Welcome to our March newsletter.
On 1 March local Rushanara Ali (pictured above) self-professed rebel MP gave some great advice to students at QMUL.
Her talk was about her work in making social change happen at The Young Foundation and answered student questions.
Experimental Poetry in Spain Now | Monday 4 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo | 6pm
A special event led by our Centre for Poetry to explore Spanish women’s radical thinking and writing, featuring Lola Nieto and Sara Torres, followed by a Q&A led by Omar Garcia.
A polyphonic poetry event, Nieto and Torres aim to activate the critical and performative power of ritual (as discussed by Nicole Brossard) whilst launching their books, Vozánica (2018) and Phantasmagoria (2019). Visual work by artist Marta Velasco will accompany the performance.
BA Drama Alumni Moa Johansson (pictured above at start of section) marks the end of her 6-month residency at Husk Creative Space, Moa Johansson presents ‘Sympoietic Temporalities’ – an installation on structure, configuration and ‘organisationally ajar’ architecture explored through the mediums of choreography, photography and moving image. The installation is a response to Moa Johansson’s on-going research concerning the ecology of contemporary living and its urgencies.
Kyle Roberts was a postdoc in the School of English and Drama (2009-11) on the project ‘Dissenting Academy Libraries and their Readers, 1720-1860’, funded by the AHRC Religion and Society Programme. Together with Rosemary Dixon and Dmitri Iourinski he created the Virtual Library System. He is now Associate Professor of Public History and New Media and Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago.
Queen Mary Postcolonial Seminar: David Austin: | Wednesday 6 March | QMUL, Laws 1.02 | 2pm
Writer David Austin will be talking on ‘The Poetics and Politics of Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution’.
Hosted by the Minister for Children, Nadhim Zahawi at the Department of Education UK, young people from Wandsworth CLIC (Children in Care Council) will be designing, producing and performing the event, based on their experiences of care. The performance is part of The Verbatim Formula, a participatory research project for care-experienced young people. It uses verbatim theatre techniques, listening and dialogue to work with young people, care leavers, social workers, and universities.
Get more information about the project
Stratford East’s Youth Company presents ‘Chaos | Thursday 7 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo Film and Drama Studio | 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Company are bringing their new show CHAOS to Queen Mary as part of the National Theatre Connections programme on Thursday March 7th at 7.30pm in the Film and Drama Studio, Art Two Building, QM campus, Mile End Road, E1 4NS. Seats are VERY limited. Please email Mojisola on firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come along.
If you can’t make CHAOS on 7 March there is another chance to see a local youth theatre show on 27 March at 7pm in the Pinter Studio. This one is NEMESIS 2 and the youth theatre is part of A Team Arts – Tower Hamlets Youth Arts Services based at Brady Arts Centre. All are welcome!
Following the success of The Last of the London in November Nadia Valman (English) is collaborating with artist Karen Crosby once again for a walk along Brick Lane, using writings and archive projections to evoke the former residents of the street.
QMCRLE Seminar in Religion and Literature: Dr Ceri Law | Fri 20 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo 3.16 | 5pm
Dr Ceri Law will present a paper on ‘Sermons, Life-writing and Biographical Memory’.
Come join us to celebrate the recent publication of three monographs by three Victorianist scholars here at Queen Mary: Professor Catherine Maxwell’s Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture (2017), awarded the 2018 ESSE Book Prize for Literatures in the English Language, Dr Matthew Ingleby’s Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the Production of Bloomsbury: Novel Grounds (2018), and Dr Heather Tilley’s Blindness and Writing: From Wordsworth to Gissing (2017).See our events
News and Opportunities
Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger and Charlotta Salmi (English) win Educational Excellence Award for their work on our dissertation. Read more here.
Clarice Montero (Drama) and Maggie Inchley (Drama) are looking for your experiences of university for an Office for Students (UK Government) project. The testimonials will be performed anonymously to the government’s new Office for Students. Email email@example.com to take part.
Isabel Rivers (English)’s book Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800 (Oxford, 2018) is a finalist in the Theology and Religious Studies category of The Association of American Publishers (AAP) 2019 PROSE Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2018.
David Duff (English) launched the new The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism at London-Paris Romanticism Seminar on 1 March.
The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is now open for submissions in February in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. This year the stellar judging line up is: Louise Doughty (Fiction), Warsan Shire (Poetry) and Nikesh Shukla (Life Writing).
Michael Shane Boyle (Drama) has co-edited a new Methuen Drama book: Postdramatic Theatre and Form, which is published this month.
Barbara Taylor (English and History): delivered her inaugural lecture on Philosophical Solitude. Read more here
Queen Mary Theatre Company: Various members of the company have been part of ACT ii the largest ever inter-university theatrical collaboration in London in a festival of new plays. at Arcola Theatre.See our full press log If you have any news or events you’d like to promote please do let me know.
Have a wonderful March!