Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

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
24
3:30 PM15:30

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
25
10:00 AM10:00

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
25
11:30 AM11:30

Attack Journalism: Spot and Counter it!

This workshop explores 'Attack Journalism' in the British press from the 18th Century to the current day. It demonstrates how and why this area of news culture intertwines narratives of politics, celebrity and self-identity as a mechanism for social control. You will develop skills to 'spot and counter' attack journalism, consider whether an extension to the IPSO Code of Practice could tackle it, and plan how we might campaign for such a change.

Dr Bethany Usher began her professional career as staff reporter at tabloid newspapers, before quitting and speaking out about some practices she encountered. She is a lecturer at Newcastle University where her teaching, research and journalistic practice focus on campaigning, activism, celebrity news, self-identity and media as a mechanism for social control. Follow her @bethanyusher.

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Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Truth for Elephants - or How to Disagree

Kris De Meyer is a neuroscientist at King's College London. His workshop will explore the brain science of how people become entrenched in their views and how it can help us to deal more productively with the rising divisions and political polarisation in society. He co-produced Right Between Your Ears, a documentary about how people can become convinced of something, even if it isn't true, which will be screened at Byline. He has spoken on BBC television and radio about post truth and why fake news can be so believable. From 20 August, he'll contribute as neuroscience agony aunt to BBC Radio 4 series "How to Disagree".

 

 

 

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

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
11:30 AM11:30

The Kitchen Table Writer - Making a Scene

Alice Jolly says "Freewriting is a vital tool for total beginners but is equally useful for more experienced writers. Anyone can do it, anywhere.  It cures writer’s block and perennial procrastination.  It silences even the most vicious inner critic.  Just keep freewriting for a few months and you may find you’ve written a novel.  Come along and learn how to do it."

She will be holding a four piece workshop where she will take you through the steps of becoming a novelist, playwright or a screenplay writer! The four workshops will be Free Writing - 11:30-12:30 - Workshop tent 3 and Structure - 13:00-14:00 - Workshop tent 3 on Saturday. Making a Scene - 11:30-12:30 - Workshop tent 2 and Re-writing - 13:00-14:00 - Workshop tent 2 on Sunday!

Scenes are the building blocks of every short story, novel, play and film. But what actually is a scene? This workshop helps you to identify your scenes, break them down and rebuild them so that they shine.  Writers at every level can benefit from these practical scene building exercises and will leave with inspiration, confidence and ideas to develop at home.   

Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright. She has won the Pen Ackerley Prize for memoir and also the V.S.Pritchett Prize awarded by the Royal Society of Literature. She teaches creative writing on the Mst at Oxford University and her fourth novel ‘Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile’ was published by Unbound in June 2018.

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Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

The Kitchen Table Writer - Re-writing

Alice Jolly says "Freewriting is a vital tool for total beginners but is equally useful for more experienced writers. Anyone can do it, anywhere.  It cures writer’s block and perennial procrastination.  It silences even the most vicious inner critic.  Just keep freewriting for a few months and you may find you’ve written a novel.  Come along and learn how to do it."

She will be holding a four piece workshop where she will take you through the steps of becoming a novelist, playwright or a screenplay writer! The four workshops will be Free Writing - 11:30-12:30 - Workshop tent 3 and Structure - 13:00-14:00 - Workshop tent 3 on Saturday. Making a Scene - 11:30-12:30 - Workshop tent 2 and Re-writing - 13:00-14:00 - Workshop tent 2 on Sunday!

So you’ve written your story but you know that it doesn’t quite work.  You need to re-write – but how do you build on what you’ve got?  This workshop will teach you a range of simple editing techniques.  We’ll look at detail, viewpoint, verbs and what ‘showing not telling’ actually means.  Prepare to turn ordinary paragraphs into writing which is extra-ordinary and memorable!

Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright.  She has won the Pen Ackerley Prize for memoir and also the V.S.Pritchett Prize awarded by the Royal Society of Literature.  She teaches creative writing on the Mst at Oxford University and her fourth novel ‘Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile’ was published by Unbound in June 2018.

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Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

We May As Well Decriminalise Rape

This workshop will look at the fact that in Britain, more women than any other country in the world are arrested, charged and prosecuted for making so-called false allegations. At the same time, we have one of the lowest conviction rates for rape. Clearly this is connected. The media reporting of rape is atrocious in general, picking out only the masked marauders wielding a weapon, and pouncing on victims in dark alleys, and little is ever written about the everyday mundane rape which makes up the vast majority of sexual assaults on women, those committed by partners, ex-partners and male friends/acquaintances.

This workshop will be lead by:

Harriet Wistrich acted for two of the victims of John Worboys, the so-called black cab rapist and also for women arrested for allegedly making false allegations of rape and for the family of Eleanor de Freitas who took her life just before facing trial for perverting the course of justice. Harriet Wistrich is a solicitor of twenty years experience working with the renowned civil liberties firm, Birnberg Peirce and Partners. She is the winner of the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award 2014.  Recently she has founded The Centre for Women’s Justice, a new multi partner organization aimed at bringing cases holding the state to account in relation to violence against women and girls. She is also an active member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group, Justice for Women and is a trustee of the charity, the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize. 

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
27
11:30 AM11:30

Why the world needs your care: creating change in business and beyond

How you can integrate purposeful impact into your business and life. We’ll first look at the increasing need for individuals and entities to embrace impact. We’ll then focus on how start-ups and social enterprises can use creativity and strategy to make purpose a pillar of their key so that it can shape the company as it scales.

This work shop is perfect for people who are passionate about giving back efficiently and sustainably and who want to understand how they can make the biggest difference. Whether you're a Start Up, founder, creative or founders-to-be who want to learn how they can make purpose a core part of their company, this workshop will teach you exactly that.

Bryn Tod-Tims is passionate about all things impact, equality and the power of awareness. Bryn led the impact arm of a digital Asset Management firm before transitioning to work more closely in philanthropy. In March 2018 she co-founded Benesys, a philanthropic platform that unlocks collaborative potential between businesses, charities and individuals. Bryn is also the founder of #SprintForHer a Non-Profit online rape and sexual assault initiative that creates support for survivors through sport. 

Briana Pegado has focused on cultivating youth empowerment and leadership through creativity. Her work now centres around how the creative industries can be more financially sustainable through alternative business models. She is a co-founder of Povo; a new, formless consultancy creating and thinking in Edinburgh that uses the creative process and principles of play to engage clients with their ideas who would not normally have access to consultancy services.

 

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Aug
27
1:00 PM13:00

If it Bleeds - Murder, Mayhem and the Media

If it bleeds, should it lead? Why are we more fascinated that ever with true crime either in the written word or on television? A workshop that explores the media’s attitudes both to murder and to the underworld, looking at the coverage of murder cases like those of Fred and Rose West and spectacular crimes like the recent Hatton Garden burglary. Does all this coverage in the press, online, in podcasts and on television increase our fear of crime or glamourise it? Of interest to anyone who wants to write, read about or understand that fascination with crime, whether real or fictional.

Duncan Campbell is a former Guardian crime correspondent, chairman of the Crime Reporters’ Association and author of We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds, A History of Crime Reporting, The Underworld and the novel, If It Bleeds.

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Aug
27
2:30 PM14:30

Death, Sex and Rock 'n' Roll - The Taboos of getting Older

In this workshop, Suzanne Noble and Rose Rouse, the co-founders of Advantages of Age will discuss the taboos of getting older for both men and women. Invisibility, sexuality, death, accepting the age we are. Participants will be invited to explore their own taboos. It will be fun as well as useful. The aim is to free ourselves from those societal restraints by opening up these areas!

Suzanne Noble - the co-founder of Advantages of Age, a social enterprise created to challenge the media narrative around ageing. Established in London, UK, Suzanne and Rose host events for those over 50+, a Business Academy to help support older people in starting their own business and the AofA website is regularly referenced by psychotherapists as a source of inspirational content around ageing. Our Facebook group of 3k+ members is very active and a place for our members to share stories and support each other. Aside from AofA, Suzanne runs a company called Frugl, a website that helps people find great deals, local offers and events from a range of partners including Groupon, Living Social, Wowcher, Travelzoo and many others.

Rose Rouse - the co-founder of Advantages of Age, a social enterprise, an online magazine – www.advantagesofage.com, and a FB group that started to challenge the media stereotypes around ageing. "We are the punks of getting older. I am 65."
Last year, Rose and Suzanne received an ACE award made a film Death Dinner where 12 of them, including a soul midwife and an academic who specializes in death rituals, talked in an open way about death and dying. They also held an evening of performances around the taboos of getting older, in other words, sex and death; and finally organized a Flamboyant Forever bus with 80 people over 50 dressed up in the wildest of non-fashion. Rose had a poetry pamphlet published in 2017 called Tantric Goddess, and is currently writing her fifth non-fiction book unsung London which is a series of walks with all sorts of film-makers, singers, artists to uncover the ‘uncool’ parts of the city.

 

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