Outstanding Feedback Award

We are delighted to announce that our very own Professor Paul Cobley won the ‘Outstanding Student Feedback’ award at the MDXSU Student-Led Teaching Awards.download

Middlesex Students’ Union (MDXSU) is dedicated to celebrating the incredible work of staff members from across the University. The Student-Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs) exist to recognise and celebrate the hard work of our amazing teaching and support staff at Middlesex University.

These awards are student-led; staff are nominated by students at Middlesex, with the final shortlist and winners being decided by a panel of students and elected student representatives.

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As the awards are awarded on the strength of the student citation(s), there can be no better feedback on Paul’s feedback.

Congratulations Paul!

When we do eventually return to campus MDXSU Student Officers will be visiting Paul in person to deliver the appropriate certificates and awards. You can find the full shortlist on our website here.

The Multimodal Writer

 

THE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CLUSTER IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE A PRESENTATION BY award-winning author of theory, fiction and creative non-fiction, Dr Josie Barnard on how can a writer optimise his or her ability to move between genres and technologies.

When? Thursday, 12th March 2020, 15.00-16.00

Where? Room CG09 (College building), Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

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These are exciting times for creative writing. In our digital age, the ability to move between types of writing and technologies – often at speed – is increasingly essential for writers. Yet, such flexibility can be difficult to achieve, and, how to develop it remains a pressing challenge. Josie Barnard’s academic research has at the centre one question: how can a writer optimise his or her ability to move between genres and technologies? Her new book  The Multimodal Writer sets out to provide theoretical background and serve as a practical tool to help writers face challenges and embrace opportunities presented by new media technologies robustly, effectively, and with pleasure.

 

Biographical note:

IMG_7293-768x512Dr. Josie Barnard SFHEA is an award-winning author of theory, fiction and creative non-fiction whose academic research centres on the application of creativity to the challenge of bridging the digital divide.  Her research into digital literacy is represented by her Macmillan International Higher Education monograph The Multimodal Writer: Creative Writing Across Genres and Media (2019). Her research into digital inclusion is represented by her BBC Radio 4 programme, Digital Future: the New Underclass (2019).  She has developed an empirically tested pedagogical model for teaching digital literacy.  The author of six books, including the Betty Trask award-winning Poker Face (1996) and extensive print and broadcast journalism and international academic articles and chapters, Josie is currently co-editing a Multimodal Writing Special Issue of the National Association of Writers in Education journal Writing in Practice (2021).  She collaborates with government departments and other key stakeholder groups to inform policy and develop citizens’ digital literacy.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2019-20 Language & Communication research seminars.

Employability Day and North London Story Festival – 18 and 19 February 2020

Week 18 (17-21 February 2020) is ‘Experience Week’. While there are no scheduled classes in this week, we are offering additional workshop sessions that are designed to support the content of your modules and enhance your employability.

Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged. The workshops provide networking opportunities with guest speakers from industry and an opportunity for you to connect with the larger ‘learner community’ of the degree by meeting and working with students in other years.

Note there are two days of fantastic sessions lined up – have a good look at all that is on offer on both days, below:

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Tuesday 18th February: Industry Event for students in the Media department

More than 30 industry professionals are coming in to share their experience with you in a series of workshops from script writing, to adverting, to careers in the media. Scroll down for the day’s schedule and how to book

Wednesday 19th February: Main Festival – Theme: Crime.

Prepare your Alibi

For more information and to sign up for event sessions go to:

https://www.northlondonstoryfestival.co.uk/

All events are on campus and are free, but you must book your tickets in advance. Don’t miss out!

Story Festival Day 1: Tuesday 18th February: Employability 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Finding your way into Film and TV and working your way up 
Time and location: 10.00 – 11.30, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3)

In this panel discussion, Film and TV professionals at varying stages in their careers share insight into how they have got to where they are and the variety of routes in – some of which might be on your radar and some of which you might not have currently thought of!

Our panellists

  • Ciara O’Grady, Post Production Manager, That Lot
  • Jude Winstanley, Freelance TV Line Producer and Founder of Unit List
  • Patricia Chandra (biog to follow)

Our confirmed panellists may be joined by some or all of the following, depending on work commitments

  • Alice Murray, HR Assistant/Contracts Logger, Studio Lambert (TBC)
  • Farrah Jaufuraully, Edit Producer (TBC)
  • Rika Kulsavat, Production Coordinator, Distillery (TBC)

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://finding-way-into-film-and-tv.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The craft of visual storytelling
 Time and location: 10.00 – 11.30, Portacabins (PAG03) 

Experts working in film, TV and advertising share their experiences of creating visual structures that capture a story’s theme and invoke both mood and emotion.

Panellists

  • Gavin Humphries, Producer, Quark Films
  • Jeremy Wooding, Director
  • Tania Hoser, Director of Photography

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://craft-of-visual-storytelling.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating a buzz around creative projects – the ins and outs of marketing and PR
 Time and location: 10.00 – 11.30, Grove (G229) 

How do you build awareness around a creative project, be it a book, film or some other creative endeavour? How do you know who to reach out to? What channels should you use?

In this session, seasoned publicists offer advice on everything from developing a communications strategy, to identifying the most appropriate channels to engage with your target audiences and adapting your communication to suit these.

Our expert publicists

  • Ben Cameron, Founder, Cameron Publicity and Marketing
  • Gem Pinkney, Publicity Manager, UKTV

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://ins-and-outs-of-marketing-pr-creative-projects.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Standing out from the crowd – the film and TV employer’s view 
 Time and location: 11.45 – 13.15, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3) 

In this session, Film and TV Talent Managers share ‘the employers’ view, giving you insight into what they look for and how to stand out at interview.

Panellists

  • Julia Waring, RDF Television
  • Suzy Jaffe, RAW
  • Tom Morgan, ENVY Post Production 

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://standing-out-from-crowd.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Pitch Perfect – How do you get an idea commissioned? What makes a script stand out? Find out from the experts! 
 Time and location: 11.45 – 13.15, Grove (G229)

Experienced Producers and Exec Producers explain how to get an idea commissioned and what makes an idea or script stand out.

Panellists

  • Debbie Mason, CCO and Co-Founder, Heap Mason Media
  • Gavin Humphries, Co-Founder and Producer, Quark Films
  • Vijay Mavjee,CEO & Executive Producer, RedSiesta Films

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://idea-commissioned-script-noticed.eventbrite.co.uk. 

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Award-winning ad agency, Mother London – learn everything you need to know about working in advertising!
 Time and location: 11.45 – 13.15, College Building (C111)

This session will cover everything from interpreting a brief, effective client management, through to how to ensure a healthy client side/creative working relationship in an ad agency.

Panellists

  • Tom Wong, Head of Fame, Mother London

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://working-in-advertising-and-corporate-filmmaking.eventbrite.co.uk. 

CAMERA DEMOS: Canon camera demos (C500 Mark II and EOS 1DX Mark III) 
 Time and location: 13.15 – 15.15, Grove Atrium 

This is your opportunity to speak to Canon and find out more about their C500mkII and 1DXmkIII cameras. Over the course of the two hour period, they will be running demos, taking questions and also offering you an opportunity to ‘touch and try’ some Canon kit.

  • About the Canon EOS C500 Mark II: A 5.9K Full Frame sensor packed into a newly developed compact and reliable Cinema EOS body, this camera provides new inspiration and great flexibility for all cinematographers.
  • About the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III: When conditions are tough, the light is poor but the pressure’s on, the EOS-1D X Mark III lets you capture winning images before the competition. It’s the ultimate creative toolkit, with superb low-light performance, deep learning AF and 5.5K Raw video.

Book your place and find out more about these Canon cameras: https://canon-demos.eventbrite.co.uk.

PANEL DISCUSSION: From script to screen – creative writing for Film and TV 
 Time and location: 13.45 – 15.15, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3)

What makes a script engaging and stand out? In this session, experienced writers and a Head of Development at an independent television production company share advice and tips. 

Panellists

  • Alexandra Arlango, Executive Director of the Brit List and Head of Development at Caryn Mandabach Productions
  • Col Spector, Screenwriter and Director
  • Nick Reed, Writer and Director

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://from-script-to-screen.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Setting up your own production company – the low down 
Time and location: 13.45 – 15.15, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 2) 

This ‘warts and all’ session will offer an opportunity to hear from and pose questions to production company founders.

They will share with you the pros and cons of running your own company, ‘lessons learnt’ along the way, and attempt to answer any questions you may have on a broad range of topics – be it company set up, employing staff, pitching for business or marketing your services.

Panellists

  • Debbie Mason, CCO and Co-Founder, Heap Mason Media
  • Nick Long, Co-Founder, Turtle Canyon Media
  • Nick Parnes, CEO, Kalel Productions 

Book your place and find out more about our panellists: https://setting-up-your-own-production-co.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Festival tips for short filmmakers 
 Time and location: 14.00 – 15.30 (College Building – C219/220) 

In this session, representatives from leading short film festivals and the British Council share tips on the festival submission process. If you have any burning questions about short film festivals or the festival submission process, this session is for you!

Panellists

  • Dave Taylor-Matthews, Festival Producer, Encounters Film Festival
  • Elliot Grove, Founder, Raindance Film Festival
  • Jo Duncombe, Film Programme Manager, British Council
  • Philip Ilson, Artistic Director and Programmer, London Short Film Festival

 Book your place and find out more about our panellistshttps://festival-tips-short-filmmakers.eventbrite.co.uk. 

MASTERCLASS: Learn lighting tricks from one of London’s familiar and established Food, Liquid and Table top Director/DOPs! 
 Time and location: 14.00-17.00, Grove Building (G107) 

This hands-on masterclass will offer a chance to learn lighting tricks from one of London’s familiar and established Food, Liquid and Table top Director/DOPs. The DOP will light a specific scenario and you will then be invited to put what you have learnt into practice by lighting a similar scenario with subtle differences!

 Our Workshop host – Mark Emberton, Director/DOP (one of London’s familiar and established Food, Liquid and Tabletop Director/DOP’s)
Book your place and find out more about Mark: https://lighting-masterclass-afternoon.eventbrite.co.uk.
Please note, this session may need to be cancelled last minute due to Mark’s work commitments so we recommend you also book a place in other sessions for the time being too. We will then alert you to whether this session will definitely be going ahead so you can cancel your place in any ‘back up’ sessions at that stage.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The art of factual storytelling 
Time and location: 15.30 – 17.00, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 3)

In this session, a former Sunday Times journalist who also happens to be a Sunday Times best-selling author and founder of his own PR company, and three award-winning documentary makers, one of whom runs a documentary consultancy , share insight into the art of factual storytelling across different media. 

Panellists

  • Col Spector – Screenwriter/Director
  • Nick Read – Producer, Director and Cameraman
  • Ross Bolidai – Director
  • Will Iredale – Sunday Times best-selling author, former Sunday Times journalist and Managing Director of Iredale Communications 

Book your place and find out more about our panellistshttps://art-of-factual-storytelling.eventbrite.co.uk. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Securing funding for films and documentaries 
 Time and location: 15.30 – 17.00, Hendon Town Hall (Committee Room 2) 

In this session, we ask our panel of Film and TV experts what funding avenues are open to young film and documentary makers.

Panellists

  • Debbie Mason, CCO and Co-Founder Heap Mason Media
  • Hannah Bush Bailey, Production Manager, BFI Doc Society Fund
  • Jordan McGarry, Head of Talent Development and Production, Film London

Book your place and find out more about our panellistshttps://securing-funding-films-and-docs.eventbrite.co.uk. 

MASTERCLASS: The Ins and Outs of Sound Design 
Time and location: 15.45 – 17.00 (College Building – C219/220)

An experienced and award-winning Sound Editor will offer insight into how to create a compelling sound narrative. Join the session and find out everything you need to know!

Workshop host

  • Ania Pryzgoda, Sound Editor

Book your place and find out more about Ania: https://sound-design.eventbrite.co.uk. 

 

North London Story Festival – Wednesday 19 February 2020 – Prepare your Alibi

For more information and to sign up for event sessions go to:

https://www.northlondonstoryfestival.co.uk/

‘Down an East End Rabbit Hole’: adapting Lewis Carroll for an urban public environment

THE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CLUSTER IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE A PRESENTATION BY OUR COLLEAGUE AND acclaimed playwright James Kenworth ON his urban adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

When? Thursday 14th November 2019, 15.00 – 16.00

Where? Room CG82 (College), Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

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Alice in Canning Town is a brand new contemporary, urban adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, reconfigured for the East End, and performed site-specific in Arc in the Park, an inclusive adventure playground in Canning Town. Alice is the fourth in a quadrilogy of East-End-based plays written by playwright and Middlesex lecturer James Kenworth, all dealing with revolution and social change, and all performed in appropriate locations in the East End. It follows When Chaplin met Gandhi, staged in 2012 at Kingsley Hall, where Gandhi lived and worked for 3 months; Revolution Farm, a ‘hoodie version’ of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, performed in 2014 at Newham City Farm, in the shadows of Canary Wharf; and A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham, documenting the historic victory of Labour’s greatest hero in West Ham, performed in 2016 at Community Links, where Hardie delivered some of his most firebrand speeches.

BIOGRAPHY

imageJames Kenworth is a Playwright and a Lecturer in Media Narrative at Middlesex University. His writing include ‘verse-prose’ plays Johnny Song, Gob; black comedy Polar Bears; issue-led plays Everybody’s World (Elder Abuse)Dementia’s Journey (Dementia); plays for young people/schools The Last Story in the World; and a Newham-based trilogy of site-specific plays, When Chaplin Met Gandhi, Revolution Farm and A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham.

His play, Dementia’s Journey, won the 2015 University of Stirling International Dementia Award in the category: Dementia & the Arts. When Chaplin Met Gandhi and Revolution Farm is published by TSL Publications. A Splotch of Red has recently been published in a collection of political plays by Workable Press, a new publishing imprint dedicated to trade unions and organised workers.

He has extensive experience of planning, preparing and teaching playwriting and creative writing programmes/workshops for a wide variety of age groups and learners including children, young people, students and adult learners. He has worked on a regular basis on the delivery of these programmes with leading arts and educational organisations such as Spread The Word, Cardboard Citizens, Workers Educational Association University, Newham Adult Learning Service, Newham Libraries, Newham College, Community Links, Soho Theatre, University of East London and Middlesex University.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2019-20 Language & Communication research seminars.