Welcome to the June 2018 edition of our School of English and Drama newsletter.
Photo above: Drama graduate Jo Hauge by Julia Brown – she is presenting at Performance and Mental Health.
MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health Presents
Performance and Mental Health: Perspectives and Practices
6.30pm Wednesday 6 June 2018
Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End Campus
The MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health course at Queen Mary University of London presents a series of talks, presentations and provocations on the theme of performance, art and mental health. Speakers include: Bobby Baker, Dr Bridget Escolme, Jeremy Weller, Jo Hauge, Lucy Hutson, and Dr Maria Turri.
Undergraduate Open Days
Friday 22-Saturday 23 June 2018, 10:00-16:00
QMUL – Mile End Campus
We will be hosting taster sessions and subject talks about English and Drama, and staff will be available to talk through the course and life at Queen Mary. Plus, campus tours, events and activities for potential future students.
PEOPLING THE PALACE(S)
Department of Drama
Peopling the Palace(s) Festival
Monday 11-Sunday 17 June 2018
QMUL – Mile End
Book now for events, performances and conversations including:
• DIY HIGH SCHOOL (11 June): two workshops in creative skills (Photoshop and Video Editing) and a bespoke feedback session on creative projects and CVs.
• Women’s Voices in Parliament (13 June): A #VOTE100 representation debate special in our stunning Octagon space. Contributors include Sarah Childs, Jen Harvie, Rainbow Murray, Lise Olson, Naomi Paxton, Nirmal Purwar and Nephertiti Schandorf.
• Performance and Mental Health: Perspectives and Practices (13 June): A series of talks, presentations and provocations on the theme of performance, art and mental health.
• First Flights (15 June) and Alumni Platform (16 June): Free graduating student and alumni performances in the Pinter studio.
• The Precariousness of Photography: Manuel Vason (17 June): A photography and performance workshop with leading performance photographer Manuel Vason.
MORE EVENTS IN JUNE
4-6 June 2018, 19:00
Theatre N16 at Styx, Tottenham Hale
Written by Drama graduate Sebastiao Marques Lopes and featuringcstudents past. The dog-eat-dog world of 1960s politics, the private battles of the era’s superpowers, and the seemingly never-ending Cold War are realised in this tale of survival, sacrifice and sausages.
QM Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Suvir Kaur (Pennsylvania): Apostrophe as a Theory of History
Friday 8 June 2018, 15:00-17:00
Lock-keepers Cottage, QMUL – Mile End
“Personification has attracted continuing critical attention as a figure for the power of poetry to animate the inanimate and to give voice to the voiceless. In turn, apostrophe has been read as exemplary of lyrical voice, and of those forms of poetic address that model self-referential circuits of poetic utterance.”
Arts and Culture at QMUL
Queen Mary Arts and Culture Annual Lecture by Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Friday 8 June 2018, 18:00
Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre, QMUL – Mile End
Tate Director Maria Balshaw – honorary professor for the MA Creative Industries and Arts Organisation programme from September 2018 – gives the Queen Mary Arts and Culture Annual Lecture.
Arts and Culture at QMUL
La Mer (Four hands, Two dancers, Two Films)
12-13 June 2018, various times
Great Hall, People’s Palace, QMUL – Mile End
Celebrating 2018 as the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, his masterwork La Mer (partly composed when Debussy stayed in Eastbourne) is realised in a newly created live performance event that combines the composer’s version for piano duet, with dance and film.
You are warmly invited to attend one or all of the events below:
Full Open Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, 12th June 2018, at 5.30pm.
Contemporary Dance Workshop: Wednesday, 13th June 2018, 11am–1pm. Please note: 20 pleaces only. Booking essential.
Performances of La Mer: Wednesday, 13th June 2018, at 5.30pm & 6.30pm.
The Sexual Cultures Research Group Presents: Heather Love – ‘Beginning With Stigma’
Thursday 14 June 2018, 18:00-20:00
ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End
This talk is taken from the introduction to Love’s new book, Underdogs, which aims to historicize the rise of queer theory and elaborate its debts to post-WWII social science, in particular the field of deviance studies.
Battersea Audio Chatback: Making Change for Care and Care Leavers
Monday 25 June 2018, 18:00 – 19:30
Battersea Arts Centre
Young people in Wandsworth are working with verbatim techniques to produce performance that shares their experience of care services. Join us in the Battersea Arts Centre Audio Tour to hear their testimonies – and take part in discussion of what can change for the better in local authority care and education. An ARHC-funded project led by Maggie Inchley (Drama) and People’s Palace Projects.
First Bites: STARS
29-30 June 2018
Mojisola Adebayo will be presenting a staged reading of her latest play STARS at Ovalhouse Theatre (near Oval tube) on June 29 (7.30pm) and 30 (2.30 and 7.30pm with BSL interpretation).
STARS is the story of an old lady who goes into space… in search of her own orgasm. STARS is supported by Queen Mary Drama Department, the Centre for Public Engagement and Arts Council England.
News from the School
Susheila Nasta (English – Wasafiri Magazine) has been involved as a consultant on British Library’s Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition, recently featured in the Guardian. Wasafiri Magazine is hosting Windrush Women: Past and Present, an evening of poetry and readings inspired by the lives of female writers from the Windrush era, at the British Library on Monday 25 June.
Zoë McGee (English PhD Candidate) was named the winner of QMUL Three Minute Thesis. The competitors had just three minutes to tell a non-specialist audience and a panel of judges about their research and results. Zoë will now go on to represent QMUL in Vitae’s online national semi-finals, which will run in July and August. Six finalists will present their Three Minute Theses at the Vitae International Conference in September.
Matthew Rubery (English) has had an article published in New Literary History ‘Ulysses, Blindness, and Accessible Modernism‘.
Mojisola Adebayo has been made a Literary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Read more in the press release.
Dominic Johnson (Drama) has been shortlisted for The TaPRA Prize for Editing (Edited Collection or Special Issue) for his co-edited book: It’s all Allowed: the Performances of Adrian Howells (Live Art Development Agency and Intellect, 2016).
Catherine Maxwell (English) talks about her book Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture in the May books round-up on Irish radio station Newstalk. Listen here from 09:20.
1. There is free access to Adnan Sarwar’s ‘Back To Iraq’ published in Wasafiri Issue 94. Adnan Sarwar’s BBC series ‘Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq’ is currently airing on BBC 2 Sundays at 9pm. Read online here
2. Drama graduates Hugo Aguirre and Franciska Ery are presenting their show Asking for a Raise from 3 July at The Space.
3. Caine Prize nominee Makena Onjerika will be in conversation and reading her shortlisted story ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’ (published in Wasafiri) at SOAS 26 June, Willesden Library 28 June, and Africa Writes 30 June.
4. Guardian article Play staged in central London church explores parish’s gentrification was partially researched during director Gemma Kerr’s “Air B2B” residency in Brazil, hosted at Casa Rio by British Council Brazil and People’s Palace Projects.
5. Drama graduate Martha Pailing is performing her show Background People at Roundhouse in Camden as part of the Last Word Festival.
6. Wasafiri New Writing Prize deadline is fast approaching. Applications for Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing entries close on 13 July 2018.
7. Watch a clip from People’s Palace Projects’ With One Voice choir, made up of a group of people with experience of homelessness in Rio de Janeiro.