Take a look at these gorgeous visuals from Scottee: I Made It edited by our very own Jen Harvie.
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.
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.
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’.
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”.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
LISS Open Studentship Competition: this is our competition where we accept proposals directly from prospective students, for either a 1+3 award (1 year Masters + 3 year PhD) or +3 award (PhD only). You can find detailed information about eligibility criteria and the application process on the following two webpages:
Key frequently-asked points to highlight:
this competition initially seeks proposals from academics based in one of our three partner institutions for 1+3 or +3 format studentship research projects which involve significant collaboration with a non-HEI partner, in the public, private or third sectors.
Full details about submitting a proposal (as an academic) are available here: https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/studentships/collaborative-case-studentships/ The deadline for proposals for studentships to start 1 October 2019 is 12 November 2018, 23:59 GMT. To see details of currently-funded CASE studentships, please see this webpage: https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/case-studentships-student-applicants/
LISS Postdoctoral Fellowships: administration of the ESRC’s one-year postdoctoral fellowship scheme has now been devolved to LISS DTP. Details about this scheme can be found here on the LISS website: https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/esrc-pdf/ . We do not have full details yet, but expect the timeline to be similar to last year, with the deadline for applications in mid-late March 2019 for fellowships to start in October 2019.
The London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is delighted to announce that its Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) Scheme is open for proposals for studentship projects to commence in October 2019.
Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects, developed as a partnership between an HEI-based academic in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and build partnerships.
CDA projects provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment and enhance the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their studies.
Those wishing to propose a CDA project to commence in the 2019/20 academic year can find full details of the scheme and download the LAHP DTP CDA Application Form on the LAHP website. The deadline for proposals from HEI academic staff/non-HEI partners for CDA studentship projects (commencing in the 2019/20 academic year) is Monday 3rd December 2018 at 09.00. Any queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) open studentship competition for PhD applications in the arts and humanities to begin in October 2019 will open at the end of November.
Further details will be published on the LAHP website
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
ArtsTwo Ground Floor Foyer and Lecture Theatre
Free, book online: http://bit.ly/frankenreadsqmul
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
The Chaplaincy, QMUL – Mile End
Free, book online: http://bit.ly/qmulwriters1
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.
QMUL – Mile End
Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedhandmaidstale
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
Rooms TBC, QMUL – Mile End
Free, book online: http://bit.ly/sedrevisionday2019
Dr Charlotta Salmi, from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, will investigate representations of gender-based violence (GBV) in graphic art forms in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal.
Year 7 students from five east London schools, including Mulberry School for Girls in Shadwell, Central Foundation School for Girls in Bow and Oaklands School in Bethnal Green are exploring how Victorian Londoners protested against their pay and working conditions. They sing Victorian protest songs, make placards expressing demands and write their own political speeches and chants. On Tuesday 25 September they took part in a parade with musicians in the streets where east Londoners protested in the Victorian period.
Workshop organisers Dr Vivi Lachs and Dr Nadia Valman, from Queen Mary University of London, drew on their research on the wave of strikes that spread across East London in 1889 and the culture of song and oratory that accompanied it. ‘Singing songs helped raise the morale of workers who were enduring terrible conditions in factories and workshops, and brought messages of hope that collective action could bring about change’ said Dr Lachs.
The songs were sung in Yiddish, the language spoken by the Jewish immigrant population, who made up the majority of poorly paid workers in Victorian Whitechapel. ‘We hope that this project will give students a glimpse of east London’s rich local history of protest,’ said Dr Valman.
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.
UNDERGRADUATE OPEN DAY
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:
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.
#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.
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’.
Our 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).
Saturday and Sunday 7 October 2018
Camden People’s Theatre, LondonDaniel Oliver (Drama) will host on the Sunday programme.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
The Verbatim Formula: Making Listening Visible
Wednesday 17 October 2018, 17:00-18:30
Senior Common Room, Queen’s Building, QMUL – Mile EndThe 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.
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.
New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival at the Barbican
Sunday 4 November 2018
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com for a copy of the paper
‘Reading for the Planet: Environmental Crisis and World Literature’
Jennifer Wenzel, Columbia University
30 October, 18:00, ArtsOne Lecture Theatre
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
The show is introduced by Beverley Stewart and hosted by Charlie Pullen from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
Bring your little ones to this one day workshop exploring motherhood & making with workshops with (@LittleArtists_) & child-friendly talks from @CJessCooke
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
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
#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.
Workshop organisers, Dr Vivi Lachs and Dr Nadia Valman from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, drew upon their research on the musical and political culture of nineteenth century Jewish immigrants to the East End. Students learned Victorian protest songs, made placards expressing demands and wrote their own political speeches and chants.
On Tuesday 25 September the students paraded along the streets of Whitechapel with professional musicians from the Great Yiddish Parade marching band. The parade followed the same route where east Londoners protested in the Victorian period, drawing upon the wave of strikes that spread across East London in 1889.
The songs of the parade were sung in Yiddish, the language spoken by the Jewish immigrant population, who made up the majority of poorly paid workers in Victorian east London.
After parading up Whitechapel Road, the students finished with performances in Altab Ali Park. The aim of the workshop and parade was to promote awareness of the local heritage of protest to enable students to articulate their own versions of protest through writing, design and song.
“Singing songs helped raise the morale of Victorian workers who were enduring terrible conditions in factories and workshops, and brought messages of hope that collective action could bring about change,” said Dr Lachs.
“We hope that this project will give students a glimpse into east London’s rich local history of protest,” added Dr Valman.
The workshop, Protest in Victorian Whitechapel, was led by Dr Vivi Lachs and Dr Nadia Valman from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama. Five schools from London’s East End participated:
– Central Foundation School for Girls
– Mulberry School for Girls
– Oaklands School
– Duke’s Aldridge Academy
– Issac Newton Academy
Photos by Paul Jordan
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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.
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:
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