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.

Research Students Summer Conference 2021: Call for papers

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RESEARCH IN A CHANGING WORLD
Middlesex University – 23 June 2021

The Middlesex University Research Students Summer Conference (RSSC) is an annual event for research students here at Middlesex. This year it will be a virtual conference to showcase the research being carried out by research students across the Faculties and our Collaborative Partner Institutions. It is an opportunity to share ideas, create fruitful collaborations and celebrate research.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Research in a Changing World’. We invite students from any discipline to submit abstracts which consider this theme and how it interacts with your research area. Students at any stage of their research are encouraged to submit, and prizes are awarded for the best presentations!

The conference will include the following types of participation. Please indicate in your abstract the method of presentation:

  • Presentation
  • Poster
  • Performance
  • Video screening with commentary

Submission guidelines: https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/types/research-at-middlesex/research-student-conference

Submission is now open and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 6th April 2021.

Key dates

  • Submission of abstract opens: now!
  • Submission of abstract closes: 5pm Tuesday 6th April 2021
  • Confirmation of presentation: May 2021
  • Conference: 23 June 2021

Additional information and updates will be posted on the ‘MDX Research Students’ Facebook page and the Twitter Handle @MUResearchStudy. Tweet about the conference using the hashtag #MDXsummerconf21.

Research Students’ Summer Conference Organising Committee

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

PRESENTING… THE ENGLISH REVIEW SERIES: MONSTERS!

BA English at Middlesex University is hosting the ‘English Review Series’ of monthly conversations on Monsters in cultural texts. Come and have a monster time with us chatting about popular culture! It’ll be fun. We’ll be talking tv, film, comics, the news and books (all different ‘cultural texts’).
All meetings can be accessed via Zoom: https://mdx-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/96567350722?pwd=L1Q3dVNOWkttWHhkSUtIZDM2ZkVuUT09

Topic: Monsters and fear3:30-4:30pm, Monday 19 October 2020, on Zoom

  • Why do different cultures have similar monsters?
  • What monsters are you scared of? Where did that fear first come from – listening to fairy tales? Watching something? Listening to the news and hearing about a serial killer?
  • Are you more scared of real monsters (like the serial killer Dennis Nilsen, played by David Tennant in a new series) or mythical monsters (like zombies)? But why?
  • Why is horror now a popular genre, when sales of horror (tv and film) were at rock-bottom in the 90s?

Topic: Witches – 3:30-4:30pm, 16 November 2020, on Zoom

  • Witches are wicked, right? What about Sabrina, Hermione, the good witch in The Wizard of Oz, and Maleficent?
  • How did the wicked witch come about, then?
  • Do any of us know anyone who’s a ‘white witch’?
  • Why are there so many UK witch groups on Facebook?·        

Topic: Vampires and devils –  3:30-4:30pm, 7 December 2021, on Zoom

  • Dracula in the novel and Hammer movies was Satanic, right? How come he’s a good guy in the 2013-14 tv show? And why are vampires goodies in True Blood, Buffy (sometimes) and Twilight?
  • Is the Dark Lord a sympathetic character in today’s world? But why?
  • Aren’t vampires just silly and made-up, or is there some real aspect to them?
  • Would you like to be immortal?

Topic: Zombies –  3:30-4:30pm, 18 January 2021, on Zoom

  • Why on Earth are zombies still popular?
  • Is it cos of covid?
  • Or immigration?
  • Are they still making The Walking Dead? Sheesh. How many series?

Topic: Werewolves and shape-shifters – 3:30-4:30pm, 15 February 2021

  • Is there a ravening beast hiding inside you?
  • Jekyll and Hyde is still popular. Why is that?
  • Why does every vampire series always end up with a bunch of werewolves as enemies?

Topic: Frankenstein and A.I.s – 3:30-4:30pm, 15 March 2021

  • Do the sciences of cloning and A.I. mean we are about to create a new Frankenstein? Is that really a good idea?
  • Are Pinocchio, The Blade Runner, Avengers: Age of Ultron, West World, etc, all the same story?
  • Is it horror, sci-fi or actually happening?

WANT TO PARTICIPATE? RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR ONE OR MORE SESSIONS BY EMAILING DR ADAM DALTON (a.dalton@mdx.ac.uk) OR DR ANNA CHARALAMBIDOU (a.charalambidou@mdx.ac.uk)! YOU CAN ALSO RESERVE PLACES FOR FRIENDS!