There’s a lot going on in the local area, and at Keele itself, for International Women’s Day, but we thought we’d highlight a community event of particular interest to our students.
Of special interest is a great-sounding event on Saturday 5th March that the North Staffs Women’s Network have put together. The sessions from 2pm are specifically focused on women in the media, covering film, radio and DIY broadcasting (see below)
It’s a totally free event, 10:00am–10:30am in the Mitchell Art Centre, Hanley ST1 4HG, which the School of Humanities have contributed funding towards.
Session 1 (2:10–3:00pm): Women and Film
- Screening of three award-winning films from the Girls Impact The World Film Festival. These are powerful policy-changing films made by undergraduate and high-school students, addressing women’s issues worldwide.
- Interview with Lord Holmes.
- Talk by Grace Mahoney from Stoke-on-Trent, undergraduate student of TV and Film Set Design at the University of South Wales, on her role as Production Designer for the film Shadows, a film by Scott Barley. This atmospheric and emotive film about old age has been screened in New York and Chicago and extended trailer of the film will be screened after Grace’s talk.
- Talk by Jane Williams (Fandango Media) on finding the ‘Director In You’. Jane Midlands-based multimedia producer, director and writer who honed her craft on award-winning TV programmes such as BBC Coast, Countryfile and Strictly Come Dancing. Jane is passionate about empowering people to tell their own stories and harnessing the power of the media to promote action that brings about positive change.
- Q&A session with Grace and Jane.
Session 2 (3:05–4:00pm): Women and Radio
- Introduction: Interview with David Jennings, Head of Regional and Local Programmes for BBC West Midlands (pre-recorded)
- Brief talks by three community radio presenters and station editor: Lisa Wilding is presenter and a director of 6 Towns Radio. Lisa believes that radio is about informing and educating and it is this ethos that is at the heart of her broadcasting with her show Eclectic, a diverse music show which airs on Fridays at 5pm
- Liz Southall is founder of RedShift Radio, a radio station based in Nantwich, Cheshire that aims to bring communities together. Tony Walley is presenter of the Early Evening Show on Newcastle-under-Lyme’s newest local radio station, The Hitmix.
- Q&A session with Lisa, Liz and Tony
Session 3 (4:05–5:00pm): Do-it-yourself broadcasting and Meet The Speakers
Final message from Lord Holmes
- Talk by award-winning film-maker Sarah Gayton on self-broadcasting effectively to get your voice heard. Sarah founded Farmers on Film, a project that links famers to consumers via film, social media and smart phones. Farmers on Film raises awareness of where food comes from and is a Staffordshire University 2012 Podium Award winner.
- Meet the speakers: a chance for the audience to meet and talk to the speakers on a one-to-one basis.
The rest of the day’s events are listed below:
10.00-10.30 Welcome; Hula-hoop workshop (Part 1)
10:30am–11:30am Lightning talks (1) Dance workshop; Hula-hoop workshop (Part 2)
11:30am–12:00pm Singing by pop-up singers/choirs; Hula-hoop workshop (Part 2); Reading: The Blackberry Dropped Scone
12:00 pm–1:00pm Lightning talks (2); Creative food workshop
1:00pm–2:00pm Singing by pop-up singers/choirs; Better Balanced Broadcasting
2:00pm–3:00pm Women in Film
3:00pm–4:00pm Women in Radio
4:00pm–5:00pm Do-it-yourself Broadcasting and Meet the Speakers Singing workshop; Dramatic Writing workshop; Lightning talks (3)
Further detail about all of these types of events is below:
Lightning Talks: Listen to a thought-provoking, inspirational series of TED-X style six-minute long talks by local women on a variety of different issues and experiences affecting women as well as issues women are passionate about.
Dance Workshop: Join Clare Reynolds from Restoke in a beginner’s dance workshop. As part of their latest project Clare has started a weekly dance group for men and women, offering a supportive environment to move, create and dance together. This workshop offers a taste of what she has been working on.
Hula-hoop Workshop: Make and decorate your own handmade hula hoop with the Greendoor project, then join in with a hula session which can be a seriously fun way to work out. Hula hooping can improve your coordination skills, strengthen the abs, obliques, glutes and thighs. Take the hoop home at the end of the session to practise for everyday fitness.
Singing Workshop: Give your vocal chords a workout with this uplifting singing workshop ran by Iwona Majszyk. No need to know how to read music and no previous singing experience necessary.
Reading The Blackberry Dropped Scone. Susan Clarke explores women’s social history through a reading of home recipe books. Listen and taste some delicious morsels.
Dramatic Writing Workshop: Debbie McAndrew of claybody theatre will help you explore the attitudes that surround female characters in drama scripts, reviews, and analysis; and challenge participants to create some ‘strong’ characters of their own.
Creative Food Workshop: details to be announced shortly.
Better Balanced Broadcasting: How can we use today’s media technologies to make our voices and our concerns heard ourselves. The session will be split into women and film, women and radio and doit-yourself broadcasting. It will include film screenings and talks by women working in film and radio and recorded interviews with Lord Chris Holmes and David Jennings (BBC regional director).
As touched on above, Keele also has its own programme of events, on International Women’s Day itself (Tuesday 8th March) to which all are welcome; these can be found here.