Queen Mary Theatre Company New Writers Festival This Weekend 1-3 February 2019

NEW WRITERS FESTIVAL

Queen Mary Theatre Company present six new shows, all written, directed and performed by our members. Comedy, thriller, politics, poetry, the end of the world…there’s something for everyone!

1-3 February from 7pm, Pinter Studio, Arts One

Tickets £6-9 per show.

Discounted bundles are available for multiple shows.

Highlights from the festival

BISCUITS

Friday 1st Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Alice Hope Wilson and Jaz Manville

What does happen in the teachers’ staff room? Over the course of one lunch hour, a group of teachers gather to discuss the impending closure of the staff room.

THE CABARET AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Friday 1st Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Rosalynn Whiteley and Eilis Price

Well, gang, we’ve fucked it. We’ve REALLY fucked it. We’re down to the last tin the cupboard, waters are running high and air running low, the bees are dead, the trees are dead… but The Show must go on.

​​NAJMA’S FALL

Saturday 2nd Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Tatenda Kirya and Olamatu Jabbie

FELL. PUSHED. JUMPED. All of these speculations speculations are thrown around when it comes to the incident at Najma’s party. She’s fallen off her balcony, and is placed in a psychiatric ward as everyone believes she’s jumped… Except for her. Even though she was intoxicated, she doesn’t accept this version of events and suspects that something else happened. Later, new evidence arises which suggests that she was pushed and those closest to her are prime suspects. The play explores the various relationships in her life and how she ended up in the situation she’s in. The play delves deeper into the destructive nature of the relationships and how they manifested into what they are today.

​HOLD ON ME

Saturday 2nd Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Joseph Winer

​Daisy-May is living with her grandparents. Polly and Bridget’s mum has been in bed for ages, and their dad’s fighting in a war. John and Mary have the perfect family, or so it would appear on the surface. Then there’s Greg and George, best friends who decide to have a baby together…but one of them is straight and engaged and the other…not so straight. As unconventional family setups spiral into chaos, we begin to test and question the real meaning of “family”.

​SHE & HER

Sunday 3rd Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Abi Adebayo

​She & Her follows three sisters and their two friends discussing issues around feminism, sexism and the experiences of women within society. The play manoeuvres around each characters backstories/narratives through a series of flashback scenes. It addresses not only feminism in its simple definition but how it differs from generation, race and situation/circumstance. This play is also unique due to a main key factor: everything rhymes.

LATE NIGHT LIVE

Sunday 3rd Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Peter Smart

​It’s the one-year anniversary of comedian Sandra Curr’s debut as the host of the nations fourth most popular talk show, Late Night Live, and everything seems to be conspiring to go wrong. Faced with the effects of the choice to leave her ex, Robin (potentially “the-one”), to join a show that one year later seems to be using her only as a facade of social progress; Sandra is forced to deal with the very real possibility that she traded away a happy domestic life for a gamble that just hasn’t paid off. With chauvinistic head writer Alistair putting more and more pressure on her to resign, Robin back in her life as a guest on the show following their surprise BAFTA win, and younger sister Chrissie in labour in with their first child. Everything is going wrong tonight for Sandra and the team behind Late Night Live. How will she move on from here? How will she even get through the night? How did it all go so wrong? Everything’s up in the air, tonight on Late Night Live.

New outreach project: BETWEEN THE LINES: Free writing workshops for local 16-25 year olds

Between the Lines is an exciting new writing project for stage and screen group for local young people.

We will be offering 5 FREE introductory workshops on Monday evenings on February 25th – March 25th 2019 from 6-8.30pm at Queen Mary, University of London on Mile End Road.

The workshops will be led by professional playwrights Mojisola Adebayo and Avaes Mohammad with Rokshana Khan and Canan Salih.

If you are interested in joining in the workshops or you want to find out more, just email Mojisola on m.adebayo@qmul.ac.uk.

There are just 10 places available so email to book your free place today!

Please note: Priority for workshop places will go to young people who are not currently students at Queen Mary.

Shahidha Bari announced as chair of judging panel for Forward Prizes for Poetry

The jury for the 2019 Forward Prizes, the UK’s most widely coveted awards for new poetry, is announced today (21 Jan 2019).

Our very own Shahidha Bari, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking,will chair the judging panel. She is joined by Jamie Andrews, head of Cultural and Learning Programming at the British Library and the poets Tara Bergin, Andrew McMillan and Carol Rumens.

The Forward Prizes, whose winners have included Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Alice Oswald and Claudia Rankine, will be presented on Sunday 20 October 2019 at a public ceremony as part of Southbank Centre’s Poetry International festival. The awards are distinctive in honouring new voices alongside internationally established names, and in attracting youthful, diverse audiences. Last year Danez Smith, 29, became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Best Collection prize.

“As new audiences turn to poetry of all kinds, I’m thrilled to be chairing the Forward Prizes, which support talent and encourage brilliance,” says Shahidha Bari. “In uncertain times like ours, we search for the words that could capture who we are, how we feel and what we hope to become. Poetry matters more than ever, responding to our private lives and our shared futures. It can be daring and humane in an age of division and hostility.”

The awards – worth a total of £16,000 – are sponsored by Bookmark Content, the global content and communications agency, and are run by the Forward Arts Foundation. They comprise the Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000), the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000) and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000).

Andrew McMillan, one of the three poets on the 2019 jury says, “When my debut collection came out, the Forwards were incredibly supportive and have continued to be so since – to be shortlisted or highly commended feels like being welcomed into an extended family of poets. I’m thrilled to have the chance to be opening the doors wide, and letting more people in.”

The judges’ selection of shortlisted and highly commended poems will be published on 5 September 2019 in the annual Forward Book of Poetry.

Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry has been an A level English set text on the Edexcel exam board since 2014.

About the Forward Prizes

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most widely coveted awards for new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. The annual ceremony brings poetry’s biggest names to London’s Southbank to perform alongside rising talent before diverse and enthusiastic audiences.  Notable alumni include Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Claudia Rankine, while Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Daljit Nagra are among those boosted by early career Forward recognition. The prizes, run by the Forward Arts Foundation since 1992, are awarded at Southbank centre and sponsored by Bookmark Content. There are three categories: the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

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About Dr Shahidha Bari

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster working in the fields of literature, philosophy and art. Born in 1980, she studied at Cambridge and now teaches at the University of London. She reviews for the Financial Times, Guardian and Frieze among others and won the Observer Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism in 2015. She features frequently on BBC TV and radio and is a presenter of BBC Radio 3’s nightly Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking. She lives in London.

Professor Jerry Brotton in The Guardian: ‘At last, the Elizabeth v Mary catfight trope of history is being reassessed’

Our very own Professor Jerry Brotton writes in the Guardian today on the battle of who wins in history, and the importance of looking at historical women’s voices rather than just labeling them a winner, or loser.

The opinion piece is around Mary Queen of Scots in time for the film released this week.

Win a 24 Penguin Little Black/Modern Classics hamper with your #SED2019 Winter Wonder photo

To enter simply email us your photo sed-web@qmul.ac.uk or use the hashtag #SED2019 and tag us on Instagram or Twitter. The photo theme could be themed around:

  • winter wonderland style scene
  • a highlight from your festive break
  • books you’re looking forward to reading in 2019
  • performances you’re looking forward to in 2019

Competition is open until 31 January 2019 at 17:00 GMT.

Photo above ‘Bushey Park’ by Matthew Mauger (photographer and Senior Lecturer in English and e-Strategy Manager at QMUL)

Get festive with our First Year Party, PGRS Literary Quiz and QMTC’s SLAPPIN’ DA BASS variety night this week

English First Year Party | Thursday 13 December 2018 | 4-6pm | ArtsOne Foyer

“You may well know this already, but this is just to let you know that there will be a Year One End of Term Party, Thursday 13th December 4-6pm, ArtsOne foyer. There will be nice nibbles, and good cheer, and it’ll be a chance to celebrate the conclusion of your first semester at Queen Mary.

Wishing you a happy week 12, and hope to see you on Thursday.” Rachael Gilmour, Head of English.

RSVP on Facebook

 

PGRS PhD Panel and Literary Quiz | Thursday 13 December | 5.15pm  | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre and SCR Bar

In a change to the usual format, we will be welcoming two current PhD students and members of last year’s PGRS committee to give papers on their research. We will then be heading over to the Senior Common Room Bar for a special Christmas quiz.

Our speakers are:

  • Di Beddow: The Cambridge of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
  • Danny Rhodes: Yeats’s Missing Ghosts: Hauntings and Materialisations in the Radium Age.

Harriet Baker, Will Burgess, Hannah Donovan, Charlotte McCallum, Charlie Pullen, Julie Tanner, Frith Taylor, Vincenzo Torromacco, Alice Wickenden

Watch this space for details or follow us on Twitter @QMEnglishPGRS

 

 

 

SLAPPIN’ DA BASS | Friday 15 December 2018 | 7pm | Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

‘Our monthly variety night where you can perform anything you want!

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

RSVP on Facebook

Unmissable QMTC December 2018 Events including THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: A PARODY PANTOMIME

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: A PARODY PANTOMIME

Andy has just graduated from Kings with a BA in English and lands a job with Miranda Priestly, the most wickedest dragon lady in all of East London fashion! She quickly finds herself struggling with the job, no thanks to her so called “friends” Avocado & Toast, her boyfriend Nate, and Emily “Blunt Cunt” Charlton. Luckily for her, Fairy Nigel is just around the corner, to give her a transformation that could just about change her life.
Expect bad jokes and panto chaos in QMTC’s adaptation of one of the greatest films ever made.

8th and 9th December 7pm in the Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

Tickets £6-9

https://www.facebook.com/events/369509427215129/

 

WRITING WORKSHOP

Get your pen and paper ready for an evening of playwriting!

This workshop is designed for writers of all abilities – those who have written hundreds of plays, those who need advice, and those who have never written before. We will do a few exercises to generate ideas, create characters, and will have the chance to get some scenes up on their feet. Just in time for the New Writers Festival pitch night…

4th December 7pm in ArtsOne Lecture Theatre

 

NEW WRITERS FESTIVAL PITCH NIGHT

Calling all playwrights!

Have you written a play or plan to write one over the Winter break? Then come and pitch it for our next festival! Our New Writers’ Festival is a chance to put on any work you’ve written of any kind in a professional and friendly environment. Come along and pitch it to QMTC members and be proud of your creation, or listen to all of our pitches and vote for your favourite!

12th December 6.30pm in the Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

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QMTC’s BIG FAT CHRISTMAS QUIZ OF THE YEAR

Celebrate the holidays QMTC-style with our Christmas Quiz 🎅 Round up a group of six friends, relatives or unwitting strangers, brush up on your trivia, and get ready to have some fun!

10th December 5.30pm in Blomeley Room 1

£3 members / £4 non-members

https://www.facebook.com/events/1006478369553089/

 

SLAPPIN’ DA BASS

Our monthly variety night where you can perform anything you want!

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would to perform, please send a message to the Slappin Da Bass Facebook page linked below. If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

15th December, Pinter Studio in ArtsOne, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/slappindabasss/

#SEDdigest: Careers Events, Networking Opportunities and Jobs – November 2018

There’s so many events to choose from to help with your future career. Get stuck in and let us know if you enjoyed it with the hashtag #SEDdigest!


Careers Events

Careers in Literature (Royal Society of Literature) | Wednesday 14 November | King’s College | Free

The event is FREE and open to Arts and Humanities students from University of London colleges and RSL Young Members.

To book: leah.cross@rsliterature.org or call 020 7845 4677

Get into Teaching | 12 November | 6pm | QMUL

Join the Department for Education (DfE) for an introduction to the teaching profession, an overview of what to expect in the role, and a chance for you to ask questions about your teacher training options. The DfE presentation will be followed by a forum of teacher training providers, giving you more opportunities to find your best route into teaching.

Google Skills: Writing for Social Media | 14 November | 6 – 8pm | QMUL

Social media skills are essential for so many marketing, publishing, pr & comms roles… this is a fantastic opportunity to increase your skills AND useful for the CV/applications!

Theatrecraft | Monday 19 November | Waldorf Hilton Hotel | Free

A great way to meet theatres and organisations and find out about careers in the theatre industry.

SED EVENING: What are We doing with our English degrees? 22nd November 6.15 – 8.00pm.  Arts One, 1.28. 

Booking now open:  come along to listen to & meet recent QM English graduates guests and discover what they are doing with their English degrees.   Drinks & Snacks will be served.

If you are still wondering what you will do with your English degree, come for an entertaining and interesting evening and discover opportunities in a range of possible careers.  If you already know you are interested in a career in one or more of the sectors covered, this is a fantastic opportunity to get some insider tips on how to successfully access these roles.

Our guests will all talk about what they do and there will be a chance to meet them in small groups and ask your questions directly to the guests.

Confirmed so far are:

  • Lucy Furneaux – Philanthropy & Events Co-ordinator, Crisis
  • Kate Turner – Media & Public Affairs Manager, FIA Foundation
  • Claudia Catelin – EU & Trade Analyst, Institute of Directors
  • Danniella Hart – English Teacher, Harris City Academy
  • Natalie Jaaskelainen – Project Manager, Dennis Publishing
  • Nilufa Yasmin – Graduate Trainee/Development Manager, QMUL

4 out of the 6 guests confirmed have also gained a Masters since graduating from QM, so we will also explore what they did & why.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE:  https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5399&service=Careers+Service Login with

Womxn in Tech | 27 November | Roundhouse

Looking to build a career in tech? Hear from a panel of womxn making headway in the sector on building confidence in a male dominated industry.

Work in Publishing Week | 19-23 November | Online

Follow online and discover ways into the world of publishing with this campaign from…

Using Social Media to Campaign for Cause | Saturday 17 & 24 November | Roundhouse

Get to know how to use social media to spark a movement around something that matters to you.


Jobs, Work Experience and Internship Opportunities

Barclays Marketing Internships – 8 weeks in Summer 2019 – APPLY NOW:

Spend your summer helping Barclays promote its services and win new business. Working on diverse projects with this fast-paced team, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively and creatively across a range of marketing channels.

https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=40255&service=Careers+Service

QTaster – Deadline Friday 16 November

QTaster is a programme which allows you to learn about different careers by visiting a variety of graduate employers – experience different working environments, learn about sectors and roles, and network with employers.

6 sessions take place between 16th January and 20th March – this includes 4 visits and 2 training sessions.

Previous employers have included: ASOS, British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Investec, UBS, Springer Nature, FDM and Microsoft. The schedule for Semester B is currently being confirmed – follow Careers & Enterprise on social media for updates.

Applications are open until 10am Friday 16th November.

Reuters Journalism Training Programme – apply by 30 November for September 2019 start

Reutersthe news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest independent news provider, reaching more than one billion people every day.

Prerequisites: Clear commitment to a career in journalism; Drive to build sources, break news and deliver deeply reported stories; Strong interest in issues that affect companies, markets and economies; Ability to generate original, relevant story ideas; Ambition to deliver journalism with real impact; Fluency in written English; Fluency in a second language beneficial but not compulsory; An international outlook

Find far more info here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42141&service=Careers+Service

SKY: Marketing Summer Internship

Support the Marketing team, helping to educate people about our products and services. Get stuck into various marketing projects in a dynamic, exciting environment. Impress us, and we could well offer you a full-time position once you graduate – starting summer 2020.

You will: Craft ad campaigns: Handle customer relationships; Deliver strategic insights; Promote TV shows; Plan, prioritise, research and juggle multiple projects

More info & applications: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42421&service=Careers+Service


Performance Platforms

HYG Nights | 30 November

Performer Callout!!

Our final show for the year will be a DELUXE edition, meaning
– More performers!
– Shorter fast-paced performances
– jam packed fun

If you would like to perform, please get in touch, or email hygnights@gmail.com


SED Networking Events

Queen Mary Writers: Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha | Tuesday 13 November 2018 | 18:30-20:30 | QMUL | Free

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.

 

Salon: An Age of Schadenfreude | Thursday 15 November 2018 | 19:00—20:30 | Wellcome Collection, Euston | Free

Inspired by the ‘Schadenfreude’ book, this Salon will bring together artists and performers (and you) to offer a distinctive perspective on this most morally conflicted of emotions. Come along and join the conversation.

Featuring our very own…

Tiffany Watt Smith
Curator: Cultural historian Tiffany Watt Smith will curate the evening. She is author of ‘Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune’ (Wellcome Books, October 2018).

Lois Weaver
Artist: Lois Weaver is an artist, activist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

 

 

English and Drama Newsletter – November 2018

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

Our main photo is from The Last of the London, a project led by Nadia Valman (English) as part of Being Human festival 2018. She is collaborating with projection artist Karen Crosby for ‘The Last of the London’  an event reanimating the derelict Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel Road with the ghosts of its past, using archive texts and spectacular photographic projections on the building’s facade.

As we celebrate the birth of the NHS 70 years ago, ‘The Last of the London’ remembers the struggle to provide health care to East Enders in the nineteenth century. See glimpses of the figures, illustrious and ordinary, that haunt its corridors; the doctors and nurses from across the globe who worked at the London; the impact of war and epidemic; and the patients whose lives began and ended here.

Read our blog post to see all of our events in the festival including:

EVENTS | NEWS | LINKS

Events

Applications now open

UCAS and Postgraduate applications are open for 2019 so please do apply. If you have applied we will be in touch regarding future events you can attend to get to know us better.

Apply to our programmes

Ask a question

POSTGRADUATE OPEN EVENINGS

PhD Open Evening

Wednesday 7 November 2018, 16:30-19:00
QMUL – Mile End

Applying for a PhD can be a long process and most funding opportunities close for applications in Janaury. So come along to our open evening to help plan your application and maximise your chances of finding funding.

Book a place

MA English Literature Open Evening
Wednesday 28 November 2018, 18:00-20:00
QMUL – Mile End

Join us for a nevening reception with drinks to find out about our English Master’s offering.

Book a place

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really a feminist text? – Panel for Year 12 & 13 Students
Wednesday 21 November 2018, 15:15
QMUL- Mile End

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.

Book a free ticket online

NOVEMBER LISTINGS

S A L O N – LONDON presents Carla Harryman in conversation with Redell Olsen
Saturday 3 November 2018, 19:00
Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster

Our Centre for Poetry will co-host this event where Carla Harryman will read from her recent works including Sue in Berlin and Hannah Cut-In. Redell Olsen will be discussing and showing extracts from her recent performance and film works.

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.

Tristram Hunt (V&A) and Paul Nurse (Francis Crick Institute) in Conversation The Two Cultures Debate: Science and the Arts in the Twenty-First Century
Wednesday 7 November 2018, 18:00
People’s Palace (Great Hall), QMUL – Mile End

Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, and Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, revisit the “Two Cultures Debate” and set out the future of the arts and the sciences.

The Tragedy of King Richard II

Friday 9-Sunday 11 November 2018, various times
The Rose Playhouse, South Bank

The Centre for Global Shakespeare at Queen Mary, in association with the Rose Playhouse and Anərkē hosts a revival of The Tragedy of King Richard II, performed in a directorless, race and gender-blind production inspired by the working conditions in which Shakespeare conceived his plays.

Stage 3 at The WriteIdea Festival
Saturday 17 November 2018, 13:00
Ideastore Whitechapel

People’s Palace Projects’ new student theatre company at Queen Mary University of London performs Stage 3, a theatre experience that looks at the bureaucracy and power of the naturalisation system. A mock citizenship process generates discussion about migration, discrimination and belonging and challenges the process of being categorized based on race, age and class background. The production is strongly linked to young people’s sense of belonging and citizenship rights. Read more in this blog post.

Jerry Brotton: Raleigh in the Americas
Thursday 29 November 2018, 19:00 – 20:30
British Library, London

Having recently travelled across Guyana in Raleigh’s footsteps, Jerry Brotton (English) offers a new perspective on Raleigh’s colonial adventures, situating him at the heart of a global network stretching from Munster to London’s livery companies to Munster, the Orinoco, and ultimately his execution at the Tower of London in October 1618.

Image: Walter Raleigh trading with the King of Aromaia. Expedition to Guyana in search of Eldorado, 1595. Image taken from [America.-Part VIII.-German.] Originally published/produced in M Becker: Frankfurt, 1599. © British Library.

See more events coming up

News

Serena Ceniccola (MA in Victorian Literature) from the School of English and Drama- successfully presented her paper “Nobody/Nowhere: the alienation of the Hybrid in Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul” at the two-day student conference “Exploring alterity in fantasy and science fiction” at the University of Freiburg, making QMUL the only one London based University to take part in the event.

Read more about her trip here

Matthew Ingleby and Shahidha Bari (English) hosted Frankenreads x QMUL to celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley’s seminal gothic horror novel on Halloween 2018. Pic from left to right: David Duff (English), Shahidha Bari (English) and Cousin Itt i.e. Rupert Dannreuther (Marketing). See the Frankenreads x QMUL photo gallery

Tiffany Watt-Smith (Drama) has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme prize, which recognises all of her past work and supports her future project on the performance of sleep. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Every year the prize scheme makes up to thirty awards of £100,000, across a range of academic disciplines.

Caoimhe McAvinchey (Drama) was in conversation with Clean Break’s former CEO Lucy Perman MBE to talk about the women’s theatre company changing lives and changing minds – on stage, in prison and in the community.

Hetta Howes (English PhD graduate)‘s BBC New Generation Thinkers programme featuring the stories of the Passion as dreamed by medieval devouts is available on iPlayer now.

Contemporary Theatre Review 28.3 special issue on feminisms co-edited by Jen Harvie (Drama), Sarah Gorman, and Geraldine Harris came out in October including Jen Harvie (Drama)‘s article on Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone and Split Britches’ Ruff, co-written by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, starring Shaw, and directed by Weaver.

Press from last month

26/10/2018    Shahidha Bari (English)    BBC 2
Front Row with Mike Leigh (pictured above)

26/10/2018    Jerry Brotton (English)   BBC Radio 4
In Search of El Dorado

24/10/2018    Di Beddow (English)   British Library Blog
The Cambridge Love Letters from Ted Hughes to Liz Hicklin 

21/10/2018    James Vigus   Coleridge blog
Coleridge and Plato’s Luminous Gloom

20/10/2018    Jerry Brotton (English)   Aljazeera
A portrait of Othello as a black Muslim tragic hero

18/10/2018    Aoife Monks    Times Higher Education  Top tips on how to make your lectures interesting

10/10/2018    Lois Weaver / Jen Harvie (Drama)    Contemporary Theatre Review
Review: The Only Way Home is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver 

05/10/2018    Lara Mills  (English student)  On History
Walking and Talking Feminist History in the East End

01/10/2018    Bridget Escolme (Drama)   The Lancet
Community, context, recovery: Edinburgh Fringe Reviews
See more news on the SED blog

Links

Jen Harvie (Drama)‘s recently published book on Scottee: I Made It has some eye-popping (book porn) visuals see the book in all it’s glory in this blog post.

Pippa Sa (Drama graduate) is one half of Bechdel Theatre  see their amazing work here: https://bechdeltheatre.com/

James Vigus (English) is giving a talk on 28 November at Senate House, ‘Henry Crabb Robinson and the Diffusion of German Literature in Britain’.

Julie Rose Bower (Drama PhD researcher) presents her show Foley Explosion at Hackney Showroom, 12-13 November.

Barbara Taylor (English): ‘Solitude and Loneliness in the Academy’ is the first event in ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th-21st century’ a major Wellcome-funded project hosted by the Schools of History and English and Drama at Queen Mary on 29 November in the People’s Palace. To RSVP email Clare Whitehead.

Len Lukowski, Deirdre Shanahan and Daniella Shokoohi win the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018

The 2018 Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners are announced with winners in the following categories:

Fiction: ‘Plunder’ by Deirdre Shanahan;

Poetry: ‘In the Garden Where the Gorgons Live’ by Daniella Shokoohi;

Life Writing: ‘Diary of a Teenage Boy’ by Len Lukowski.

Picture caption: Back row L-R: Prize judges Kerry Young, Susheila Nasta, and Elleke Boehmer / Front row L-R: Winners Deirdre Shanahan and Len Lukowski, and prize judge Malika Booker / Photography by Ingrid Guyon

The three winners will be published in print by Wasafiri and receive a cash prize. They will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy, dependent on eligibility.

The judges of this year’s prize are Kerry Young (Fiction), Malika Booker (Poetry) and Elleke Boehmer (Life Writing). Each entry was judged blind and the winners for each category were decided by all three judges and the founding editor of Wasafiri and Chair of Judges, Susheila Nasta. Speaking on the prize this year, Susheila Nasta said, ‘representing fresh perspectives from around the world, this year’s entries were both innovative and ambitious, passionately engaging with subjects that are key to contemporary life and the conflicts of our times.’

The winning Poetry entry ‘is a mesmerizing poem that renders a beauty even while describing pain. From the first line you’re caught and taken on a journey. It’s a strong lyrical poem, but also experimenting and pushing,’ as described by judge Malika Booker.

Kerry Young said of the winning Fiction entry, “‘Plunder’ was original and fluently written with meticulous observation. It was engaging and poignant.”

On judging the winning Life Writing entry, Elleke Boehmer said, ‘The judges were impressed at the sensitivity and economy of this story. In particular, they commended how the story took us into the central character’s world and perspective, and shared its dilemmas over fallible memory and shifting identity in fresh, illuminating ways.’

This year’s prize event took place at The Blenheim Saloon within Marlborough House, with thanks to Routledge, Queen Mary University of London, Arts Council England and Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. Testimonies from last year’s winners Julie Abrams-Humphries and Mehran Waheed about the impact of Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize on their careers were played to the audience, before each judge announced the winning entry in their category.

 

About the prize

Now in its ninth year, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize was launched to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. With a list of high profile judges over the years including Brian Chikwava, Colin Grant, Maya Jaggi, Jackie Kay, Tabish Khair, Toby Litt and Blake Morrison, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize has boosted the confidence of writers in competitive times. The 2018 prize attracted entries from nearly one third of the countries in the world, with entries from a total of sixty countries.

About the Magazine: WASAFIRI – The Journal of International Contemporary Writing

Wasafiri is the UK’s leading magazine for international contemporary writing. Launched in 1984 by Susheila Nasta OBE, it is renowned for publishing some of the world’s most distinguished writers including Chinua Achebe, Kamau Brathwaite, Anita and Kiran Desai, Sam Selvon, Nadine Gordimer, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Michael Ondaatje, Vikram Seth, Nayantara Sahgal, Gillian Slovo and Ben Okri amongst many others. One of its inaugural, and continuous visions is to provide much needed literary and critical coverage of writers from BAME backgrounds who often struggle to get adequate attention in the mainstream. The magazine played a pioneering role in reviewing the first novels and early poetry of writers who are now well-known, challenging the predominant assumption that their work would only be of ‘minority interest’.

 

 

Serena Ceniccola MA Victorian Literature presents her paper at University of Freiburg

Serena Ceniccola (furthest right in picture above) – graduand with an MA in Victorian Literature from the School of English and Drama- successfully presented her paper “Nobody/Nowhere: the alienation of the Hybrid in Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul” at the two-day student conference “Exploring alterity in fantasy and science fiction” at the University of Freiburg, making QMUL the only one London based University to take part in the event.

The paper explores the relationship between hybridity and memory in the context of horror manga, which – in its contemporary form – has been heavily influenced by British Victorian Press and 19th century Gothic. Serena – who already earned an MA in Modern, Post-colonial and Comparative literature with Distinction (summa cum laude) from University of Bologna specializing in Japanese, Finnish and Anglo-American studies – is especially interested in the fields of identity, hybridity, and cultural contacts. According to her paper: “Exploring new representations of the Hybrid in fiction is very important if we want to really understand the world we live in today.”

The conference – that took place on October 19th and 20th – saw nineteen MA students and PhD candidates from different countries and with very different backgrounds discussing how otherness manifests in speculative fiction. Their works focused on novels, comics, podcasts, movies, manga, and videogames.

Dr Timothy Baker (lecturer in Scottish and contemporary literature at University of Aberdeen) gave one of the two key lectures scheduled on “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vs The Capitalocene.” Dr Helena Ifill (University Teacher at University of Sheffield, co-organizer for the Victorian Popular Fiction Association and co-director for the University of Sheffield Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies) discussed the effects of mesmerism on the self with her lecture “Othering the Self: Speculative Psychological Fiction”.

Head of Drama Caoimhe McAvinchey in conversation with Lucy Perman (former CEO at Clean Break) on 30 October 2018

Lucy Perman, former Chief Executive of Clean Break and Caoimhe McAvinchey, Head of Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Lucy Perman MBE will be in conversation with Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey discussing her role leading Clean Break over two decades.

Lucy was the Chief Executive of Clean Break from 1997 to 2018. In 2017 she won a Lifetime Achievement Award for work in criminal justice and she was also named in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list. She has held a number of roles across the arts and cultural sector and received her MBE for services to drama in 2005. She is a trustee of the Almeida Theatre.

Caoimhe McAvinchey is Reader in Socially Engaged and Contemporary Theatre at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to this she established the MA Applied Drama: Theatre in Educational, Community and Social Contexts at Goldsmiths. Her publications include Theatre & Prison (2011), Performance and Community: Case Studies and Commentary (2013), Phakama: Making Participatory Theatre (2018) with Fabio Santos and Lucy Richardson, and Applied Theatre: Women and the Criminal Justice System (forthcoming, 2018).

Caoimhe is currently collaborating with Clean Break theatre company on a book about the company’s four decades of innovative and radical theatre practice with and about women affected by the criminal justice system.

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.

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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).

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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.

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