The John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme offers a select group of young journalists to each have access to one-to-one mentoring for a year with an experienced practitioner in the broadcast and online news industry. This pioneering mentoring scheme for young journalists offers up to 25 applicants the opportunity to be mentored by some of the best journalists in the media industry. Mentors on this year’s scheme include the likes of ITV News, senior presenter Julie Etchingham and special correspondent Rageh Omaar, the BBC’s special correspondent Fergal Keane, Channel 4 News’ special correspondent Alex Thomson and business correspondent Siobhan Kennedy. Only successful applicants will be notified.
Deadline: Friday 31 January 2014 at 5pm
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Acclaimed poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Patience Agbabi come together for a special event at The Tricycle Theatre to share works of literature that have inspired them throughout their lives. Supported by leading actors from the stage and screen, the poets will present a range of work from TS Eliot to Derek Walcott, explaining their personal significance as well as performing some of their own poetry. The evening will be a joint fundraiser for English PEN and The Tricycle.
Date: Sunday 2 February 2014
Venue: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Time: 6.30pm-8pm
Tickets: Click here to book
When They Were Young: Re-Searching Our Archives is the focus of the ninth annual Huntley conference, which is specially dedicated to the pioneering Guyanese-born publisher Jessica Huntley who passed away in 2013. London Metropolitan Archives will be sharing some of the letters betweeen Jessica, her husband Eric (pictured above) and Bogle-L’Ouverture writers and friends. The event will see the launch of the Huntley Biography Project with presentations from supporters such as Patrick Vernon, Toyin Agbetu, Femi Martin, Shani Crawford and Keith Waithe, among others.
Date: 22 Februrary 2014
Venue: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R OHB
Time: 9.30am -4.30pm
Price: £10; concessions (children under 17 free) – lunch included
Email: email her on email@example.com
Tel: 020 7332 3851
Image credit: City of London/London Metropolitan Archives
The Journal Journey Guidebook: A Journal On How To Journal is the latest offering by Jackee Holder. According to Holder (author of 49 Ways To Write Yourself Well), no matter how busy or stressed you are, just taking ten minutes to journal can make a world of difference. By doing this you can:
• Improve your health and psychological benefits
• Gain a better perspective on life and work
• Take control and better manage your inner state
• Have a tool that is at your disposal 24 hours a day
To help you on your journey, Holder’s short guide also has blank pages and quotes to ensure you get into the groove of journal writing in 2014. More importantly, it’s free.
Click here for your free guide
Words of Colour Productions would like your help to uncover what Black Britons really think about love, dating and relationships in the 21st century.
Dating is a multi-billion pound global industry, but how much is truly known about the Black British experience? Are we getting married? Do we have intimacy issues? What relationship advice did we get from our parents? How is the younger generation faring in their quest for love? What cultural barriers do we face?
Black Britons’ love lives are often under scrutiny for the wrong reasons, but we are still yet to see wide-ranging representations of ourselves and our relationships in adverts, films or books. When we do see ourselves in romantic situations, it’s often from an American perspective. So, it’s time for us to fill in that incomplete picture.
Click here to take our survey
You must be 18+ to participate.
Photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net/By Stuart Miles
Diana Nneka Atuona is a British born, Nigerian writer from Peckham, South London. She studied International Politics at South Bank University and upon graduating, was awarded a scholarship from Gray’s Inn to study Law, though her first passion is has always has been to write for stage and screen. She has been a member of the Royal Court’s Invitation Writing Group and was the Theatre Local officer for The Royal Court’s Theatre Local Project in 2011 and 2012. Her first and only play, Liberian Girl, was placed top 25 in the Verity Bargate 2013 competition (Soho Theatre) and was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2013. On November 29 2013, she was awarded the Alfred Fagon Award for Playwriting.
She told Words of Colour Productions: “As a very new writer it feels great to win this award. It gave me the confirmation I needed that I’m doing something right. It has also given me the confidence to continue. I really wanted to see Liberian Girl produced. The play is about a girl’s experience during a civil war in Liberia and child soldiers.”
The Alfred Fagon Award was established in 1996 in memory of the late Jamaican playwright and actor, Alfred Fagon. The £5,000 prize is awarded to the writer who has, in the opinion of the judges, written the best stage play of the year. New as well as established writers are encouraged to enter.
Jessica Huie is the founder of Britain’s award-winning multi-racial greeting card and gift company, Color blind Cards. Launched in 2007, it is credited with having made history as the first company to secure a presence for a black card range on the UK high street with the range being stocked in Clinton Cards and Moonpig only six months post-launch. Named as one of the UK’s most “inspiring entrepreneurs” by the Evening Standard, and winner of the Enterprising Young Brit award, Huie has teamed up with Words of Colour Productions to engage with the UK’s most talented writers, poets and speakers in our Search for a Verse competition.
A complex king: Jude Law as Henry V in yet another collaboration with Michael Grandage. Photo by Johan Persson.
Play: Henry V
Theatre: Noel Coward Theatre
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Michael Grandage
Review by Natalie Gormally
Henry V is the final instalment of Michael Grandage’s five-show West End run. His ambitious season has been crammed with big names and, coupled with a limited number of £10 theatre tickets, has reached a new generation of theatregoers.
Patrice Etienne is a writer, actor, director and co-founder of Action35, a social enterprise that helps to tackle youth issues such as knife, gun and anti-social behaviour crimes. An Anna Scher Theatre graduate, he has been acting since the age of seven and played the role of Paul in BBC1’s Byker Grove. After studying film studies and drama at Anglia Ruskin University, he went to the Central School of Speech and Drama to do an MA in classical acting. Keen to hone his skills further he studied directing at the Young Vic, scriptwriting at the Soho Theatre and completed a teaching qualification for his youth work.
The WordLovers Society is hosting its fifth anniversary celebration with performances from its Hackney-based writers group. Organised by writer and the group’s founder KG Lester, the event aims to highlight local literary talent, with an emphasis on writers who are part of the group and those who live, work, study or play in Hackney. Light refreshments will be available.
Date: Thursday 5th December 2013
Venue: Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ
Contact: KG Lester at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Sydow at Hackney Museum on 020 8356 2509 or email her on email@example.com
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