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Job Description – Script Editor, Coronation Street – 12 Month FTC (1700010R)
Writers wanted for online culture magazine Coney’s Loft
Coney’s Loft is an online culture magazine based in Liverpool.
We are looking for intern editorial assistants to write articles about design.
Experience is preferred but not essential, as we can support less experienced students by guiding them on more list based articles and offering feedback on their submissions.
Work can be carried out flexibly and remotely.
Elliot Jessett, deputy editor
On Wednesday 30th November we will be holding a Dialogue Day from 2.30-5pm in SK128. This is an opportunity for you to offer some vital feedback on your engagement with your Literature and Creative Writing Programmes, learn more about prospective careers paths, and reflect on your learning so far. This is intended to be a helpful and informative session to help you during your final year of study, and there will lots of opportunities for group work and discussion. Most importantly, there will be tea, coffee, and cake served for everyone! Please email Anne-Marie (email@example.com) if you would like to book a place.
After the Dialogue Day, we’ll be holding an MA Information Evening for anyone interested in applying for the MA in Contemporary Literature or the MA in Creative Writing here at YSJ. This will take place on Wednesday 30th November at 5pm in SK037. You will have a chance to hear about the modules on offer, and ask any questions that you might have about postgraduate study. There will be wine and nibbles served at 5pm. Please email Anne-Marie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to book a place
Please note that you are welcome to come to both of these events if you wish! I look forward to seeing you, and please do email me if you have any questions.
By Dr Kaley Kramer
Lecturer in English Literature
On Wednesday, seminars were quiet – and not just here: my colleagues across the UK shared stories of students in tears, students anxious in ways that permeated discussions; of colleagues unable to teach what had been planned and spending time with their students just listening and talking. The United States is a global superpower and this decision will have impacts beyond their borders – no less than the Brexit vote sent shockwaves in all directions. While we might feel sheltered by distance and difference from the US, we need to take seriously the psychological and emotional effects of the outpouring of vitriol, misogyny, homophobia, racism, xenophobia, and prejudice that marked the presidential campaign and was so carefully and thoroughly reported in UK media. We know, from our own experiences post-Brexit, that political campaigns have cultural effects; that rhetoric used to sway votes can also create an environment that legitimates real violence. University is not separate from the ‘real world’. We are a community brought together for a short time and our borders are permeable: we each bring to this campus our lives, our struggles, our loves; we read literature through all of our experiences. We study the world without ever leaving it.
We stand against that violence.
Dear students: you are beginning, or finishing, or continuing your education in an anxious time. This has always been true but you are new and I would take that anxiety from you, if I could. If you wonder why we demand your best work, why we challenge what is accepted, why we push you beyond your comfort-zone it is because so much of the world asks for only superficial understanding – a sound-bite-click-bait-jingle-commonplace acceptance. Critical thinking breaks the black mirror: literature finds us ‘unexpectedly…living, thinking, acting, and reflecting [in ways that] belong to times and spaces we have never known’. How else, asked Judith Butler in 2013, are we to ‘find ourselves linked with others we have never directly known…to understand that…we share a world?’
Many of us might feel that we no longer recognize the world. And that is without question an anxious state of being. And anxiety produces fear and when we are afraid we forget to be kind. We forget compassion and community. Our world shrinks and we stop looking around us and reaching out for understanding.
Dear students: do not be afraid.
Do not allow fear to silence you. Do not ‘keep calm’. Do not ‘be good’.
Be brave. Listen. Learn. Disagree with each other – with your tutors – with respect and with love. Question what you think you know. Change your mind and change the people around you. We are ethically obligated, continued Butler, to live among those who are different from ourselves, ‘to demand recognition for our histories and our struggles at the same time that we lend that to others’.
Dear students: be kind to each other.
We are here, now. You share a space and time to learn, to think, to take the time you need to look around you and decide what kind of world you will go on to shape. You are all welcome here. You are all precious. We need you all.
The world seems dark and anxious now. But there is a crack, wrote Leonard Cohen (‘Anthem’, 1992), in everything: that’s how the light gets in.
If you would like to read more about York St John University’s commitment to equality and accessibility, please see our Mission Statement (https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/about/university-structure/mission-and-values/).
++ Just days left to submit to Electric Reads’ Young Writers’ Anthology for 2016 ++
Following last year’s bestselling edition, applications close on 31 October for Electric Reads’ second anthology, which aims to gather together work from the best young writers in Britain today.
Free to enter, and open to all writers 25 years old and under, this is a fantastic opportunity for emerging writers to have their work published.
For more information, visit: http://electricreads.com/young-writers-fiction-anthology-2016/
Say Owt Slam #12
12th November 2016
Poets pit their words and wits against one another. Each gets 3 minutes and the audience judges on their favourite winner. Showcasing some impressive and high energy spoken word!
7.30 / City Screen Basement / £7.
She’s smashed Glastonbury, Lounge on the Farm, Secret Garden Party, Wise Words, Wilderness and Shambala, whilst guesting at gigs from Bristol to Birmingham. Vanessa has also won a swathe of slams, most recently The Roundhouse Slam 2014 and Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014. She’s represented the UK in two European Slam Championships in Sweden and Belgium and her debut poetry collection ‘Joyriding The Storm’ was published in April 2014 by Burning Eye Books. She’s also supported the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kate Tempest.
The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair, takes place on the 4th November in Manchester. It’s a wonderful opportunity for early career writers to pitch their ideas to industry experts and literary agents; hear a key note speech from author Kit de Waal; network with other writers and members of the publishing industry; and attend workshops and panel discussions on topics such as performing your work, digital publishing and blogging, and writing the perfect submissions package.
It’s now week three of the new academic year at York St John and staff and students are settling in to another exciting year of creative inquiry.
YSJ Programme in Creative Writing staff stayed busy over the summer on a number of projects. Here’s a snapshot of what some of us have been up to:
Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Pleasance presented at the True Crime Fictions conference at Birkbeck University of London in July, and she’s been working on a book proposal about creative methodologies in life writing studies. She’s also had a chapter accepted in an edited collection on hybrid memoirs. Creatively, she is preparing a novel with a country and western soundtrack for online publication and undertaking research into a historical short story project about Manchester and the textile industry.
Visiting Lecturer Caleb Klaces contributed to the Paint Her to Your Own Mind exhibition at Shandy Hall, Lawrence Sterne’s house in Coxwold. He also finished a long poem which will be published as a pamphlet by If a leaf falls, poet Sam Riviere’s Edinburgh-based micro-press. He’s also currently working on an article about American poet and novelist Ben Lerner for Poetry London.
Lecturer Dr Naomi Booth has been finishing work on a new piece of fiction, a horror novel that deals with body mutation and is set in the near future. She’s also continuing work on a long piece of literary research about the history of swooning, which will be published as a monograph by Manchester University Press next year.
Lecturer Dr Kimberly Campanello continued work on her forthcoming collection of conceptual and visual poems, MOTHERBABYHOME, forthcoming with zimZalla Avant Objects (Manchester). She was filmed reading these poems for the University College Dublin Irish Poetry Reading Collection and will give a public reading from MOTHERBABYHOME and her previous poetry collection Strange Country at the Irish Literary Society in London in October. She also finished writing her play .
Senior Lecturer Dr Rob Edgar (and Senior Lecturer in English Literature John Marland) have a textbook on the process and theory of adapting literature to film and TV out for peer review. Rob has also been continuing to develop the book on popular music and memoir with YSJ colleagues. Over the summer he delivered a paper on Arena Concerts at the IASPWM conference in Brighton following the publication of a book on the same topic last year.
Subject Director Dr Abi Curtis has just returned from maternity leave. Her one year old’s favourite book is Hairy Maclaray from Donaldson’s Dairy. She has just completed a dystopian novel set in a flooded near-future, and is about to embark on a collaborative project on literature and bees.