Creative Hive Live at The University of Salford 29th May 2012

Creative Hive and The School of Media, Music and Performance, MediaCityUK play host to an exciting creative digital collaboration event using state of the art technology on 29 May 2012, 2pm – 9pm.

Creative Hive Live will form the launch event for Salford University’s School of Media, Music and Performance final year shows, but will draw on the best talent of the University, other Universities and the best creative talent of the North-West of England.

Creative Hive Live will consist of interactive displays, storytelling, performances, installations, live events and more. The event will be an opportunity to make new contacts and learn from new mixed disciplinary collaborations. There will also be creative speed networking sessions using interactive touch tables allowing creative people to display and discuss their work using the latest technology.

The event will also provide employment opportunities for students and graduates to experience engaging work in this innovative new space. It is a chance to meet new people and potential employers over a glass of fine wine or to sit back and enjoy the event as it unfolds. For creatives, employers and industry the event will provide access to see some of the best emerging talent in the region in this exciting new space at MediaCity located in close proximity to the BBC and ITV.

Professionals and people from industry will tell their stories, promote their work and speak directly to potential new employees or placement candidates. The event is open to anyone to attend or submit an idea for inclusion in the event. The event will be free of charge if you register soon at:

Ashley Judd: Hollywood feminist?

An interesting article written by Hollywood actress Ashley Judd  in response to a swathe of accusations regarding cosmetic surgery in relation to her recent appearance. This is a rather unusual move for an actress to directly face her critics in such an obviously feminist way.

Read Judd’s article here.

The University of Salford’s 6th International Comedy Conference

The University of Salford’s 6th International Comedy Conference: Drawing The Line – Comics, Comedy & Comics a collaboration between The University of Salford / Manchester Metropolitan University will be held between May 31-June 1 2012 at the Geoffrey Manton Building, Faculty of Humanities, Law & Social Science, Rosamond Street West, off Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6LL

Topics under the Comedy microscope this year include:

Cartoonist Vicky, Issues around Standup, The Golden Girls, Mack Sennett, Humour and Alan Moore, Influence of Comics on Spanish Cinema, Gallows Humour and Australian Silent Comedy.


Acting Their Age: Women, Ageing & Popular Cinema

I’m speaking at this symposium at Newcastle University in May 2012. The event will look at women and ageing in Hollywood and is concerned with how cinema has responded to and historically dealt with older women both off and on screen. My paper is focussed on Meryl Streep as the ‘acceptable’ face of ageing in Hollywood.