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:

Young City Reads 2017 Fantastic Fizzlbert Finale!

Thank you to everyone who took part in Young City Reads 2017, it’s been a brilliant project with more children joining in with our ‘big read’ than ever before!
There’s been so much love for this year’s book Fizzlebert Stump, The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus And Joined The Library and what better way to celebrate than inviting everyone who took part to meet the author and illustrator A F Harrold and Sarah Horne in a spectacular interactive show at The Brighton Dome?!!!! What a party we had! 
It’s been our biggest project to date with 1,950 children taking part and the grown-ups weren’t to be left out either, with 74 teachers from across 42 different schools joining in with the South Coast’s BIGGEST CHILDREN’S BOOK GROUP! The Brighton Dome was packed for the Festival event so you can just imagine the fizzing atmosphere in the auditorium!
A huge well done to all the children involved in the project and massive thank you to teachers, assistants and all those who were involved in making the project a huge success. 

Chris Riddell appointed Patron of Young City Reads

We are delighted to announce that author, illustrator and children’s laureate Chris Riddell will be the first patron of Brighton-based reader development project, Young City Reads, a scheme run by the organisation Collected Works CIC and delivered as part of Brighton Festival. Riddell, who lives in the city was appointed as patron to highlight and support the organisation’s commitment to enriching young lives through shared reading.

‘I’m proud to be a patron of Young City Reads which energises children throughout the city each year, creating new, engaged readers who discover the transformative power of reading for pleasure.’ – Chris Riddell, Patron of Young City Reads

Chris Riddell is one of the most regarded authors and illustrators of his generation, particularly known for his witty, atmospheric and evocative illustrations, he is also a great advocate of the educational importance in reading for pleasure and a champion of libraries, particularly in primary schools.

Sarah Hutchings, Founding Director of Collected Works said: “We are utterly delighted that Chris, someone who is so hugely talented and widely admired has agreed to be the Patron of Young City Reads. He will be an inspiration and role model to all the young readers we come into contact with and will act as an ambassador for the shared reading initiatives Collected Works CIC delivers across Sussex.”


Young City Reads 2017 Launch

A few days on and we are still fizzing from our brilliant Young City Reads 2017 launch. Kicking off on World Book Day, we celebrated the beginning of what promises to be our most successful and fun project to date! Things went off with a bang in the morning when we were joined by the one and only Dr. Surprise from the book! We’ll let author A.F. Harrold introduce him:

Dr surprise was the circus’s
Mysterious Magical Mind Reader, Horrendous, Horripilating Hypnotist and Incredible Invisible Illusionist.

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Dr. Surprise was busy throughout the day reading young minds from Year 4 City Academy Whitehawk and Year 5 St Barts at both Whitehawk and Jubilee libraries. Children answered cryptic clues hidden within library books in a tantalizing treasure hunt, there was lots of mind reading, a touch of hypnosis, mind reading, chapter 1 reading, more mind reading and readings of the MIIIIIIINNNNNNNNND.

As well as these activities, (and did I mention Dr. Surprise’s mind reading?!) the children created some amazing drawings that would make the book’s illustrator Sarah Horne super proud!

Everyone is so excited and enthusiastic to be part of such an inspiring and entertaining GINORMOUS book group – thank you to everyone taking part – our wonderful classes, teachers, assistants, library staff and of course Dr. Surprise! We had such a fun day and the next 10 weeks are going to be GREAT!

Teachers who haven’t signed up yet – don’t fret, there’s still time – complete the online form here or get in touch via the contact page for further info.


Young City Reads in Worthing

Wonderful news for the kids of Worthing: four years after the
launch in Brighton and Hove, our Young City Reads project plans to give hours of gripping reading and fun to all the kids in our town.

Many classes have already joined in and are waiting with trepidation to start the adventure on World Book Day, it couldn’t have been any other date, could it? For ten weeks these lucky children will share their reading, receive lots of dazzling free activities and will have a laugh with the absurd situations Fizzlebert Stump gets into.

We are not only talking about schools either, the entire town is working together to make this an even bigger event. We are delighted to say that Worthing libraries are happy to welcome class visits, to talk about the book and see the place where our Fizzlebert ends up, after running away from the circus.

We are really pleased that a place like Worthing, with lots of
young families and a great sense of community has this
teachers, spread the word and let’s fun begin.