the Noble Collection. Some of the more film-based fanatics might have heard of them since they primarily create fine replicas and gifts from movies such as Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. If you own a wand, chances are Noble made it! This was a researched based job and it gave me the chance to work with notorious toy store Hamleys.

During my personal time when I’m not sat at my desk, I play rugby for the Kings Cross Steelers twice a week. It’s the first all inclusive LGBT+ rugby club in the world so I get to meet, drink and play with such a wide range of interesting guys. Its also only a hop on the tube from my flat in Shoreditch!

In regards to ambitions, I have many. That doesn’t mean I set my life path towards achieving them though. My perception on life is to just enjoy every second, because if you strive for something so desperately, you can sometimes become obsessed and miss the finer things in life. Those ambitions will come to you freely.

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

I think so many professors value your journey at QMUL, and it really shows in person when you get to talk to them. Sometimes communication isn’t received as clear as it should have been, whether it be about the course or results feedback. I think a good chit chat in their office is a calming alternative to essay feedback rather than the ominous online results.

Find out more about our English

Student of the week: Katie Butler – BA English Literature

Always free for a chat

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

After joining QMUL I very quickly realised this was 100% my academic home, the lecturers and seminars are unbeatable and staff are really great at making you feel comfortable in exploring your ideas around texts. Outside of academics we have so many opportunities in terms of events and societies, having my own articles published in CUB magazine was amazing! I also have had the privilege of being elected for SED Student Rep in the SU, and the English Soc Welfare Rep for 2021-22!

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

Aside from developing my academic interests, I think that Queen Mary really helps to develop the tools you need to be confidently yourself – you come into contact with so many people and so many ideas and QM really teaches you how to lobby your own perspective. It’s also this last year at QM that’s made me realise I’d love to go on to do an English MA after my undergrad.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

QM is one of the best places to study if you want to meet new people – we have such a diverse student body that there’s always people to make friends with and I feel like you make more every year, I’ve met some absolutely amazing people who have definitely shaped the pastoral side of my experience here and I know I wouldn’t have found that kind of friendship elsewhere.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

I’ve been working in food retail since I was 16 and with the pandemic I get to tell everyone I’m a key worker but outside of that I’ve got a little book club with some friends (classic English student behaviour, I know) and I’m working on some submissions for a couple of indie lit mags – the absolute dream is to publish a novel! I also love cooking and baking so I’m always trying out new recipes in my spare time – I went veggie for March too and the food can be so much fun!

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

I think what would really help would be finding a way to engage all students in the QM community, every year you hear some students feel left out, like commuters or part timers, and some are totally disillusioned with the SU, especially after a year of intermittent lockdowns so I think rebuilding that relationship would be huge

Find out more about our BA English Literature

Student of the week: Emma Howes – Film Studies and Drama

That’s tough, but if I was to choose three words they would be curious, creative and collaborative.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

I have really enjoyed my time at Queen Mary so far. The teaching style is very different from the one that I experienced in high school, I didn’t take Drama GCSEs or A-Levels and instead experienced conservatoire-style training, focusing on acting, rather than the wider process. I have really enjoyed learning about the more theoretical aspects of drama, as a practice and as a ‘theory’. My favourite module so far was London, Culture, Performance. Understanding the impact of performances, theatres and wider impact that they have was incredibly interesting and insightful and left me with a lot to consider.

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

The course has changed my perspective of what performance can be and the impact it has in a wider contexts. The QM drama modules are, by nature, very abstract and require you to have an open mind and whilst pushing me to creative limits, have made me reconsider the defining aspects of performance. After Queen Mary, I am hoping to go into the casting field, and I particularly want to focus on diversifying representation within the entertainment industry, both on stage and on screen. Both the drama and film departments have provided me opportunities to consider the importance of casting and representation, the pitfalls that the industry has, and ways in which these pitfalls can be properly rectified. These considerations have been furthered by the diverse student body at QM, I have been able to listen to others’ perspectives and truly understand how and where different people, cultures, communities want, and don’t want, to be perceived.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

In my first year at QM I joined the cheerleading team, and it really helped to shape my friendship groups and my university life outside of my studies. Having never attempted the sport before, I took the opportunity to try something new, thinking, if nothing else, it could be a bit of fun to try. I ended up falling in love with it! Being part of a team and working towards a goal helped bring an aspect of community and stability to the mania of first year, meanwhile, allowing me to further challenge myself physically and mentally. This year I am captain of the All-Girl team, and am improving my leadership skills, and well as my ability to creatively problem solve everything that lockdown has thrown our way!

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

Before coming to QM I spent two summers working at an underprivileged summer camp in New York. The impact this had on me was profound, and it was incredibly inspiring to hear the stories of young people who have experienced deep hardships in their lives and to then see their resilience and optimism for their futures. Alongside having career ambitions, I hope to one day give back and provide opportunities for young people to nurture and fulfil their talents. It feels premature to say this, as I feel as though I still have my whole life ahead of me, but ultimately, they are the future, and they deserve to, alongside being safe and happy, follow their dreams.

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

I think a stronger aspect of community could be built at QM, with more opportunities to organically collaborate on a wider range of things. I think the drama department has done a great job of this, and the collaborative nature of the practical side of the course has definitely helped to foster this atmosphere. But I have felt, particularly as a joint honours student and with everything being online this year, other departments have not put the same emphasis on such a crucial aspect of university life.

Find out more about our Film Studies and Drama

Student of the week: Salma Ali – BA English with Creative Writing

An indecisive creative who’s passionate about most things.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

So far at QMUL, being surrounded by like minded people has been a highlight. As well as this, being able to fully explore in depth and analyse texts, or being able to study new theories and schools of thought in detail has also been a highlight.

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

Queen Mary has provided me with a lot of opportunities that I don’t think I would have been aware of if I was elsewhere – I’ve taken part in QMentoring, and this has helped me a lot to understand the world of employment in my specific field, and how I could progress beyond my BA into potentially further study, or what career paths I could take.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

One of the best elements of studying at QMUL has been the people that I’ve met and the friendships I have formed. It has also been enjoyable to join societies that are about things I am interested in, and being able to meet new people through this.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

I’ve been involved in the Harper Collins Author Academy, which has been amazing to be a part of and has been a great experience as a whole, giving invaluable insights into the publishing industry as well as helping me to understand what I’d have to do if I wanted to get my work published.

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

I think that the university has a good support system as it is, but perhaps making these more known to students could help enhance the experience of future students.

Find out more about our BA English with Creative Writing

Student of the week: Joshua Lowes – BA Drama

Big. Fun. Loveable.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

Highlights have included: creating a dress out of Greggs career bags in Making Theatre, perfuming as sex therapist Dr Dodo in Performance Composition, and working/creating alongside a talented group of people (both staff and colleagues).

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

It has allowed myself to become an independent artist, exposing me to new arts and ways of creating. Hopefully my research into the world of “drama” continues in time and my love for the subject only grows, I would love to do my Masters and PhD if at all possible. Or even gain a following in my art and work.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

QMBL Swim, I started off as a Fresher, became Social Sec, and finally president in my final year. I have made many friends in not just drama but other fields of study.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

Boots (Christmas Customer Assistant; Customer Assistant, No7 Advisor)
The Alcobox (Server)
The Alchemist (Busser)
Clarins (Skincare Specialist)
The Grapes (Barman/Server)
Wilton’s Music Hall (Usher)
NTW Solutions (NHS Service Assistant)
NHS (Housekeeping Assistant)

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

Paying for shows/trips that we are required to see as part of a module.

Find out more about our BA Drama

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)

SED Opportunity Digest – 16 April 2021

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Student Support beyond Semester 2

In addition to regular support from your advisor, module tutors and support staff we are offering Writing Retreats, Writing Support and Resit Support appointments in both English and Drama. Slots will be added and updated regularly from next week. To book an appointment/a place please log in to QMplus and visit this link.   

Book a place on the Library’s Revision Skills Workshops on Eventbrite.  

  • Wednesday 21st April — 2:00-3:30pm  
  • Tuesday 27th April — 11:00-12:30pm  

QM’s brilliant gardener - Dimi Sopisz (@dimi_the_gardener) - is currently cultivating a vegetable garden on campus and has invited any students who are around to join him in in transferring seedlings to the grounds. He has other initiatives to involve students in growing our green campus. Students should email Dimi  to be added to a rota to ensure a safe, socially distanced experience.  

Careers Opportunity

Apply to take part in SCP Sprint and gain experience working on a real-life consultancy project with other QM students. Taking part will strengthen future applications and help build your professional network! Apply here

Two online events from the Women/Theatre/Justice Research Project

Women-Only Organisations – Managing Differently?  

Thursday 22 April 11.00-13.00 This online seminar is aimed at practitioners and researchers interested in understanding more how Clean Break works as an organisation, run by women for women, with distinctive organisational practices characterised by learning through listening to the voices of those involved in its work and the implications of these practices for management and leadership more widely. Speakers Erin Gavaghan, Executive Director, Clean Break and Professor Gill Kirton, Queen Mary, University of London. Erin Gavaghan will reflect on the advantages and challenges of how shared leadership has manifest at Clean Break over the past two years. Gill Kirton will respond drawing on her academic expertise and practitioner experience in the field of women-only organising. Register for free by 21st April 2pm at: https://women-only-organisations-managing-differently.eventbrite.co.uk

Clean Break – Working Differently? Thursday 22 April 16.00-18.00 This online public-facing in-conversation event is aimed at practitioners and researchers interested in understanding more how Clean Break works in collaboration with its partners in the theatre sector. What is involved in a Clean Break collaboration? Róisín McBrinn, Joint Artistic Director, Clean Break and Phil McCormack, Head of Participation, Donmar Warehouse reflect on the experience of recent co-commissioned work between their two organisations and the impact that Clean Break practices have on the wider theatre sector. Shona Babayemi, Member of Clean Break and cast member of [BLANK] joins the conversation with personal reflections. Register for free by 21st April 2pm at: https://clean-break-working-differently.eventbrite.co.uk

Women/Theatre/Justice. W/T/J is a two-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council led by academics in theatre and performance studies (Prof Caoimhe McAvinchey and Dr Sarah Bartley) and work and employment relations (Prof Anne-marie Greene and Dr Deborah Dean) to develop new understandings about the women-only theatre company Clean Break and its forty years working with women with experience of the criminal justice system. 

For more information on the project please visit: https://womentheatrejustice.org/.

 Phakama Earth Day Event
 

Next Thursday (22nd April) is Earth Day and we at Phakama will be celebrating this day with one of our zoom Creative Get Togethers, which you’re all very welcome to join!   

  During this relaxed, hour-long, workshop we will explore the Earth through different creative exercises,  such as drawing, writing and music.  We will reflect on our personal connections, how we ground ourselves coming out of this lockdown, finding new ways to make decisions around our safety, and the roots we have grown to create our place in the world.

The workshop will run from 4:30 – 5:30pm on Thursday the 22nd April, and, of course, it’s free to join! If you’d like to take part please email Bibi

Outside QMUL

⁦‪Creative Access & ⁦‪Penguin Books⁩ have partnered once again on a mentoring programme for those from underrepresented backgrounds ready to take the next step in their publishing career!📚

Apply here➡️ ow.ly/ZBJw50EkHnJ
Deadline: 25/04. pic.twitter.com/2IvtXaknVj

Open bookseller roles at Al Saqi Bookshop

Saqi Books on Twitter: "Welcoming you back to Al Saqi Bookshop 💃 Full  announcement @ https://t.co/RixtRYjmFU… "

Al Saqi Bookshop: Part-Time and Full-Time Booksellers

Located in Notting Hill, Al Saqi Books is Europe’s largest Middle Eastern specialist bookshop, with the most comprehensive stock of books on the region in English, as well as books on all subjects in Arabic. Since opening in 1978, the bookshop has become a centre of Middle Eastern life in London, catering for Middle Eastern residents in the UK as well as for travellers keen to obtain books banned in their own countries.

Deadline 7 May – Apply here

Get support from female top executives with Ok Mentor

Get Out of Your Own Way

Free training and mentorship for young women looking to break into creative industries from some of the world’s top female creative leaders.

Get info here

Playing with fire

Join Live Art Development Agency on Saturday 24 April, 6pm for ‘Playing With Fire’ Live Reading of peer to peer survivor writing organised by Jet Moon and featuring commissioned contributions read by Jet, Dolly Sen, Elinor Rowlands, Ayotomi IF, & Andie Macario.

More info here: ‘Playing With Fire’ Live Reading – LADA Live Art Development Agency

Free Online Workshops ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ from Jackson’s Lane

Clowning Around, Wednesday 21 April, 7.30pm As we start to pop our heads out of our respective foxholes after the last few months, we need to find ways to reconnect again. This workshop will focus on waking ourselves up to play and just having fun. Nothing is required other than a willingness to have a go. Aimed at everyone and anyone. Sean Kempton is an international clown and has been performing, directing, and teaching for nearly 30 years for companies such as Dragone and Cirque Du Soleil, with productions including QuidamVarekaiKooza and Le Reve. Sean’s currently a performance teacher at the National Centre of Circus Arts. www.seankempton.com  To book, please register via this Zoom link

Empower Play, Wednesday 28 April, 7.30pm

Unleash your most playful and wonderfully unique self. In this workshop, you’ll explore the benefits of playing through creative exercises and improvisations, to help you find openness and confidence within yourself, and connection with others. All you need is clothes you can move in, something to write with, and a sense of humour! Ladylikes are a sketch duo formed by actor-comedians, Phoebe Batteson-Brown and Miztli Rose. Through weird and wacky characters, outlandish situations and a pitch of satire, Ladylikes interrogates and plays with gender expectations and female relationships. 2019 Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off semi-finalists, nominated for Funny Women’s Best Comedy Short for Millennial and an official selection at London Worldwide Short Film Festival 2019, Film Bath Festival 2019, and New Orleans Comedy Film Festival 2020. www.ladylikescomedy.wixsite.com  To book, please register via this Zoom link 

#FuckCovidGetMoving, Wednesday 5 May, 7.30pm Covering the topics of community, courage, connection, and care. All you need is a playful attitude. You’ll be working quite physically, so be prepared to sweat and have lots of fun. The PappyShow are a playful, physical, and visual ensemble theatre company who believe that having a space to play, devise and fail improves us as people. Community cohesion and working together is key to the company’s ensemble ethos and are our way of expanding the conversations on diversity. www.thepappyshow.co.uk   To book, please register via this Zoom link

The Way of an Idiot, Wednesday 12 May, 7.30pm Join Told by an Idiot for a practical, physical workshop that will give you a taste of their playful, anarchic approach to making theatre, as well as a chance to connect with other participants in creative and surprising ways, with lots of laughter! To book, please register via this Zoom link  

Improve your Public Speaking

Free workshop by Roundhouse: Self-Made Series: Presenting with Confidence Subtle shifts in the way we communicate can effect fundamental changes in the way we are perceived. By learning how to manage the impression we make, we become more influential, more confident, and establish relationships that create greater impact across the board. Facilitated by Imogen Butler-Cole, this session enables participants to power up their performance, increasing personal presence and impact in a variety of communication scenarios. Participants will learn that subtle changes in behaviour can deliver fundamental shifts in the way we are perceived in presentations, meetings and day-to-day communication.

The workshop will cover:

– Clarity: practising precise articulation of thought, word and message
– Managing nerves: harnessing and settling the energy that adrenaline can bring
– Tools and techniques: body language, breath and voice work
– The power of the pause: making space for thought and breath
– Entry and exit: transmitting gravitas by learning to hold your ground

Sign up here

Events Job

  The Mansion is recruiting for an Events Assistant
This full time entry-level role will be focussed on developing our classes and workshops, whilst assisting the team with larger events. The role is a mix of desk and event-based work, where you will have the opportunity to make your mark. The application deadline is Monday 19th April.

Please find the job description and how to apply here.    

  The Mansion Bar & Cafe is recruiting Duty Manager

The Mansion Bar & Cafe is looking for a driven and capable manager to help lead the team with gusto in service and help evolve their indoor and outdoor dining operations. As Duty Manager, the right candidate will drive bookings and ensure guest experience is always on point. You will be well versed in social media, leading busy shifts and managing stock. Commis Chef With a brand new food offering and big plans for cosy indoor dining on the horizon, the Mansion Bar & Cafe is looking for an energetic and passionate CDP/Commis Chef. Duties will be far ranging to start with, so we’re looking for someone who loves rolling up their sleeves to pitch in on big shifts as well as provide input on new dishes and service styles. This is an exciting new role in a business with developing opportunities.

For Bar & Cafe roles, please email your CV and a cover letter to sarah@beckenhamplace.org.

For all job opportunities, click here.

Free Theatre Skills Courses for British East and South East Asians 18+

New Earth Theatre are running FREE writers, performers and technical theatre courses. Open to British East and South East Asians, aged 18+ who have an interest in theatre and want to develop new skills. Apply here bit.ly/AcademyNE

BAFTA Scholarships

Applications are open for BAFTA’s UK Scholarship Programme! Open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives between £5,000 and £12,000 towards their annual course fees. Info here

Leaders in Shape

Leaders in SHAPE: Laura Bates  Monday 26 April 2021, 16:00 – 16:45 Online event    

In the next event in our Leaders in SHAPE series, bestselling writer and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates joins Professor Conor Gearty FBA to discuss her life and career.   BOOK NOW, FREE

Leaders in SHAPE: Tristram Hunt Monday 10 May 2021, 17:00 – 17:45 Online event       In the next event in our Leaders in SHAPE series, Director of the V&A and former Labour MP Dr Tristram Hunt joins Professor Conor Gearty FBA to discuss his life and career.   BOOK NOW, FREE

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 – 9 April 2021

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Creative Writing at QM presents: SUBTEXTS End of Semester Poetry Event!

Rakaya Fetuga ::: Jay Bernard ::: Nat Raha

Weds 14 April 2021 – 4-5pm

Queen Mary Conversations Week

Here’s some highlights from the week of inspiring conversations with guests from the School of English and Drama.

Panel on housework and magic – including Stacy Makishi giving a household ritual – Friday 9 6-7.30pm

A conversation on conversation – including Lois Weaver discussing her invention of new forms of conversation, and Barbara Taylor discussing the voices in our heads in solitude  – Monday 12 6-7.30pm

A conversation on poetry and the state of the nation – chaired by Nisha Ramayya and including PPP collaborator Kay Rufai and our alumna poet Asia Khatun – Monday 12 7.30-9pm

A conversation on digital craft hosted by Morag and Justine with Network – Monday 12 2-3;30pm.

On Remembering Bangladesh: A Conversation on the War of Independence. Wednesday 14 April

The panel will include Shahidul Alam (named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year in 2018), whose photography has captured major events in contemporary Bangladeshi history, Showmi Das, a Kathak dancer (who will perform a commissioned work in response to the anniversary), and Asma Khan, the chef and owner of Darjeeling Express restaurant and star of Netflix’s Emmy nominated Chef’s Table, who will discuss how food can keep memories alive. Dr Clelia Clini, Research Associate with the Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination research project at Loughborough University, will discuss the ways in which the memories of the war circulate within migrant communities. The panel will be chaired by Dr Ashvin Devasundaram, Senior Lecturer in Film at QMUL.  This panel has been commissioned in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council

See the full programme for all the conversations happening.

Outside QMUL

The Cambridge Humanities Review is looking to appoint a Digital Editor. Duties would principally involve commissioning original essays and articles for digital publication; overseeing the CHR’s social media presence; and developing a new podcast in collaboration with the editors.

Experience in editorial work is highly desirable as well as experience of digital publication, overseeing social media platforms and podcasting. Applications should include a CV and covering letter and be sent to the Editor or Deputy Editor (https://cambridgereview.cargo.site/Editorial-Team). The deadline for applications is Friday 30th April; interviews will be held in due course via Zoom. 

Informal inquiries are warmly encouraged! Our submissions are also open for digital publication at the moment; we would be happy to discuss any pitches over email. 

Find us

Sky Arts RSL Writers Awards invite applications for a new set of Awards in partnership with Sky Arts to celebrate and nurture British writers of colour at the beginnings of their careers. Five Awards are available, providing each winner with ten free mentoring sessions over the course of 12 months with an RSL Fellow writing in their form, as well as two sessions with Awards Ambassador Bernardine Evaristo. Thanks to funding from Sky Arts, mentorships are fully funded. Find out more and apply.

Annual Creative Future Writers’ Awards 2021 The UK’s only national competition features over £10,000 in cash and writer development prizes. The award is open to all writers whose stories are underrepresented in mainstream publishing. Writers can submit via the website, post, or in person. The theme of the award this year is ‘essential’.
Closes 6 Jun | More info

Poetry for Social Justice Are you passionate about human rights? Do you want to lend your voice to the social justice movement? Enter this competition for a chance to win amazing prizes, and join the voices of many of our activists worldwide.
Closes 23 Apr | More info

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Fringe Futures Festival: A brand new festival of LIVE work-in-progress shows from leading independent performance makers, presented by the Pleasance & VAULT Creative Arts. #FFF21. Find out more and apply to be part of it.

An Artist Development course for queer and non-binary people
Led by Tylor Deyn

8, 15 & 22 April. First session tomorrow.
£15. Bursary places available, please get in touch.  This course explores the connection queerness can enable through shared movement practice. We will ask: what is (your) queerness? who do you move (queerly)? and explore permutations of these questions as they leak into auto-choreographic potential. This course is structured in three sections, two over zoom and one in your own time. Footage collected from the module will be developed into a filmic documentation exploring what is queer dance and how do we queer it. Participants are not required to have their material included. Participants should attend all three sessions.

Register

TYLOR DEYN is a queer, POC, working class, musician and choreographer. They studied at Rambert and are currently an Associate Artist with Clod Ensemble and supported by Hackney Showrooms.

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)

Let’s Talk About Mental Health – Essential Links and Resources

Thanks to Nathalie Grey in our alumni engagement team who shared this list from the event held on 4 March 2021…

  • Sandeep Saib’s (QMUL Alumna) personal social media links:
  • Happy Heads Organisation:

SED Opportunity Digest – 1 April 2021

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AirSupply: Boarding Lounge – Creative Meet Up Facilitated by Lois Weaver

Since 2013, AirSupply has offered a bridge between graduation and a professional arts career to young artists and QMUL alumni by providing them with a creative platform, networking opportunities and spaces for skill sharing and work experience.  

Starting Wednesday 31 March we will be opening up the AirSupply Boarding Lounge from 6-7pm every Wednesday.

The Boarding Lounge is an easy going hang out session on Zoom. Aside from a general check-in conversation, we will share thoughts and concerns about our lives and livelihoods and flag any opportunities, events, or performances that we find interesting.

We will also start planning and talking about QMUL’s upcoming Peopling the Palaces Festival, 9-19 June 2021.

Please join us. 

Join the Microsoft Team: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a6e2886aee6d5432d906d72938cadaad9%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=e82f9239-20b0-4f43-886f-2e8062c5069c&tenantId=569df091-b013-40e3-86ee-bd9cb9e25814

Register for the weekly Zoom here: https://qmul-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMld-msqTkvGNQqRXaM-kV0vsN2opS77FxC

The Student Consultancy Project Sprint 2021

Apply Now – deadline is at midnight on Sunday 25 April 2021

Join a student team and help a business or charity, solve a real-life business challenge  The Student Consultancy Project Sprint (SCP Sprint) offers you the opportunity to collaborate in a team and tackle a real-life business challenge over one week. Whilst on the programme, you will benefit from training, coaching and the opportunity to interact with a business who will act as your client.

We will support you during the programme to develop work-related skills such as;
– Commercial awareness
– Problem solving
– Project planning
– Collaboration and teamwork
– Presentation skills

Why take part?
– Gain experience of working with a client on a real-life consultancy project.
– Receive support, training and advice on a range of work-related skills.
– Add the SCP to your digital transcript, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Who can get involved?
The programme is also open to all QMUL undergraduates from any academic school. 

Apply Now – deadline is at midnight on Sunday 25th April 2021

Hear from our past Student Consultants:

“It was quite invigorating and a refreshing experience because it helped me see into a profession that I didn’t previously know about thus having no experience in that field. Now, it has helped me to apply to several consultancy companies and secure a few places.”
English and Drama, Autumn 2019

Find out more about The Student Consultancy Project here!    

For further information and to apply, please click here. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 25 April 2021.

To book an appointment to get your application checked before you apply, call 020 7882 8533 or visit the Careers & Enterprise Centre in the Queens’ Building, Room WG3.

For the latest work experience, internships and graduate jobs visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs  

Outside QMUL

Theatre in Time of Plague – 23 April Online Free

A lunchtime celebration of William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday

Join us for an online celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday by joining a discussion with theatre practitioners and theatre historians.

Black Queer History events from University of Westminster

21 April 6pm, Chocolate Babies (dir. Stephen Winter, 1997) screening, introduced by filmmaker Rabz Lansiquot. Details and booking: https://bit.ly/30fItJW

29 April 5pm, ‘Black Queer Fictions and Selves’, a panel discussion with Paul Mendez (Rainbow Milk, 2020) and Michael Donkor (Hold, 2018). Details and booking for that event here: https://bit.ly/2OpaU5g.

Event Recommendations from our very own Cathie Kayakumar-Hazra

The Global Movement for Black Lives by The New School on April 6

Debate at the LSE on Capitalism, Ideology, Race and Slavery on 26 April

ENGLISH TEACHER OPPORTUNITY

“I have a position to teach English for an excellent independent school in South Korea.  The position would entail teaching English (Language and Literature) from Year 3 to Year 9.

Essential: An excellent academic background including an undergraduate degree in English.

Desired: A postgraduate degree in English or related discipline (or in the midst of completing one), a background tutoring, or any experience working with children would be a bonus, however, this is certainly not essential.

The successful candidate will be able to convey his/her own enthusiasm, encourage self-motivation, and a genuine love of learning and enquiry to students of all ages. The school is set on stunning surroundings with cutting edge, state of the art facilities available . A lucrative package is on offer for the chosen candidate including a very competitive salary (£30K-£45K, depending on experience), free flights, and free, furnished accommodation.

If you are enthusiastic about English and would like the opportunity to teach academic pupils overseas , please forward your CV asap to devra.farhi@harrishill.co.uk or please ask for Devra for an informal chat on: 020 7820 7308 or Mob: 07795 221266.” www.harrishill.co.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 – 25 March 2021

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Booking open for Annual Catherine Silverstone Lecture

The Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London is honoured to announce the inaugural Annual Catherine Silverstone Lecture, held in memory of our dear friend and colleague, the late Professor Catherine Silverstone, who passed away on 4 October 2020.

The lecture will be presented by Professor Joshua Chambers-Letson. Prof Chambers-Letson will give a lecture titled Love Will Never Do: Black and Brown Love in a Queer Rhythm Nation.

The event will take place online on Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 6pm (GMT/UK).

All are welcome. Tickets are free and booking is essential.

Or please visit the event page on Eventbrite here to book your free ticket for the lecture.

CULTURE SHOCK – ASIAN HISTORY MONTH EVENT FROM DIASPORA SPEAKS

As a part of Asian heratige month, Diaspora speaks are hosting an event open to all QM students from any department on the 31/03.

It is a show and tell event where students can showcase their culture, perform or share interesting artefacts or objects. At the end of the event there will even be a quiz to test their knowledge on Asia. Even if they do not participate in to perform or showcase they can till sign up. 

It’ll be a great way to immerse themselves within the Asian culture and expand their their knowledge. 

Margaret Busby OBE FRSL on Publishing Black Women’s Writing in Britain – In Conversation – Free public event 31 March on Zoom

Margaret Busby OBE FRSL, pioneering publisher, writer, editor and cultural activist in conversation with Susheila Nasta, founder of Wasafiri.

Book using the form below or here

Outside QMUL

The Orion Publishing Group have re-opened applications for paid, remote work experience placements from June 2021. The scheme, which launched in September 2020 and designed to remove boundaries to access, has hosted six candidates and reached thousands more via Orion on Tour’s virtual events.

Over 1400 people applied for the scheme in 2020 and, in a bid to offer additional support and guidance to the 400 long-longlisted candidates, Orion staff provided a webinar session to share advice and guidance on the application process. In addition, Orion on Tour went virtual in November 2020 and offered webinars designed to demystify the publishing industry reaching over 500 people.

Whitney Southern, the inaugural work experience candidate said: ‘I think the scheme did a really good job of combining work experience and an internship. I got a great insight into publishing processes, Orion and Hachette and I also got to do substantial work. I had numerous opportunities to contribute and I truly -believe that my time at Orion has set me up well for applying to traineeships and entry-level positions in the industry.’

Open for applications via the Orion website, the company will have the next placement active in June with pro-rata pay in line with the Hachette starting salary of £24,000 per annum and will run the monthly programme virtually until the end of 2021. The placement offers the chance to attend a variety of company meetings, as well as meet staff across the company and receive informal mentoring or career guidance.

Sarah Benton, Deputy Managing Director said: ‘Orion are committed to ensuring that every voice is heard and it’s this that drives our desire to make real change in what we offer and contribute to the future of publishing. We have loved meeting the six candidates who have worked with us so far and are ready to meet more brilliant colleagues. Orion on Tour’s virtual events are an excellent and effective way to reach far beyond the number of candidates we can host each year and continue to smash all boundaries to access publishing.’

Applications are welcome and close on 1st April 2021. All information, including an overview of the departments within the company, is available on the Orion website: www.hachette.co.uk/careers

If any organisations would be interested in future Demystifying Publishing webinars with Orion staff please do be in touch with virginia.woolstencroft@orionbooks.co.uk.

For more information, please contact Alainna: a.hadjigeorgiou@orionbooks.co.uk

The world’s first Empathy HQ – a space for empathy, art and community – opens in Bow, London

Empathy HQ, Bow, London

www.empathyheadquarters.com

Enni-Kukka Tuomala Solo Exhibition, Nunnery Gallery, Bow
21 May – 8 August 2021 | bowarts.org/nunnery

In March 2021 artist and designer Enni-Kukka Tuomala opens the world’s first “Empathy HQ” at 26 Bromley High Street in Bow, London. The Empathy HQ is a new creative space dedicated to empathy, acting as both a working art studio for Tuomala, as well as an open community space for local people, groups and organisations in the surrounding E3 area.

Taking over an old disused shop front on Bromley High Street, Tuomala has transformed the former beauty salon into a light and airy space filled with art and creativity. The facade of the Empathy HQ is a mirror, reflecting its surrounding environment and people. The mirror plays on the core principle of empathy to adopt different perspectives and points-of-view to better understand one another, and ourselves. By both blending into its context, and standing out and shining brightly in the ever changing London weather, the front to the Empathy HQ captures the attention of everyone passing by. Designed by Tuomala, and produced and installed by local East London Puck Studio, the facade invites passers by to consider their relationship to empathy by asking them “What does empathy mean to you?”. Enni-Kukka Tuomala has said:

I have been dreaming of opening an HQ dedicated to Empathy for years. Today, it feels more relevant than ever. As an artist my empathy practice is built on collaboration, conversation and exchange, that’s why I want to explore what a creative studio space rooted in its surrounding environment and community could be. To launch a dedicated space for empathy in London, hopefully the first of many around the world, at a time when we are redefining what physical closeness means, how we can create meaningfulconnections with one another in a post-Covid world, and what public and private space stands for feels important. In the first few months of renovating the space I have already met so many friendly, curious and generous local people. I cannot wait to have the opportunity to work together and get to know one another.

The Empathy HQ project is generously supported by Bow Arts, the Connecting People & Places Fund by the Foundation for Future London and City of London, as well as Poplar HARCA. On 21 May 2021 Bow Arts will also open Tuomala’s first solo art exhibition in their Nunnery Gallery, located across the road from the Empathy HQ on Bow Road. Sophie Hill, Director of Arts & Events, Bow Arts, has said:

Enni-Kukka Tuomala’s empathy-centred practice is more relevant now than ever; her unique approach of exploring and inspiring empathy through the open-reaching arms of art has proven transformative in previous projects – and right now is sorely needed. The pandemic has left many feeling isolated and scared; empathy will be key in bringing communities together once again. Art has a huge role to play – the World Health Organisation just announced a $15m initiative to support artist-led projects to improve mental, social and environmental health in the wake of the pandemic. After a four-month long closure, we can’t wait to reopen the Nunnery Gallery with Tuomala’s exhibition, inviting our audiences to experience a physical installation of empathy after many months of feeling apart.

Enni-Kukka Tuomala will be running free empathy related activities and creative workshops throughout the spring and summer. Respecting Government Covid-19 guidelines, all initial activities will take place remotely, and / or outdoors. Please follow #empathyHQ on Twitter and Instagram, as well as www.empathyheadquarters.com for updates.

Stories of 71 – Story Competition

This programme is honour of British Bengali heritage, the impact and legacy of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence. Whilst inspired by and honouring this heritage, the programme has been design for ALL communities and people living in East London (with focus on Tower Hamlets & City Of London)

To honour this heritage, we are accepting story submissions that explore the general theme of ‘life in 1971, liberation, resistance and home.’ Your story can be rooted in memory, history or completely fictional.

We are accepting written stories (up to 750 words) and spoken word (up to 3 minutes long). We also welcome stories in other languages such as Sylheti, Bangla, Somali, Arabic, Spanish and many more….

Submitted stories will be judged on how original, interesting and engaging they are. We are looking for stories that capture the reader and hold their attention.

The stories will be judged anonymously with 3 selected to win a £100 voucher. The winning pieces will be included in a Story & Musical walking tour that will be developed with the local communities later on in the year.

All submitted stories will be published in a digital anthology.

Deadline: Thursday 8th April 2021

How to enter: Complete the entry form and submit the story via email: whenwespeak@toynbeehall.org.uk or whatsapp: 07398 294110

For more details, please see flyer and guidelines attached.

Storytelling Workshops

Renowned Bengali storyteller Shamim Azad will be running some storytelling workshops to support development of stories for the competition: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-workshops-with-shamim-azad-tickets-146539755353

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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

SED Opportunity Digest – 19 March 2021

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Don’t miss these paid opportunities – email today:

  • Role Players needed for Medical Students: The School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary want to work with Drama students to help to train their own students in issues of diversity, empathy, and motivation to make positive health changes. Email Bridget: b.m.escolme@qmul.ac.uk for more details.
  • The Mending Room – 40th anniversary of the Brixton Uprising in 1981: 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance. Project Workers: Open to all QMUL students from 2nd, 3rd and postgrad years who share an African Heritage, including a Black British one. This unique project is with the legendary theatre arts activist Tony Cealy. More info here. Email Ali Campbell for more info a.m.campbell@qmul.ac.uk
  • Outreach film opportunity: Dr Maggie Inchley is seeking students for a short educational film for use in schools to help teachers and students try to catch up. Email her to get more info: m.inchley@qmul.ac.uk

From QMUL

Fighting Talk: creative workshops on boxing and storytelling with Jake Boston 

All workshops will be online and are free. Contact Bibi – bibif@projectphakama.org to book a place and get involved in Fighting Talk.

“Mendoza’s contribution to fighting was to transform it […] he brought grace and skill into a sport where neither had been much valued” — Magriel, East End boxer, Daniel Mendoza’s biographer 

What do boxing and storytelling have in common? How can your experiences and connection to boxing tell your story? Come and find out in this series of creative workshops in which you will explore and develop techniques to shape and perform your own story, using the art of boxing in the East End as our inspiration.
 
The workshops will start by looking at the life of the celebrated East End prizefighter Daniel Mendoza, whose technique revolutionised boxing in the late 18th century. As a Jewish boxer, Mendoza experienced and challenged antisemitism throughout his life. Mendoza’s body was buried in QMUL’s Jewish cemetery and there is a plaque on campus commemorating his life.  With Mendoza in the ring with us, we will explore the craft of writing and performing your own story in solo form.
 
By the end of the workshops, you will have the beginnings of a new creative piece coming out of your own personal experience.  
 
The workshops will be led by actor and writer Jake Boston, whose acclaimed solo performance Bare Knuckle recently toured to New York, Edinburgh and London. In Bare Knuckle Jake takes us into the world of bare-knuckle fighting through stories of his childhood growing up the son of a champion fighter, his father’s desire to pass the title of champion on to him, and Jake’s ongoing journey to find himself. 
 
All are welcome and no prior experience of boxing or performance is necessary!
 
Based at the QM campus, Phakama are a small yet highly ambitious participatory arts company who have storytelling and collaboration at the heart. Our executive team is supported by a diverse group of Associate Artists (such as Jake Boston), Young Creatives, Youth Board and Board. We are all driven by the common desire to make high quality work that is fuelled by the diversity of those involved.

Dates of workshops (all take place 6.30-7.45pm) 29 March / 6 April  / 13 April

All workshops will be online and are free. Contact Bibi – bibif@projectphakama.org to book a place and get involved in Fighting Talk.

Outside QMUL

How can Arts Practice Inform Policy Change During and Beyond COVID 19? – Online Webinar March 31 2021: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST

This webinar brings together artists, policy makers, and campaigning organisations to consider how arts practices can inform the recovery and transformation of the prison service during and beyond COVID19. Speakers from National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, The Prison Reform Trust, and Arts Council England will contribute to a panel, which will be followed by a participatory discussion with attendees.

This session emerges from the Sounding Out project, a collaboration between the University of Reading, Rideout Creative Arts for Rehabilitation, and The Prison Reform Trust that explores how creative sound and audio practices might bring the voices of incarcerated people into policy making conversations. We hope to share some of the sound pieces made as part of this project at the event.

Sign up Free Hereeventbrite.com/e/how-can-arts-practice-inform-policy-change-during-and-beyond-covid-19-tickets-142862789449 

A painting by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, depicting two Black children playing on a rocky beach, under a grey sky. One child wears a navy dress and the other an orange skirt and white top: both have their hair in buns, tied in ribbons.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye with Thelma Golden Free TATE event on 29 March: Join artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for this exclusive live online event. As Tate Britain presents the first major survey of the work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, this is a unique opportunity to hear the artist discuss her practice. Yiadom-Boakye will be in conversation with Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City. The event will be introduced by Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate. Sign up

Making It Up As We Go Along – Free Dazed careers event on Fashion Industry – 25 March:

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DAZED’S NEW EVENT SERIES ‘MAKING IT UP AS WE GO ALONG’ ON DAZED DIGITAL HERE

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MAINSPRING VIRTUAL STUDIOS: CREATIVE WRITING COURSES – Free courses in May: Apply now

Free Intro to Digital Marketing Class Online

Marketing Introduction Workshops from General Assembly in :

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Youthscapes Project: Sign up by Mar. 23rd to become your neighbourhood’s storyteller 📣

⏱ Are you 16-20 years old? 
📍 Living in London? 
🧩 Interested in learning new creative skills, experimenting with storytelling and keen on some urban exploration?

Join @youthscapesldn to turn your urban experience in London during Covid-19 into a powerful story. Your story will become part of a unique collection of urban perspectives that can help influence future urban and youth policy. At the moment, youth voices are often overlooked in city-making processes, let’s change this!

Free to participate & no prior knowledge needed, only enthusiasm. What’s in it for you?

Sign up

YouTube Music x gal-dem present – Creating A Legacy: Black Women In Music – Free Panel 25 March

In partnership with Youtube Music, gal-dem are rounding off Women’s Month with a celebration of the incredible Black women in music. As much as we love , support and appreciate the artists delivering the music, it’s time to shine a light on the black women making it all happen behind the scenes.

In a round table style digital panel, we’ll be discussing everything from our panels career journeys, major milestones, and what they’re doing to create legacy within their fields.

Please see more details on the panel below, and don’t forget to get your tickets!

KAMILLE – a former stockbroker turned singer, songwriter, and producer, and also a label, studio and publisher owner; KAMILLE has worked with artists including Little Mix, Mabel and Dua Lipa.

LIL C – an international DJ (live and radio) who has graced the stages of Red Bull’s soundsystem at Notting Hill Carnival, Hackney Carnival, Afropunk, Glastonbury, Lovebox, Parklife and more.

SHENIECE CHARWAY – A&R manager at YouTube Music, with much success under her belt having worked with the likes of Columbia Records, Rick Ross and Jorja smith and many more.

TINA FARRIS – A well respected tour manager and one of the only Black women in this field, Tina has run tours for like Lauryn Hill, Roots, Anderson .Paak, Drake, Solange, The Internet and more.

MYVANWY EVANS – Founder at Louder than words PR, Myvanwy has led music, arts and culture campaigns at Global, Viacom, Tate and Red Bull and developed music programmes for BPI The BRITs Trust and the major record labels. She founded the non profit cultural communications agency, Louder Than Words which is seeing ever-growing success!

Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

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