Daljinder Johal

Daljinder Johal

Freelancer in journalism, marketing, production & curation.Leicester, United Kingdom
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Daljinder Johal

Daljinder Johal

Freelancer in journalism, marketing, production & curation.Leicester, United Kingdom
About me
I work across journalism, marketing and production in addition to being a writer, publishing my fiction and essays in anthologies and magazines. I work with companies across the UK including the LGBT+ organisation Gaysians, in the vibrant Birmingham arts scene with Beatfreeks or making worldwide connections as an Assistant Managing Editor with the literary journal, Asymptote. As for my journalism work, I frequently cover Arts and Culture, reviewing at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Birmingham Royal Ballet. However, my main aim is to platform the unconventional or unheard stories of others. Therefore, I have a particular passion for highlighting the diversity and creativity of the Midlands. It has a fantastic DIY culture and is full of people, who don’t just want to talk about change, but make change happen. I hope to be one of these people and work to produce the independent artist, Erinn Dhesi. I'm also on boards for the Midlands Arts Centre, Graduates Unleashed and formerly on Beatfreeks' Youth Steering Committee. List of training and groups: China Plate Theatre's The Optimists 2018 (10 week course for emerging producers) Beatfreeks Southside Producers 2018 (Birmingham creative producer development) British Council's Emerging Producers Development Programme 2019 (UK producer development) StageOne's Bridge The Gap 2018-19 (commercial theatre producer development) Roundhouse Future Producers Scheme 2020 (participation directly supported by Leicester Curve) OPUS Events Producing 102 (established producer development in outdoor & large-scale events) BFI's Creative Producers School 2020 (film producer development) Patchwork Foundation 2019 (political masterclasses with senior government officials) remark Visual Arts Writers Group (professional development for Midlands visual arts writers)
  • Ratthum (2023)
    Ratthum (2023)Shanti bleeds during a Tamil coming-of-age ceremony. In a culture where fertility is celebrated, menstruation is shunned and infertility is silenced, Shanti struggles to keep a secret. World Premiere: Tribeca Film Festival - https://tribecafilm.com/films/blood-2023 Director: Vathana Suganya Suppiah Writer: Vathana Suganya Suppiah DOP: Ailsa Aikoa Editor: Elise Butt Music: Roshan Gunga Production Design: Rosalind Grégoire Cast: Bairavi Manoharan, Shruthi Yasothan, Neelam Bakshi, Taru Devani, Je
  • Hope Ain't Right (2023)
    Hope Ain't Right (2023)A teen cowboy must outwit his estate's cruel gang leader and her lumpish thugs to rescue his one true love; a young astronaut. Director: Dan Shaw Writer: Dan Shaw DOP: Ash Connaughton Editor: Stef Hrycyk Music: Benjamin Doherty Cast: Tristan Pegg, Madeline Percival, Haleem Clift, Dawn Butler Funder: BFI NETWORK (Midlands)
  • Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed
    Wigs Snatched, Perceptions DestroyedWritten by Erinn Dhesi | Directed by Demi Nandhra VAULT Festival run - 25 February to 1 March PRESS NIGHT: 26 February at Crypt, The Vaults - Leake Street ‘Hilarious, bold, effortless’ - Raze Collective
  • Festival of Audacity 2019 - Afterparty with Lowkey
    Festival of Audacity 2019 - Afterparty with LowkeyFestival Of Audacity; a multidisciplinary festival of activist art making Birmingham its stage. Lowkey lands in Birmingham to headline Festival Of Audacity's afterparty, alongside live music, graffiti workshops, performances, and food and drink. Copy written for event: Join Free Radical in a huge afterparty of hip hop and art activism to mark the end of Festival of Audacity 2019, taking place at The Mill Digbeth from 8pm on Saturday 20th July. Headlined by award-winning hip-hop artist, Lowk
  • BFI FAN New Releases Freelancer
    BFI FAN New Releases FreelancerBFI Film Audience Network (FAN) supports four new release films each year to help exhibitors across the UK engage with more diverse audiences and programme more titles that might be perceived as being ‘risky’ or ‘too challenging’. I have been the freelancer for the Midlands with key venues Phoenix Cinema Leicester and Northampton Filmhouse. I supported the 2021/2022 releases: Sound of Metal Dir. Darius Marder | Cert 15 | 120 mins | Belgium/USA | 2019 Another Round Dir. Thomas Vinterberg |
  • BBC x Rural Media New Creatives - Menopause
    BBC x Rural Media New Creatives - Menopause15-minute audio piece on menopause following 3 different contributors' experiences of menopause.
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Projects credited in
  • HIM + HIS
    HIM + HISA project where I was one of over 100 names that contributed to Hélène Selam Kleih's book HIM + HIS. 'HIM + HIS is an exploration of what identity means for the male. Him, signifying his physical being, and His, symbolising the mind, and the journey to acquiring individual power and possession over ones mental state. ​ The book consists of many versions of voice, of both visual and written contributions; a collection of poems, letters, illustrations, photography, interviews, short stories and e
  • Making for Change Expo
    Making for Change ExpoThe Making for Change Expo was originally going to take place at the Gap Arts Project, Birmingham, in May 2020. It's now been published in an online format and provides a great digital resource to explore social action through craft & creativity. View the Expo here: www.makingforchangeexpo.com Curator: Daljinder Johal Documenter & Digital Lead: Hayley Salter
Work history
    Technical SupportSampad South Asian Arts and Heritage
    Birmingham, United KingdomFreelance
    Technical support on Zoom sessions including use of breakout rooms, screen sharing and polls as decided by the workshop leader and responding to and resolving any technical problems experienced by participants Sending reminders of Zoom links and sessions to participants on the day Responding to chat function during session, ensuring chat between participants is disabled Ensuring only participants registered for workshop are allowed into Zoom session Ensuring session adheres to Sampad Digital Safeguarding policy Send any follow up material required to participants
    Audio ProducerWADUP Productions
    United KingdomFreelance
    Producing a podcast on intergenerational relationships, crafts & survival centering immigrant women's stories. Working with international team of producers. Editing audio using Reaper. Regular mentor meetings with Belinda Naylor (BBC Radio 4). Researching & working with interviewees. Audio recording including wild track/foley, audio interviews & more as appropriate.
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  • Writing
  • Marketing
  • PR
  • Producing
  • Curation
  • Artist Development
  • Networking
  • Editing
  • Board Experience
  • Programming
    BA (Hons) English and FrenchUniversity of Warwick
     - Warwick, United Kingdom
    English and French with year abroad on British Council's Erasmus+ as English Language Assistant in Paris. Activities and Societies: The Warwick Globalist, Warwick French Society, LitSoc (Warwick's English Literature Society), The Boar (University of Warwick Student Newspaper), Warwick's Hip Hop Society, Warwick Climbing Society, Warwick's Jane Austen Society, BFT Film Productions, Cobalt Magazine Final Year Modules: Modern French Language III Politics and Violence in Modern France France and Globalisation Global Novel European Theatre Second Year Modules: Modern French Language II Bestsellers of the 19th Century Modern Masterpieces New Literatures in English The European Novel First Year Modules: Modern French Language I Strategies for Reading French Texts Medieval to Renaissance English Literature Approaches to Reading in English and French