Fairtrade at Middlesex: 2021 Poetry / Spoken word competition, supported by CreativityUnleashed

CreativityUnleashed is the new not for profit organisation that has developed out of its original legacy project, Haringey Unchained. What started out first as a small writing group for teenagers at Haringey Sixth Form College has organically shifted through the leadership of its young people, to integrate a wider community of youth voices. We offer many opportunities to young people, ultimately aiming to provide a unified platform for publication alongside opportunities to develop new skills and contacts in the culture and art sectors both nationally and internationally. We produce blogs and print magazines for a wide range of young people, including some in Britain, China and the United States, and have successfully linked young people to internships in publishing, art and film.

THE COMPETITION
This year’s Fairtrade fortnight celebration is supporting the awareness of Climate Change. Through various activities across schools, universities, colleges, places of worship and organisations around the world, we’ll be raising awareness of how everyone can play a part in “Choosing the World you want.”


Middlesex university are organising a poetry or spoken word competition to hear your thoughts on the topic of ‘Your vision of the world you want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share

Take inspiration from the Fairtrade Foundation website and this video.

SHORTLIST
Following a review and critique from our expert judging panel, 5 shortlist entries will be chosen. The Shortlist entries will have their entry displayed on Fairtrade Foundation’s Climate, Fairtrade and You Festival – an exhibition to showcase poetry, artwork and film. And a spot on a page dedicated to the shortlist and linked to Middlesex and Fairtrade platforms in Haringey Unchained.

WINNER
A full page feature on http://www.haringeyunchained.com with a link from the homepage; a spot in their print magazine that will be published in America and the UK and your piece will feature on a spot on the Russell Sage college website following a quick Winner’s interview.
Finally, your piece will also be recorded and played through Barnet TV online as well as their social media channels.

TIMELINES
Completion opens – 1st February
Closes – 15th February
Shortlisted entries announced – 19th February
Shortlisted entries displayed on Fairtrade Foundation Exhibition from – 22nd Feb
Winner announced: Friday 5th March

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Your entry can be either Rhyming Poetry or Free Verse.
  • Your spoken word recording must be a landscape video via YouTube or Vimeo submitted via a link
  • If recording your piece, please introduce yourself at the beginning.
  • Please ensure your name is on your work
  • Please title your poem
  • 1 A4 side maximum
  • Your written piece entry must be typed and submitted via PDF
  • Your piece MUST be around the topic of ‘Your vision of the world you want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share ’Which supports the Fairtrade Fortnight theme
  • You must submit your entry to Fairtrade@mdx.ac.uk by 10am, Monday 15th February, ensuring the email is submitted with your contact details –  if you experience technical difficulties, contact j.e.williamson@mdx.ac.uk prior to the closing date.
  • Please ensure the title of your poem is the Subject of your email when sending your finalised piece.
  • All entries must be submitted / written in English.
  • Entrants can only enter their own work or are responsible for seeking relevant permissions from the copyright owner if entries are translations or another’s work.
  • Entries will be used ONLY for the purpose of this competition.
  • Shortlisted entries will be notified by email after the closing date but before 22nd February.

Creative Writing Mini Lectures by Adam Dalton

Our BA English lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing, Dr Adam Dalton has prepared a series of mini-lectures on how to become a famous writer, aimed at aspiring writers of all ages.

1. Plot: https://www.youtube.com/embed/infEChtI7w0?rel=0

2. Character: https://www.youtube.com/embed/7AFNAAOTzGA?rel=0

3. Publishing: https://www.youtube.com/embed/IF33FRthME8?rel=0

Enjoy watching!

Also, check Adam’s free creative writing mini-lessonshttps://metaphysicalfantasy.wordpress.com/mini-lessons/

Finally, if you are interested in studying Creative Writing at university, check our BA English course at Middlesex University: https://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/english

The Satanic in Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Satanic in Science Fiction and Fantasy, the new book by our colleague and Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing Adam Dalton, has just been published by Luna Press.

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The Satanic in Science Fiction and Fantasy officially launches at the BSFA national science fiction convention in April, but copies can already be ordered from Amazon. It’s published under the author name A J Dalton (www.ajdalton.eu), but his alter-ego is Dr Adam Dalton of Middlesex University.

 

Here’s the official blurb:

Satan, Dracula, Sauron, Lord Foul, Darth Vader. The motif of the Satanic Dark Lord is ever-present in science fiction and fantasy, a malign intelligence seeking to thwart the Chosen One.

In the literature of the 1980s and 90s, the Dark Lord is always defeated. However, post-millennium, there are signs that he has finally begun to get the upper hand, as we witness his change from anti-hero to hero.

In this enthralling study, prize-winning author A J Dalton considers how our understanding and characterisation of Satan has developed over time. From early depictions of Satan as a brutal dragon in the Bible, to the playfully seductive friend in the works of Chaucer and Marlowe, to the sympathetic and sensitive vampire of the modern-day, to the alien and unknowable artificial intelligence of tomorrow.

This book provides a starting point for researchers, writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy interested in the development of one of the biggest tropes in speculative fiction.

 

Digital Future: the New Underclass

Our colleague at BA English at Middlesex Dr Josie Barnard presented a BBC Radio 4 programme on 3rd Sept at 11am. It investigates the deep social divides created by the digital world.

Hear it here.

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Whether booking a flight to go on holiday or ordering a takeaway, digital technology is so embedded in everyday life that it’s easy to assume everyone is on a level playing field. Or that those who aren’t are part of an older generation who didn’t grow up with computers. But that’s a dangerous assumption.

22% of the British population lack the digital skills they need to get by day-to-day. That’s more than one in five people who struggle with signing their child up to school, filling in a tax return, or even using a smartphone to make a call. And as more and more essential services move online, falling behind the pace of change carries severe consequences.

For young people, the risks of being left behind are buried under the assumption that they are digital natives – that they have supposedly grown up with an innate ability to use digital technology. But as the number of smartphone-only households grows, millions of children are in danger of their digital world shrinking around a tiny touchscreen.

Dr Barnard asks if this is simply a question of affordability and motivation, or whether more complicated factors are at play. She speaks to people struggling to find space at public computer banks to complete their Universal Credit forms, and a group who are jumping hurdles to get online because of their severe dyslexia, and gets behind the screens of smartphone-only teenagers to find out how the kind of device and the way we use it can be just as detrimental as not having it at all.

Presenter: Dr Josie Barnard

Producer: Emma Barnaby

Executive Producer: Deborah Dudgeon

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio