The festival is packed with features including the opportunity to join our immersive theatre company, enjoy our Gallery in The Trees, Millenial versus Baby Boomers sports events, watch our Art War and Rap Battles, listen to out Woodlands Music Installation, experience Hostile Environment training, tell tall stories at the Camp Fire of Vanities or just relax at our woodland spa, learn mindfulness and then unwind world famous Frontline Club Bar.
Our workshops are included in the festival ticket price and range from specialist workshops for journalists and students to more general opportunities to learn to write protest songs, poems, stand up, blogs, podcasts and even how to riot (legally).
Author SUSAN ANGOY teaches the art of compressed six word stories to hone your narrative skills to the barest essential. No previous writing experience necessary, just a love of truth.
Are you up for the challenge?
(That was six words)
This entertaining session with Lizzy Millar from the Press Association will consider that in a digital age it may be surprising, and interesting, that such an analogue skill still has such a solid foundation….and actually it could be one antidote to Fake News.
This workshop will be a fun, participatory beginners guide to rioting in an age of resistance Confronting power safely is going to become an increasingly important skill in the coming years. And basic protest skills – how to stay safe in fast-moving crowds, how to avoid getting trapped in a police kettle and how to break out if you are – are important skills.
With Adam Ramsay, editor of Open Democracy UK, former activism director of student network People & Planet
Attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, right? Not quite. Thanks to reading on mobiles, new web tools and social sharing, the appetite for immersive, in depth long-form journalism has rarely been greater than it is now. This session will look at the rise of long-form, and offer some thoughts about where it's headed.
Giles Wilson is creative director of Harpoon Productions, a digital content production house. He was the founding editor of the BBC News Magazine where he introduced long-form journalism.
Tips for journalists, investigators and campaigners
The workshop explains the are number of options/models on and after BREXIT. It will look at how it’s not as simple as free movement v immigration control. It will include visual aids, handouts, and stories from of real life scenarios.
Adrian Berry is a human rights law barrister at Garden Court Chambers, who specialises in immigration, free movement, citizenship, and asylum law.
A skills-based talk about starting out as an investigative journalist, primarily aimed at students. A practical attempt to counter the negative mindsets often perpetuated by many in the mainstream media – who often impress upon young recruits how journalism is a ‘dying industry’ and how you need to get your spirit broken first (by working in tabloids etc) in order to do the things you care about.
Emily Menkes is a young investigative journalist from New Zealand. She was involved in a book about civilian deaths and prisoner torture in Afghanistan at the hands of the NZ SAS. Also. she worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington DC at the time of yhe Offshore Leaks launch.
At a time of increased surveillance of journalists by the state there is a need to relearn the old crafts of analogue journalism – this workshop will show you how.
David Hencke, investigative journalist and writer named Political Journalist of the year at the British Journalism awards in 2012 Formerly Westminster Correspondent and at the Guardian for 33 years. Now Westminster Correspondent for the Tribune and writes for Byline.
Admired and feared blogger and pundit TIM FENTON, also known as Zelo Street, explain how to set up and style a blog, grow your audience, monetise, swerve legal threats and make an impact.
Tim has been featured in the Guardian and a guest pundit on Al Jazeera Listening Post. He is a regular Byline front pager.
A fascinating insight into how social media and open sources can be used to track and investigate stories previously seen as impossible.
Eliot Higgins is a journalist and blogger known for using open sources and social media to investigate the Syrian war and set up Bellingcat to do this
In this workshop Cathrine Gyledensted will introduce you to the concept of Constructive Journalism which applies a moral and prospective psychology to the field of Journalism.
Cathrine Gyldensted is the world’s first Director of Constructive Journalism at Widesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Cathrine has worked as an investigative reporter and radio anchor for a range of Danish media
With journalists accused of manufacturing fake news, traditional newsroom jobs in decline and low starting salaries why would anyone want to join the Forth Estate? And for those that do, how an earth should one go about it? Head of the Press Association explains why and how.
Mark Wray, Head of The Press Association training. A journalist for four decades. He spent 27 years at the BBC to become the Corporation's Head of Training
This workshop aims to equip those entering about to enter the industry with confidence and advice on how to find work and get paid good rates, helping them go away and find commissions/shifts/jobs.
This has been designed for students, recent graduates or people new to journalism who have come from other industries, though passers-by who are experienced journalists are very welcome to pop by give tips
Zaki Dogkiani Jem Collins Dan Falvey Aubrey Allegretti and Gemma Shields all from the Student Publication Association
eBooks are revolutionising long-form journalism and affecting a paradigm shift in the relationship between reporters and their readers. Tim Dawson is the president of the National Union of Journalists and author of Make eBooks Pay. Using case studies and personal experience he will guide participants through the technical process of conceptualising and creating eBooks and showcase a variety of proven marketing techniques.
Tim Dawson President of the NUJ will be running the workshop
The open Internet age spells information overload and the demise of old media. The tenets of journalism –– balance and objectivity -- risk being swept away too. Will new ways be found to hold power to account? Or are we heading back towards information fortresses? In some places it’s happening already
The workshop will include a short presentation from William Horsley, followed by an interactive discussion/debate with participants. It will focus on the spread of “information spheres’ squeezing out diversity and civil society space as a trend, illustrated with a number of examples. We will encourage any of the festival speakers to drop in and participate in the discussion.
With William Horsley, International Director, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield. Moderator: Dr. Lada Price, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield
With the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act last year state authorities gained unprecedented powers to snoop on journalists – powers that they have a long track record of abusing. Tim Dawson, president of the National Union of Journalists and chair of the International Federation of Journalists Surveillance of Journalists Expert Group will guide participants through the state of the legislation and the best techniques to protect journalistic communications.
Tim Dawson, President of the NUJ, will be running the workshop