English and Drama Newsletter – August 2020 Edition

Congratulations to our class of 2020 from all of us in the School of English and Drama

Watch our SED video | Watch Mojisola Adebayo’s talk in full

PLUS: We can’t wait to welcome our new students on A-level results day next Thursday 13 August. We have our fingers crossed for students getting results. If you’re thinking of joining one of our inspiring programmes through clearing please do join one of our catch ups and we can help. We are on UCAS embargo so can’t send batch email from tomorrow until results day but you can contact us.

NOT FORGETTING: It’s been an exciting month so far including a Booker Prize nomination for Gabriel Krauze, the launch of books by Rachael Gilmour and Huw Marsh and The Guardian reviews Lois Weaver and Daniel Oliver‘s work.


Our student of the month for August is Maria Messias Mendes English with Creative Writing.

Online Events

RESULTS DAY AND CLEARING CATCH UPS

We are hosting some English and Drama drop-in sessions for incoming students who are either offer holders, in clearing or want to make a new application. We’d love to see you there:
Results Day & Clearing Drop In #1 – 13 Aug – 11am
Results Day & Clearing Drop In #2 – 13 Aug – 4pm


Register and get reminders here

Japan

Japan Literatures of Remembering. A Panel Discussion on Fiction, Poetry and Anime
13 August, Online – Free via Japan Society

This is the online launch of the special issue of Wasafiri: Japan Literatures of Remembering, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War Two in the Pacific.

It is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture

The discussion will reflect on the transformations of Japanese identity in literature, exploring themes of time, memory and diversity. We are fortunate to be joined by Mimi Hachikai in Japan who will be reading her poetry alongside her translator Kyoko Yoshida.

Find out more

News & Links

Rachael Gilmour and Huw Marsh

Alumni Profiles Recently published by our very own alumna Nathalie Grey include:

Will Bowers (English) has added An Opening in a Holland House Dinner Book, an entry for the European Romanticisms in Association.

Bridget Escolme and Maria Turri (teach on MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health) are running writing retreats for their students.
Rachael Gilmour (English)’s book ‘Bad English: Literature, multilingualism, and the politics of language in contemporary Britain’ has been published.

Read more about the book

Aysel Dilara Kasap (English with Creative Writing)has written a thoughtful piece for CUB Magazine onClass of 2020: Things We Lost In The Fire.

Gabriel Krauze

Gabriel Krauze (English alumnus) has been longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 for his debut novel about London gang life, Who They Was, which is published in September 2020.

Read more here | Pre-order the book

Journal

Hari Marini (Drama) is featured in a special issue of Journal of Greek Media and Culture 3.2 (Oct 2017) ‘Dramaturgies of change: Greek theatre now‘ edited by Marissia Fragkou & Philip Hager and it is now free-to-download for a month.

Huw Marsh (English) has published his book The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction: Who’s Laughing Now?‘ through Bloomsbury.

Read more about the book

Aoife Monks (Drama) is published in Times Higher Education with a piece called Artistic collaborators are not there to make your research sound fun.

Network: QMUL Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy has launched two new collaborative community projects: Developing a community led ‘Gentrification/Regeneration Policy’ for BrixtonHow does ‘The Match’ add social value?

Dadders

Daniel Oliver (Drama) has released online lockdown TV show Dadderrs with Frauke Requardt via The Place. They maintain social distancing by reimagining their 2019 stage show ‘Dadderrs’ within their own home as a digital boxset. The show has a 4 star review in the Guardian here.

Watch the show here

Horizons

PEACH Magazine has published it’s final issue for this academic year: Horizons. You can also follow PEACH on: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook.
Read it here


Karina Lickorish Quinn
(English PhD)’s debut novel Mancharisqa is to be published by Oneworld after a competitive auction.

Read more here

Website updates Check out the latest updates including:

Lois Weaver (Drama) will be talking about her history of queer performance culture and current work for one Manchester International Festival‘s online support sessions.

messy bitches

Lydia Wilcox (Live Art Master’s Student) has been announced as runner up on the Association of Art History Dissertation Prize for the essay ‘ ‘Messy Bitches: The Use of Mess in Contemporary Feminist Performance’.

Read more here

Penelope Woods (Drama) is part of a project team organising workshops on colonialism and the senses with local schools in Tower Hamlets as part of Being Human Festival in November 2020.

English and Drama Newsletter – July 2020 Edition

Welcome to July 2020 from English and Drama at Queen Mary.

Virtual Celebration: Next month we’re celebrating our class of 2020 with a virtual event on 5 August. Final year students can register here

NSS: We have donated £175 each to World Wildlife Fund and Student Minds on behalf of our students for completing the National Student Survey. Thanks to everyone who completed this!

New Head of Drama: We would also like to welcome Professor Dominic Johnson (pictured above left) as our new Head of Drama. Read more about his work in the interview here.


Our student of the month for July is English student Eve Bolton.

Online Events

OPEN DAY RELOADED

Virtual Open Day – for 2021+ Applicants
Friday 17 July 2020, 1-4pm BST, Online

We’re offering another opportunity for prospective undergraduate students to explore our courses and get their questions answered.

Register here

LISTINGS

Performance, Possession & Automation

Performance, Possession & Automation Series
Read more about the series

Automation & Cultural Production
17 July, 6-8pm (BST), Online
– Free
Seb Franklin and Annie McClanahan join Nick Ridout (Drama) for a conversation about automation and cultural production.
Register here

Possession & Performance
24 July, 6-8pm (BST), Online
– Free
Paul C. Johnson and Rebecca Schneider join Nick Ridout for a conversation about possession and performance. 
Register here

Possession & Subjectivity
31 July, 6-8 pm (BST), Online – Free
Kyla Wazana Tompkins and Roberto Strongman join Nick Ridout for a conversation about possession and subjectivity.
Register here

Porch Sitting

Online Porch Sitting – Split Britches
28 July, Online – Free via Barbican
Join queer-feminist theatre icon, Lois Weaver (Drama), in this re-imagined online version of her Porch Sitting. Sit, think, dream, wonder and take part in conversation around our collective future. Photo by Alex Legge (Drama alumna).
Find out more

BOOK AHEAD

Utopian Bloomsbury
Sunday 18 October 2020, Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury has at times in its history been much associated with visionary, utopian thinking and writing. This walk with Dr Matthew Ingleby will explore that history.
From socialists and anarchists to feminists and queer artists, the neighbourhood has inspired a distinctly futural imagination, which has allowed readers to see how things might be, not only what they empirically, provably are.

FREE – but pre-booking is essential.

Register here

News & Links

Bim Adeyemi and Dee Ndumiso (Drama Master’s Students) have made a powerful video about Black Lives Matter and the Why We Kneel campaign.

Watch here

Arts & Culture at QMUL have a range of support for artists throught the Queen Mary Arts & Culture Support Centre.

Find out more

Nadia Atia (English) and Malachi McIntosh (Wasafiri Magazine based at QMUL) presented on Iraq and Teaching Migration and Empire respectively at British Empire in English Studies event at University of Kent.

Read more here

Julie Rose Bower

Julie Rose Bower has had her second ASMR video published by Victoria and Albert Museum and it features work using our Drama department’s very one ambisonic microphone. This video has costumes worn by Vivien Leigh, Sandie Shaw, PJ Harvey, Belinda Wright and Adzogbo dancers. JRB was also  named as one of the artists you need to know for ‘carving out space to reflect on the world today’ in Elephant magazine.

Watch here

Jerry Brotton

Jerry Brotton (English)’s Mapping the Future programme is on BBC iPlayer now. In the programme he navigates the transformation from paper to digital mapping, from print to pixels, asks what is being gained and lost and in whose interests the evolution serves.

Listen here

Dr Duckie

Dr Duckie aka Ben Walters (Drama PhD)’s Dr Duckie website is full of useful information about the project focused on the concept of ‘Homemade Mutant Hope Machines’ – a way of describing how people without much clout can start to build better worlds on their own terms.

See more here

Seoul Searching

Feather Pen (Blog by English student Aysel Kasap) are pleased to announce their new travel column, Seoul Searching by Ruby Punt, a QMUL student about her year abroad in South Korea! New entries are coming every month starting from July 15 on featherpenblog.com.

Georgia Haseldine (English) has written a piece called Pandemic Objects: Cash for Victoria and Albert Museum and The virtues and vices of virtual museum tours for Apollo Magazine.

Olga Kravchenko (Drama alumna) is interviewed by our alumni team on her about being CEO of Musemio, a virtual reality app that connects children with content from museums around the world and seeks to turn them into museumgoers of the future.

Read the interview

Peach July

PEACH Magazine has officially opened up for applications for their 2020/21 committee. If you are interested in being part of the only Queen Mary Student Medium that is solely dedicated to publishing students’ creative expressions, then click here to learn more about the different roles and how to apply. The deadline to apply is 31 July 2020, 11.59 pm. You can also follow PEACH on: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook.

Charlie Pullen (English PhD) shared a touching tribute by Lynsey Hanley in the 90s about English at Queen Mary in this tweet.

Nisha Ramayya

Nisha Ramayya (Creative Writing) has a short essay in Frieze Magazine: Rethinking Community in the Wake of the Pandemic and has wrote a review in Map.

Sh!t Theatre (Drama graduates)’s award-winning show Letters to Windsor House is streaming until 27 July. It costs just £4 to stream on demand and £1 from every rental goes to Shelter!

Stream now

Stage 3 Theatre Company:Stage3 Extended is a platform which continues to encourage activism through creative responses for an extended week after a commemorating event has occurred.
We believe that we should keep the activist momentum alive.
Their first project was ‘Refugee Week Extended’ and this Saturday (11 July) they are launching the next one –  ‘Remembering Srebrenica Extended’. Stage 3 Company is a performance-based activist group, tackling a vast range of political, social and humanitarian issues from immigration and discrimination to identity, belonging and empathy. Established in April 2018, as part of STAGES (PPP, QMUL), the group has since then performed at numerous venues around the UK. 

For more info follow on Facebook and Instagram

Barbara Taylor (English/History) had her Solitary Citizens: The Politics of Loneliness piece is published in the Guardian. The Solitudes blog has all new content here and for those interested in the poetry of Denise Riley, Barbara has published an open access piece here.

The Common Room

Rosie Vincent (Drama Alumna) and her organisation Roman Road Trust’s Transform The Common Room campaign successfully reached target to provide a new community space. After receiving the maximum pledge of £50,000 from the Mayor of London, they then received an amazing pledge of £10,000 from the Tower Hamlets Innovation Fund and then a brilliant pledge of £5,000 from the Centre for Public Engagement at QMUL!

Read more

Jeremy Weller (Drama Master’s Student)’s work for Beyond Walls around art and mental health including an NHS Residency and Edinburgh Festival 2018 Production: Where it hurts is available to explore online here. Find out more about his work on his website and Instagram.

English and Drama Newsletter – June 2020 Edition

Welcome to June 2020 from English and Drama at Queen Mary.

Black Lives Matter: Our Head of School Catherine Silverstone has written this statement on our School’s commitment to fight racism.

We want to celebrate the work of all of our students including a special mention to our finalists, (pictured above on their first day in 2017) in these very challenging times.

Demi Whitnell

Our student of the month for May is Demi Whitnell, one of our BA English finalists, who also entered our Dissertation Hall of Fame.

Read our interview with Demi

Online Events

OPEN DAY

Webinar

Virtual Open Day – for 2021+ Applicants
Thursday 25 June 2020, 4-6.30pm BST, Online

Booking is now open for our online June open day session, which is a great chance to explore our unique English and Drama programmes, discover the QMUL campus and to meet our students.Register here
LISTINGS


‘You couldn’t make it up’ with authors Ellen Wiles & Michael Hughes
Wednesday 10 June 2020, 7pm BST, Youtube

Our very own Michael Hughes and Ellen Wiles (Creative Writing) will talk about what fiction can say and do in turbulent political times reading from their work.

Mad Hearts

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health
SOLITUDE AND THE ENCOUNTER

Friday 19 June 2020, Online

This one-day webinar hosted by our MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice.

Register here


News & Links

Ruth Ahnert (English) is giving a virtual keynote lecture Networking the Early Modern Archive at the 6th Historical Network Research conference.

Julie Rose Bower (Drama PhD Researcher) has created a series of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s YouTube channel. ASMR is a relaxing sound design technique which gives some people a ‘tingles’ response and could provide a moment of calm for people in these times. ASMR has emerged over the last 12 years and is a digital native performance medium in which performers touch objects and whisper in close proximity to microphones.

Watch the first video here

James Petiver

Richard Coulton (English) has edited a collection of essays on James Petiver, an eighteenth-century apothecary, collector and natural historian. You can read a recent interview with Richard about his research on the Royal Society blog. Image: Angola Dragonfly – James Petiver

Brian Dillon (Creative Writing) talks about Roland Barthes, obtuse meanings, descriptions of food, and the “sanatorium society” in this video for Beyond Words Festival.


Dissenting Academies
(English Research Project) recently supported BBC research for David Olusoga’s A House Through Time which explores the history of a house in Bristol which involves a Baptist minister called James Poulson found in the Dissenting Academies archive.

Dr Duckie aka Ben Walters (Drama)’s website is live showcasing the research project on Duckie’s community-centric performance projects like The Posh Club, The Slaughterhouse Club, D.H.S.S, Duckie Family and the Vintage Clubbing Sessions.

Read Ben’s introduction to the project here

Cat Fallow (Drama) took part in a discussion for the new vlog series A Bit Lit exploring contemporary theatre-making and repertory in Shakespearean theatres.
Watch the video


Matthew Ingleby (English) has released a Youtube video called Dickens in a Crisis for #Dickens150 about how Charles Dickens’ work might help us in times of crisis.

Read more about the project

Dominic Johnson (Drama) interviews Berlin-based visual artist AA Bronson in Art Monthly. It’s titled Going Viral and is in the current issue (May 2020).

Group Practical Project

Group Practical Project students Robyn Bedford, Billy Bray, Cristina Covaci and Elliot Douglas (Drama) explore gender identity using Instagram to host their enquiries.

Follow and explore the project

Live Art Development Agency (Drama) have curated Boxed-In, an online exhibition of artists who have used performance in confined spaces, often over long and painful (seemingly unendurable) durations – in self-imposed lockdown on cargo shops, freight crates, boxes, cells, or cages. The conditions of the performances – and the ways the artists survive in isolation – feel uncannily prescient in our current situation.  Dominic Johnson’s work: ‘Rudimentary Things: Becoming an Object in the Performances of Skip Arnold’ features in the exhibition.

Daniel Oliver (Drama)’s book inspires this video discussion: Why Daniel Oliver is an important artist. Neurodiversity & Arts around his book Awkwoods.

PEACH Magazine

PEACH Magazine Congratulations to Lara Jakobsen (a 2nd Year English with Creative Writing student) who has been elected as Managing Editor and Ameerah Ali (a 2nd Year English student) as Deputy Managing Editor at PEACH magazine. PEACH was also awarded the Most Improved Outlet at the Student Media Awards this year. The magazine is dedicated to showcasing the creative work of students. Students can still send in creative work (creative writing, art, etc.) throughout the summer to published on their blog.

Follow PEACH on Instagram

Eavan Boland

Peggy Reynolds (English)’s 1992 BBC Radio 4 discussion around poetry, gender and naturehood featuring the late Eavan Boland is being repeated oniPlayer to commemorate poet’s work after she passed away recently.

Listen here


Nisha Ramayya
(Creative Writing) is taking part in Ignota’s Break into the Forbidden event to mourn, witness, dream, nourish and celebrate black life.

Moj Taylor (Drama alumnus) speaks to our alumni team about his career as a Comedian, Actor, Public Speaker and Executive of Push.

Read the interview

Call for papers

Wonderer Journal Queen Mary’s new literary journal, Wonderer is now open for submissions. Don’t miss your chance to be considered for the first ever issue.

Find out more

English and Drama Newsletter – May 2020 Edition

Welcome to May 2020 from English and Drama at Queen Mary. We hope you are keeping well and staying safe in these strange times. We hope this newsletter can help provide some comfort and distraction this month.

Our student of the month for May is Yue Wang (pictured above middle, pre-lockdown), one of our English PhD students.

Read on for news on events such as the new journal Diaspora SpeaksShow and Tell podcast relaunch and projects from our students and staff.

Online Events

OPEN DAY

Virtual Open Day – for 2021+ Applicants
Friday 26 June 2020, 2-5pm BST, Online

Booking is now open for our June open day – Open Day’s are a great chance to explore the subject, discover the QMUL campus and to meet our students.

Register here

LISTINGS

What Now My Love? Care Café
Thursday 7 May 2020, 7pm BST, Online

Our very own Lois Weaver (Drama) hosts Care Café, a place for people to gather their wits, thoughts and comrades in action.

‘We are all trying to figure out how to breathe through this present moment, how to take care of ourselves and others, and find ways to keep connected to each other.’

Register here

News & Links

Sawdah Bhaimiya (Second year English Student)has co-founded a new publication, Diaspora Speaks,which strives to project the voices of students of colour.

Get involved here

Jerry Brotton 
(English) discusses English Touring Theatre’s staging of Othello in this videofrom an online event.

Charlotte Byrne (PhD English)has just published a Young Adult fantasy adventure novel called Folked Up.

Eve Bolton and Jasmine Rothon (2nd Year English Students) have become part of the Quest Radio management team. Eve will be the Station Manager next year, and Jasmine will be Head of Production. 

Joshua Fraser (2nd Year English Student) has become co-editor of CUB Magazine.

Genna Gardini (PhD Drama) took part in Keep on Writing 2020, presenting a new play via Twitter called Dress for Success. Watch it here

Jen Harvie (Drama) recommends Sally Rooney’s Normal People, adapted by Rooney and playwright Alice Birch, on the BBC iPlayer. Jen says it’s: ‘A very faithful and powerful adaptation of the novel, its really thoughtful direction (by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald) and nuanced acting (especially, for me, by Paul Mescal as Connell) get at the excruciating difficulties of communicating and holding self-belief.’.

Michael Hughes (Creative Writing) recommends watching this new video piece by theatre company Forced Entertainment. Recorded via a 6-way Zoom call, he says it’s: ‘The best piece of work I’ve seen in any form responding to the current crisis, and the first time in a few weeks I’ve properly laughed out loud watching something.’.

Michael is also taking part in regular literary ‘shindig’ ‘A Leap In The Dark’, hosted on Zoom by writer and critic David Collard every Friday and Saturday evening. He says: ‘It’s an eclectic mix of readings, interviews and performances, and I’m there every Friday, reading the latest instalment of the poem Spring Journal, a living record of the current crisis by writer Jonathan Gibbs, inspired by Louis McNeice’s poem ‘Autumn Journal’. Places are limited to 75 each week, so for an invitation, contact David on Twitter @DavidCollard1, or via his blog https://davidjcollard.blogspot.com/. The poem so far can be read on Jonathan’s blog here.

Maggie Inchley (Drama)’s essay ‘sticking in the throat/keyword bitch: aesthetic discharge in debbie tucker green’s stoning mary and hang’ has just been published in debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan).

Hari Marini (Drama/Admin team)’s poetry book has been reviewed here. She has also launched a new video of her Spirals project, online here. Hari’s company Partsuspended is part of Live Art Development Agency’s Something Other Live online series, which is ‘searching for queer ways of occupying the present and its differences’.

Daniel Oliver (Drama) has been running Queen Mary Arts and Culture Writing Retreatson Wednesdays. To sign up, or for more information, please contact us at qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk.

People’s Palace Projects has been awarded £2.7 million in funding from Barts Charity to establish a Youth Resilience Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, starting in March 2021.

Read more here

Claire Preston (English) highly recommends this FEEL GOOD DANCE video saying ‘if this doesn’t make you smile, don’t call the doctor because you’re already dead!’.

Nisha Ramayya (Creative Writing) has published a poem for May Day as part of the TENANCY project edited by poet and academic Helen Charman. Read the poem here

Matt Rubery (English) has written a blog post Audiobook highlights, which explores what goes on behind the scenes when producing an audiobook.

Show & Tell podcast is relaunched on the Anchor.fm platform, with fresh new talks from inspiring speakers in the creative industries – including a BAFTA winning TV writer and our very own Jen Harvie (in an episode is introduced by Lois Weaver).

Listen to episode #4 now

Solitude and COVID-19 Barbara Taylor (English/History)’s Solitudes project is posting a series of blogs under the heading ‘Solitude and Covid 19’. It includes pieces on self-isolation and loneliness, the treatment of the over-70s (‘Killing Off Older People), Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, Donne’s hellish sickroom solitude and more. Next to come is a blog by a former Iranian political prisoner, who spent two years in solitary confinement, on self-isolation as imprisonment.

Read the blog posts

Split Britches’ (aka Lois Weaver – Drama and Peggy Shaw – Drama Fellow) Lesbians Who Kill is available to watch online here.

Wasafiri Magazine partnered with the online Bookbound Festival 2020. Guest speakers and participants included our very own Susan Rudy and Malachi McIntosh.

Watch the recorded videos here

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

If you have any news or events for our June newsletter please  email us.

English and Drama Newsletter – April 2020 Edition

A rather strange April is here but don’t worry we have some boredom-busting links and news to share with you, so please read on.

Current students please read our updated:

Coronavirus and the School of English and Drama – FAQs for Students including assessement changes

Our student of the month this month is:

Student of the month

Abdur-Raheem Modan
BA English Literature and Linguistics (Hons)
Read his profile


DON’T FORGET YOU CAN WIN BOOKS:

If you’re a current student or graduate simply fill out a mini student profile and you could feature on our blog and newsletter next monthand win a copy of Brave New Words ed. Susheila Nasta or SED notebook.

Pictured top: A selection of book covers by our English team.

Links


POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT COURSES – VIRTUAL OPEN EVENT

Drama Postgraduate Introduction slide

Last week we held a virtual information session on Zoom for prospective students of:

English
MA English Literature / MA English Literature: Literature and Culture 1700-1900 / MA English Literature: Modern and Contemporary / MA English Literature: Postcolonial and Global Literatures

Drama (pictured above)
MA Live Art / MA Theatre and Performance / MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health

Next steps?

DISTRACTIONS & DISCOURSE


Feather Pen (Blog)
made by our BA English with Creative Writing student Aysel Dilara Kasap has some great content for you including:

Visit the blog now

Jen Harvie (Drama)‘s Stage Left with Jen Harvie podcast is free and available to listen to now. Highlights include:

  • an interview with members of the company Breach Theatre, including Billy Barrret, who did his MA in Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary. Breach Theatre’s show It’s True, It’s True, It’s True was programmed for the Barbican right now but it available online here.
  • interviews with QM graduates Sh!t Theatre and colleague Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw of Split Britches.

Listen here

Vivienne Harris’ (Drama student) persona Minnie Monotone responds to COVID-19 in this video channelling the famous 60s hit Downtown.

Georgia Haseldine (English) wants to shout out her Art Histories module students with this video from Beijing art collective S/ash, with choreography by artist Maggie Menghan Chen and soundtrack by felicita, have made this fantastic take on the at-home isolation work out video.

Knitting is taking SED by storm! Our very own student Molly Raycraft is knitting this festival top for when the weather is a bit more reliable and Jonathan Boffey is taking commissions for his next piece.

News

Pragya Dhital (English) organised a workshop seditious literature in colonial India at UCL and this has now been published  in a special section of History Workshop Journal. The introduction is on History Workshop Online, and all the articles are currently open access.

Read more in Pragya’s blog post

Pictured: Torn poster on a wall in Amritsar, Punjab, bearing images of Bhagat Singh, Har Dayal, Kartar Singh Sarabha and Lala Lajpat Rai. Source: Chris Moffat, 2011

Susheila Nasta (English/Wasafiri Magazine based at QMUL) has been made an Honorary Fellow of the English Association to recognise her contribution to the discipline.


Rosie Vincent (Drama graduate) has had a pledge for £50,000 from Mayor London for The Common Room a community space on Roman Road. Help the campaign in it’s final stages here. Rosie got in touch to say:

“Receiving the maximum pledge of £50k from the Mayor of London proves how vital this project is to help benefit residents, businesses, and community groups in Roman Road. Only two projects (out of 14) have been awarded the maximum pledge of £50k. Our project to Transform The Common Room is one of them. The Common Room is a project that has been trying to happen for over six years. We are so proud to know the Mayor of London also agrees it is time for this space to become what it truly deserves to be. The crowdfund campaign is all-or-nothing. This means Roman Road Trust still need more pledges to reach the total target and actually make the project happen.  So it is more crucial than ever to pledge your support to transform The Common Room into a place for all of us.”

Donate here:  https://www.spacehive.com/transformthecommonroom

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

If you have any news or links for next month please reply to this email.

English and Drama Newsletter – March 2020 Edition

Welcome to March. We have some incredible events and news to share with you, so please read on.

WIN BOOKS: Our next student of the month could be you!

If you’re a current student or graduate simply fill out a mini student profile and you could feature on our blog and newsletter next month and win a copy of Brave New Words: The Power of Writing Now anthology edited by Susheila Nasta or a snazzy mini SED notebook.

Complete your student profile

Events

Please note: Due to Coronavirus and Industrial Action events are subject to cancellation at short notice. Please check with organisers before attending any events.

POSTGRADUATE OPEN EVENING

Postgraduate Open Evening
18 March 2020, 4.30-7pm, QMUL – Mile End

Book online

LISTINGS

Macbeth
13-14 March 2020, 6-7.30pm, St Leonard’s Church Spitalfields

Anərkē Shakespeare and Queen Mary’s Centre for Global Shakespeares presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

Read more here

At the burial site of Richard Burbage, the first player of Macbeth: 13th and 14th of March at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch, London. Tickets available at the door or at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/macbeth

Getting into Law for non-Law Students
(you must be logged into TargetConnect as student, alumni or staff to access the link)
17 March 2020, 6-7.30pm, Bancroft Building, QMUL – Mile End

You don’t have to study Law as an undergraduate to become a lawyer – either a Solicitor or a Barrister – law firms are very interested in students from other disciplines. 

As this event, you’ll find out about what lawyers do, how to get into the profession and hear from QM alumni working in Law about how their careers have developed so far.

Book online (you must be in logged in)

Data-Driven History: Text Mining the History of Property Law in the Debates of Britain’s Parliament, 1806-1911
18 March 2020, 3-5pm, Alan Turing Institute, British Library

This talk offers a case-study of a multi-level, AI-driven research on a major problem in history: the story of property law in the modern world. It applies topic modeling, n-gram analysis, skip grams, phrase detection, sentiment analysis, guided vocabularies, geoparsing, and dynamic topic models to understand the changing valences of how contemporaries discussed the ownership and inhabitation of property over time.

This event is part of The Alan Turing Institute‘s Living With Machines project (funded by AHRC). Our very own Ruth Ahnert is Prinicipal Investigator on the project.

Queen Mary Postcolonial Seminar: Prof. Carrol Clarkson
23 March 2020, 5-6pm, ArtsTwo 3.20 – QMUL Mile End
Prof. Carrol Clarkson (Amsterdam), ‘The Aesthetics of Transitional Justice’ (a discussion, seminar paper available by  request, email a.vandervlies@qmul.ac.uk).

Alumni Angles: Women in Leadership celebrate International Women’s Day
24 March 2020, 6.30-9pm, Peston Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End To celebrate #IWD2020 join us for the inaugural event of QMUL’s Alumni Event Series ‘Alumni Angles’, part of the Queen Mary Public Event Series. The panellist event Women in Leadership: A conversation with alumnae leaders, will feature four inspirational alumnae leaders who will be talking to you about their experiences in predominantly male-led sectors and discussing how we can collectively help create a gender-equal world. The event is free for all students, alumni and staff.   Book tickets

Queer Poetics Research Network: ‘Wat if I present as a crowd’?
26 March 2020, 6-8.30pm, Graduate Centre GC701 – QMUL Mile End

Join us to hear Caroline Bergvall read from her new book, Alisoun Sings, and talk about collectivist allegiances and the making of a public voice.

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“INDELIBLE: Performing Feminism in the Age of Trump” by HOLLY HUGHES26 March 2020, PP2, People’s Palace, QMUL – Mile End

Holly Hughes is the first IHSS Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Sexual Cultures Research Group (aka SexCult) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in March 2020. Her visit is supported by the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at QMUL.
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The Last Breath Society – Martin O’Brien
28-29 March 2020, ICA

Martin O’Brien presents a landmark live art event at the world famous ICA. He continues his exploration of mortality through his pain-based practice. 

‘Born with a life-shortening disease, Martin has recently surpassed his life expectancy – as such, the artist is now living in what he terms ‘zombie time’. For The Last Breath Society(Coughing Coffin), Martin has gathered a society of sick queers, old queens and others thinking about death to collectively resist the loneliness of decay in a room full of coffins.’

Listen to Martin O’Brien on BBC: The artist who believes he’s a zombie

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News

Jerry Brotton hosted a BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature The East Speaks Back around Ottoman writer Evliya Celebi who will help us discover how the East saw the West in the 17th century. He is also speaking at Harrow Mosque on on early Islamic map making.


Michael Hughes (Creative Writing)’s novel Country has been shortlisted for The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.


Charlie Pullen (English)has won the Raymond Williams Society’s Simon Dentith Memorial Prize for his essay: ‘”Childish Things”: Marion Richardson, Modernism, and the Teaching of Creativity’.

Listen to Charlie talk on BBC Radio 4’s today programme about being first in his family to go to university. Listen from 2:52:50.

Matthew Rubery (English) has published his new book Further Reading.

Phakama, People’s Palace Projects and Wasafiri Magazine: Three arts programmes based at Queen Mary University of London have each been rated strong or outstanding by the Arts Council England  in its 2020 Creative Case for Diversity Report.

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Eleni Sophia (English student) has got to the final of Gradventure with her publishing business Perspective Press Global.

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Rosie Vincent (Drama graduate) is crowdfunding The Common Room a community space on Roman Road. Help the campaign here.

The Verbatim Formula (including our very own Maggie Inchley – Drama) hosted an event at Greater London Assembly (City Hall) on The Future of Listening in the Care System.

Tiffany Watt-Smith (Drama) gave a lecture at University of Cambridge on The Enigma of Emotion.

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February English and Drama Newsletter 2020

We are excited to share our English and Drama events and news with you.

Pictured above from left to right:

Dominic Johnson (Drama) gives an interview where he discusses his research which engages with LGBTQIA+ histories and practices. Read it

LGBT poetry night by the English Society for LGBT History Month.

Aida Edemariam one of the new judges for Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020.

Lois Weaver (Drama) hosts a long table on Queer Spaces & Anti-Capitalist Resistance in Brighton this weekend.

Will Bowers (English) who has a new book published this month. Don’t forget it’s LGBT+ History Month and there’s lots going on at Queen Mary.


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Events

New Queers on the Block
8 Feb, Brighton

Lois Weaver (Drama) will host a Long Table on Queer Spaces & Anti-Capitalist Resistance in Brighton as part of New Queers on the Block Weekender.

Oozing Gloop (Drama graduate) will present The Gloop Show episode 2 on the same day. Karis Shearer Archiving Performance and Feminist Close Listening 12 Feb, QMUL (Graduate Centre GC202 3-5pm) Karis will be speaking about archival work and its hidden aspects, in a discussion informed by the methodology of ‘feminist close listening’. All staff and postgraduate students especially welcome for further information please contact Howard Finn at h.j.finn@qmul.ac.uk.

Drama QUORUM Postgraduate Research Seminar: Louise Owen
12 Feb, QMUL

Louise Owen will give a seminar: Social Relations: Money in Performance.

Dancing for DoVES Charity Event
12 Feb, QMUL

Vote for your favourite SED couple in this dance special organised in aid of Domestic Violence UK including special guest judge Janette Manrara (Strictly Come Dancing).

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English Postgraduate Research Seminar:
Rachel Gregory-Fox

13 Feb, QMUL

Our very own Rachel Gregory-Fox will give a seminar:  Over My Dead Body: Female Dissidence, Corporeal Testimony, and Fatal Agency.

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Capital Forms Reading Group: Labour
13 Feb, QMUL

Our very own Martin Young (Drama) will facilitate a session discussing artistic labour and its wider economic and cultural stakes.

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National Portrait Gallery Visit
15 Feb, QMUL

To prepare for their upcoming life drawing class on 21 February, QMUL Art Society are arranging a museum trip to the National Portrait Gallery.

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LGBT+ Poetry Reading – English Society
27 Feb, QMUL

An event open to all to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. Bring your own poem encouraged.

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Will Bowers (English) launches his book The Italian Idea Anglo-Italian Radical Literary Culture, 1815–1823.

Shane Boyle (Drama) will give a presentation called The Fossil Economy of Live Art at the Glasgow Theatre Seminar.

Charlote Byrne (English/Comparative Literature) will be launching her Young Adult novel on Tuesday 3 March. Details here

Josh Fraser (English student) reveals all about the English society for Cub magazine. Read the piece


Saramarie Harvie (English student) hosted and curated Show and Tell #11 with a fantastic panel of speakers including: Sumaya Kassim Writer and Researcher (The Museum Will Not Be Decolonised) presenting inspiring intersectional mini talks.

Jen Harvie (Drama) has given a presentation on Genderqueering Time, Ageing and Relationships, with Split Britches at the

British Academy Conference: Narratives of old age and gender.

Kerry Hunt (Drama graduate pictured above in header image) is our student of the month. Read her thoughts

Dominic Johnson (Drama) is quoted in the Times Higher Education around the classroom as a safe space. Read the piece

Nisha Ramayya (Creative Writing)’s book was reviewed in The Guardian. She will be giving readings at The Serpentine Gallery, London on Friday 7 February, in Oxford on 10 Feb and on 20 Feb in Dundee. Nisha also starts a residency at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton with a group exhibition featuring Turner Prize winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan.

Matthew Rubery (English) has co-edited a new book called Further Reading, which is published today.

Lois Weaver (Drama) will host a Long Table on Queer Spaces & Anti-Capitalist Resistance in Brighton.

Announcements

Submissions are now open for the 2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize – enter by 1 June.

Save the date – 28 March: ‘Festival Economies: Sustaining Creative Communities of Practice’ will look at the economic impact and value of festivals with panel discussions on Outdoor Arts, Fringe, Carnival, and showcasing findings from our QMUL Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy‘s mapping of the Durga Puja in West Bengal. Follow Network on Twitter for announcements

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English and Drama – January 2020 Newsletter

Happy New Year from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London

Please note: Semester 2 starts later this year on Monday 20 January 2020 but services and support will be available until then.

Email sed-information@qmul.ac.uk if you’re studying with us and have a question.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Our student (alumna actually) of the month is Nicole Brownfield! Discover her story here.


20 THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020

We are excited to announce Catherine Silverstone is our new Head of School and Dominic Johnson will be our new Head of Drama from 1 July 2020. We also have lots more new faces and exciting developments, see the full list here or click the button below.


Events

APPLY BEFORE 15 JANUARY FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

We would love to receive an application before the UCAS deadline for our programmes.

LISTINGS

Anticolonial Hong Kong? Reflections on Revolutions of our Times
Wednesday 15 January, Institute of Advanced Study UCL

Pragya Dhital (English – British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow) chairs this urgent debate around protests in Hong Kong:

‘The 2019 Hong Kong protests have reinvigorated the city’s sense of political purpose. They are also part of a larger, global set of protests, including Beirut and Kashmir, which raise significant questions for the contemporary moment. The Hong Kong protests claim to be a ‘revolution for our times’: what does ‘revolution’ look like, and how might these protests offer a clear assessment of ‘our times’? How do the Hong Kong protests demand that we revisit the twentieth-century vocabulary of anti-imperialism — decolonisation, liberation, anticolonialism, revolution — for a twenty-first-century world? What types of revolutionary thinking is required for ‘our times’, and what role do the 2019 protests play in revising anti-imperial critique?’Book tickets

Pictland
21-22 January, Katzpace

Alumni Joseph Winer and Eilis Price are putting on their play Pictland, a political comedy which deconstructs democracy at Katzpace in January. The cast includes Alice Hope Wilson (English & Drama grad), Huw Landauer (Drama grad), Andrew Atha (Drama second year), Shavariya Padayachee (Law final year), with Caelan Oram as technical designer (Drama second year) and Roma Radford on Stage Management (History grad).

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The Ritual Turn from Tarot to Tantra
Thursday 23 January, Tate Modern

Join our very own Nisha Ramayya (Creative Writing), Candida Powell-Williams and Sarah Shin to explore ritual practices What is driving the ritual turn in today’s poetry and art? From tarot, spells and tantra – and their relationships to today. With readings and images, the speakers will consider how mystical ideas find form in poetry and sculpture. Using the Ignota Diary, the speakers will discuss how to become more creative and focused in 2020. Nisha and Candida are contributors to the Ignota Diary 2020. The diary is a tool for everyday life, with seasonal rituals, tarot spreads and astrology charts.

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Jay Parini Public Lecture, ‘Writing the Biographical Novel’
Thursday 23 January, Queen Mary University of London

Public lecture by acclaimed American writer Jay Parini A prize-winning novelist, biographer, poet, and critic, Jay Parini’s biographical novel about Walter Benjamin, Benjamin’s Crossing, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1997. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Gore Vidal, and Robert Frost (which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize in 2000). His celebrated novel about Tolstoy’s final days, The Last Station, was adapted into a film starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and James McAvoy. In 2020 Parini is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in QMUL’s School of English and Drama; he is D. E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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Holocaust Memorial Day in the People’s Palace:
A Special Preview Performance:
‘Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski’

Monday 27 January, Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University London is proud to be hosting the UK premiere of a virtuoso performance by the Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln) in collaboration with the international charity Human Rights Watch and prestigious US-global Georgetown University.

This timely work brings to life the legacy of Jan Karski, a Polish Catholic World War II hero, Holocaust witness, and late beloved professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Together, we will explore the enduring lessons of Karski’s extraordinary life — especially his belief in humanity, even in the darkest times.

The evening includes a panel discussion and live Q&A with the Director, Actor, politician and human rights expert Baroness Arminka Helic, and Queen Mary’s Penny Green, Professor of Law and specialist in the study of genocide and state crime.

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News


Markman Ellis (English)
talks with Melvyn Bragg on the BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time about the cultural history of coffee.

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Patrick Flanery (English)
‘s new book Night for Day is reviewed in Times Literary Supplement here:

‘For those who look to the 50s as a time of American greatness, Flanery’s novel stands as a forceful corrective.’.

Suzi Lewis (Admin Team)
organised a successful reverse advent calendar collecting food for Bow Food Bank at a vital time just before Christmas.


Aoife Monks (Drama)
has made the book Costume at the National Theatre, which explores what goes into designing and creating the unique costumes seen in National Theatre productions. to accompany the free exhibition now on at the National Theatre on the South Bank.


Network (QMUL research centre)
is currently collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology on a project: Mapping the Economic Worth of the Creative Industries in West Bengal.


Winter Graduation Congratulations to all of our students who graduated on Monday 16 December 2019. Remember that alumni can use the careers service for 2 years after you graduate. Our English and Drama careers consultant Laura Skedgell is available for appointments in 2020.


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English and Drama Newsletter – December 2019

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

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

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

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

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APPLY BEFORE 15 JANUARY FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

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

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

We hope you have a wonderful winter holiday!

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Events

FEATURED – BETWEEN THE LINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solitudes: Past and Present Seminar – Andrea Brady

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

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

Winter Musical: RENT

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

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Creative Writing Masterclass: Children’s Fiction

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

News

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

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


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

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

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

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

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English and Drama Newsletter – November 2019

November is here and is packed with unmissable events including: Wasafiri’s 35th birthday events including:

Read on for more top events and news from English and Drama at QMUL.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Meet our student of the month Aishah Nekiwala (pictured above centre) who graduated this yearfrom BA English. Read Aishah’s story

Events

FEATURED – EVENTS AT DR JOHNSON’S HOUSE

Our very own Jerry Brotton (English Professor) has advised on London’s Theatre of the East a new exhibition by Dr Johnson’s House and The Arab British Centre. The accompanying events programme includes: London’s Theatre of The East: Artists in Conversation Thursday 14 November 7pm featuring our very own Jerry Brotton.Irene at Dr Johnson’s House: Thursday 21 November 7pm  featuring Pen Woods and our very own Drama students.

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LISTINGS

Mojisola Adebayo presents STARS: A concept album for the stage
Thursday 7 November 2019, Homotopia – Liverpool

Told through one woman and a live DJ, with projected animation, STARS tells the story of a very… very old lady who goes into outer space… in search of her own orgasm. Isn’t that where all the orgasms go?A moving, sensitive yet funny, multi-sensory and transformative space odyssey to be made aesthetically accessible for all.

Also in the Homotopia Festival Split Britches: Retro(Per)Spective (with our very own Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw) on 9 November and The Gloop Show by our graduate Oozing Gloop on Friday 8 November.

Reimagining Britain: Curating, Performing, Publishing, Reading
Friday 8 November 2019, QMUL
This one-day symposium will host a series of discussions about the current climate for artistic and cultural production in Britain. The four thematic strands are on English literature (in particular school and university curricula design), publishing, curating and performing.

An Island Full of Voices: Writing Britain Now – Wasafiri
Saturday 9 November 2019, British Library
Celebrate 35 years of Wasafiri the magazine of international contemporary writing with a day at British Library featuring writers including Bernadine Evaristo (2019 Booker Prize Winner) and Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant editor and QMUL graduate).   

The Sexual Cultures Research Group at QMUL: Saleem Haddad
Tuesday 12 November 2019, ArtsTwo 3.20, QMUL

Saleem Haddad’s first novel, Guapa, published in 2016, was awarded a Stonewall Honour and won the 2017 Polari First Book Prize. His short stories have been published in a number of anthologies, including most recently in the Palestinian science fiction anthology “Palestine +100”. Haddad was also selected as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy Magazine. His directorial debut, Marco, premiered in March 2019 and was nominated for the Iris Prize for Best British Short. He is currently based in Lisbon.Saleem will be in conversation with Nadia Atia (QMUL).

Stephanie Newell – Postcolonial Seminar with English PGRS – Public Lecture
Thursday 14 November 2019, 6-8pm, ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL

Stephanie Newell will present a public lecture called:’ ‘Dirty’ Films in Colonial West Africa: Audience Responses to Health Propaganda Movies, 1930s-1950s’.

East Side Story – Part of A Season of Bangla Drama
Saturday 16 November 2019, The Great Hall, QMUL

East meets west in this high octane dance-off with two titans from the dance world, IMD and Bolly Flex. This show fuses hip hop and Bollywood in four acts, The Greatest Bollywood Showman, The Real Avengers of the UK, The History of Hip Hop and Romeo and Juliet Remixed!

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SHATTERING THE GLASS CEILING
Wednesday 20 November, Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre

Exclusive tickets for QMUL students and friends, email: rsvp@bac.org.uk

We are Queens. And we don’t need you to crown us.’ Getting to the roots of intersections of race, class and gender and how they impact careers, for womxn in the media and creative industries. 

The Guardian, Queen Mary University of London, Battersea Arts Centre and Omnibus Theatre unite to bring the themes around race and exclusion brought to light in Nouveau Riché’s Queens of Sheba, into the world of work.From racism towards BAME+ people to the lack of role models in many high-profile industries, this debut collaboration aims to open up discussion around the issues and give you insight into the organisations who desperately need a more diverse workforce.

Show and Tell #10
Wednesday 27 November, 6-8pm, QMUL

Booking just opened!

The 10th edition includes some top guest speakers giving inspiring mini talks. Line up includes Neil Connolly (The Crystal Maze Experience), Nafisa Bakkar (Amaliah), Mzz Kimberley (Trans activist), Elliott Ajai-Ajagbe Daley (QMUL alumnus) and Moj Taylor (Comedian). Open to all.

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Southall Black Sisters: Turning the Page
Saturday 30 November, QMUL

A literary conversation between two groups of BAME women – published writers responding creatively to the stories of the SBS support group.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar
14 and 28 November, QMUL

Join us for the next English Postgraduate research events from Stephanie Newell and Clare Barker.

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News

Mojisola Adebayo (Drama lecturer) has been awarded a 33 month Fellowship at Potsdam University for ‘White Climate: Afriquia Theatre Literatures and Agri/cultural Practices’.

Shane Boyle (Drama lecturer) will present an event to celebrate Postdramatic Theatre and Form at the 20th anniversary symposium for Hans-Thies Lehmann’s Postdramatic Theatre. This symposium is called “Postdramatic Theatre Worldwide” on 22-23 November in Berlin at Akademie der Künste.Shane is also speaking at UC Berkeley at the conference “After Post-Marxism” on 13 December.

Bridget Escolme (Drama Professor) gave a talk ahead of the production of Funeral – The Tragedy of Hamlet in the Faroe Islands.

Figs in Wigs’ Rachel Porter (Drama graduate) has written a piece for Exeunt magazine called The Ickiness of Marketing Your Art ahead of their show Little Wimmin at Pleasance Theatre.

Maggie Inchley (Drama)and Dr Sylvan Baker will lead The Verbatim Formula team working with its young people co-researchers to share young people’s experiences with MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

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Aoife Monks (Drama)has curated a free exhibition called Costume at the National Theatre, which is now open until 27 June 2020. She will be hosting The Secret Lives of Costume: A Multi-Sensory Walk as part of Being Human Festival on 23 November.

Bill Schwarz (English Professor) has written a piece for Soundings on ‘Humbug!’: Boris Johnson, Brexit and English populism.

Catherine Silverstone (Drama Reader) will speak at “Protest: Remembering Derek Jarman”, a seminar at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), which coincides with the opening of the exhibition, Derek Jarman. The exhibition is a major retrospective of the work of acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994), marking 25 years since his death. This is the first time that the diverse strands of his practice will be brought together in over 20 years.

Barbara Taylor (English and History Professor) appeared at Mental Health and the Georgian World: The ‘Madness’ of George III on 5 November.
Lois Weaver (Drama Professor) has received a Centre for Public Engagement large grant for ‘Embodied Imagination: An Interactive Workshop for Stroke Survivors’. The project is a collaboration with Prof. Pat Healy (EECS) and Rosella Galindo (EECS) and together they will develop a series of interactive workshops for Stroke Support groups around England in partnership with the Stroke Association.  Follow us on InstagramWhilst we try our hardest to make sure listings are accurate we recommend contacting the event organiser or registering before attending as mistakes can be made and we apologise for these.

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English and Drama Newsletter – October 2019

Welcome to October. We have some incredible events and news to share with you so please read on…

Picture: Meet our student of the month Şenay Camgöz from MA Live Art

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Events

OCTOBER OPEN DAY

Undergraduate Open Day
Saturday 5 October 2019, 10am-3.30pm

From Werewolves to live art, taster sessions at our open day are a great chance to explore English and Drama at QMUL.

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FEATURED

A Season of Bangla Drama
November 2019, Various venues in Tower Hamlets including QMUL

A Season of Bangla Drama is back in Tower Hamlets for another month-long festival of British-Bengali theatre. It is now in its 17th year and firmly established in the area’s cultural calendar and includes a magnificent performance of East Side Story in our very own Great Hall in The People’s Palace.

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LISTINGS

New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival
Saturday 5 October 2019, Barbican

Nisha Ramayya is reading and speaking at New Suns which explores new and continuing debates in feminist approaches to technology. She will also be reading and speaking at: Exploring Poetry as Disruption (Sat 19 Oct – Southbank Centre)  States of the Body Produced by Love (Fri 25 Oct – ICA)

Solitude, Sociability and Insanity in the Nineteenth Century
Tuesday 8 October 2019, ArtsTwo 3.20, QMUL

In the first paper in our 2019/20 seminar series, Mark Lee from the University of Oxford explores devotional solitude through the lens of ‘religious insanity’ in the nineteenth century.

Philosophy as Therapy
Wednesday 9 October 2019, LSE

Our very own Molly Macdonald is on the panel for to discuss whether thinking philosophically can be a form of self-help.

Writing Our Way Home
Tuesday 15 October 2019, Free Word EC1

What role can literature play in combatting hostile environments? In a new and exciting collaboration between Wasafiri and London’s Free Word Centre, Roger Robinson, Winsome Pinnock, Inua Ellams and Bridget Minamore join forces for readings and debate on writing and resistance. 

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QUORUM Drama Research Seminar: Molly McPhee
Wednesday 16 October 2019, QMUL

Be sure to go to the next QUORUM entitled ‘Miasmatic Performance: Carceral Atmospherics in the Theatre of Clean Break’. Photo: Pests by Vivienne Franzmann. Photo by Jonathan Keenan.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar
17 and 31 October, QMUL

Join us for the next English Postgraduate research events from Patrick Flanery and Kirsty Rolfe.

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Doing Dr Duckie’s Homemade Mutant Hope Machines
Tuesday 22 October 2019, Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex

Drama PhD Ben Walters unpacks the world-making approaches to performance, cabaret, culture and care for so-called ‘marginalised’ communities.

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Children Behind Bars

Thursday 24 October 2019, 2.07, Bancroft Building, QMUL

Matthew Ingleby will be giving a paper entitled ‘The Child through the Railings’ at this event.

Matthew will also be hosting a free Children’s Bloomsbury Walking Tour as part of Bloomsbury Festival on 20 October.

The Occult
Wednesday 30 October 2019, LSE, WC2A

How does philosophy contend with the mysterious and the inexplicable? Can it really be logic all the way down, or might rationality stand on something a little spookier? Our very own Nisha Ramayya is on hand to discuss at the Forum for Philosophy.

WEAVE IT! – Exhibition
30 October – 6 November 2019, Stour Space

Decorating Dissidence, run by our very own Jade French and alumni Dr. Lottie Whalen, invite you to ‘WEAVE IT!’ an exhibition celebrating and challenging 100 years of the Bauhaus women’s weaving workshop.   This exhibition considers the legacies of crafting and weaving from modernism to the contemporary, exhibiting textile practitioners who respond in different ways to the Bauhaus and beyond.

The launch night on 1st November will see performances by Rasia Kabir and SED’s Julie Rose Bower, with DJs and drinks. 
ONGOING


Read the Room – Contemporary Poetry Reading Group
Every Wednesday (12-1pm) in the Yurt, St Benet’s Chaplaincy, QMUL

Join Read the Room every Wednesday (beginning 9 October) to gather together and fill the room with poetry. Each week we will read aloud work by a different poet or on a different theme, appreciating the culture of contemporary poetry and a collaborative environment.

Meet other poetry enthusiasts or casual readers, stay on top of poetry events, or just enjoy reading something new. Drop in or just come when you can, Read the Room aims to be an accessible space to have fun with poetry.

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BOOK AHEAD

Frauke Requardt & Daniel Oliver
Dadderrs

5-6 November 2019, The Place

Daniel is dyspraxic and is too slow.
Frauke has ADHD and is too quick.
They are married and have kids.

Join the couple in the Meadowdrome, their fantastical escapist world. Together you will encounter awkwardly intimate interactive actions, strange dances, sweet and surreal songs, and other off-kilter “grown-up” activities.

This interactive show invites you to explore, converse and play within the neurodivergent realm Daniel and Frauke have created.

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Turning the Page
Saturday 30 November 2019, QMUL

Launching an anthology of writings, Turning the Page, by the SBS Survivors’ Group: A literary conversation between two groups of BAME women – published writers responding creatively to the stories of the SBS support group.

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News

Mojisola Adebayo will be presenting The Interrogation of Sandra Bland at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in October, culminating in a performance by a huge chorus of black / women-of-colour on stage.

Pragya Dhital joined the English department in September as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, with a project on proscribed political pamphlets in colonial India. During the summer she had two articles published: “From ‘Imam ul-Hind’ to Azizul Hind: The ‘One Man Media House’ in Modern India”, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 42:3, 452-468, DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2019.1596778 “Media satyagraha in the broadcast age: underground literature and populist politics during the Indian internal emergency of 1975–1977”, Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 21: 7, 942-958, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2019.1585908

Michael Hughes (Creative Writing Lecturer)’s book is reviewed by The New York Times: ‘Hughes’s story proceeds at a breakneck cinematic pace, full of booby traps, double agents and arias promising gruesome revenge.’ Read the full review here

Eleni Sophia (aka English student Sophia Hussain) has published her third book ‘This One’s For You’. The poetry collection is about encouraging young women about the importance of self-love and provides words of encouragement for those going through a tough time.

In July, both Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian shared her poem ‘Her Mindset’ from my first poetry book, ‘Good Morning to Goodnight’ on their Snapchat and Instagram stories.

Hari Marini (Research Student Support) has published her poetry collection 28 ΔΙΑΔΡΟΜΕΣ ΤΗΣ | 28 PATHS OF HER. It has been reviewed here.

Susheila Nasta (English Professor) is has edited a collection called Brave New Words: The Power of Writing Now (Out 7 November) an anthology of essays by 15 world writers to celebrate 35 years of Wasafiri but also channels the hot political topics of today. It features work from Bernardine Evaristo, Tabish Khair, Blake Morrison, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Marina Warner and many more.

Pathologies of Solitude project has been awarded a ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ grant by the Wellcome Trust (£21,192) for a project addressing solitude and loneliness as aspects of migrant and refugee experience.

The 18-month project is led by Akshi Singh, postdoctoral fellow on the ‘Pathologies of Solitude’ project, and Nisha Ramayya ( Creative Writing Lecturer at QMUL), and is partnered by Akwaaba, an anti-racist migrant befriending centre in East London.

The project will support six creative arts workshops to be held at
Akwaaba, facilitated by BME writers and other diverse artists. Its
results will be disseminated through zines made with workshop
participants, an exhibition and a public story-telling event.

People Palace Projects’Xingu Encounter has been nominated for a Times Higher Education award for ‘International Collaboration of the Year’. The project explores new ways to work with indigenous people in Brazil to preserve & protect their knowledge & culture.

Mahima Tyagi (English with Creative Writing student) has taken over the School of English and Drama Instagram.

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Ellen Wiles (English Teaching Fellow) curated and spoke at Asylum Stories: Fact, Fiction, Truth event at British Library.

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English and Drama Mini Newsletter – August 2019

Confirmation and Clearing

Confirmation: We are excited to results day on Thursday 15 August to welcome our incoming students ahead of welcome week starting on 16 September.

Clearing: We are likely to have a limited number of places on our English and Drama programmes and would love to hear from you when you have your results. Use the button below to find out more and register your details.

Events

Queen Mary at the Edinburgh Fringe – All Month

Students, alumni and staff will be heading up to Edinburgh to showcase their performance work. Check out our blog post for details of shows we’ve heard about.

News

Update from Morag Shiach

Morag gave the keynote  lecture at the Modernism in the Home conference at the University of Birmingham 1-2 July. Charlie Pullen, Harriet Baker, and Jade French also presented papers at the conference. My lecture is on Youtube, and the title is Modernism, Melancholia, History and Home. Watch here

She has also written the Afterword to a great collection of essays published this week on Modernist Work.

Network helped to run a workshop on digital platforms for Craft (UK/China) at Cockpit Arts on 27 June, as part of an AHRC-funded  research project led by Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns (EECS) on which we are a partner.  More information here 

English and Drama Newsletter – May 2019

Welcome to the May Newsletter.

May is an exciting month for us including Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health conference and a free outdoor edition of inspiring mini talks series Show and Tell at All Points East: In the Neighbourhood in Victoria Park.

Pictured above: Our MA Live Art cohort and staff took over the Victoria and Albert Museum on for V&A Friday Late on Friday 26 April. Photo credit: Hydar Dewachi.

Events

Throughout May-July 2019

DIY LIFE SKILLS
May-July 2019  | QMUL – Mile End

We’re launching a programme of 10 unmissable workshops to help you develop your skills to work in the creative and cultural industries. The creative skills project formerly known as DIY HIGH SCHOOL is back for 2019 as DIY LIFE SKILLS.

DIY LIFE SKILLS gives our Queen Mary University of London students and our community vital extra practical skills for working in the creative and cultural industries. These include making videos, photography, tax, CVs, public speaking, social media for work and WordPress/blogging. The workshops are free for our students and our local community. See the programme

May Listings

Identify: A research network for neurodivergent students – second meeting

Fri 3 May | Room 2.18, ArtsTwo, QMUL, Mile End

Identify is a postgraduate study group that will meet regularly to build a research cohort within SED. Participants identify as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), including dyslexia, dyspraxia and other neurodivergent ways of being that impact our study patterns, academic activities, and research outputs. 

Their second meeting will be held on Friday 3rd May from 4-6pm in room 2.18, Arts Two. All are welcome. If anyone requires directions or wants to get in touch for more information, they’re welcome to email John Dunn on j.l.o.dunn@qmul.ac.uk.

Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English Seminar
Wed 8 May, 1pm  | Room 2.17, ArtsTwo, QMUL – Mile End

Mimi Ensley (University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway)
will speak on ‘Meeting Lydgate’s Ghost’.

Drama Futures
Wed 8 May, 4.30pm  | Theatre Peckham

If you are considering studying drama make sure to book a spot on this. Email c.palmer@qmul.ac.uk


Dr Duckie
Sat 11 May, 6.30pm | Royal Vauxhall Tavern

‘Introducing Dr Duckie – aka our very own Ben Walters (Drama department) – in a public explanation ünt examination of his just completed PhD with Queen Mary University of London on Duckie in the Community

It’s about the neo-liberal wobble, the technology of queer fun, and doing family differently.

Aimed at community theatre workers and grass roots performance activists – and random interested punters – it unpacks methods of performance, cabaret and event culture interventions for so-called ‘marginalised’ communities”.

A Nation of Tea Drinkers: British Culture and the Global Tea Trade
Sat 21 May, 5.15pm | Senate House

This free talk will explore the history of tea and the performance of its consumption at the Georgian tea-table. Markman Ellis (English department) will examine tea as a commodity, an event and an idea by looking at poems, essays, satires and paintings from the early 1700s. These highlight the event of tea-drinking, its context in the global trade of the East India Company and its construction among high-status women.


‘Queer Occulture and Feminist Ritual Performance’: Dennis Denisoff
Thu 23 May, 6pm | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End

All are welcome to attend this insightful lecture on the connections between Victorian and Modernist authors and writers and queer/feminist reformulations of gender.


Show and Tell at All Points East: In the Neighbourhood

Tue 28 May, 2.15pm | Victoria Park, Bow

Queen Mary University of London presents Show and Tell a podcast recording of 10 inspiring mini talks from current students and special guests on studying and working in the creative industries. Discover the insider secrets to working in the arts, humanities and social sciences and hear young people with something to say from one of London’s most inclusive universities.

Show and Tell has been running for 2 years at Queen Mary with over 35 speakers from TV producers, award-winning writers, researchers and journalists inspiring over 300 people to enter these industries.

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S A L O N – LONDON presents PRODUCED BY LOVE: REPRODUCTION IN FEMINIST POETICS, featuring Amy De’Ath and Nisha Ramayya
Fri 31 May | King’s College London

At this event, Amy De’Ath and Nisha Ramayya will discuss their current research, sharing a combination of critical writing and poetry. They will consider the overlaps in their work via the concept of reproduction in feminist poetics. Book tickets

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Live Art Now
1 June | QMUL, Mile End

The Live Art Development Agency and the Drama Department at Queen Mary University of London present a day of discussions around kickstarting and maintaining a Live Art practice and an opportunity to find out more about the exciting new MA Live Art programme.

Photo credit: Molly Horner by Holly Revell


Romanticism at The Royal Institution
Fri 7 June | The Royal Institution, Green Park

In a special addition to its regular programme, the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar has partnered with the Fordham Romanticism Group (New York) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain to hold a half-day symposium on the theme Romanticism at the Royal Institution.

Picture: Surrey Institution Ackermann 1808

News

Tamara Atkin and Jaclyn Rajsic (English department) have edited and published a collection of essays called: Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain: Essays in Honour of Professor Julia Boffey. The people of Twitter showed their love for our very own Professor Julia Boffey here.

Shahidha Bari (English department) hosted the launch of Queen Mary University of London’s Strategy 2030 at Victoria and Albert Museum on 3 May 2019. See the strategy

Jen Harvie (Drama department) appeared on two BBC broadcast discussions at BBC Free Thinking Festival which you can listen to on iPlayer:

  • ‘The Emotions of Now’, Sage Gateshead, 29 March 2019, BBC Radio 3, 8 April 2019, 22:00 Listen here
  •  ‘The Actors’ Guide to the Emotions’, St Mary’s Church, Gateshead, 31 March 2019. BBC Radio 3, 7 April 2019, 18:45 Listen here

Gabriel Krauze (English graduate) has got a book deal with Fourth Estate for a “breath-taking” debut work of autofiction about London gang-life. Read more


Gem Stokes (English student) is our very first student of the month. Read our interview with her here.

English and Drama Newsletter April 2019

Welcome to the April Newsletter.

We’re looking for students to profile on our blog, social media. If you’re interested click the button below and become part of our School’s history.

Above: Watch English with Creative Writing student Mahima Tyagi’s moving short film poem here.

Events

Queen Mary Theatre Company: Edinburgh Auditions
April | QMUL, Mile End

Queen Mary Theatre Company are looking for new actors and backstage crew for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe trip! The four pieces of new writing cover a wide expanse of contemporary topics, from the first humans on Mars and Artificial Intelligence, to girls in rock songs and … kidnapping? To find out more and how you can audition/get involved, head to our website.

unDisturbed
5-6 April | Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington

BA (Hons) Drama student and Royal Albert Hall Young Producer Francesca Kamil is helping to present new unDISTURBED events series.

Francesca says: ‘Saturday is a celebration of resisting with a collective of fierce Drag Queens with down syndrome, female drum and bass beatbox power from Kimmy Beatbox, Steamdown who jump off the sonic springboard of Afrofuturism, grime and future soul, all fused together with the fearless spontaneity of jazz AMONG OTHER SURPRISES AND DELIGHTS.’

The Sick of the Fringe: Care and Destruction
6-7 April | Wellcome Collection, Euston

Join our very own performance provocateurs Daniel Oliver, Lois Weaver and Martin O’Brien for a festival of performances and conversations around health, care and social justice.

Dumped by Emily Howarth (Drama graduate)
12 April | Overlock Arts, Hackney

Catch a preview of Emily’s new show described as: ‘Part stand-up, part music performance and part emotional unraveling, ‘Dumped’ is about surviving through song.’

Queer-feminist Ecocriticism in Live Art & Visual Culture
13 April | QMUL, Mile End

Queer-feminist Ecocriticism in Live Art & Visual Cultures is a one-day international conference that brings together artists, theorists and activists to cover topics ranging from non-human ethics to ecosexuality.

Image credit: Nadja Verena Marcin, Ophelia (Still 3), 2017. Photo: Marque DeWinter. Courtesy the artist & 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel.

Drama Taster Day
29 April | QMUL, Mile End

If you’re interested in making theatre, social activism and exploring radical new ideas then this taster is for you. You’ll experience both practical and theoretical workshops, led by our academics and hear about the career prospects of Queen Mary Drama graduates.

Identify : a research network for neurodivergent students
3 May | QMUL, Mile End

Identify is a postgraduate study group that will meet regularly to build a research cohort within English and Drama. The group identify as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), including dyslexia, dyspraxia and other neurodivergent ways of being that impact our study patterns, academic activities, and research outputs. 

Their second meeting will be held on Friday 3rd May from 4-6pm in room 2.18, Arts Two. All are welcome. If anyone requires directions or wants to get in touch for more information, they’re welcome to email John Dunn on j.l.o.dunn@qmul.ac.uk.

News


Nadia Atia (English) and Ruby Tuke (English) both won Education Awards for Postgraduate Teaching Champion and Assessment and Feedback Champion respectively. Many other staff members were nominated and shortlisted across multiple categories. Find out more about some of the shortlisted candidates here. Read Nadia’s latest published piece Death and Mourning in Contemporary Iraqi Texts.

Shahidha Bari‘s new book Dressed: The Secret History of Clothes  (pictured above) has been recommended as one of the The 30 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2019 by Stylist Magazine.

BBC Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead featured lively debate around the emotions including Shahidha Bari hosting a debate on anger and Jen Harvie on The Actors’ Guide to the Emotions.

Shane Boyle (Drama)’s co-edited book Postdramatic Theatre and Form has been published this month.

Jerry Brotton (English) takes to BBC Radio 3 to go in search of the ancient and very beautiful idea that places music at the centre of our universe: the Harmony of the Spheres. Listen here

Ali Campbell (Drama)’s The Theatre of the Oppressed in Practice Today: An Introduction to the Work and Principles of Augusto Boalbook has been published through Bloomsbury.

Elf Lyons (Drama graduate) was featured in a Guardian interview: ‘It’s the comedy economy, stupid! Elf Lyons on the true cost of standup’.

Maggie Inchley and the Verbatim Formula team including Clarice Montero (Drama student) have presented to government twice recently on real experiences of the care system to the Minister for Children and the testimonies of current students to the Office for Students.

Network: The QMUL Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy Get a spring update from the creative industries hub here.

Martin O’Brien (Drama) is featured on a BBC Sounds special called Ouch: Disability Talk: The Artist Who Believes He’s A Zombie Listen here

Barbara Taylor (English and History) profiles loneliness in Are we more lonely than our ancestors? for BBC.

Nadia Valman (English)’s Brick Lane Traces event projected the history of the East London hotspot at key sites. Pictured above: Roshanara, thought to be the first Bengali woman in Brick Lane in the 1950s, projected on the now derelict Seven Stars pub in Brick Lane, where she liked to hang out. Photograph by Raju Vaidyanathan. From the collaboration with projection artist Karen Crosby.

Lois Weaver (Drama) wins Lois wins The Hawking Award for
Developed Understanding of Public Engagement.

English and Drama Newsletter March 2019

Welcome to our March newsletter.

On 1 March local Rushanara Ali (pictured above) self-professed rebel MP gave some great advice to students at QMUL.

Her talk was about her work in making social change happen at The Young Foundation and answered student questions.

Events

Experimental Poetry in Spain Now | Monday 4 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo | 6pm

A special event led by our Centre for Poetry to explore Spanish women’s radical thinking and writing, featuring Lola Nieto and Sara Torres, followed by a Q&A led by Omar Garcia.

A polyphonic poetry event, Nieto and Torres aim to activate the critical and performative power of ritual (as discussed by Nicole Brossard) whilst launching their books, Vozánica (2018) and Phantasmagoria (2019). Visual work by artist Marta Velasco will accompany the performance.

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Moa Johansson: Sympoietic Temporalities | 6-30 March – Live Performance 5 March 7pm | Husk Coffee & Creative Space E14

BA Drama Alumni Moa Johansson (pictured above at start of section) marks the end of her 6-month residency at Husk Creative Space, Moa Johansson presents ‘Sympoietic Temporalities’ – an installation on structure, configuration and ‘organisationally ajar’ architecture explored through the mediums of choreography, photography and moving image. The installation is a response to Moa Johansson’s on-going research concerning the ecology of contemporary living and its urgencies.

History of Libraries seminar: Kyle Roberts: ’21st Century Digital Approaches to Rethinking 19th Century American Catholic Libraries’ | Tues 5 March | Warburg Institute | 5.30pm

Kyle Roberts was a postdoc in the School of English and Drama (2009-11) on the project ‘Dissenting Academy Libraries and their Readers, 1720-1860’, funded by the AHRC Religion and Society Programme. Together with Rosemary Dixon and Dmitri Iourinski he created the Virtual Library System. He is now Associate Professor of Public History and New Media and Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago.

Queen Mary Postcolonial Seminar: David Austin:  | Wednesday 6 March | QMUL, Laws 1.02 | 2pm

Writer David Austin will be talking on ‘The Poetics and Politics of Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution’.

‘My Story, My Words’ | Thursday 7 March | Department for Education, SW1P | 6pm

Hosted by the Minister for Children, Nadhim Zahawi at the Department of Education UK, young people from Wandsworth CLIC (Children in Care Council) will be designing, producing and performing the event, based on their experiences of care. The performance is part of The Verbatim Formula, a participatory research project for care-experienced young people. It uses verbatim theatre techniques, listening and dialogue to work with young people, care leavers, social workers, and universities.

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Stratford East’s Youth Company presents ‘Chaos | Thursday 7 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo Film and Drama Studio | 7.30pm

Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Company are bringing their new show CHAOS to Queen Mary as part of the National Theatre Connections programme on Thursday March 7th at 7.30pm in the Film and Drama Studio, Art Two Building, QM campus, Mile End Road, E1 4NS. Seats are VERY limited. Please email Mojisola on m.adebayo@qmul.ac.uk if you plan to come along.

If you can’t make CHAOS on 7 March  there is another chance to see a local youth theatre show on 27 March at 7pm in the Pinter Studio. This one is NEMESIS 2 and the youth theatre is part of A Team Arts – Tower Hamlets Youth Arts Services based at Brady Arts Centre. All are welcome!

Brick Lane Traces | Sun 12 March | Register for meeting point, Brick Lane | 6.30pm

Following the success of The Last of the London in November Nadia Valman (English) is collaborating with artist Karen Crosby once again for a walk along Brick Lane, using writings and archive projections to evoke the former residents of the street.

QMCRLE Seminar in Religion and Literature: Dr Ceri Law | Fri 20 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo 3.16 | 5pm

Dr Ceri Law will present a paper on ‘Sermons, Life-writing and Biographical Memory’.

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Writing Embodiment: Senses and Situations in Victorian Literature | Wed 20 March | QMUL, Senior Common Room | 5.30pm

Come join us to celebrate the recent publication of three monographs by three Victorianist scholars here at Queen Mary: Professor Catherine Maxwell’s Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture (2017), awarded the 2018 ESSE Book Prize for Literatures in the English Language, Dr Matthew Ingleby’s Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the Production of Bloomsbury: Novel Grounds (2018), and Dr Heather Tilley’s Blindness and Writing: From Wordsworth to Gissing (2017).See our events

News and Opportunities

Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger and Charlotta Salmi (English) win Educational Excellence Award for their work on our dissertation. Read more here.

Clarice Montero (Drama) and Maggie Inchley (Drama) are looking for your experiences of university for an Office for Students (UK Government) project. The testimonials will be performed anonymously to the government’s new Office for Students. Email clarice.montero@gmail.com to take part.

Isabel Rivers (English)’s book Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800 (Oxford, 2018) is a finalist in the Theology and Religious Studies category of The Association of American Publishers (AAP) 2019 PROSE Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2018.

David Duff (English) launched the new The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism at London-Paris Romanticism Seminar on 1 March.

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is now open for submissions in February in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. This year the stellar judging line up is: Louise Doughty (Fiction), Warsan Shire (Poetry) and Nikesh Shukla (Life Writing).

Michael Shane Boyle (Drama) has co-edited a new Methuen Drama book: Postdramatic Theatre and Form, which is published this month.

Barbara Taylor (English and History): delivered her inaugural lecture on Philosophical Solitude. Read more here

Queen Mary Theatre Company: Various members of the company have been part of ACT ii  the largest ever inter-university theatrical collaboration in London in a festival of new plays. at Arcola Theatre.See our full press log If you have any news or events you’d like to promote please do let me know.

Have a wonderful March!