#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 14 February 2018

Here’s our digest numéro cinq of events and opportunities in and outside the School.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.


The week ahead

English PGR Seminar: Gail Crowther ‘The Living Archive: Spectral Traces and Sylvia Plath’ | Thursday 15 February 2018 | 5.15pm | Lock-keeper’s Cottage, QMUL Mile End

Dr Gail Crowther: ‘The Living Archive: Spectral Traces and Sylvia Plath’

This paper will explore the notion of the living archive; the places and spaces in Plath’s life that impacted on her poetry and prose. In contrast to the traditional archive, which can be seen as a place of stasis where documents are held in traditional repositories and libraries; the living archive is a dynamic space subject to change and time. Houses Plath once lived in, places she visited and wrote about, the domestic space surrounding her, all featured in some of her most powerful poems and prose. Physical traces remain, and these traces, however spectral, lead us to a new understanding of Plath and her creative processes.

Dr Gail Crowther is a writer, researcher, and academic. She is the author and co-author of A Year’s Turning: Sylvia Plath in Devon (2015), The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath (2016), and These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath (2017).

Twitter: @QMEnglishPGRS

PGRS Blog: https://queenmaryenglish.wordpress.com


FIRSTS | Thursday 15 February | 6pm | Rich Mix | Free

‘FIRSTS’,  is a multidisciplinary, interactive performance event which explores peoples ‘firsts’- from the first time they make a coffee to the first time they put on a Hijab. It is being organised by Rich Mix New Creative Team including our student Rachel Cleverly. It will be an inclusive celebration of human experience through music, poetry, film and personal anecdote.

Slappin’ Da Bass: February | Fri 16 February | QMUL Mile End | 50p

(or a few days after at least)


Make sure to message our page or Jack Ridley to put your name down on the list! There are 10 performance slots available, on a first-come, first-served basis

THIS MONTH’S CHARITY: This month, our chosen charity is The Albert Kennedy Trust, a London-based charity providing support and advocacy programs for LGBTQ+ homeless youth!

Donations from our Shakespeare Festival Live Art Shows will also be going to the Albert Kennedy Trust, so be sure to check out www.qmtc.co.uk for details of the shows and performances happening this weekend!

There will There will be a 50p entry fee, but please pay what you can: it’s all for a good cause!


QMTC Shakespeare Festival: Performances | 17-18 February 2018 | QMUL Mile End | Various Prices

PEACH at the QM Visual Arts Collective Exhibition 2018 | Sunday 18 February | Free

PEACH’s first spoken word night of 2018 will be closing the night at the QM’s Visual Arts Collective Exhibition 2018. We will be having readings from some of the University’s finest poets, whilst also looking on at awe at the tremendous visual art on display.

If you would like to read your work please email peachmagazineqm@gmail.com, there is limited time and we will be only responding to people we accept.

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Jobs, Careers Events & Paid Internships

Publishing Assistant, Nick Hern Books | Deadline: Thursday 22 February

Nick Hern Books, the UK’s leading specialist theatre publisher, is seeking an enthusiastic, adaptable new member of the team to contribute to all aspects of our publishing activity. This is an exciting opportunity to gain varied experience at a vibrant and dynamic independent publishing house.


Opportunities, Calls for Participation & Volunteering

Network: Audience of the Future (Immersive) Funding | Deadline: 9 March 

Network is Queen Mary University of London’s recently established Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy

As part of our programme to support knowledge exchange we are launching Network Vouchers, a funding scheme awarding small sums of money (up to a maximum of £5000) and aimed at facilitating collaboration between academics/researchers and creative/cultural organizations. Business at any scale can be partners, but we anticipate the scheme will mostly be attractive to micro-enterprises, sole traders, social enterprises and/or charities. The scheme is not prescriptive. As long as a proposed collaboration is challenge-led and aimed at supporting creative and cultural economic activity in whatever way this is articulated/understood by partners, it will be eligible to apply for support. The scheme is purposely open to interpretation, but must be aimed at collaboration with the creative and cultural sector.

Applications must be led by QMUL researchers. PhD candidates are not eligible for the scheme. Applications deadline is March 9th at midnight.

Please see application pack here.

See the presentation here for details


Volunteers Wanted for Steakhouse Live Festival 

Steakhouse Live are seeking volunteers for the fifth annual festival of Live Art and performance in London.

The festival takes place Sat 24 Feb at Rich Mix from 1-11pm and Sun 25 February at Toynbee Studios from 12-9pm. They are looking for approachable and hardworking people to help out at the event. Shifts will be around 4 hours in duration and they will make sure that you get to see as many performances as possible.

If you are interested in being involved then send SL an email letting them know what day(s) you are available and why you’d like to be a part of the Steakhouse Live Festival 2018.


Calls for papers

Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere | Deadline: 31 March 2018

A Colloquium hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Download the CfP here


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