Competition: Your Design On Our School Tote Bag #SEDBAGFORLIFE

We’re looking for a new design for our 2018 tote bag which we give away at open days, events and to new students incoming to the School. It’s time to get arty and inspire the next generation of SED students.

What we’re looking for

  • A black, line based design – it could feature a quotation or other text but needs to be blocky and easy to read.
  • Maximum A4 size.
  • A design which represents both English and Drama.
  • For inspiration see Kirsty Rolfe’s design to the right >>>

How to enter

To enter send your design as a PDF, JPG or EPS to

To enter you must be a School of English student, staff member or one of our alumni.

What you’ll win

If you win:

  • Your bag will be put into production for our 2018 open days and events.
  • You’ll also win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Competition closes: Tuesday 5 June 2018 at 12 midday. A panel from SED will choose the winning design.


Apply now to start your master’s this year

You can apply now online for all of our master’s programmes to start this September.

Here’s a quick rundown of courses we offer, what you’ll need to apply and how to get in touch if you have any questions.

Courses we offer



MA English Literature:

Things you’ll need


  • References: We ask you to provide two academic references, and there is a space on your application form to upload these. If your referees are willing to send you their references, you can upload them directly with your application. If your referees would rather not send you their references, they can send them directly to If your referees do decide to send their references themselves, you will still be expected to upload a file in the references section of your application. This can be a simple Word document stating ‘References will be sent separately’.
  • Academic Qualifications (e.g. Degree transcript (or interim transcript)): If you don’t have this documentation please contact your university to request it.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your Personal Statement is an important part of your application and should identify why you want to study the course and how your experience thus far makes you a suitable candidate.
  • CV/Resume: Please include an up to date CV.

If you have any trouble uploading or submitting documentation we can help via email:

Need help? Get in touch

Make an enquiry


Call: +44 (0)20 7882 8571

3 Ways to Stay in Touch After Graduating from Queen Mary

Someone (we can’t remember who) once wrote ‘parting is such sweet sorrow’ but alas leaving Queen Mary isn’t strictly the end.

It’s the start of a thrilling journey into the rest of your life.

And if you really can’t live without us we suggest studying a Master’s with us ;).


Here’s 3 ways you can still come to campus and be part of Queen Mary once you’ve got your degree:

1 Libraries

With an Alumni Extra card (£10 one off fee) you can access the libraries for reference only with no expiry date on your card.

2 Careers Service

For two years after you graduate you can use the careers service including interview practice, help with job searches and application advice and preparation.

3 Events in the School and Queen Mary at large

The School of English and Drama and the wider college organise 100s of events every year with most being accessible to you once you’ve graduated.

The best way to find out is follow us on social media or email us to sign up to our newsletter.


Our contact details if you want to let us know any news or have any questions – we love hearing from you.

+44 (0)20 7882 8910

Twitter @qmulsed

Facebook /sedstories

Instagram @qmulsed

Mental Health Support for Students and Staff

Suzi Lewis and Rupert Dannreuther have completed the QMUL-organised Mental Health First Aid training recently. They are now Mental Health First Aiders for the School and can help you find support.

During office hours they can be contacted in cases of mental health emergencies, whether these involve students or staff. Outside office hours please use the QM emergency number (0207 882 3333), or call 999.

Rupert and Suzi have been trained to listen non-judgementally, recognise warning signs of crisis and mental health conditions, and know about and can advise on professional help within Queen Mary, and where it is available from other providers. Their training can also help them recognise situations where someone may be in immediate danger when we should call 999 or 0207 882 3333 on campus.

Suzi and Rupert can be contacted during the SED Admin Office opening hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm) as follows:

Rupert x8910, email; Suzi x8560, email

Here’s a reminder of the sources of help for students and staff at Queen Mary:

1. Advice and Counselling Service (ACS): Offers frontline advice and counselling services to students and staff.

2. Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS): Offers support for all students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and diagnosed mental health issues.

  • Opening hours: 10-4pm
  • Email:
  • Call: +44 (0) 20 7882 2756

3. For QMUL staff (and their friends and family) only:

  • Workplace Options: A confidential phone helpline and online services who can organise counselling, give advice on where to get help and support.
  • Opening hours: 24/7
  • Call: 0800 243 458 (username and password not required)
  • Email:
  • Website: (username: queenmary and password: employee is required).


3 QMUL Drama Festivals: Plunge, IPP Festival & Peopling the Palaces

We have a smorgasbord of fresh new talent and experienced industry professionals coming up in these 3 festival in Spring-Summer 2018 at Queen Mary University of London.

Plunge Festival | 16-18 May 2018

As the graduating students of Queen Mary University of London prepare to depart campus and join the outside world. Plunge Festival is the final showing of work, featuring a rich variety of performance, installation, durational and site-specific projects.

See the full programme


IPP Festival | 19-20 May 2018

IPP festival of MA and MSc performances, taking place over this coming weekend (19-20 May 2018). The festival will conclude with drinks in the foyer outside FADS (Arts Two) after the last performance on the Sunday. It would be wonderful to see you there.

Link for booking:

Please also note that Conall Borowski’s performance (Sunday, 4am in Lock Keepers) needs to be booked by email


Peopling the Palaces Festival | 10-17 June 2018

We’ve got an incredible week of events lined up, including film screenings, discussions, interventions and performances.

The eclectic programme will showcase work from a range of academics, artists, current students and recent Queen Mary graduates.

Event Round Up: Remembering Natural Historian James Petiver (1665–1718)

Thursday 26 April 2018

This day meeting at the Linnean Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly marked the tercentenary of the death of James Petiver FRS, an important but often overlooked professional apothecary and compulsive natural historian in 18th-century London.

Petiver made significant contributions to multiple fields of natural history, above all botany and entomology. An assiduous correspondent and collector, he successfully cultivated sources of natural historical intelligence and material from the Americas to the East Indies.

On the 300th anniversary of his death, the meeting set out to remember James Petiver:

  • as a practising natural historian of substantial abilities and merit
  • as a collector and cataloguer of natural historical specimens with enduring significance
  • as a writer of both manuscript correspondence and published natural historical texts
  • as an apothecary whose professional and private scientific interests mutually informed each other
  • as a social networker both within London and across the globe
  • as an historical figure whose legacy has been contested and which is ripe for reconsideration

Speakers from universities and the museum sector assessed Petiver’s life and legacy by deploying a range of historical and scientific disciplinary perspectives. Topics addressed by the presentations included Petiver’s medical practice, his abilities and significance as a natural historian, his relationships with mariners and merchants (including slave-traders), and his innovative attempts to reach new audiences through book publication. The meeting was also privileged to welcome a direct descendent of James Petiver’s sister, Jane.The event was organised by Dr Richard Coulton (QMUL) and Dr Charlie Jarvis (Natural History Museum). Research presented at the meeting is due to be published in a forthcoming special issue of Notes and Records of the Royal Society (spring 2020).

Find out more about James Petiver in Richard’s blog post for the Royal Society

Download the full programme and abstracts

Watch podcasts from the event below…

English and Drama Newsletter – May 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of our School of English and Drama newsletter.

Don’t miss our thought-provoking partnership with Tate exploring the theme: Producing Memory: Maps, Materials, Belongings this week until Sunday 6 May.
Full programme here / Facebook Event

ps. Check out our new Module in a Minute videos



The Lisa Jardine Lecture 2018: Isobel Armstrong
‘Alternative Fin de Siècle Poetries: Kipling, Hardy, Field, Meynell’

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 18:30
Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End Campus

The School of English and Drama invites you to our annual Lisa Jardine lecture for 2018.

Register on Eventbrite here


Hannah Maxwell

Thursday 3 May, 19:15
Camden People’s Theatre, Euston

In this debut storytelling performance, Drama graduate Hannah Maxwell makes a prodigal’s return to the musty vibrancy of amateur dramatics – embroiling her family
for four generations.

Media History Seminar
N. Katherine Hayles on Postprint
Friday 4 May, 18:00
Senate Room, Senate House

“From Print to Postprint: How Printing Technologies Became Cognitive”

BIRDS: A Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park SoundCamp 2018
Saturday 5 May, 12:00 – 14:00
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Please join us on International Dawn Chorus Day to listen to the bird life of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park while walking between three performances interpreting birds through speech, song and instrumentation. Produced by Ella Finer (Drama) for the QMUL Centre for Sound Cultures, directed by Rhiannon Moss and Kester Richardson.

Part of Tate Exchange
Wasafiri launches ‘Refuge’ issue, guest-edited by Bidisha
Friday 4 May, 18:30 – 20:30
5th Floor, Blatnavik Building, Tate Modern

Wasafiri is launching their special ‘Refuge’ issue, guest-edited by writer and journalist Bidisha. Enjoy lively debate and poetry readings from contributors, Olumide Popoola, Lisa Luxx, Sophie Herxheimer and guest editor Bidisha at an evening promising a celebration of creativity in expressing the urgency and terror of the refugee crisis.
RSVP on Eventbrite here

Evening seminar: Professor Erik Tonning (Bergen) ‘”European Paideuma”: Ezra Pound’s Poetic and Political Faith in the 1930s’
Wednesday 9 May, 17:15-18.45
ArtsTwo 2.17
, QMUL – Mile End Campus

Split Britches
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
15-19 May, 19:45
The Pit at The Barbican

Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, this show by Lois Weaver (Drama) and Peggy Shaw (Drama Fellow)’s company Split Britches explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.

Theatrical Poetry: Actions, Dance and Striptease. Two days celebrating the work of Joan Brossa
Wednesday 23-Thursday 24 May,  12:00-21:00
Arts One, QMUL – Mile End Campus

Hari Marini (Drama) presents her third collaboration with the Centre for Catalan Studies at QMUL as the finale of this event championing the performance work of artist Joan Brossa.

Theatre Sense
Friday 25 May, 09:30-17:30
Battersea Arts Centre, Clapham Junction

2018 marks 20 years since Battersea Arts Centre’s groundbreaking x season, which set the tone for experiments in audience immersion, lighting and sound design by some of the most exciting artists and companies in British theatre. The Theatre Sense symposium, organised by Martin Welton (Drama) will reflect on the history of these developments, and their cultural impact at BAC and beyond, in a series of dialogues between artists and academics.

Lunchtime seminar: Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL)
‘Ecclesia and synagoga’
Wednesday 30 May, 12.30-2pm
ArtsTwo 2.18, QMUL – Mile End Campus


15-18 May: PbRP Festival of Performance (15th & 16th at Oxford House and 17 + 18 at QM)
19-20 May: MA Festival of Performance
7 June: MA English Conference
11-16 June: Peopling the Palace(s) Festival
15-16 June: “Heresy and Borders”, at Senate House. Keynote from Anshuman Mondal on “Hate Speech, Free Speech and Religious Freedom”. Register here
See all of our events coming up


News from the School

Caoimhe McAvinchey (Drama)’s book Phakama: Making Participatory Performance launched on 24 April and is now available.

Nadia Valman (English) has won the Lucy Hawking Award for Public Engagement at the Queen Mary Engagement and Enterprise Awards.

Ella Finer (Drama) has been selected as one of Sound and Music’s 2018 cohort of Composer-Curators.The first programme of its kind in the UK, Composer-Curator nurtures the determination  and enthusiasm of those changing the face of live music touring from the grass roots up.

Isabel Rivers (English)’s book Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture, 1720-1800 will be published in July. Order online at with promotion code AAFLYG6 to save 30%! Isabel also contributes to The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan.

Jaclyn Rajsic (English) won Course Rep Champion at the Education Awards this year.

Shahidha Bari (English) was on BBC2’s Front Row Late devling into the notion of the artistic ‘genius’ and critiques Maxine Peake’s movie Funny Cow. Watch it online here

Richard Coulton (English) held a successful event Remembering James Petiver about an important but often overlooked professional apothecary and compulsive natural historian in 18th-century London with the Linnean Society.

Tiffany Watt Smith (Drama) talked to Michael Rosen on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth about the languages of emotion. Listen here
Huw Marsh (English) Narrative unreliability and metarepresentation in Ian McEwan’s Atonement; or, why Robbie might be guilty and why nobody seems to notice is now the most read article on the Textual Practice website.

See more on the SED blog



1. Drama graduate Finn Love (right above) has been appointed as LADA’s new Programmes Manager and Joseph Morgan Scofield (left above) has been appointed as the new Coordinator at Live Art Development Agency. Read more

2. The Guardian launches Celestial Motion – a new virtual reality experience captured at Queen Mary’s new motion capture studio by our artistic associates Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

3. Jerry Brotton (English) joins a panel at the British Library on Global Adventurers: Exploring and Mapping the World before Cook on Monday 14 May. His programme on the  Kuikuro people who live in the upper reaches of the Xingu River in Brazil goes out on BBC World Service on Tuesday 8 May. Listen/add to your list here.

4. Mojisola Adebayo, Ella Finer (both Drama) and artistic associate Karen Christopher have all contributed to The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice. The book is co-edited by Drama Teaching Associate Katja Hilevaara.

#YouCantTouchDiss – Dissertation Selfie Competition – Win £50 Voucher



Share your dissertation hand in selfie with the hashtag #youcanttouchDISS (tag us!) for a chance to win £50 Amazon voucher and a badass certificate!

Competition closes: Friday 11 May 2018 at 5pm. 1 entry per person and you must use the hashtag & tag us on Twitter, Instagram or email us 1 x winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.

Tweet now


Listen to new documentary about the Kuikuro people in Brazil on BBC iPlayer Now

Yesterday BBC World Service made available the radio programme tracing a day in Takumã Kuikuro’s life in the Ipatse Village, home of the Kuikuro people in the Xingu region.

The show was recorded by Mark Rickards during a research trip to Xingu in May 2017 with Paul Heritage and Jerry Brotton last year as part of People’s Palace Projects’ indigenous artistic residency programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund.

PPP is core funded as a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and by QMUL.

Listen to the documentary on iPlayer

Tate Exchange: Producing Memory: Maps, Materials, Belongings – Full Programme

Join us for provocative discussions, displays, workshops and screenings exploring how memory is produced in relation to material, objects and places

Join artists and researchers from Queen Mary University of London as we think together about the role of objects in the production, conservation and recollection of our individual memories, and those of our communities. A particular focus will be migrant and refugee art, and the challenges of producing and conserving a home and identity in circumstances of displacement.

Explore questions such as what does the ‘making’ in placemaking actually involve? What is the role of sensuality in the making of memories? How can digital technologies of mass production coexist with artisanal modes of making, and what is their relation to the production of cultural heritage?

Drop in to explore installations and exhibitions which will be on display daily or join us for a series of events and activities over our five day residency at Tate Exchange.

Displays (open every day):

  • Recordings from the Xingu

Enter our oca and embark on a journey to the Ipatse Village, home of the Kuikuro indigenous people in the Xingu region of Brazil. See photographs and listen to ambisonic sound recordings of the community’s daily life and traditions, and watch a video fly-through of scan data from around the Ipatse village, produced by Factum Foundation. The display will include a Virtual Reality installation by Brazilian coder Clelio de Paula about his residency in the Xingu (Sunday only, from 1-5pm).

  • Alda Terracciano’s Zelige Door on Golborne Road

Drop in and experience this interactive, multisensory installation which explores various aspects of Moroccan heritage and culture, each requiring a different sense to be experienced. It uses Augmented Reality and technologies related to the senses, to construct a living museum of cultural memories that reflects both the challenges of gentrification, and communal visions of a utopian space within the city.

  • Globe: Here Be Dragons and Fertig

Globe, on display in Tate Exchange, is a copper sphere housing four cameras. Artist Janetka Platun rolled Globe through the streets of East London recording journeys and conversations with the public about home and migration, territory and boundaries. The footage inspired two films: Here Be Dragons (27 mins) and Fertig (6 mins), which will be screened on a loop in the space.

  • Ink drawings by Sophie Herxheimer

Explore a display of ink drawings by artist Sophie Herxheimer which document the experiences of refugees.

Screenings, discussion and workshops

Add your story to Alda Terracciano’s evolving work on London Memory Routes.

Explore the theme of belonging through conversation and activities with artist Janetka Platun.

Join artist Sophie Herxheimer for a story collecting workshop and celebrate the new issue of Wasafiri Magazine with an evening of live literature.

Focusing on the needs of young people, join us for discussions and workshops exploring how spaces for participation and creativity can be produced.

Drop in for a map-making workshop inspired by the maps created by refugees to navigate their environments.

Come along to a screening of this powerful documentary about young Afghan refugees in Greece who transform discarded lifeboats and lifejackets into bags.

Drop in for a day of events exploring the Kuikuro indigenous people’s project to record and preserve the cultural heritage of their village in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil.