How to get free/super cheap theatre, literature and events tickets in London

Going to the theatre and arts in London doesn’t need to be expensive. This list may just save your life (well your social life anyway!).

Free/cheap ticket schemes for under 26 and students

Papering i.e. seat filling/free tickets

These secret clubs give you access to super cheap or free tickets but nearly always charge an admin fee. Watch out for admin fees as they vary.

3 Must-See Drama Alumni Shows: Chutney, Brainfart Cabaret & Je m’appelle diabetic

Chutney | 6 November-1 December 2018 | The Bunker, London

Written by our BA Drama alumnus Reece Connolly, his show Chutney is having a full run at off-West End venue The Bunker.

“The world’s shaking. I’m seeing the murder in everything. A cat crosses my path, I fantasise about throwing a grenade at it.”

Gregg and Claire are a power couple. Well-to-do and up-and-coming. They’ve got the house. The car. The careers. They’re living out their parents dreams in blissful suburbia.

They also have an insatiable desire to murder animals.

This mutually discovered urge threatens to gut their world to its very core.

CHUTNEY is a pitch black comedy about love, happiness, and unleashing the beast within. Watch the fur fly.

Brainfart Cabaret | Friday 9 November 2018 | Poplar Union, London

An alternative cabaret night hosted by our very own PhD Drama graduate Daniel Oliver celebrating neurodiversity, featuring performers whose minds work a little differently…

Line up

Daniel Oliver: The cabaret night will be hosted by Daniel Oliver, a performance artist who makes participatory performances that aim to embrace dyspraxia.

Mawaan Rizwan: Mawaan is an actor, writer and comedian. He’s written for the New York Times and his comedy videos on YouTube have amassed over 18 million views.

Vijay Patel: Vijay Patel will present Asperger’s Question Time. A space where you (the audience) will be able to ask him any questions you like, any questions on your mind, think everyday, not any questions about his Asperger’s. He will have some things in place for his access, such as a respite, some care in case he might leave.

IndoorGoblin: ‘A solo project performed on keyboard, IndoorGoblin hopes to present the imagination clouds through a mixture of musical creations, combining spoken word with story-singing, hypnotic piano loops and glittery glockenspiel melodies.’

Don Biswas :Award winning ‘left wing conspiracy theorist with dyspraxia!‘ Twice winner of the London Comedy Store Gong Show.

Khia Spencer: Khia is a dancer and artist who has been identified with dyspraxic mind and ADD…

Je m’appelle Diatabetic | Thursday 15th November | 6.30pm |  Rosetta Arts, London

Join Rosie Vincent a BA Drama Gradutate to celebrate her identity as a Type 1 Diabetic as she attempts to transform the mass of her medical waste from the past 2.5 years.

On 14th November millions of people will come together to raise awareness of living with Diabetes for World Diabetes Day.

Rosie Vincent has been a Type 1 Diabetic for over 14 years. Je m’appelle Diabetic combines ritual, object, and projection to present the challenges of living with diabetes as well as celebrating the resilience of Rosie’s diseased body.

This piece reconnects the medical waste that is produced by the condition with Rosie’s own body to honour it as the means to keep her alive despite its hostile appearance.

Book online:  https://rosettaarts.org/event/je-mappelle-diabetic/

QMUL Student company Stage 3 at The WriteIdea Festival and on tour with their show about migration and citizenship

As part of the Write Idea Festival in Whitechapel, People’s Palace Projects (PPP) will be staging Stage 3 at the Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU on the 17 November 2018 at 13:00.

Performed by People’s Palace Projects’ new student theatre company at Queen Mary University of London, Stage 3 is a participatory experience that uses a mock citizenship process to discuss migration, discrimination and belonging, challenging the process of being categorized based on race, age and class background.

The performance brings together young people, other members of the community, and council members and is currently touring across the country as local leaders unite to persuade councils to make pledges as part of Safe Passage’s national “Our Turn” campaign, whose goal is to resettle 1,000 children a year in the UK from Europe and other regions where refugees are at risk, over the next 10 years.

Stage 3 is a student theatre company of People’s Palace Projects at Queen Mary University of London, harnessing the power of participatory theatre to support citizen activism and community engagement with decision makers. It is supported by the Peace Development Fund and National Lottery Awards for All.

The performance is free to attend, but tickets need to be booked through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peoples-palace-project-stage-3-tickets-50527812046

Take a look at some of the other brilliants events over the weekend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/writeidea-festival-2018-14917965862

The company Thanks has presented in Brighton, Dover (20th Oct), Gate Theatre (23rd Oct) and has engagements in Hastings (3rd Nov), Watney Market (17th Nov) and Harwich (1st Dec).

Follow Stage 3 on Facebook

2019 Year and Semester Abroad Opportunities with English and Drama

A year abroad can really open up new opportunities and give you valuable life experience to take into your future career. 

According to the UK Universities International Report (March 2017):

  • Graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed (3.7% compared to 4.9%), and more likely to have earned a first class or upper second class degree (80.1% compared to 73.6%) and be in further study (15% compared to 14%).
  • Those in work were more likely to be in a graduate level job (76.4% compared to 69.9%) and earn 5% more than their non-mobile peers.

The study abroad experience is intense, and because of this special quality and the quality of emotional investment in this period students are likely to make particularly strong friendships and have particularly memorable experiences. There are all sorts of opportunities that students will find access to because of location or circumstance that they wouldn’t necessarily get in London- one former student was offered a role in a professional production in New York, students on exchange with Howard University have inbuilt work experience and opportunities on Capitol Hill with the US government, students in New York might seek out opportunities with the UN.

We’re delighted to announce that as from 2018 the following undergraduate BA (Hons) degrees can include a year abroad:

Our Current Year Abroad Partners

  1. Columbia University, New York, USA
  2. University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  3. University of Miami, Florida, USA
  4. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  5. University of Melbourne, Australia
  6. The University of Toronto, Canada
  7. The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  8. The University of Monash– Melbourne, Australia Semester 1 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Semester 2

Semester Abroad

Please note we are still offering our Semester Abroad in the second year of all of our courses with the following institutions:

Columbia University, New York; Howard University, Washington DC; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The George Washington University, Washington DC; University of Miami, FL; University of Richmond, VA; The University of Texas at Austin; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; The University of Toronto; University of Ottawa, Canada; The University of Auckland, NZ; University of Hong Kong; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Seoul National University; Waseda University, Tokyo; Renmin University, Beijing.

New opportunities for semester abroad and/or year abroad are being developed at universities in Europe, North America, New Zealand and elsewhere. These will be offered as they become available.

Advice and Guidance

If you would like any advice on Study Abroad opportunities within the School of English and Drama please contact:

Visit the QMUL Global Opportunities website for more information

Please note study abroad is subject to availability, application and the host University’s own terms and conditions.

A Season of Bangla Drama at Queen Mary announced

November 2018 marks the sixth year of Queen Mary University of London Drama’s strategic partnership with Europe’s largest festival of Bengali culture.

Selected from November’s events across six Tower Hamlets venues, we cordially invite you to a programme curated by Ruksana Begum (Tower Hamlets Arts) and Ali Campbell (QMUL Drama).

Seminar: True News and Fake News hosted by the London Bengali Press Club

In an international climate actively hostile to professional journalists, how are we to discern the truth in troubled times?

Tuesday 6th November. Pinter Studio. 7.30 (Doors open 7.00). Free.

Book online

Talk: The Kingdom of Arakan by Restless Beings

This leading international charity invites you to a panel discussion with academics, activists and Rohingya community leaders, plus spoken word pieces and a short film about the genocide in Myanmar.

Wednesday 7th November. Pinter Studio. 7.30 PM. (Doors open 7.00).

Book online

HITM4N Inc by The Filim Company

H1TM4N Inc. Trailer from Filim on Vimeo.

A dark workplace comedy, set against the backdrop of an assassination agency. Office politics can be deadly!

Thursday 8; Friday 9; Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November. Pinter Studio. 7.30 PM. (Doors open 7.00). £10.00/£8.00. In English.

Book online

English and Drama Events for Year 12-13 Students 2018/19

We have some eye-opening events coming up for those aged 16-18 including a Frankenstein themed Halloween event, a chance to hear from The Good Immigrant editor Nikesh Shukla, an expert discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale and a free A-Level revision day in early 2019.

Frankenreads x QMUL – Celebrate 200 Years and unlock the secrets of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Students are invited to a film screening, fancy dress lecture and Halloween Monster Mingle celebrating two hundred years of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror and feminist classic.

Wednesday 31 October 2018

17:00-21:00

ArtsTwo Ground Floor Foyer and Lecture Theatre

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/frankenreadsqmul

 

Queen Mary Writers/Wasafiri Live: Bidisha and Nikesh Shukla in conversation

Queen Mary, University of London and Wasafiri invite you to a reading and conversation with Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha. This is a chance to engage in lively discussion with some ground-breaking writers of the moment.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

18:30-20:30

The Chaplaincy, QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/qmulwriters1

 

Is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really a feminist text?

Experts from our School of English and Drama come together to discuss Margaret Atwood’s famous dystopian novel. This panel discussion will explore the extent to which we can describe The Handmaid’s Tale as a feminist text.

It will challenge many opinions that readers hold regarding the novel, as well as placing it within the current political climate in the UK and USA. You will have the opportunity to question our experts, as well as having the chance to speak with undergraduates about what it is like to study literature at university level. This taster course is open to year 12 and 13 students. You must be studying English at A-level or SL/HL IB.

Wednesday

15:15-18:00

QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedhandmaidstale

English and Drama A-Level Revision Day – Practical Help with A-Level Topics

Group sessions with top academics from Queen Mary will look at key A-level English and Drama texts and concepts to help with your revision.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

10:00-16:00

Rooms TBC, QMUL – Mile End

Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedrevisionday2019

 

No-Nonsense Applicant Guide by Saarah Ahsan-Shah

Even after choosing a degree, deciding which university to do it at might seem daunting. It’s worth researching the nature of a particular degree at various universities to compare them. English at one university is not the same as English at another.

To start off your research, read on for answers to commonly asked questions about English and Drama at Queen Mary, first hand from two students; myself (an English student) and Chris Dhanjal, a joint honours English and Drama student.

Applying to Queen Mary

1. What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are typically ABB at A Level (or an equivalent qualification), with an A in English Literature / English Language and Literature. Non-standard qualifications are also sometimes accepted from well-motivated candidates who demonstrate achievement in literary study. See here for more details of our entry requirements.

2. Do you give unconditional offers?

We have just launched our Outstanding Potential Award for those who show a high potential. If you meet the criteria for the award we will contact you to arrange an interview. More details about applying are available here.

3. Can you combine English or Drama with another subject?

Yes! Students are able to take joint courses, and are able to take English alongside another subject such as Drama, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Film Studies and History.

Our degrees are all about giving you social capital, through work experience, modules from other schools and extra activities, so you have the skills to succeed in life in and outside of university. The QMUL Principal, Professor Colin Bailey talks about this new approach we are taking in this article in The Guardian.

Structure

1. What modules are offered in an English and/or Drama degree?

English: In first year we had  six compulsory modules; Reading, Theory and Interpretation, Poetry, Narrative, Shakespeare, Literatures in Time and English in Practice. These modules gave us a foundation in English Literature across the spectrum which becomes more specific in second year. In second year, there are three categories, ‘Medieval and Early-Modern Studies’, ‘Eighteenth-Century, Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Studies’ and  ‘Modern, Contemporary, And Postcolonial Studies’.

We picked one module from each category and a fourth module either from one of these categories or from a “special list”, which offers a range of options. In our third year, we are given plenty more options, not bound by any categories, allowing us to pursue any field enabling us to take whatever piques our interest.  Third year modules include Postcolonial, American and Children’s literatures to name a few.

Drama: In first year, all students take London/Culture/ Performance, and Practices, which help negotiate Drama at university level. Joint honours students take six compulsory modules consisting of four Drama modules which are a combination of seminar and practical based ones and two English. For second year we were given more options, but again had to take one compulsory Drama module and at least two English modules from two separate areas.

In total we were allowed five modules but had to have an equal balance of credits across English and Drama. For final year, the options become a lot more flexible, with the choice of taking seventy-five credits in Drama and forty-five credits in English. Examples of second and third year Drama modules include Choreographic Performance, Shakespeare after Shakespeare and Race and Racism in Performance .

A current list of modules can be seen here, at the English and Drama Module Directory: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2960. This list of modules changes every year.

2. How many contact hours do you have a week?

English: We have 8-10 contact hours per week, depending on whether we take 4 or 5 modules per semester. Each module has 2 contact hours; typically a 1 hour lecture followed by a 1 hour seminar. Some modules in second year may not have a lecture and only a 2 hour seminar. In third year, most modules have a 2 hour seminar. Though 8 may seem a little, we’re expected to prepare for each module with 4 hours of work, through reading, research and assignment preparation.

Drama: We typically have 10 hours a week. In third year there may be 14 hour weeks, depending on the modules taken, as Drama practical modules can be 7 hours per day.

3. What are class sizes like?

First year lectures have around 250 students in them, but seminars are smaller groups of 15-20. Lecture sizes get smaller in second and third year as there are more modules available for students to choose from.

Drama: Most seminars and practical workshops range between 10-20 people.

4. How many books do you have to read a week?

English: We usually have to read one novel per module per week, occasionally alongside some theoretical extracts, making it 4-5 texts a week. Some texts are studied over two weeks so students (particularly in first year) may sometimes only need to read a novel/play every other week.

Drama: Roughly around 2-3 primary books a week, excluding secondary reading, in first and second year. In third year we have 3-5 primary books a week, as well as secondary reading.

5. Do you have field trips?

English: We have occasional field trips, depending on the module. In first year we went to the V&A as a part of Literatures in Time as well as to The Globe to see a play and for a day of workshops for our Shakespeare module. During third year, we attended The Foundling Museum for the Children’s Literature module. Most trips are subsidised by the department so we are able to attend at reduced costs. We are also encouraged to attend museums and exhibitions in our own time.

Drama: Within Drama we had a few field trips in first year to theatres and museums, but second and third year trips vary depending on the module. London Performance Now is a second year module which consists of weekly theatre/museum visits.

Assessment

1. How many assignments do you have a year?

English and Drama: Each module has about 4-5 assignments spread throughout the academic year. So in total there’s approximately 20 assignments. For English, most of them are essays, however there are also a couple of assessed presentations and class contributions. For drama it’s a mix of written and practical work.

2.Do you have exams?

English: In first year there is a final exam for Shakespeare and Literatures in Time. Other modules in all three years are generally assessed by coursework.

Drama: We have no written exams, however, we have assessed performances which can be timed assessments within a controlled environment.

3. Do you have to write a dissertation?

English:  Yes, in third year, all single honours students must undertake a dissertation, which is a 10,000 word research project on anything of our choice so long as it falls under English Literature.

Drama: Instead of a dissertation there is a practical research module. Joint honours students have the option between the English dissertation and a Drama written project.

Support

1. What resources does the department have access to?

Students in the School of English and Drama we have access to a wide amount of literature and criticism through the Mile End campus library, as well as through the University of London inter-library loan system and Senate House Library. The university is also subscribed to many journals and periodicals, giving us access to a huge amount of material. The department has 5 Drama studio spaces including rehearsal rooms, which students have 24/7 access to. Other resources for Drama include a wide range of drama and theatre professionals lecturing on the course who have influential and current experience.

2. Is there any guidance or support for assignments?

English and Drama: As well as useful workshops,  advisers/seminar leaders/lecturers have weekly drop-in hours which  are immensely helpful for advice and guidance on academic work. There are also beneficial student organisations, such as PASS (Peer Assissted Study Support), where second and third year students offer help to first year students and a Buddy Mentoring Scheme. We also have professional Literary Fellows available to review essays before students submit them. For practical work in Drama,  consistent feedback is given by seminar leaders and peers as our work is shared with each other.

3. What’s a personal advisor?

English and Drama: A personal advisor is a teaching member of staff assigned to you in order to help and assist you with any queries you may have. Whether it’s something academic or  personal they are there to support and help you!

 

 

 

English and Drama Newsletter – October 2018

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

Email us to get this sent to you every month: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

EVENTS


Show and Tell - Low Res
Listen to Show and Tell podcast #2

This episode features Wasafiri magazine editor Susheila Nasta, Medieval broadcaster Hetta Howes, podcaster Raifa Rafiq (listen to her on BBC radio here), researcher Emma Shapiro and puppeteer Edie Edmundson.

Listen now on Soundcloud

Listen now on Spotify

 

Events

UNDERGRADUATE OPEN DAY

Open Day 2018
Undergraduate Open Day
Saturday 6 October 2018 from 10:00-16:00
QMUL – Mile End

After an exciting first outing we’re excited to welcome the following speakers for our next edition:

Tasters include:

  • Looking at Atrocity in Graphic
    Narratives
    Charlotta Salmi
  • Devising from Games Mojisola Adebayo
  • Gothic magic and science in Mary Shelley’s
    Frankenstein
    Markman Ellis
  • Writing Now: Caryl Churchill Jen Harvie


And don’t miss special performances by our very own theatre company presenting Stage 3 which is an immersive theatre show about the citizenship processes.

Register for open day

See the full taster programme


OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

Frankenreads

#Frankenreads x QMUL – Celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein on Halloween
Wednesday 31 October 2018, 17:00-21:00
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre QMUL- Mile End

The School of English & Drama at QMUL mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in suitably scary style on Halloween. Join us for a screening of early Frankenstein films and a fancy dress lecture, followed by some scary socialising.

Book a free ticket online


OCTOBER LISTINGS

London Modernism Seminar: Insects and Robots
Saturday 6 October, 11:00-13:00
Senate House, London

Co-organised by our very own Suzanne Hobson (English) this first outing features: Rachel Murray (Bristol), ‘Shell Sense: Modernism and the Insect Body’ Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes), ‘Modernist Machine Women: Robots, Radio and Typewriters’.

Dice FestivalOur very own Daniel Oliver (Drama) is involved in these events:
TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU: Love Letters to a (Post)Europe
Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October, 19:00
Artsadmin Toynbee Studios Theatre, London

The venue provides students with a 3×2 ticket deal and we are sharing the code with academics who might be interested in promoting the event among their students and we thought of you. (the booking code is: L0VEL3TTERS).

DICE Festival
Saturday and Sunday 7 October 2018
Camden People’s Theatre, London
Daniel Oliver (Drama) will host on the Sunday programme.

Auden
The Queen Mary Centre For Religion and Literature in English Seminar Series: “W. H. Auden—Bless what there is for being”
Wednesday 10 October 2018, 12:00
ArtsOne Room 1.31, QMUL – Mile End

W. H.Auden who had a natural talent “bordering on wizardry” was the poetic voice of the younger generation in the 1930’s. About 1940 he rediscovered the Christian faith. Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford, will argue that this took the form of giving Auden a relish for every aspect of life in all its details. This paper comes from Harries’ latest book “Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith”.

SALON
S A L O N – LONDON presents: Unknowability and Collaborative Creative/Critical Practice: Ilya Parkins and Lara Haworth
Wednesday 10 October 2018, 17:00-19:00
Tenants’ Hall in the Brunswick Centre

This presentation brings together a feminist scholar and an artist who have worked together on two projects, including a participatory art installation on unknowing. They will discuss how unknowability figures in their own work and what it enables.

Dominic Johnson
QUORUM Drama Seminar: Dominic Johnson
Wednesday 10 October 2018, 18:00
Rehearsal Room 2, ArtsOne Building, QMUL – Mile End

The work of contemporary artist Anne Bean defies categorisation, encompassing performance art, public interventions, videos, and writings, all pursued as a ‘continuum’. Dominic Johnson explores Bean’s ‘life art’ project in the 1970s and considers her efforts to blur the boundaries between art and life in the context of theoretical writings she was working through at the time.

Postgrad Research Seminar
David James: QMUL English Postgraduate Research Seminar
Thursday 11 October 2018, 18:00-20:00
ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End

We are thrilled to welcome Professor David James (University of Birmingham) who will be talking on: The Practice of Uplift.

Follow QMPGRS on Twitter for updates

Verbatim Formula
The Verbatim Formula: Making Listening Visible
Wednesday 17 October 2018, 17:00-18:30
Senior Common Room, Queen’s Building, QMUL – Mile End
The Verbatim Formula (TVF) is an AHRC funded participatory performance-based research project based at QMUL and which partners with other universities in London. In TVF, we ask care-experienced young people and care leaver students to share their experiences of higher education.

LPRS
London-Paris Romanticism Seminar
Friday 19 October 2018, 17:30
Senate House, London

You are warmly invited to join us for the launch of the new series of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar on Friday 19 October 2018. As our guest speaker for this opening event, we are delighted to welcome Marc Porée, Professor of English Literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. A renowned scholar, critic and translator, Marc is also Paris Director of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar. His talk, entitled A Grammar of Surprise, will be followed by a discussion and wine reception, to which all are invited.

Marx In Bloomsbury
Sunday 21 October 2018, 14:00-15:30
Senate House, London

This walking tour, led by author of Bloomsbury: Beyond the Establishment (2017), Matthew Ingleby (English), explores Bloomsbury’s links with Marx himself, in this his 200th anniversary year, but also the neighbourhood’s wider relationship to Marxism and socialism more broadly, exploring Bloomsbury’s significance for figures such as the arts and crafts revolutionary William Morris, the socialist feminist Isabella Ford, and the Trinidadian historian C. L. R. James.


PLUS IN EARLY NOVEMBER

New Suns
New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival at the Barbican
Sunday 4 November 2018
Barbican, London

Inspired by African -American author Octavia Butler’s epigraph New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival is a day of talks, workshops, screenings and feminist discussion at the Barbican features our very own Nisha Ramayya (English).

Writers, artists, academics, poets and publications will explore contemporary feminism through the lens of mythology, discussing topics as varied as the #MeToo movement, occult poetry, bodies and sex work.


News from the School

Charlotta Salmi
Charlotta Salmi (English) has been awarded funding by the British Academy to carry out research on gender-based violence in Nepal. Charlotta uses street art and comics to understand social movements. Read more

Scents and Sensibility / Duff
Catherine Maxwell (English)’s monograph Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017) has won the 2018 ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) prize for the best book published in the period 2016-17 in the category ‘Literatures in the English Language’ .

Book Published this Month


Susheila Nasta (English) will annoucnce SI Leeds prize with Bidisha at the Ilkley Festival on the 3rd October and also doing an event there on Writing post-Windrush with Bidisha and Jeremy Poynting.

Wasafiri magazine (based at QMUL) are announcing the winners of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize at Marlborough House on the 25th October. All staff invited and the news is that QM will be funding it from 2019 which is Wasafiri’s 35th Birthday year and the 10th year of the prize. Attend the event
 


Links

Postcolonial Seminar
Queen Mary Postcolonial Seminar is starting up again with the following events in September:Work-in-progress Seminar
‘Dinkar’s China Writings: The 1957 Chinese Literary Sphere in Hindi’*
Adhira Mangalagiri, QMUL
4 October, 18:00, ArtsTwo 2.17
*please email a.mangalagiri@qmul.ac.uk for a copy of the paper

Public Lecture
‘Reading for the Planet: Environmental Crisis and World Literature’

Jennifer Wenzel, Columbia University
30 October, 18:00, ArtsOne Lecture Theatre

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Being Human
Our contributions to Being Human Festival including The Last of The London (Nadia Valman – English) are now live for booking. Read our blog post for details

Listen to our Show and Tell #2 Podcast featuring Susheila Nasta (Wasafiri), Raifa Rafiq (Mostly Lit), Hetta Howes (City), Emma Shapiro (Pembroke College Library) and Edie Edmundson (Puppeteer)

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London. Find out more: bit.ly/showandtell18

This episode features Wasafiri magazine editor Susheila Nasta, Medieval broadcaster Hetta Howes, podcaster Raifa Rafiq, researcher Emma Shapiro and puppeteer Edie Edmundson. Full biogs below.

The show is introduced by Beverley Stewart and hosted by Charlie Pullen from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary.

Subscribe on Spotify

Charlie Pullen
Charlie Pullen is a PhD candidate and Teaching Associate in English at Queen Mary University of London, where he researches education in the work of various early twentieth-century novelists, including H.G. Wells, D.H. Lawrence, and Dorothy Richardson. His background is in widening participation and outreach and he writes for Times Higher Education.

Susheila Nasta
Professor Susheila Nasta, Prof of Modern and Contemporary Literature at QMUL, Emerita at Open University is a renowned critic, broadcaster and literary activist. Editor-in-chief at Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing, which she founded in 1984, she has published widely on South Asian Britain.
www.wasafiri.org

Hetta Howes
Dr Hetta Howes is a lecturer in Medieval Literature at City, University of London. Her research specialises in women’s devotion in the Middle Ages, and as a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker she is committed to sharing that research with a wider audience.

Raifa Rafiq
Raifa Rafiq is a trainee solicitor at one of the leading international law firms in the UK. She is also creator and co-host of the Literature and popular culture podcast Mostly Lit – named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017.
mostly-lit.com

Emma Shapiro
After graduating with a BA in English and French from Queen Mary, Emma Shapiro was awarded a scholarship to complete an MA in London Studies, where she specialised in the Trinidadian writer Sam Selvon’s London fiction. Following her studies, Emma worked as a voluntary researcher for the Migration Museum project and as the graduate trainee at Pembroke College Library, Cambridge, where she curated an exhibition on the poet and co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement, Kamau Brathwaite, working in collaboration with the George Padmore Institute.

Edie Edmundson
Edie is a puppeteer and theatre maker who graduated from Drama at QM in 2015 and went on to train at the Curious School of Puppetry. Since then she has worked with Emma Rice at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Puppet Theatre Barge. She also writes and directs her own work, and is co-founder and associate director of Wondering Hands Theatre. She is currently puppeteering in ‘The Butterfly’s Spell’ at the Puppet Theatre Barge and is puppetry director for ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at the RSC.

English and Drama events at Being Human Festival 2018

We’re excited to announce these events around English and Drama featuring our own staff and the work of the Queen Mary Public Engagement team.

Being Human | 15-24 November 2018

Motherhood & Making

Gender pay gaps, precarious work, paltry paternity leave – what does it mean to be a mother working in the creative arts?

Explore the role of motherhood in contemporary society and how it informs the work of writers and artists in this workshop at Museum of Childhood #BeingHUman18

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/being-human-festival-motherhood-making-tickets-48549438678

Bring your little ones to this one day workshop exploring motherhood & making  with workshops with (@LittleArtists_) & child-friendly talks from @CJessCooke

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/being-human-festival-motherhood-making-tickets-48549438678

Tea’s London Journey

Follow tea’s journey from the docks of the East India Company, via London’s forgotten Chinatown and the warehouses of the East End, to wholesale sites in the City in Tea’s London walking tour

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/teas-london-journey/

The Last of The London

As night descends on the Whitechapel Road, see the derelict Royal London Hospital building come to life one last time as words and photographic projections evoke the ghosts of its past with our very own Nadia Valman

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/the-last-of-the-london/

I Write My World!

#IWriteMyWorld family workshop led by with our very own Karina Likorish Quinn allows children and their parents to remember, reflect, and discuss place and memory and write about what it means to them to have heritage from around the world.

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/i-write-my-world/

Welcome Back Returning Students in 2018/19 – Key Information

Hello returning second and third years as well as new students coming into these years!

Here’s a few things you should know to help you start:

Timetables

Teaching starts on Monday 24 September but remember to look up your timetable here on QMPlus or in the app.

If you have any questions or need help please come and see us in ArtsOne 3rd floor reception or contact us.

 

#SEDMOVIENIGHT | Tuesday 25 September – 6-8pm | ArtsTwo Foyer and Lecture Theatre

Relax and unwind with your fellow students watching a movie voted for by you! There’s free drinks and snacks and you could win some ace prizes in our raffle.

RSVP on Facebook

 

Show and Tell | Wednesday 26 September – 6-8pm | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre and Foyer

A new and exciting series of short TED-style talks hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Speakers for 26 September:

  • Ema Boswood: Producer at Marlborough Theatre (Drama graduate)
  • Jade French: Researcher (English PhD)
  • James Lamont: TV writer and creator of The Amazing Adventures of Gumball (English graduate)
  • Zoe McGee: Literature Researcher at QMUL
  • Jen Harvie: Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance

Book online

#SEDsummer – Win £25 Voucher for Your Summer Story

Welcome back to the School of English & Drama…

Apart from sitting on a beach or simply melting in the July heatwave here in London, how did you spend your summer? Tell us by email or Tweet / Insta with the hashtag #SEDsummer to enter to win one of two £25 Amazon vouchers.

Whether working 72 hours a week at the Edinburgh Festival, doing admin in PR, starting your own blog, work shadowing at a magazine, shelf-stacking in Sainsbury’s, teaching Theresa May to dance, tour guiding at Buckingham Palace, interning with the Civil Service… whatever you have been up to, we would love to hear from you.

Describe the achievements of your summer in 75 words or less and email it to sed-web@qmul.ac.uk or tag us on Instagram or Twitter @qmulsed and include the hashtag #SEDsummer

2 entries will win a £25 Amazon voucher. Deadline: 5pm on Friday 5 October 2018.

Welcome to New Students 2018 – Useful Links and Where to Go For Help

Where’s my class?

Campus Map

Download it and have an explore yourself to get familiar with the campus with all it’s eccentricities including cemetery and canal.

 

Eating and going out after class woes?

Secret East London Map

Get to know the local area around Queen Mary and beyond with our secret map.

 

General worries?

SED Reception

We’re based on the Third Floor of ArtsOne (#37 on campus map), the main entrance is at the back of the building though inside the campus.

Our reception is open 9am-5pm (closed between 1-2pm for lunch).

You can email and call us via the details here but please be patient as we get lots of emails.

 

When’s my next class?

Timetable

Please use the website link above and then choose the students option from the left and then enter your student number.

You can also use the app. Download here

 

Listen to our Show and Tell #1 Podcast

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London. Find out more: bit.ly/showandtell18

This episode features publishing wizz Sarah Garnham, poet Bridget Minamore and dance artistic director Alex Whitley. Full biogs below.

The show is introduced by Patricia Hamilton, Charlie Pullen and features Rupert Dannreuther from School of English and Drama at Queen Mary.

Rupert Dannreuther
Rupert is responsible for marketing within Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama. He has worked for numerous organisations including Cineworld, Hackney Empire, The Yard Theatre and Rose Bruford College. In his spare time he runs To Do List a website about offbeat things to do in London.
todolist.org.uk

Sarah Garnham
Sarah graduated from QMUL with an English degree in 2016. She now works as a PR Executive in the busy children’s books department at Egmont Publishing and has worked for other publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Canongate.
uk.linkedin.com/in/sarahjanegarnham

Bridget Minamore
Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, critic, essayist, and journalist, often writing about pop culture, theatre, race and class. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, was published in May 2016.
bridgetminamore.com

Alexander Whitley
Alexander Whitley is a London-based choreographer working at the cutting edge of British contemporary dance. As artistic director of Alexander Whitley Dance Company he has developed a reputation for a bold interdisciplinary approach to dance making. He has also created work for several of the UK’s leading companies including the Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz, Candoco and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
www.alexanderwhitley.com