Our Editor in Chief Luke Martin was very kindly asked to be one of the keynote speakers at the University of Birmingham Careers Network Creative Careers Conference 2015 on Thursday 29thJanuary.
A warm welcome from The University of Birmingham
The conference was also attended by; Rose Goddard, an Oxford graduate currently working as the Reading Agency who is managing and co-ordinating World Book Night. Ruth Gilligan, a novelist and creative writing lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Alex Townley, a journalist and playwright.The poet, Liz Berry. Ben Davis a children’s novelistand key speaker Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive at Writing West Midlands.
The day started off for Luke in his native Sheffield stuck in a snow storm. His trusty car was left in Sheffield as he hot footed it on the train back to Birmingham.
Luke, looking suitably impressed with his situation
The event was kicked off by Jonathan Davidson who introduced the speakers before they departed to separate rooms to run workshops with four different sets of students on their own individual topics.
Our publication The Student Guide is the life blood of fresher’s and who better to get to contribute to it than students themselves.
Luke devised an exercise where the various groups of students would come up with articles that could be published in the upcoming Student Guide 15/16 due out in October.
Students working on their ideas in one of the workshops
After all the students had visited each workshop everyone returned to the lecture theatre where the panellists were to be grilled in a Q and A with the students.
The discussion was lively and the students asked some probing questions about writing and how to get into the media industry.
The event was great for us at BA Media. We had the chance to get out and speak to our writers of the future and engage with the very people who we are writing for.