English and Drama Newsletter – April 2018

Welcome to the April edition of our English and Drama newsletter. Pictured above is English graduate Raifa Rafique who runs successful podcast Mostly Lit, and is featured in Stylist Magazine’s feature; The photo series dispelling the myth that Muslim women can’t be career-orientated.

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Events

BOOK AHEAD

Summer School

Queen Mary Summer School 2018
London Performance Past and Present
16 July 2018 – 3 August 2018
QMUL – Mile End

We are offering our first ever summer school for students who want to get under the skin of London theatre and performance – past and present.Network
Creative Economy Networks: research, policy and exchange (UK-Brazil)
Tuesday 1 May, 9.30am-6pm
This event will bring together research, policy and industry perspectives to explore the role of exchange in creative economy businesses and its impact on the sector. Particular focus will be given to new research and policy drawn from recent UK-Brazil collaboration and exchanges led or facilitated by the British Council, Network and People’s Palace Projects. Keynote speakers are:

  • Sarah Drinkwater, Head of Campus London, Google for Entrepreneurs
  • Eduardo Saron, Director, Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, Brazil)

APRIL DIARY

Literature and the philosophy of the comic
Literature and the philosophy of the comic
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 April
Graduate Centre GC601, QMUL – Mile End
A workshop organised by Katie Fleming (English) on literature and the comic including speakers:

  • Katie Fleming, “Comic Timing”
  • Huw Marsh (English), “Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal: Magnus Mills and the comedy of repetition”
  • Matthew Bevis, “Laughable Poetry”
  • Sara Crangle, “Mina Loy, satire, sentiment & sacrifice”
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté “Laughtears: Kafka & the birth of modernist laughter”

SALON LONDONS A L O N – LONDON: SUNDAY with Erín Moure and So Mayer
Sunday 8 April, 4pm, Free
The Brunswick Centre

Our very own Susan Rudy (English) invites you to the next S A L O N London event this Sunday. It will expore Queer and Feminist poetry and will feature a reading by Erin Moure, moderated by So Mayer.

News

WOW awards
Our very own Lois Weaver Wins WOW Women in Creative Industries Award
Professor Weaver’s win is in recognition of ‘four decades of commitment to work engaging the widest possible public in feminism and human rights through performance’. Lois was nominated in a hotly contested category, alongside author Kate Mosse and sculptor Rachel Whiteread. Read more

Drama student Daniella Harrison has won the National Student Drama Festival: Theatre Record Critics Award. She wins for her superb work in theatre journalism.

Show & Tell

Our new outreach project Show & Tell – is GO!
The project will feature a series of events with inspiring talks from influential and accessible people within academia and the creative industries. Events will be aimed at school and college students aged 16-18. If you’d like to get involved please email Charlie Pullen via: showandtell@qmul.ac.uk.

Jerry Brotton Bafta
Documentary featuring our very own Jerry Brotton (English) is nominated for a BAFTA
Jerry featured as a key talking head interviewee on Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents.

KILL BILL?
Shakespeare to remain according to a vote at The Great Shakespeare Debate
A marvelous evening of debate around whether we should ‘Kill Bill’ in the name of decolonisation took place on Tuesday 26 March and here are the results…

  • FOR (Killing Bill): 38%
  • AGAINST: 55%
  • Abstentions: 7%

 Links

Peopling the Palace(s)

1. Save the date for Peopling the Palace(s) festival which takes place from 11-17 June 2018. If you would like to get involved or find out more please email: peoplingthepalace2018@qmul.ac.uk

2. Ruth Anhert (English)’s research on network analysis of Tudor letters inspired this article on the Marvel Universe in Gizmodo.

3. PhD candidate Ruby Tuke (English) has written a piece on De Quincey and homelessness.
Read the full piece here

4. Call for Papers: Theatricality, Performance, and the State Read the full CfP here.

5. Don’t forget: The Wasafiri New Writing Prize is open for entries until 5pm on 13 July 2018.

Show and Tell @ QMUL

A new and exciting series of talks for school and college students hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Show and Tell brings together influential academic teaching staff and industry professionals to deliver engaging and accessible talks for young people interested in working in the arts and possibly studying humanities subjects at university. Queen Mary staff working in a range of disciplines will share their cutting-edge research in short, thought-provoking presentations, and they will be joined by alumni offering insights into the work they do now in jobs across the creative sector.

Much like a TED Talk, these events are designed to be as entertaining as they are informative: they will provide a unique experience for school and college students to learn about the research being produced in universities and the careers graduates pursue after their studies.

Over the course of one evening, students can expect to hear from four speakers working in university disciplines including English, Drama, History, and Geography, and from industries such as journalism, theatre, fashion, and museums and galleries. They will also have the chance to network and meet the speakers and their peers over refreshments at a reception where they can discuss the evening’s talks, ask more questions, and find out about the journeys that current and former students have made to university and the world of work.

Show and Tell is primarily aimed at students aged 16-18 who are currently studying at A Level or equivalent at schools, sixth forms, and colleges, but we would welcome GCSE students too. This is a widening participation project and we hope it will encourage students who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education to think of applying to study arts and humanities degrees at Queen Mary and other Russell Group universities.  

We are keen to hear the views of teachers so that we can make this project as effective as it can possibly be. Please help us make Show and Tell a success by getting in touch and telling us what you think makes university outreach events work for you and your students. You can tell us what you think by completing our questionnaire here: https://goo.gl/forms/EkmXCKC5m9hN4kxS2

If you are student who would like to attend, or an alumnus who would like to speak at a Show and Tell event, please also contact us to find out more.

You can register your interest by emailing showandtell@qmul.ac.uk