English and Drama Newsletter – December 2019

December is here and we’re looking back to some great events this year including the recent Southall Black Sisters’ Turning the Page event celebrating 40 years of Struggle Not Submission and Show and Tell came back with a bang with speakers incluing Nafisa Bakkar (Amaliah), Neil Connolly (The Crystal Maze) and trans activist Kimberley Tatum giving students, alumni and staff priceless advice for their future.

We also got some really valuable feedback from our current students at our Pizza and Pop #2 event in our RR3.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Our next Student of the month will be announced soon on our Instagram.

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APPLY BEFORE 15 JANUARY FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

We are excited to have our first offer holders and would love to receive an application before the UCAS deadline for our programmes.

We can’t wait to see you in 2020 and hear your news.

We hope you have a wonderful winter holiday!

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Events

FEATURED – BETWEEN THE LINES

BETWEEN THE LINES: Voices from East London to Kashmir
Monday 9 December 2019, 6pm, ArtsOne Lecture Theatre  – QMUL

You are invited to a sharing of work by just some of the young people who have been participating in the Between the Lines creative writing for stage and screen workshops on Monday nights at QMUL as part of our  outreach work. The event will be at 6pm on Monday 9 December.

There will also be a screening of films about young people writing and making art ‘between the lines’ in Indian occupied Kashmir, with guest speakers from Kashmir. 
m.adebayo@qmul.ac.uk

LISTINGS

BAME Festival
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, Pinter Studio, QMUL

The all-new BAME Festival returns to QMTC for the second year in a row, showcasing the best work from young BAME playwrights and directors in the university.

This year features two new shows, Flat Wars and Electric Avenue, playing on both evenings – one a light-hearted dark comedy about flatmates, and the other re-telling real events of 1981 Brixton.

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Solitudes: Past and Present Seminar – Andrea Brady

Tuesday 10 December, 3.20 in ArtsTwo – QMUL – Mile EndOur very own Andrea Brady will present a seminar called ‘Hours of Lead: Poetry and Solitude in the Contemporary American Control Prison’.

Stages: Curating, Performing, Publishing, Reading
Wednesday 11 December 2019, Pinter Studio QMUL
‘Dear person reading this,
You are cordially invited to … *drums for dramatic effect*… ‘The Party’! There will be fun, there will be games, there will be inequality! Umm we mean, grab your party hats, get in that festive spirit and come along to a scratch performance of Stages Project’s new interactive piece! When – the 11th of December at 19:00. Where – The Pinter Studio, ArtsOne building, QMUL.
See you there!
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By asking Who is the Stage For? People’s Palace Projects brings artists from diverse backgrounds into communities to create socially engaged theatre events, using performance to bring multiple voices together to define issues and find solutions. To learn more about this project, log on to www.peoplespalaceprojects.org.uk/en/projects/stages/. ‘

Winter Musical: RENT

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December, Pinter Studio – QMUL – Mile End
This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. dealing with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. QMTC’s first full-length musical starring our amazing musical theatre performers, this show will leave you happy, crying and singing the lyrics for weeks to come.

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Creative Writing Masterclass: Children’s Fiction

Saturday 14 December, British Library
Ellen Wiles is teaching a creative writing masterclass to explore how your favourite child characters in fiction were created and experiment with writing fiction of your own. Whether you’re a budding author of children’s stories, writing adult fiction featuring child characters, or simply seeking some understanding of how novels are made, this course provides a supportive and creative environment to explore and develop your creative ideas.  Tell us about your event

News

Alumni profiles are now live thanks to our amazing alumni team at Queen Mary University of London including our very own English alumna Nicole Brownfield. See profiles on Miniver Theatre Company, Shola Lee and the rest here.

Mojisola Adebayo (Drama) is launching her new book Mojisola Adebayo: Plays Two on 11 December. Email m.adebayo@qmul.ac.uk to RSVP.


Nadia Atia
(English) has been in conversation with author Saleem Haddad to a packed house as part of the Sexual Cultures Research Group seminar series at QMUL.

Hari Marini (Drama/Admin team) will be participating in Performance Poetry in the 21st-Century: Innovative Social Movements in Spain on 13 December reading from our collection 28 Paths of Her.

Susheila Nasta (English) was interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking about William Darymple’s new book on the East India company, Romesh Gunesekera’s new novel and her work on Asian Britain and Wasafiri’s 35th birthday publication Brave New Words.

Listen here

James Vigus (English is giving a paper ‘Wilhelm Benecke (1776-1837): Theologian and Friend of Henry Crabb Robinson’, at the conference The Intercultural Zeitgeist in London, 1780-1832, School of Advanced Study (Senate House) on Wednesday 11 December.

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Whilst we try our hardest to make sure listings are accurate we recommend contacting the event organiser or registering before attending as mistakes can be made and we apologise for these.

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