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Creative Events, Opportunities and Jobs August 2018

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A bit late, but here’s around up of some interesting oppotunities and jobs


Val McDermid is a bestselling, award-winning crime writer and commentator. This year she’s also a Man Booker Prize judge.Location: The Enterprise Centre, UEA
Cost: £10 / £9 conc / £8 student
Date: Friday 14 September 2018, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Book your ticket here

An off-grid weekend writing retreat on Isle Martin, a community-owned island off the north-west coast of Scotland. Here you will have the chance to leave mainland life behind and concentrate on writing for a few precious days. The weekend will feature a mix of tutored workshops and free writing time. You will also have the option of a short 1-to-1 mentoring session.
The amenities are simple, the island beautiful, the welcome warm. There is no electricity, so leave your laptops and tablets behind and bring pens and paper. There is no hot running water so bring a flannel for a wash-down. There are, however, flushing toilets, a warming fire, and delicious meals cooked on the island using local produce.

Dates: Friday 14 – Sunday 16 September 2018
Location: Isle Martin, North West Scotland
Cost: £220
For further information, please contact (Lorraine Thomson), or visit the website


This international contest is meant to raise people’s awareness of what is happening to the (natural) world right now and what this may mean for the near future. We are looking for short stories dealing with the many existential issues facing us. No nonsense, no wild, impossible fantasies but strong, intelligent stories, based on realistic speculation, cautionary tales, plausible and thought-provoking.
Prizes: $1,000 for the winner, $300 for the runner-up, and $100 for number three. Open to anyone, from any country, of any age. Preferred word count between 1,500 and 5,000 words.
Deadline August 31, 2018.


MSLEXIA the magazine for women writers, needs an experienced all-rounder to manage its inaugural Women’s Writing Weekend, scheduled to take place in September 2019. The contract will run from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019, with total days worked equating to 50% of a full-time contract.
The role involves taking major responsibility for the planning and delivery within a given budget of three days of talks, workshops, panel discussions, networking events, plus a gala dinner with commissioned performances and keynote speaker. Also included in the role are venue hire and catering; liaison with and accommodation for participants, artists and speakers; recruitment and supervision of volunteers; and concluding with a detailed final report.
To apply, send a CV and covering letter outlining your relevant experience to Kay Hadden
For more information, including a list of person specifications, please visit the website 
Deadline August 13

The V&A guided tours uncover the hidden stories in the objects owned by the nation and making them accessible to everyone.

  • We will train you in guiding, induct you into the V&A and its LGBTQ mission, provide you with a mentor and support you all the way to going live and beyond

  • You will commit to the training, conducting your own research and developing a tour which meets our standards. This will take around three months. We then ask you to commit to delivering at least eight tours a year for two years

  • You do not need previous experience of guiding but you do need commitment and the desire to have fun.

If you have a strong interest in the LGBTQ stories in the V&A collections send a letter of no more than one page outlining why you want to be a V&A LGBTQ guide and a little about yourself, along with a short CV. Email to:
Closing date: 28th August 2018

2 comments on “Creative Events, Opportunities and Jobs August 2018

  1. bridget whelan
    August 9, 2018

    Thanks Chris

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