Conference: 19 November, RADA Studios, London
The Guild would like to thank everyone who completed the online survey on bullying as part of the Creating Without Conflict Campaign. We have had a great response across the entertainment industry.
The campaign seeks to challenge bullying and harassment in the entertainment industries. The aim is to raise awareness, to work with employers to create effective policies and procedures that will protect staff and freelance workers from bullying and harassment and empower members to challenge and report incidents without fear of reprisals.
Our recent survey asked members about their experience of bullying and harassment in their industry. The aim was to see how widespread the problem is throughout the entertainment industry.
We will be launching the full findings on 19 November at the Creating without Conflict Conference which will take place at the RADA Studios in Central London from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The morning will explore the survey results and the afternoon will consist of discussion groups, giving members the opportunity to discuss in more detail the issues that have risen from the survey and look at ways of moving forward.
The conference is for members of Writers Guild of Great Britain, BECTU, Equity, Musicians’ Union and NUJ. It is free to attend and a sandwich lunch will be provided, but numbers are strictly limited.
7-9pm, Derby Theatre Studio, Saturday 23 Nov 2013
An evening of insight & discussion, for anyone interested in new writing or pursuing a career as a writer, with wine and refreshments.
Meet our three distinguished Midlands guests who have all, in their way, been strongly influenced by their background and formative experience.
Amanda Whittington - highly successful local playwright, describes how she has to empathise with her characters, however notorious or extraordinary they may be. Her play about Judy Garland opens at Nottingham Playhouse in the New Year.
David Belbin - novelist and creative writing lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, tells how he keeps in continual contact with his community, especially the youth culture he works closely with, for his highly acclaimed young adult fiction.
Naylah Ahmed - award winning playwright, TV dramatist, BBC Radio producer, poet & short story writer, will talk about how her particular cultural background and Birmingham roots have inspired her work.
This event is a joint promotion of The Writers’ Guild with Derby Theatre Arts. Tickets £9. Concessions £6. Box Office 01332 593939 or www.derbytheatre.co.uk
FREE to Writers' Guild Members. Ring box office on 01332 593939 to book and bring membership card to collect your ticket.
A Writers' Guild event at Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival
8 October 2013, 4.30pm, £8/£6
To celebrate the opening of the Library of Birmingham and the theatre it shares with the Birmingham REP, a panel of distinguished playwrights discuss their experience of bringing books to the stage. How did they overcome the inherent difficulties? What liberties did they allow themselves to take? And why did they believe the book needed to be adapted in the first place?
Birmingham-based playwright, David Edgar won an Olivier Award for his RSC adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby. Having transferred to New York it went on to win a Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.
Theresa Heskins is the Artistic Director of North Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre. The novels she’s dramatised include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bleak House. She has also adapted works for BBC Radio 4.
Michael Fry is the Deputy Director of the East 15 Acting School. His adaptations include Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Emma and The Great Gatsby. His book on adaptation, Playing the Novel, is due to be published next year.
The panel will be chaired by author Helen Cross, whose first novel My Summer of Love was made into a BAFTA award winning film.
Booking details: www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org/event/adapting-for-stage
The Writers’ Guild and members of seven other unions will be forming a human chain in front of London’s National Gallery on 18 September to call on government to protect arts and culture funding. The event is being organised by Lost Arts, an affiliation of eight unions whose members have all been affected by cuts to the arts.
Since 2010, the overall budget of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been cut by a third. This has meant a drastic reduction in subsidies and grants to museums, theatres, libraries and other cultural bodies, and led to closures, staffing cuts and reduced access for the public. Local arts and culture is also suffering because of £124 million arts cuts in the department's 2013-14 budgeted expenditure for local government.
The government continues to make cuts to arts and culture and ignore its true value. For every £1 invested in arts and culture, up to £6 is generated for the local economy. Arts and culture costs just 14p per person per week. It is directly responsible for at least £865m of spending by tourists every year. Creative industries employ 2.5 million people and 78% of adults attended or participated in the arts in the last year.
Show your support:
Join the human chain in front of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London at 6pm on Wednesday 18 September.
Tweet your support for arts funding using #LinkUpForArt
Say you’re going on the Facebook event page and spread the word.
The Guild will be giving a session on the same day at 3pm entitled “The Writers’ Guild: who we are, what we do, and why we do it”. The session includes a brief introduction on the general work of the Guild, explaining its function as a TUC-affiliated union for writers negotiating minimum contract terms with BBC, ITV, PACT, TMA, ITC and others, as well as its role in lobbying for writers in Westminster, Edinburgh and Brussels, advising and representing members over work issues, informing and communicating with the writing community.
This will be followed by an example of the Guild’s work with its current theatre campaign. Playwright and Guild member Fin Kennedy and Oxford PhD student Helen Campbell Pickford will host a talk and Q&A on their widely debated In Battalions report about how Arts Council cuts are affecting new play development in England. The authors will give an overview of the campaign so far, followed by an update on the latest development – a Delphi study, which aims to find solutions to the problem. This involves a voting process in which all theatre professionals can take part. More information on how to do so will be given on the day. Read more about it on Fin’s blog.
This event is an exciting insight into the benefits that Guild membership can bring, and the support and opportunities it can offer to proactive members.
The venue is: Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh, Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE