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Links Round-Up: Opportunities Knock

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Here follows a veritable wealth of different opportunities – remember, to let us know about anything, be it an event, a request, or even just a shout-out to let people know you exist, do get in touch with us!

Writing Fiction

Writing East Midlands have dropped two separate items into our inbox this week, and they’re both pretty exciting. Firstly, if you want to support the Alt.Fiction festival, they’re looking for a marketing intern to come on board. It’s an unpaid position, for which you would have to be available for one day a week. From their application:

…gain excellent work experience within a writer development agency, on a nationally recognised literature brand and respected festival. You’ll gain valuable contacts in literature, genre fiction and publishing, a reference, and will have the opportunity to attend Alt.Fiction events for free. We can also offer reasonable travel expenses and a lunch allowance.

A lunch allowance! That’s not to be sniffed at, and if you’re into your genre fiction, neither is this internship.

Also coming up from the Writing East Midlands crew, Alt.Fiction presents Iain M Banks. This is a really exciting opportunity to meet one of the UK’s greatest living writers (in my humble opinion, of course). Iain Banks, who uses his initial to differentiate his science fiction from his contemporary fiction works, will be coming to Phoenix Square, Leicester, on Friday 3rd June. If you’ve not read any of his books, please excuse yourself from your colleagues and head directly to your preferred book vendor. Once there, repeat the following in a loud, clear voice: “Excuse me my good sir/madam,” (delete as appropriate) “I would very much like to purchase one of the very fine novels by Iain (M) Banks” (dependent on preference for fiction vs sci-fi…)

Art & Performance

HATCH are taking part in the Nottingham European Arts & Theatre Festival (NEAT) this summer, and have put a call out for performances. In a novel twist, they are commissioning two performances to take place on two bus journeys, en route to some slightly out-of-town (centre) exhibitions. There are some stipulations, but there is also a fee, so if your interest has been at all piqued, check out the call out page. If not, certainly check out their information on NEAT 2011

Another exhibition launching shortly down at the Crocus Gallery, Here is My World presents the diverse stories of Nottingham’s refugee and asylum seeker community. The exhibition explores the way in which artists combine diverse cultural influences and experiences within their work. The private view is this Friday, 6-9pm, and the exhibition then runs til the end of April.

How Not to do it

Finally, a shocking (but eventually just) example of how not to run your internet business. Hallam Marketing  recently discovered that Mouse2Design, a company in Preston, had lifted Hallam’s entire website and were presenting it as their own. Cue dropping of jaws and swift calls into the nice people at Trading Standards. Now we may all have been guilty in the past of looking at competitors to see how they do things, but in this case, that they should have tried to take all the content, including contact details, beggars belief. It’s also really, really, REALLY stupid..