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Job Opportunity – Admin Assistant

Job Opportunity Brighton

Collected Works CIC (CW) is seeking a a highly committed, proactive, friendly and enthusiastic all-rounder to assist the Artistic Director and Youth Outreach Manager between: September 2018 – June 2019. This is a great job opportunity for an arts professional looking to develop their skills and experience.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 9am on Monday 6th August 2018

INTERVIEWS: Tuesday 14 August 2018

START DATE: Monday 10th September 2018

TO APPLY: Click on the link below to download the Application Pack
Collected Works CIC – Admin Assistant 2018

The job is 1 day per week, ideally spread over two sessions, though this is negotiable. The position is being offered initially as a fixed term contract until the end of June 2019, with a 2 month probationary period. This will be reviewed before the end of the contract and there may be the opportunity for the role to be ongoing.
FEE: £80 per day based on an 8 hour day (£20,800 pro rata) This is offered as a freelance contract, but PAYE could be an option.

This is a great opportunity for a positive, adaptable candidate with strong written and communication skills and the ability to multitask. Administrative experience is essential, and an interest in literature and the publishing industry, as well as some design experience would be an advantage.

You will be providing admin assistance to the Artistic Director and Youth Outreach Manager. This will involve a range of duties including: managing diaries, sending out newsletters and emails, updating databases, creating content, posting to social media accounts, dealing with stakeholders and drafting contracts.

You will be working mainly from our Hanover office, but part of your role will involve helping at events and attending meetings with senior staff out in the community. 

Ideally you will have experience of providing admin assistance in a charity, social enterprise or small organisation, with a track record of being proactively supportive to senior colleagues. 

Please initially download the Job Application Pack and read thoroughly. If you have any further questions regarding the role please contact CW’s Artistic Director Sarah Hutchings:  Thank you.


City Reads 2019 – Submissions Open

‘City Reads (Brighton) is unique because it’s run with a wonderful sense of imagination. It reaches such a diverse range of people: adults, children, white collar, blue collar….It brings people together through stories and reading, and there’s something heartening about that.’  Markus Zusak (Author of The Book Thief)
We are on the lookout for a great book for City Reads 2019 and we are inviting submissions from Publishers. Hopefully the FAQs below will answer any queries from authors, agents and publishers. However, if you’d still like anything clarified, please get in touch:
What are the dates of City Reads 2019?
The project will launch on World Book Night (April 23) and finish during May’s Brighton Festival.
What sort of book are you looking for?
– We actively promote diversity in our programming and welcome submissions from Indie publishers.
– We try to choose books with strong themes that prompt discussion. 
– We discourage submissions of books with a massive page count. We have such a wide, diverse readership, we are keen not to put off emergent or reluctant readers.
– Anything between 300 -450 pages is perfectly acceptable.
Does the book have to be newly published?
No. If you look through the City Reads Archive, you will see that not all the selected books were new when we chose them, however, it is a great way to garner press interest in a new title and widen readership.
Does the book have to be set in Brighton?
No. Whilst it’s great if publishers do put forward Brighton themed books, this is absolutely not a prerequisite.
What level of support do you require from the publisher?
Whilst we do ask the publisher to contribute towards some of the marketing and distribution costs, the figure is in no way prohibitive and provides excellent value for money considering the profile the author and book achieve and the level of support given by City Reads and Brighton Festival.
Does the author have to appear in the Festival?
Yes, absolutely. We ask that the author is available for an event as part of Brighton Festival in May. Additionally we ask that the author makes no Sussex appearances in the lead up to City Reads 2019.
Do you involve Booksellers in City Reads?
Yes, very much so. We work closely with all local bookshops: Waterstones, Kemptown Books, City Books (Hove) and the official Brighton Festival bookseller: Book Nook (Hove) who just won Best Independent at the Nibbies.
Are Libraries involved?
Very much so. Libraries across the city and beyond have promotional displays of the title and buy in additional copies of the selected book for people to borrow. It’s a highlight in the annual literary calendar of the city.
How wide is the reach of the project?
Brighton Festival is the largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England. Consequently it draws a lot of press and media attention. City Reads is a festival within a festival and therefore benefits greatly from wide coverage and inclusion in the 200k Festival brochures that are produced, in addition to its own bespoke brochure.
Contact Artistic Director, Sarah Hutchings:

Street Readers visit Brighton Dome

The members of our wonderful reading group at First Base: Street Readers, had an exclusive tour backstage at Brighton Dome recently. One group member, who is a musician, was very excited to be standing on the same stage that his hero (Jimi Hendrix) once played.

David Bowie also played Brighton Dome five times between 1969 and 1973 and Pink Floyd were regular performers at the venue in the 1960s and 70s, appearing eight times between 1966 and 1972. The Dome also hosted ABBA’s victory in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo

The reading group is run on a weekly basis. Over the two year project, the aim is to encourage participants to add their own ideas to a group toolkit – so it becomes a living resource they can use. We will also offer training to group members, supporting them to ‘try out’ facilitating a session, so the group can continue as a peer led activity at First Base, after the two year funding comes to an end.

Visit our SHARED READING page to discover more about our work with readers across the City and beyond.

This project has kindly been funded by the People’s Health Trust.


The Pebble Trust Supports Young City Reads

Collected Works CIC are very proud to announce The Pebble Trust as funders for our work with young people. The trust is a charity based in Brighton and Hove, established to provide support for local people and causes. Since 2009, the trust have made donations to local organisations which are involved in education, care, community, heritage and the arts (to name a few).

The Pebble Trust are very generously supporting Young City Reads‘ aim to reach out to new schools. Each year, many schools and young people take part in our ‘Big Read’ – where the same book is read over a ten week period, while bite sized literacy tasks and drawing activities are emailed over each Monday to tie in with the book’s themes. The project has proven to be highly successful in encouraging reluctant readers to engage in texts and creating a connection with characters and boosting creativity inside and outside of the classroom.

With this funding, Young City Reads will be able to reach out to new schools and areas in and around East Sussex to offer more pupils the take part in this free project and achieve Arts Awards in the process.

Once again, we’d like to thank The Pebble Trust and its contributions to a much loved and exciting project.


Nominate CITY READS for Community Event of the year

The Argus Community Stars Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people and organisations across Sussex – celebrating individuals, charities and organisations who have worked hard to bring communities across Brighton & Hove together in positive ways.

Here at City Reads, we believe that in the last eleven (yes, eleven) years, we have: championed some great books (that might not have been widely read without our help), hosted fun, interesting and accessible events inspired by themes found in the text, but most of all, brought people together to discuss books and reading in sociable settings.

We have encourage meet ups through our work with book groups in libraries across Brighton & Hove – attracting those learning English as a new language, those who want to read different genres and those who just love reading and having a cup of tea!



Young City Reads to introduce Arts Award Discover

Collected Works have successfully secured investment support from Artswork to embed Arts Award Discover accreditation into our annual Young City Reads initiative.

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Its unique qualification supports young people to develop as artists and art leaders by exploring and improving their creativity, leadership and communication skills. Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award aim to help young people learn to work independently and help to prepare them for further education and employment.

Young City Reads is an annual ‘big read’ for primary school children across Brighton & Hove and beyond. The concept is simple: each year, between March and May, one book, by one author is selected for children and young people to read, explore, discuss and creatively engage with. By embedding Arts Award within this initiative, it will add great value to the project and encourage participation from a wider range of schools and their teachers.

Over time, Collected Works will create and distribute high-quality Arts Award based resources that encourage young people to engage with an arts activity such as shared reading, drama workshops or writing and illustration activities. Throughout the ten weeks of the project, young people can explore connections in the wider context, this can include the work of linked writers and creatives working during a similar period and sharing these findings and knowledge with other schools and each other.

Furthermore, Collected Works will be able to use Arts Award to strengthen their relationships with current partners Brighton & Hove Libraries, Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd and Root Experience, an arts organisation specialising in drama workshops. By working closely with our friends, we will be able to shape and develop how each stage of Young City Reads can be improved and to ensure activities follow and remain true to the Arts Award goals.

We are incredibly proud to have secured this investment and can’t wait to get started!