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

Show and Tell – Inspiring Mini Talks at QMUL

Show and Tell is a new and exciting series of free inspiring talks about studying and working in the arts and humanities

More information and book online here: showandtellqmul.eventbrite.co.uk – see the full programme below

Featuring short and engaging talks from academic researchers, broadcasters, creative writers, and theatre practitioners. Show and Tell is a celebration of arts and humanities education and the creative industries for those interested in studying or working in literature, theatre, art, media, and culture more broadly. The evening promises to be entertaining and relaxed. Speakers will each deliver a TED-style talk, and these will be followed by a chance for guests to ask questions, before the evening ends with socialising and networking over refreshments. Show and Tell runs on the evenings of the 5, 12, 19, and 26 of September 2018, taking place between 18:00 and 20:00 at the Arts One Building on the Mile End Road of Queen Mary’s Mile End campus.

Everyone is welcome from sixth-form students, new QMUL freshers, alumni, school teachers, researchers and anyone who has a general interest in the arts and humanities.

If you have any questions or would like to register a group please email: showandtell@qmul.ac.uk

Sadly you missed…

Wednesday 5 September

  • Sarah Garnham: Publicity Executive, Egmont Publishing
  • Alexander Whitley: Artistic Director of Alexander Whitley Dance Company
  • Bridget Minamore: British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London.

Wednesday 12 September

  • Edie Edmundson: Puppeteer at Shakespeare’s Globe (Drama graduate)
  • Susheila Nasta: Founding Editor at Wasafiri Magazine; Professor of Modern & Contemporary Literature at QMUL & Emeritus at Open University
  • Raifa Rafiq: co-creator of successful Mostly Lit podcast (English graduate)
  • Emma Shapiro: Migration Researcher and Archive Specialist
  • Hetta Howes: Lecturer and Researcher in Medieval Literature at City, University of London

Wednesday 19 September

  • Shahidha Bari: BBC Broadcaster, Senior Lecturer in Romanticism at QMUL
  • Mojisola Adebayo: Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at QMUL
  • Karina Lickorish Quinn: PhD Student in Creative Writing at QMUL
  • Billy Barrett: Theatre-maker, Breach Theatre and MA Theatre and Performance student

Book online

Wednesday 26 September

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

English and Drama Welcome Week Programme – 17-21 September 2018

Here’s all you need to know about Welcome Week 2018.

We can’t wait to see you this September.

To begin choose your level of study below…

Undergraduate | Master’s | Associate

Add welcome week to your calendar

Please note: events, times and locations are subject to change. Please keep an eye on your QMUL email address once it’s set up for updates.

EVERYTHING IN RED IS COMPULSORY IF YOU ARE STUDYING THE SUBJECT LISTED


UNDERGRADUATE

Monday 17 September 2018

13:00-14:30 
School Welcome for all SED first year undergraduates
Mason Lecture Theatre
Bancroft Building

15:00-16:00 
Enrolment if haven’t yet enrolled at the weekend (all courses except English or Drama with a modern language)
Octagon
Queen’s Building

Tuesday 18 September 2018

13:00-15:00

Welcome to Drama & Drama Joints
(including English and Drama)
PP1
People’s Palace

Wednesday 19 September 2018

10:00-16:00 
QMSU Welcome Fair
SU Hub, Hive, Library Square
Ground, Sports Hall & Qmotion

12:00-13:30
Welcome to English and joint English students
(except English and Drama)
Mason Lecture Theatre
Bancroft Building

13:00-14:15
Enrolment for SED students on Joint English or Drama with a modern language**
Octagon

14:00-16:00
Walking Seminars
with your personal tutor
Details via email

16:00-17:00 
English and Drama Welcome Social
Marquee in front of Queen’s Building

18:00-20:00
Show & Tell
Inspiring mini talks
ArtsOne Lecture Theatre

RSVP online via Eventbrite

Thursday 20 September 2018

12:00-13:00 
English and History Welcome Seminar
ArtsTwo 3.17
ArtsTwo Building

 

Plus for Drama Students:

Wednesday 26 September 2018

14:00-14:30
Drama Technical Induction
Pinter Studio
ArtsOne Building

 


MASTER’S

Wednesday 19 September

14:45-15:15
MA English and Drama Student Enrolment
Octagon

16:00-17:15
Welcome Meetings

  • English in Graduate Centre, GC601
  • Drama in Graduate Centre, GC602

17:15-18:00

MA Research Paper Event

  • English in Graduate Centre, GC601
  • Drama in Graduate Centre, GC602

18:00-19:00

MA Drinks Reception for English and Drama Students
Marquee in front of Queen’s Building


ASSOCIATES

Monday 17 September

09:00-12:00
International Welcome Programme
People’s Palace, Great Hall

Tuesday 18 September 2018

10.00-11.15
Enrolment for Associate Students
Octagon

Thursday 20 September

11:00-12:00
School Associate Students Welcome
Scape G.14

12:00-13:00
Drama Associates Induction
Scape G.14

Join QMSU’s buddy scheme to help your fellow students

English and Drama urgently need more mentors to help students in the upcoming year!

Do your bit to help your fellow students succeed.

Why become a mentor?

As well as the fulfilment of helping new students settle into university you will also:

  • Improve the sense of community at Queen Mary.
  • Boost your employability through developing key transferable skills such as communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • Be eligible for the QM Skills Award.
  • Help to improve someone else’s time at University and in London through your own experiences.

Download the full role profile

Apply online

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme – Applications Open

Early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme are invited to get in contact with us as soon as possible

Deadline for applications: midday on 14 September 2018

The School of English and Drama invites early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme to get in touch by sending (1) a two-page outline research proposal, (2) a one-page list of publications and (3) a CV to: Dr Huw Marsh, Research Manager, sed-research@qmul.ac.uk, by no later than midday on Friday 14 September 2018. Please state ‘British Academy PDRF’ in the subject line.

This proposal, list of publications and CV should demonstrate:

  • that you are eligible according to the BA’s criteria and
  • the excellence of
    • your research track record;
    • your academic record;
    • the publishable research you propose, how you will structure, pursue, and complete it in the time frame, and its importance;
  • the relevance of QMUL SED to your research and vice versa;
  • who you would like as a mentor and why.

You are strongly encouraged, before submitting your application and time permitting, to find a mentor, provisionally agree their support, and get some feedback from them on a draft application.

Full scheme details can be found on the British Academy website: http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

All outline proposals will be considered by our Directors of Research and those that we give institutional support to will have approximately one month to finalise their online application, due on 17 October, 2018.

English and Drama Newsletter – August 2018

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

This month is full of summer fun including our very own Queen Mary Theatre Company (pictured above) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Check out our summer list  for more exciting suggestions.

Events

RESULTS DAY/CONFIRMATION

Show and Tell
A-level Results Day and Confirmation
Thursday 16 August 2018 from 07:30-19:00
Arts One Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End

If you’ve firmed your offer from us already we can’t wait to welcome you in September – you should hear from us on 16 August! If not there’s time to apply via clearing from now if you have your results or on A-level results day from 07:30.

Call us to discuss your options


HIGHLIGHTS FOR AUGUST

qmtc previews

QMTC Edinburgh Previews
Thursday 2 and Friday 3 August, 18:00-20:00
Pinter Studio, ArtsOne, QMUL- Mile End

An early chance to catch previews of the four shows we will be taking to the Fringe this summer! From Green Wing style clowning to a dystopian death drama QMTC have got something for you.

London is Vomit
Rosie Vincent: London is Vomit
Friday 3 August 2018, 18:45
Rich Mix London

As part of Rich Mix TAKEOVER, Drama graduate Rosie Vincent is regurgitating her ongoing photography project into a new performance. Comprised of over 200 photographs, London is Vomit continues to explore the sickness of the city whilst celebrating the resilience and endurance of the urban body.

Lois Long Table
A Long Table: What is family?
Saturday 11 August 2018, 15:00-17:00
Tate Modern

On Saturday 11th August from 3pm – 5pm at the Tate Modern, Lois Weaver will be hosting a Long Table exploring the question, ‘What is Family?’

The Long Table will be a part of Fierce Play: A Family Festival of Live Art Games curated by the Tate. We will discuss what family looks like; what it has been, what it is and what it could be; how we are born into them and how sometimes we create our own. Families are communities often made up of a wide range of ages. We are eager to make this event as intergenerational as possible and for us all to have the chance to share our unique experiences.

The festival is free and open to all. Please come along and join us for an afternoon of discussion.

Shakespeare and Race
Shakespeare and Race Across Borders
Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe

Shane Boyle (Drama) will be speaking at this international symposium will bring together scholars from the disciplines of race, Shakespeare, theatre and performance studies to discuss the ways in which race is taught at university, discussed in the critical field and represented in performance.

SALON
S A L O N – London presents presents Sophie Seita in conversation with Amy Tobin
Friday 17 August 2018, 19:00-21:00
Fyvie Hall, Regent Street

An evening of experimental women’s writing with Dr Sophie Seita (University of Cambridge) and Dr Amy Tobin (University of Cambridge) from SALON which our very own Susan Rudy (English) heads up.

News from the School

Colored sculpture

Patrick Flanery (English) has written a piece entitled Punch and Injury for Times Literary Supplement on Jordan Wolfson’s Colored sculpture, now installed at Tate Modern.
Image: Tate photography (Seraphina Neville)

BACLS

Zara Dinnen (English)’s book The Digital Banal: New Media and American Literature and Culture The Digital Banal won the “British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies Monograph Prize”.

Matthew Ingleby (English) was on a radio show with presenter talking about children’s literature, violence, Bloomsbury, Mary Poppins, Kurt Weill & Tchaikovsky too! ⁦‪Listen here
Catherine Maxwell (English) has written a long read for Aeon on synthetic perfumes and Victorian decadence. Read it here

Popular Postcolonialisms

Nadia Atia (English) is co-editor for Popular Postcolonialisms: Discourses of Empire and Popular Culture which features chapters from our very own Rachael Gilmour and Charlotta Salmi.

Links

1. Susheila Nasta (English) has been announced as a judge for the SI Leeds Literary Prize.

HYG

2. Drama graduates Sal Morton and Chloe Borthwick performed at HYGNights a cabaret. Find out more about the night here.

3. Markman Ellis (English) added his thoughts to an investigation in MUNCHIES by VICE called Why the Hell Is Iced Coffee So Expensive?.

4. Shahidha Bari (English) talks South Asian Theatre, a new crime novel from Belinda Bauer and designer Orla Kiely on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Listen here

 

English and Drama New Student A-Z

Here’s a potted summary of some key things you need to know about starting your study with us from A to Z.

Accommodation

Offers of housing are usually made for undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants from mid-July onwards.

So don’t worry if you haven’t heard yet you should hear about this soon but if you’re concerned please use the following links to track your application.#

Track your accommodation application
Contact Residences

Find a Flatmate

Housing Services will also be hosting a ‘Find a Flatmate’ event on Tuesday 4 September 2018, where you can meet other applicants to find a suitable rental property or speak to our team of housing advisors, who will be able to provide you with specific advice geared to your housing needs. You will be able to register for this event once you have a Queen Mary Student ID number.

Register here

Contact

Email us at sed-web@qmul.ac.uk, Tweet @qmulSED, Ask a Question in our Facebook Group or call us on +44 (0)20 7882 8910.

We’re here from 9am-5pm on Monday-Friday throughout the summer and beyond.

Dates

Semester 1

  • 17 September – 14 December 2018
  • Teaching starts 24 September 2018

Semester 2

  • 7 January – 29 March 2019
  • Bank holidays: 19 and 22 April 2019

Semester 3 – revision week

  • 23 April – 26 April 2019

Semester 3 – examination period

  • 29 April – 7 June 2019
  • Bank holidays: 6 and 27 May 2019

 

Enrolment and Pre-Enrolment

Pre-enrolment is done online to verify your details. You should receive an email about this on or after 24 August.

Enrolment can be done from the weekend before welcome week and we have a dedicated session (for everyone except joint students with a modern language) at 3pm on Monday 17 September 2018 in the Octagon.

 

Freshers’ Facebook Group

Join the Facebook Group here for news, competitions and reminders of key dates etc.

Preparation for Undergraduates

English preparation is just being updated. For Drama please click the link below…

SED

SED is short for School of English and Drama.

Societies

1. Queen Mary Theatre Company organises lots of events, and there are opportunities for everyone to take part (you don’t have to study Drama to join).

2. English Society Organises events, outings and social get togethers for lovers of English literature.

3. Fashion Society A chance to get closer to the fashion industry either for fun or for a future career.

4. Student Media includes CUB magazine, The Print newspaper, Peach magazine for creative writing, poetry and fiction, and other outlets that include radio and TV.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from 17-21 September with lots of activities to help you get started at Queen Mary.

See the full programme here

SED Guide to Summer including Edinburgh Festival and London Events

Here’s a rundown of some great things to do this summer 2018 including events featuring our students, staff and alumni.

London Events

The Refugee Tales | Wednesday 11 July 2018, All day | Various locations

The Refugee Tales, which campaigns against indefinite immigration detention holds an annual walk in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and detainees. The walk, which is in collaboration with people who have experienced the UK asylum system, aims to reclaim the landscape of South East England for the language of welcome.

Taking Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a model, the walk is punctuated by contributions en route by writers. On 11 July the walk comes to east London. At Cable Street, Nadia Valman (English) will give a talk on the Battle of Cable Street, and at QMUL, the writer Iain Sinclair will give a lecture called ‘What the world is telling us. And why we won’t listen.’ (Wednesday 11 July, 12 noon, Arts Two Lecture Theatre).

Daniella Harrison at Comedy Lab Sharing | Saturday 21 July 2018, 12pm | Soho Theatre | £5

Participants of the Sketch course have put together new material for this one-off performance.

Nocturnal Creatures | Saturday 21 July, 18:00 onwards | Whitechapel Gallery

Nocturnal Creatures is a new, free contemporary arts festival, bringing together performance, video, sculpture and sound. Originating from Whitechapel Gallery, cultural and historic venues in the vicinity are transformed, opening their doors late into the night.

Rosie Vincent: London is Vomit | Friday 3 August 2018, 18:45 | Rich Mix London

As part of Rich Mix TAKEOVER, Drama graduate Rosie Vincent is regurgitating her ongoing photography project into a new performance. Comprised of over 200 photographs, London is Vomit continues to explore the sickness of the city whilst celebrating the resilience and endurance of the urban body.

Figs in Wigs at Raze Collective Weekend | Saturday 11 August | Southbank Centre

Drama grads and Guardian favourites Figs in Wigs curate a day of fun on the South Bank.

Make More Festival | Thursday 23-Monday 27 August 2018, various times | Victoria Park

MAKEMORE is London’s first maker festival celebrating all forms of making and doing. Through hands-on creative experiences you can discover what kind of maker you are. Be fuelled by the energy of making, live music and the best in bars and street food. Your entry ticket gets you access to everyone appearing that day with a full programme of live demos, taster sessions and immersive experiences.

Edinburgh Festival

Breach Theatre: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True | 20-26 August 2018 | Underbelly Cowgate

Fringe First winners Breach Theatre’s new show hits the Edinburgh fringe directed by our MA student Billy Barrett. ‘Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.’.

Queen Mary Theatre Company at Edinburgh Fringe | 11-26 August 2018

Our very own Queen Mary Theatre Company (QMTC) are bringing 4 shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August:

  • A&E: A fast-paced clowning comedy caper, devised with junior doctors and nurses inspired by Michele Gondry and Green Wing.
  • Deadline: Imagine knowing when you’re going to die, _exactly _when you’re going to die. It would make you live your life to the fullest, right? Enter a world where at 16 you find out your date. A date that determines the rest of your future, a date you can’t escape from.
  • Same Old Same Oldies: Three Northerners and three Southerners residing in one nursing home. How could they possibly get along? Brimming with awkward disputes and one particular loud mouth amongst the group, these oldies always find something to complain about.
  • Rat Race: Rat Race is a dark tragicomedy set in a rat cage that is at the center of a badly handled experiment.

Keep an eye out for London previews details 2 and 3 of August! Exact times are still to be confirmed but probably from 6pm!

Sh*t Theatre: Dollywould | 14-26 August 2018 | Summerhall

Queen Mary fgaduates and multi award-winning duo Sh!t Theatre return with their 100% sell-out show from 2017. It’s mainly about their love of Dolly Parton and also about cloning, branding, immortality and death.

 

Some top tips from our QMUL team

1) Go for a swim at London Fields Lido just a short journey from QMUL

2) Walk/run the London High Line – foundations of the northern line that were never used from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury park for great views

Results Day, Confirmation and Clearing 2018 FAQ – School of English and Drama

Congratulations if you’ve already got your offer and are coming to study with us. Good luck with your results – you should hear from us on 16 August!

If not, don’t worry we’re here to help you with early clearing from 5 July, on A-Level results day on 16 August and throughout the summer with our dedicated Clearing and ConfirmatPreview Changes (opens in a new window)ion hotline.

School of English and Drama is now closed for clearing.

If you have a question about your application please contact us.


What does Clearing mean for you?

For some of you it’ll be when you first discover Queen Mary

or it might offer you a chance to change your mind about what you want to do

or present an opportunity to talk to us about your interest in our programmes.

 

When is the Clearing period?

Early clearing starts on Thursday 5 July 2018. The main clearing period starts on A Level results day, Thursday 16 August 2018 and ends on the first day of term (Monday 17 September 2018).

However, you can always get in touch with us before clearing starts (or anytime afterwards) to register an interest in one of our degrees.

 

Which courses have availability within the School of English and Drama?

We are likely to have a limited number of places available on the following programmes:

Please call us as soon as you have your results to ensure the maximum chance of getting a place.

          

 

How do I apply through Clearing?

Please call the main Queen Mary Clearing hotline on to discuss your options with us: +44 (0)20 7882 5511.

 

Where will I live?

Before making enquiries into accommodation while you study with us it’s best to make sure you have an offer and accept it. This will allow us to access the resources available within our accommodation team more easily. We can then help you either find accommodation on campus or private accommodation nearby.

Queen Mary Student Accommodation

There are limited number of rooms available on site, which are allocated to Clearing applicants via a ballot.

Private Rented Accommodation

There are a large number of privately rented rooms and shared accommodation options available in the surrounding area.

Find out more about accommodation

 

Can I come and visit you?

There are campus tours available to book here.

 

How do I apply for student finance?

Please see our handy student finance guide here for more information about student finance.

 

How do I get more advice?

See the full Queen Mary University of London Clearing Guide here

Independent advice is available from Which! University Guide or contact us and we’ll be more than happy to advise.

 

English and Drama Taster Sessions Announced for Open Days – 22-23 June 2018

We are excited to launch our free taster programme at our open days this Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June.

To sign up please head to Arts Two foyer from 10am.

Friday 22 June 2018

English

11.30

a) Lecture: Othello: Race and Religion – Professor Jerry Brotton

From the late twentieth century, criticism and productions of Othello focused almost exclusively on the tragic hero’s blackness, in an attempt to challenge the racist assumptions that have defined the play since the seventeenth century. But ‘race’ has a history, and its meaning for Shakespeare was very different from our modern understanding of the term. This session examines key passages from the play and suggests that what we see as ‘race’ in Othello is a complex mix of Elizabethan beliefs and assumptions about ethnicity and religion. If we see Othello as a Christian convert from Islam, and read the play alongside ambivalent English relations with Muslims in this period, the play becomes far more complex and, in our time, even more relevant than we have come to believe.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

b) Lecture: Time in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway – Professor Mark Currie

How do novels imagine time? Focusing on excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, we’ll be exploring the many ways this text represents subjective time – thinking about how linear time is disrupted by flashbacks and flash-forwards, evoking the flux of thought.

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

13:45

c) Lecture: John Donne’s Poetry – Relationship Trouble – Professor David Colclough

Parting from a lover; trying to get through to God; imagining the soul leave the body – even getting undressed or being woken up too early: Donne’s poems return continually to problems with relationships.  They do so by thinking about language, persuasion, poetic form, and audiences. This session will focus on a selection of poems and help you to analyse the way they work, making reference to Donne’s biography and to the historical context in which he was writing.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

d) Seminar: Witchy Women in Macbeth – Professor Andrea Brady

This class will investigate the different functions of witchcraft in Shakespeare’s Scottish play: as an exciting spectacle; as a form of flattery; and as a kind of rebellion, both against the king and the patriarchal rule of the family. We’ll think about how the witches embody some cultural anxieties about women’s bodies in this period, particularly by focussing on Lady Macbeth’s ‘unsex me here’ speech (I.v).

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

Drama

11.30

e) Seminar: Site-Specific Theatre: Must This Be the Place? – Dr Michael McKinnie

Site-specific theatre is theatre that consciously explores the unique sites in which it happens, frequently outside of conventional theatre spaces.  In recent years theatre makers have created performances in places such as courthouses, private homes, castles, railway stations, and more.  This practical workshop will explore different techniques for making site-specific theatre, using the environment in and around Queen Mary’s Mile End campus.  OR This seminar will explore some of the challenges that site-specific theatre poses, and asks whether it is as innovative as it is often claimed to be.

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)
f) Seminar: Walking in the City – Dr Catherine Silverstone

Artists have used the practice of walking in their work, inviting spectators to see the city (and perhaps themselves) differently. We will look at ‘walking performances’, focussing particularly on gender, sexuality, participation and spectatorship.

Location: Arts One Building – Pinter Studio

13.45

g) Practical Workshop: Devising from Games – Dr Mojisola Adebayo

This will be a playful workshop exploring how to devise plays and create performance material from playing games. We will explore exercises that combine Theatre of the Oppressed and Physical Theatre techniques, made accessible for all. We will explore how playing and play making can help to generate a sense of ubuntu (humanity / human connection) towards social and political change.

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)
h) Practical Workshop: Keeping the Plates Spinning – Dr Julia Bardsley

A practical look at processes of performance that embrace complexity and disruption. What creative opportunities present themselves when we deliberately let those plates fall?

Location: Arts One Building – Pinter Studio

 

Saturday 23 June 2018

English

11.30

a) Seminar: Romeo and Juliet’s First Meeting – Professor Warren Boutcher

This workshop will combine a close-reading of the scene in which Romeo and Juliet first meet with a viewing of two filmed versions: a recent production at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 update.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

b) Lecture: Happy 200th Birthday, Frankenstein – Dr Shahidha Bari

200 years after the publication  of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, this lecture explores the themes of the novel and examines the different ways in which it has been read over the course of its history.  The lecture rehearses some of the classic feminist readings of the novel, as well as the Marxist accounts of Frankenstein’s labour. It reaches to modern eco-critical readings of the novel’s landscape and asks whether it is a “creature” or “monster”  that Shelley creates.

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

13:45

c) Seminar: James Joyce’s Ulysses: Writing Modern Consciousness – Dr Rhiannon Moss

What relationship is there between our inner selves and the world in which we live? How can writing seek represent internal subjectivity? Is it possible to know the interiority of another? This session will explore these questions by looking at passages from James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important and influential works of modern literature. Joyce innovated and experimented with literary techniques to represent the complexity of experience in the modern world, and to give the reader an intimate experience of the minds of his three everyday heroes. This session will give an insight into his writing of modern consciousness, and will begin to explore the central questions you will discuss as literary scholars.

Location: Arts Two Building, 2.17

d) Seminar: Introducing Literary Theory – Dr Molly MacDonald

What is literary theory? How does theory help us read literature? Throughout the history of literature, there have arisen various competing interpretations of literary texts and, with that, the need to adjudicate between rival interpretations.  ‘Theory’ has therefore emerged as a means of justifying particular interpretations over and against others. This session will offer an introductory session to using literary theory, and will model the kinds of lessons you can expect to encounter on our first-year module, Reading, Theory and Interpretation.

Location: Arts Two Building, 3.20

Drama

11.30

e) Seminar: What is Performance Art? – Dr Dominic Johnson

In Performance Art, an artist often uses her or his body as raw material and abandons the traditional tendencies towards acting, characterisation, and narrative that typify performances in the theatre. We’ll explore some of the key experiments that Performance Art has included in the twentieth century.

Location: Arts One Building – Pinter Studio

f) Practical Workshop: Audience Participation in Contemporary Theatre – Dr Daniel Oliver

In recent years many theatre and performance practitioners have aimed to create immersive, interactive, and participatory experiences for their audiences. We will explore the ethics, aesthetics and methods of such audience involvement through practical exercises, short readings, and discussion.

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)

13:45

g) Seminar: Histories of Emotion in the Theatre – Dr Penelope Woods

Theatres are sites and spaces of emotion. But the kinds of emotion that have been sought and produced in theatres around the world through history has varied greatly. How do we begin to examine and research ’emotion at the theatre’? And what significance does this investigation of emotion in theatres around the world through history have?

Location: Arts Two Building – Film and Drama Studio (FADS)

 

If you have any questions or need help on the day please do get in touch…

Rupert Dannreuther
Web and Marketing Administrator

School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

sed-web@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 8910

English and Drama Newsletter – June 2018

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

Highlights this month include Open Days, Peopling the Palace(s) Festival, a #VOTE100 debate in the Octagon and a Performance and Mental Health event.

EVENTS | NEWS | LINKS

Photo above: Drama graduate Jo Hauge by Julia Brown – she is presenting at Performance and Mental Health.

Events

OPEN EVENTS

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.

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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.

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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.

See the full programme of events

MORE EVENTS IN JUNE

Space Dogs
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
Ovalhouse, Oval

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.

See all of our events coming up

 

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.

See more on the SED blog

 

Links

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.

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 sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

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

Drama

English

MA English Literature:

Things you’ll need

Required

  • 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 sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk. 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: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

Need help? Get in touch

Make an enquiry

Email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

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.

sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 7882 8910

Twitter @qmulsed

Facebook /sedstories

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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…