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Links Round Up: 17th-18th March

Plenty going on in and around Nottingham at the moment! I hope you don’t mind but I’ve taken the liberty of including some events taking place outside our fair city. They’re all East Mids, mind, so for those of you who are hodophobic (fear of travel) it shouldn’t cause too much discomfort!


If the pen is your weapon of choice, we have an event, an opportunity and a course for you:

• First, the event. To be held at the Radmoor Centre in Loughborough, there will be an evening of ‘Fine food and Entertainment’ featuring the best-selling author of Wannabe a Writer? and One Glass is Never Enough, Jane Wenham-Jones. It’s a proper posh do, so expect dinner jackets and gowns, as well as a champagne reception, three course meal and more. Very nice. £24.95 per head, 24th March. Contact for more information.

• The opportunity comes in the form of a new monthly challenge hosted by writelink. The challenge is laid out as follows:

It’s said that strangers are only friends that you don’t yet know.  Do you agree with this?  Or do you see a murderer or rapist behind every unknown face?  Alternatively you may see a lonely soul wandering in sea of bewildered confusion or a damaged individual hiding from a troubled past. However you view the new people you meet, we want you to give us your thoughts in a 12 line poem.

No entry fee, enter as often as you like, £20 for the winner! Entries close 10th April, find out more information at the writelink website.

• Alternatively, if you’re looking to brush up on your skills, QUAD over in Derby are holding several courses at the start of the summer. There’s an 8 week screenwriting course as well as a two day film production and directing course, so if you’re interested, check them out. Some costs apply depending on the course.


Plenty of opportunities for theatre, multimedia and, in fact, any kind of artists.

Theatre Sandbox: Making Sense of Great Ideas is the name of a new initiative to develop experimental performances that engage with Pervasive Media Technologies. There are six £10,000 commissions available. For more information, check out the website or Theatre Sandbox’s twitter

• The Wirksworth Festival in Matlock have put a call out for short films and projections. Film and Moving Image is a new strand to the festival, and the criteria are as follows:

1. An architecture themed short film salon for 2010
Film-makers and artists working with film and video are invited to submit short films (no more than 10 minutes in duration) for the salon. Films should deal with architecture and/or the built environment in some way and can be of any kind – fiction, documentary, experimental, live action, animation, 3D motion graphics … they need only be interesting. Submit your work for selection on DVD together with a short written proposal and c.v.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 9am, Monday 22 March 2010.
2. Projection works which interact with, intervene in or respond to architecture.
Film-makers and artists working with film and video or interactive media are invited to submit existing or proposed films or other works for showing as projections or installations. Works should interact with, intervene in or respond to architecture (real or imaginary) in some way and can be of any kind – live action, animation, 3D motion graphics, interactive media. Submit your proposal as a short narrative, or if you propose showing existing work submit it on DVD. Please also send examples of previous work, either on DVD or links to your website, together with a c.v. Funding will be available to selected projects.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 9am, Monday 22 March 2010.

• Derby’s Art and Empty Shops project is building up steam. It’s a really encouraging sign that, in this recession, councils are recognising the damage that boarded up shops can do to a city’s reputation. By getting art displayed in these units, it keeps the city vibrant and gives artists valuable counter-space for their work. If you want to be considered, there is a fairly lengthy procedure to get to grips with, so have a look at the information available here.

Also circulating on the web…

• On Tuesday 30th March there will be a Mediabox networking event held at the Trent FM Arena. Confirmed speakers include Lucy Sheldon of Nottingham City Council and Mediabox project Beats and Brains 2, and Paul Langley, NCSCB Training Co-ordinator and Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board. If you have any interest in partnering with a media professional or community organisation, this is the event for you. For more information, contact Heidi Gaffney, Mediabox Coordinator. T: 07971 169 007 F: 0115 950 0988 E:

• Nottingham Craft Mafia have a celebration coming round. That’s right, it’s their first birthday! They have lots of things planned to commemorate the occasion, including:


A creative competition with MEGA PRIZES!!!!!

Feeling Creative? Bring a team and show us what you’re made of!

There will be Live Music, Drinking, Dancing, Crafting, and much more!

All materials will be provided. Good times will be had be all! What else is there to do on a Sunday evening?

Sunday 28th March 6pm – 10pm at The Malt Cross, £3.50 adv, £5 on the door


And finally, Why Isn’t the Search Engine Indexing My Website? is a very useful article for anyone who hopes to increase their web-generated revenue. It covers some of the pitfalls that can be encountered in pulling in that crucial search engine listing. The article comes from Nottingham’s own Hallam, an internet marketing, training and consultancy firm. They have a blog on the site, of which this article is one post, and if this is anything to go by, it could be worthwhile revisiting the site to find more nuggets of wisdom…

P.S. Don’t forget, it’s the Web 2.0 Surgery tonight in Antenna!