Nor is it a surprise that Flashdance makes such an easy switch to the stage. The 1983 film captured the imagination with the unusual story line of feisty young Alex Owens who is a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night, desperate to follow her dream and win a place at an exclusive dance academy.
As part of the second Wolverhampton Literature Festival, the Express & Star is launching a short story-writing competition. Award-winning writer and journalist Will Self is to headline the festival which will see a programme of more than 80 events taking place at 16 venues across the city from Thursday January 25 until Sunday January 28. The rules for our story-writing competition are very simple. Entrants can submit a story on any subject or theme of around 1,200 words.
The author is to be the highlight of a packed weekend featuring more than 80 different events at the second Wolverhampton Literature Festival. It follows the huge success of this year’s event which included such names as author Sathnam Sanghera, Doreen ‘Lazy Cow’ Tipton and Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff attracting large crowds. The full line-up for the second festival, running from Thursday, January 25 until Sunday, January 28 has yet to be officially announced.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".