Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Journactivism in a Time of Converging Crises

In these times of crisis – climate breakdown, billionaire-owned 'propamedia', fuzzy wars, refugee desperation and brutal austerity, humanity is being called to pull together in an integrated, compassionate & global society. Radical and rapid societal shifts are needed and soon! As we face the possibility of near-term human extinction. History has shown that social movements – embedded with daring civil disobedience – are capable of bringing deep transformation. Join this interactive workshop, lead by Stuart Basden, to explore the relationship between activism and journalism in this time of crisis.

Stuart Basden - was arrested 8 times in 2017 for civil disobedience, including spending a week in prison. Stu's been involved in radical activism since 2012, supporting struggles around climate, indigenous sovereignty, toxic media, fake democracy, fracking, reproduction rights, land defence and more. Stu's a trained facilitator and frequently runs workshops across a variety of groups.

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Aug
24
3:30 PM15:30

What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people?

If you think democracy is broken, here's an idea: let's replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials - a system with roots in ancient Athens that taps into the wisdom of the crowd and entrusts ordinary people with making balanced decisions for the greater good of everyone. Sound crazy? Learn more about how it could work to create a world free of partisan politics.

Brett Hennig is a director and co-founder of the Sortition Foundation and author of The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy. Before co-founding the Sortition Foundation, Brett wore a variety of hats: as a taxi driver, a software engineer, a social justice activist, a mathematics tutor, and the primary carer of four boys; he finished his PhD in astrophysics just before his first son arrived.

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Reporting Sex Crime and Homicide: What do we need to know?

What do journalists need to know to ensure accurate and sensitive reporting on victims and survivors of sex crimes?  How do we present the facts about the perpetrators, and ensure we are neither sensationalist or salacious? How do we keep sane and rational, whilst retaining the passion and anger at injustice that drives us to do this work? How can we ensure that we treat the loved ones of murder victims with respect and sensitivity whilst also drilling down into the facts of the story? Join Julie Bindell to find out.

Julie Bindel is an investigative journalist with a focus on men's violence towards women and girls. She has reported from Gujarat, India on the 'womb trafficking' surrogacy trade; from Dubai on the trafficking of women into prostitution; Cambodia and Ukraine on the 'brides for sale' business;  the Samburu desert of Kenyan on forced marriage and rape;  Vancouver on the missing indigenous women and girls from the Downtown Eastside, and Albania on the unsolved murder of a young mother trafficked to a brothel in France.  Julie is on the Advisory Group of Byline.  Her latest book is The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

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Aug
25
11:30 AM11:30

Fear Hack

What is fear and how does it affect us? In this workshop, Hilary Gallo - Author of "Fear Hack" (published by unbound in January) and "The Power of Soft" - a guide to get what you want without being a **** , will be doing some experiments and generally come clean about what fear is. He’ll also ask what is going on and how can we re-frame the feeling that we call “fear”. What would our lives be like if we could make our fears our best friend?

If you're curious about or influenced by fear (aren't we all?) then come along!

 

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Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Sex - Laugh, Learn and Share

Open to anyone and everyone, this workshop aims to provide an opportunity to have a relaxed and informal group conversation about S-E-X. There will also be space to laugh (at the act itself - it can be pretty comical, let’s face it), share experiences, anecdotes and advice (if requested) in a respectful and mutually supportive environment. 

Some of Miss Rita’s artist and writer friends have produced new work especially for her, there will be ample opportunity to browse, purchase and consume later at your (p)leisure. 

So, let’s talk about IT! Simply come on down to Miss Rita’s #SuperSexy Sex Workshop! Sixty minutes of conversation, amusing anecdotes, illustrated examples AND MORE! 

 

Miss Rita has had some sex! 

It was once said of Miss Rita (by an eminent theatre critic from London’s leading listings magazine) “She simply OOZES sex.”

Miss Rita still continues with her own artistic practice following on from the Women’s Pornography Workshops she took part in in the early 1980s, facilitated by photographic artists Rosie Gunn and Grace Lau. Miss Rita also trained as a telephone counselor for a renowned sexual health charity, so has heard pretty much everything. 

 

**While aiming to be completely open and inclusive to all sexual preferences and predilection, Miss Rita asks that workshop participants do not advocate or promote actual physical cruelty or harm to humans or animals. 

While she does understand that personal boundaries/tolerance levels for this sort of thing can vary hugely, Miss Rita does not envisage her Byline Festival Workshop a suitable forum in this instance. 

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Aug
25
2:30 PM14:30

Create Your Own Zine

Ever feel a little anti this and a little anti that? Come knock up a zine! Have a drink, get reacquainted with pritt stick and most importantly a typewriter. La Bouche Zine is on site to help you make your very own zine, or be a part of a collective one-off edition to be compiled over the course of the festival! The editors of ten successful, off-the-wall issues are also there to answer all your questions on production, promotion, distribution, hell, even advertising! 

Josie Demuth is the founder of alternative news and culture publication La Bouche Zine and Amazon #1 bestselling author of ‘Liggers and Dreamers’ and the ‘Salt Kisses’ series. Over the years La Bouche has featured in LOVE Magazine as one of ‘top ten favourite ever zines’, as well as on BBC's The Today Programme, as part of a broadcast on literary sub-culture. It has also popped up in Mick Jones Rock 'n' Roll bookshop, Thames and Hudson’s book ‘Fanzines’ by Teal Triggs and listed as the ICA’s first ever ‘zine of the month'. 

This workshop is ideal for people who are interested in creating their own publication, from scratch!

 

 

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Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

A Guide to Creative Activism

Breaking down idea making, development and planning on a creative activism, looking at suggestion and persuasion techniques which can be A. Utilised by our target and B. Can be utilized ourselves.

Thomas Florence is a performer, musician and writer. As a contemporary Psychological Illusionist and escape artist, his skills for deception have been noticed by The Yes Men who allowed him to work with them in the "incubator process' which taught creative activism techniques and processes. He now uses this to support his fellow dyslexic, dyspraxics and humans. Changing perspectives through being creative.

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Authors Wanted! Write Here, Write Now

Here's an exciting opportunity for young authors aged 7-12 to take part in a free writing workshop at Byline with Sussex Young Authors founder, Amanda Di Clemente
Come along and express your wild imagination in this one hour workshop. Kids - We believe your ideas can and will change the world! So grab a pen and ‘Write the world you want to live in.’ Have a new in your bonnet about plastic? Fed up with SATS? What is on your mind? Share it with the world and you may just make history!

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Aug
26
11:30 AM11:30

Guerilla Comms, Self Organisation and Meme Wars

How to beat far right in the global meme war?  The workshop will over flow the collective creativity of the squares movement, the remix techniques and the memetic sphere, showing dozens of practical cases. 

Bernardo Gutiérrez will be hosting the work shop and is a Spanish-Brazilian journalist, writer and researcher living in Madrid. He writes about politics, society, technopolitics and participation technologies. He has published the books Calle Amazonas (Altaïr, 2010), collaborated in collective books such as 'Amanhã vai ser maior' (Anna Blume, 2014) and was one of the editors of 'JUNHO: power of streets and networks' (Friedrich Ebert Siftung , 2014). He has just released "The day after tomorrow. Journey to the Spain of change" (ARPA editors, 2017). 

 

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Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Learn Stand Up Comedy

Irish standup comedian Gerry Thompson runs Positive Comedy Training, and is best-selling author of books that have sold over half a million copies worldwide in 30 languages. Positive Comedy is in the top ten UK humour websites and blogs for 2018.

In this hands-on workshop session, Gerry will introduce you to the essence of stand-up comedy, and show you how to quickly produce and perform a short piece of comedy material. Come and join Gerry for a laugh!

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Aug
26
2:30 PM14:30

Protecting Your Digital Privacy

How to take steps to safeguard your privacy in an age of mass surveillance: tools and methods. Topics to be covered include - Threat modelling - Mass surveillance v targeted surveillance - Practical tools - Practical methods and processes - Case study use examples of tools

Muhammad Rabbani, the international director of Cage, was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court of having willfully obstructed police at Heathrow Airport by refusing to divulge the passwords to his mobile phone and laptop computer. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £620 costs. Rabbani had been stopped whilst returning from Qatar, where Rabbani said he had interviewed a man to collect evidence of that man's claims of having been tortured while in US custody. The evidence was being collected for UK lawyers. Muhammad has said "CAGE and I are glad we brought this case, and the result indicates that our only option is to change the law. Schedule 7 actively discriminates, and this will hopefully be the start of a number of legal challenges as more people take courage to come forward. We will be appealing this decision and we have won the moral argument."

 

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Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

Food is Medicine

Learn how animals in food system can actually strengthen the web of life. Traditional, nourishing animal products are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with chronic diseases. Militant vegan and vegetarian movements will have us believe that  animal products cost the environment too dearly. The government ignores smallholders in the national statistics, backing industrial farming to produce commodities for export, damaging the health of the nation. Emma shares examples of farming practices that regenerate soils and biodiversity whist capturing green house gases. Animals in properly managed farming systems are beyond beneficial they are essential. Food is the medicine and small holders are feeding the world.

Emma Goodwin's knowledge of functional medicine has grown from her own family experience.  A TV actress in the '90's unconfortable with her role as Doctor Benson in ITV medical drama "Medics": seeming to contribute to the myth that we give away responsibility for our own health to medical practitioners.  A working mother of two, she watched her children's health deteriorate due to her poor food choices and our collective environmental toxic burden.  Despite buying organic and cooking from scratch since leaving home in 1986, her children were just not thriving.  In 2007 the family left the UK to "Wwoof" around Europe (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) returning to the UK buy land and farm. 10 years down the line, 7 of those spent creating a mixed small-holding in Forest Row, East Sussex, supplying locals with real, clean, unpolluted foods via a Community Supported Agriculture scheme, and battling local planning authorities for the right to live on site, Emma's family are now in much better health.  Lessons learnt highlight hidden dangers in our current food and farming systems. She continues to farm and educate anyone ready to learn about the Paleo, Ketogenic and real food and farming options that can contribute to the good health of our bodies and mental well being, and leave water, air and earth, upon which we are all utterly reliant, in a better state than we find it.  Food is medicine. 

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Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Digital Activism

This workshop will introduce methods and strategies of digital activism rooted in their historical context and developments. It also introduces the bio-politics of the digital through analysis of the technical medium and its agency. Participants will engage in practical exercises and will be able to produce their own digital campaign by the end of the workshop!

Dr Maria Korolkova is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Greenwich and an independent curator and researcher working across the media. Her latest research interests include the ideas gender in creativity, new modalities of storytelling and aesthetics of mistakes. In 2018, Maria has designed an innovative MA programme on Media and Creative Cultures, which offers to study the latest cultural trends, including digital activism, fashion and its influence on media today.

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Aug
27
11:30 AM11:30

Digital Natives: Skills, Rights and Strategy

This workshop will confront the opportunities and challenges posed to journalism post digital revolution. It will offer a crash course in digital skills such as sourcing stories online, SEO, and utilising social media. It will also offer an insight in to the current landscape of digital rights - such as freedom of expression and privacy - and what journalists can do promote and protect them. 

The workshop will be lead by:

Conor Matchett is a junior reporter at Archant working at the Eastern Daily Press, Lowestoft Journal, and Beccles and Bungay Journal titles. He is also the current Chair of the Student Publication Association, having previously served as its Development Officer and Scotland Regional Officer. He was formerly the Head of Sport at FreshAir.org, and has worked for titles such as The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and University of Edinburgh student newspaper The Student. 

Gemma Shields currently works defending human rights online as a policy intern for European Digital Rights (EDRi) in Brussels. Alongside this she researches measures to combat the proliferation of misinformation online as part of her Master's in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University, in collaboration with the Utrecht Data School. She is also the former Development Officer of the Student Publication Association, and former Head Editor of The Gaudie, the student newspaper of the University of Aberdeen. 

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Aug
27
1:00 PM13:00

Dress to Kill: Reading Fashion in Contemporary Media

In the past several years, fashion has seen itself at the avant-garde of contemporary media, becoming one of the main forms of communication. Think not just Rhianna in Guo Pei dress (or omelette dress it is commonly referred now) and hijab legislations in France, but also the First ladies’ dresses, Pussy Riot’s balaklavas and Megan Markle’s beige tights. This workshop will engage the participants in the attempt to read (and try on!) fashion as a medium of communication and control in today’s culture. 

Dr Maria Korolkova is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Greenwich and an independent curator and researcher working across the media. Her latest research interests include the ideas gender in creativity, new modalities of storytelling and aesthetics of mistakes. In 2018, Maria has designed an innovative MA programme on Media and Creative Cultures, which offers to study the latest cultural trends, including digital activism, fashion and its influence on media today.

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Aug
27
2:30 PM14:30

Journactivism in a Time of Converging Crises

In these times of crisis – climate breakdown, billionaire-owned 'propamedia', fuzzy wars, refugee desperation, brutal austerity, etc. – humanity is being called to pull together in an integrated, compassionate & global society. Radical and rapid societal shifts are needed – and soon! – as we face the possibility of near-term human extinction. History has shown that social movements – embedded with daring civil disobedience – are capable of bring deep transformation. Join this interactive workshop to explore the relationship between activism and journalism in this time of crisis.

Stuart Basden was arrested 8 times in 2017 for civil disobedience, including spending a week in prison. Stu's been involved in radical activism since 2012, supporting struggles around climate, indigenous sovereignty, toxic media, fake democracy, fracking, reproduction rights, land defence and more. Stu's a trained facilitator and frequently runs workshops across a variety of groups.

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