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.

Follow @QMEnglishPGRS on Twitter for booking links

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.

Book here

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.

Find out more

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.

Follow us for news and views from Mahima and our students

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

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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.

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

Book Ahead

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.

Get more information about the project

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!

English and Drama Newsletter January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to our January newsletter.  We wish you all the best for 2019 and look forward to seeing our students and staff from next week when semester 2 begins.


Photo from Winter graduation 2018 in December

JAN 15

11 days left to apply to study with us Study English, Creative Writing, Drama
all with a year abroad. Courses start this September 2019.

See our study abroad hub for more information.

 

Events

Show and Tell is back for 2019 every Wednesday in February with a diverse line up of inspiring speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries.

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BOOK AHEAD

The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Barbara Taylor – Philosophical Solitude
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of london
Tuesday 26 February 2019, 6.30pm The philosopher mediating alone in his study is a cliché of western culture. But behind the hackneyed image lies a long history of controversy. Was solitude the ‘school of genius’, as Edward Gibbon claimed, or did it breed irrationalism, dogmatism and melancholy, as Dr Johnson and others insisted? In the 1730s David Hume suffered a breakdown which he attributed to his solitary philosophising; three decades later, in a much-publicised quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Hume attacked Rousseau’s reclusiveness as ‘savage’, ‘bestial’, the mark of an ‘arrant madman’. A life of lone thought was pathological: a judgement that still finds echoes in present-day concerns about social isolation and loneliness.

Barbara Taylor is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, based in the Schools of History and English and Drama. She is currently leading a 4-year project, ‘Pathologies of Solitude,18th – 21st C’, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Read more

JANUARY

Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature:
Seminar: Dr Lucy Wooding, Oxford ‘The Book as Image: Tudor Religious Culture and Perceptions of Print’

ArtsTwo 3.16, Queen Mary University of London
Wednesday 9 January 2019, 5-7pm

This paper will discuss the relationship between word and image in
early modern England, focusing in particular on the ways in which books were conceptualized within religious discourse as variously text, object and image, suggesting that the dialogue about and between these different forms offers important insights into the evolution of religious culture in an era of reform.
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Travelling Queer People’s History Show – Scratch PerformanceQueen Mary University of London
Saturday 19 January 2019, 6pm
The Travelling Queer People’s History Show takes the audience on a startling journey underneath the foundations of some of Britain’s biggest galleries to uncover a hidden history of queer prisoners, prisons and penal colonies.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar 2019ArtsOne lecture Theatre Queen Mary University of London
Thursday 17 + 31 January, 14 + 28 February, 14 + 28 March and 23 May 2019, 6pm Our groundbreaking postgraduate research seminar continues with a wide range of speakers in 2019.

News

Harriet Baker (English PhD) has won The Tony Lothian Prize for Rural Hours: Interwar Female Writers project. Read more here
  • Nadia Valman (English) spoke at the Museum of Liverpool about using digital technology to unlock layers of heritage.
  • Ali Campbell (Drama)’s book The Theatre of the Oppressed in Practice Today (Bloomsbury) is being published on 21 March 2019.
  • Tiffany Watt-Smith (Drama) from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize to begin work on a new project exploring the cultural history of sleep. Read more

Opportunities & Competition

OPEN CALL: EcoFutures: Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological and Environmental Changes” (4-19 April 2019) Read more

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE WORK EXPERIENCE: Work experience applications open on 8 January. Information here

18c FELLOWSHIP: The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, in conjunction wit the British Society for Eighteenth-Century StudiesShort-Term Early-Career Visiting Fellowship 2018-19. Deadline: 17 January 2019

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English and Drama Newsletter – November 2018

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

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

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

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

EVENTS | NEWS | LINKS

Events

Applications now open

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

Apply to our programmes

Ask a question

POSTGRADUATE OPEN EVENINGS

PhD Open Evening

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

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

Book a place

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

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

Book a place

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

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

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

It will challenge many opinions that readers hold regarding the novel, as well as placing it within the current political climate in the UK and USA. You will have the opportunity to question our experts, as well as having the chance to speak with undergraduates about what it is like to study literature at university level.

Book a free ticket online

NOVEMBER LISTINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Tragedy of King Richard II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See more events coming up

News

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

Read more about her trip here

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

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

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

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

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

Press from last month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links

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

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

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

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

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

English and Drama Newsletter – October 2018

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

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

EVENTS


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

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

Listen now on Soundcloud

Listen now on Spotify

 

Events

UNDERGRADUATE OPEN DAY

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

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

Tasters include:

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


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

Register for open day

See the full taster programme


OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

Frankenreads

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

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

Book a free ticket online


OCTOBER LISTINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow QMPGRS on Twitter for updates

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

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

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

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

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


PLUS IN EARLY NOVEMBER

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

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

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


News from the School

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

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

Book Published this Month


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

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


Links

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

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

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

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

English and Drama Newsletter – August 2018

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

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

Events

RESULTS DAY/CONFIRMATION

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

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

Call us to discuss your options


HIGHLIGHTS FOR AUGUST

qmtc previews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from the School

Colored sculpture

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

BACLS

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

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

Popular Postcolonialisms

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

Links

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

HYG

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

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

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

 

English and Drama Newsletter – June 2018

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

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

EVENTS | NEWS | LINKS

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

Events

OPEN EVENTS

MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health Presents
Performance and Mental Health: Perspectives and Practices
6.30pm Wednesday 6 June 2018
Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End Campus

The MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health course at Queen Mary University of London presents a series of talks, presentations and provocations on the theme of performance, art and mental health. Speakers include: Bobby Baker, Dr Bridget Escolme, Jeremy Weller, Jo Hauge, Lucy Hutson, and Dr Maria Turri.

Register

Undergraduate Open Days
Friday 22-Saturday 23 June 2018, 10:00-16:00
QMUL – Mile End Campus

We will be hosting taster sessions and subject talks about English and Drama, and staff will be available to talk through the course and life at Queen Mary. Plus,  campus tours, events and activities for potential future students.

Register

PEOPLING THE PALACE(S)

Department of Drama
Peopling the Palace(s) Festival
Monday 11-Sunday 17 June 2018
QMUL – Mile End

Book now for events, performances and conversations including:

•  DIY HIGH SCHOOL (11 June): two workshops in creative skills (Photoshop and Video Editing) and a bespoke feedback session on creative projects and CVs.
•  Women’s Voices in Parliament (13 June): A #VOTE100 representation debate special in our stunning Octagon space. Contributors include Sarah Childs, Jen Harvie, Rainbow Murray, Lise Olson, Naomi Paxton, Nirmal Purwar and Nephertiti Schandorf.
•  Performance and Mental Health: Perspectives and Practices (13 June): A series of talks, presentations and provocations on the theme of performance, art and mental health.
•  First Flights (15 June) and Alumni Platform (16 June): Free graduating student and alumni performances in the Pinter studio.
•  The Precariousness of Photography: Manuel Vason (17 June): A photography and performance workshop with leading performance photographer Manuel Vason.

See the full programme of events

MORE EVENTS IN JUNE

Space Dogs
4-6 June 2018, 19:00
Theatre N16 at Styx, Tottenham Hale

Written by Drama graduate Sebastiao Marques Lopes and featuringcstudents past. The dog-eat-dog world of 1960s politics, the private battles of the era’s superpowers, and the seemingly never-ending Cold War are realised in this tale of survival, sacrifice and sausages.

QM Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Suvir Kaur (Pennsylvania): Apostrophe as a Theory of History
Friday 8 June 2018, 15:00-17:00
Lock-keepers Cottage, QMUL – Mile End

“Personification has attracted continuing critical attention as a figure for the power of poetry to animate the inanimate and to give voice to the voiceless. In turn, apostrophe has been read as exemplary of lyrical voice, and of those forms of poetic address that model self-referential circuits of poetic utterance.”

Arts and Culture at QMUL
Queen Mary Arts and Culture Annual Lecture by Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Friday 8 June 2018, 18:00
Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre, QMUL – Mile End

Tate Director Maria Balshaw – honorary professor for the MA Creative Industries and Arts Organisation programme from September 2018 – gives the Queen Mary Arts and Culture Annual Lecture.

Arts and Culture at QMUL
La Mer (Four hands, Two dancers, Two Films)
12-13 June 2018, various times
Great Hall, People’s Palace, QMUL – Mile End

Celebrating 2018 as the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, his masterwork La Mer (partly composed when Debussy stayed in Eastbourne) is realised in a newly created live performance event that combines the composer’s version for piano duet, with dance and film.

You are warmly invited to attend one or all of the events below:
Full Open Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, 12th June 2018, at 5.30pm.
Contemporary Dance Workshop: Wednesday, 13th June 2018, 11am–1pm. Please note: 20 pleaces only. Booking essential.
Performances of La Mer: Wednesday, 13th June 2018, at 5.30pm & 6.30pm.

The Sexual Cultures Research Group Presents: Heather Love – ‘Beginning With Stigma’
Thursday 14 June 2018, 18:00-20:00
ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End

This talk is taken from the introduction to Love’s new book, Underdogs, which aims to historicize the rise of queer theory and elaborate its debts to post-WWII social science, in particular the field of deviance studies.

Battersea Audio Chatback: Making Change for Care and Care Leavers
Monday 25 June 2018, 18:00 – 19:30
Battersea Arts Centre

Young people in Wandsworth are working with verbatim techniques to produce performance that shares their experience of care services. Join us in the Battersea Arts Centre Audio Tour to hear their testimonies – and take part in discussion of what can change for the better in local authority care and education. An ARHC-funded project led by Maggie Inchley (Drama) and People’s Palace Projects.

First Bites: STARS
29-30 June 2018
Ovalhouse, Oval

Mojisola Adebayo will be presenting a staged reading of her latest play STARS at Ovalhouse Theatre (near Oval tube) on June 29 (7.30pm) and 30 (2.30 and 7.30pm with BSL interpretation).

STARS is the story of an old lady who goes into space… in search of her own orgasm. STARS is supported by Queen Mary Drama Department, the Centre for Public Engagement and Arts Council England.

See all of our events coming up

 

News from the School

Susheila Nasta (English – Wasafiri Magazine) has been involved as a consultant on British Library’s Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition, recently featured in the Guardian. Wasafiri Magazine is hosting Windrush Women: Past and Present, an evening of poetry and readings inspired by the lives of female writers from the Windrush era, at the British Library on Monday 25 June.

Zoë McGee (English PhD Candidate) was named the winner of QMUL Three Minute Thesis. The competitors had just three minutes to tell a non-specialist audience and a panel of judges about their research and results. Zoë will now go on to represent QMUL in Vitae’s online national semi-finals, which will run in July and August. Six finalists will present their Three Minute Theses at the Vitae International Conference in September.
Matthew Rubery (English) has had an article published in New Literary History ‘Ulysses, Blindness, and Accessible Modernism‘.

Mojisola Adebayo has been made a Literary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Read more in the press release.

Dominic Johnson (Drama) has been shortlisted for The TaPRA Prize for Editing (Edited Collection or Special Issue) for his co-edited book:  It’s all Allowed: the Performances of Adrian Howells (Live Art Development Agency and Intellect, 2016).

Catherine Maxwell (English) talks about her book Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture in the May books round-up on Irish radio station Newstalk. Listen here from 09:20.

See more on the SED blog

 

Links

1. There is free access to Adnan Sarwar’s ‘Back To Iraq’ published in Wasafiri Issue 94. Adnan Sarwar’s BBC series ‘Journey in the Danger Zone: Iraq’ is currently airing on BBC 2 Sundays at 9pm. Read online here

2. Drama graduates Hugo Aguirre and Franciska Ery are presenting their show Asking for a Raise from 3 July at The Space.

3. Caine Prize nominee Makena Onjerika will be in conversation and reading her shortlisted story ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’ (published in Wasafiri) at SOAS 26 June, Willesden Library 28 June, and Africa Writes 30 June.

4. Guardian article Play staged in central London church explores parish’s gentrification was partially researched during director Gemma Kerr’s “Air B2B” residency in Brazil, hosted at Casa Rio by British Council Brazil and People’s Palace Projects.

5. Drama graduate Martha Pailing is performing her show Background People at Roundhouse in Camden as part of the Last Word Festival.

6. Wasafiri New Writing Prize deadline is fast approaching. Applications for Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing entries close on 13 July 2018.

7. Watch a clip from People’s Palace Projects’ With One Voice choir, made up of a group of people with experience of homelessness in Rio de Janeiro.

English and Drama Newsletter – May 2018

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

Don’t miss our thought-provoking partnership with Tate exploring the theme: Producing Memory: Maps, Materials, Belongings this week until Sunday 6 May.
Full programme here / Facebook Event

ps. Check out our new Module in a Minute videos

Events

BOOK AHEAD

The Lisa Jardine Lecture 2018: Isobel Armstrong
‘Alternative Fin de Siècle Poetries: Kipling, Hardy, Field, Meynell’


Wednesday 6 June 2018, 18:30
Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End Campus

The School of English and Drama invites you to our annual Lisa Jardine lecture for 2018.

Register on Eventbrite here

IN MAY

Hannah Maxwell
I, AMDRAM


Thursday 3 May, 19:15
Camden People’s Theatre, Euston

In this debut storytelling performance, Drama graduate Hannah Maxwell makes a prodigal’s return to the musty vibrancy of amateur dramatics – embroiling her family
for four generations.

Media History Seminar
N. Katherine Hayles on Postprint
Friday 4 May, 18:00
Senate Room, Senate House

“From Print to Postprint: How Printing Technologies Became Cognitive”

BIRDS: A Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park SoundCamp 2018
Saturday 5 May, 12:00 – 14:00
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Please join us on International Dawn Chorus Day to listen to the bird life of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park while walking between three performances interpreting birds through speech, song and instrumentation. Produced by Ella Finer (Drama) for the QMUL Centre for Sound Cultures, directed by Rhiannon Moss and Kester Richardson.

Part of Tate Exchange
Wasafiri launches ‘Refuge’ issue, guest-edited by Bidisha
Friday 4 May, 18:30 – 20:30
5th Floor, Blatnavik Building, Tate Modern

Wasafiri is launching their special ‘Refuge’ issue, guest-edited by writer and journalist Bidisha. Enjoy lively debate and poetry readings from contributors, Olumide Popoola, Lisa Luxx, Sophie Herxheimer and guest editor Bidisha at an evening promising a celebration of creativity in expressing the urgency and terror of the refugee crisis.
RSVP on Eventbrite here

Evening seminar: Professor Erik Tonning (Bergen) ‘”European Paideuma”: Ezra Pound’s Poetic and Political Faith in the 1930s’
Wednesday 9 May, 17:15-18.45
ArtsTwo 2.17
, QMUL – Mile End Campus

Split Britches
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
15-19 May, 19:45
The Pit at The Barbican

Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, this show by Lois Weaver (Drama) and Peggy Shaw (Drama Fellow)’s company Split Britches explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.

Theatrical Poetry: Actions, Dance and Striptease. Two days celebrating the work of Joan Brossa
Wednesday 23-Thursday 24 May,  12:00-21:00
Arts One, QMUL – Mile End Campus

Hari Marini (Drama) presents her third collaboration with the Centre for Catalan Studies at QMUL as the finale of this event championing the performance work of artist Joan Brossa.

Theatre Sense
Friday 25 May, 09:30-17:30
Battersea Arts Centre, Clapham Junction

2018 marks 20 years since Battersea Arts Centre’s groundbreaking x season, which set the tone for experiments in audience immersion, lighting and sound design by some of the most exciting artists and companies in British theatre. The Theatre Sense symposium, organised by Martin Welton (Drama) will reflect on the history of these developments, and their cultural impact at BAC and beyond, in a series of dialogues between artists and academics.

Lunchtime seminar: Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL)
‘Ecclesia and synagoga’
Wednesday 30 May, 12.30-2pm
ArtsTwo 2.18, QMUL – Mile End Campus

SAVE THE DATE

15-18 May: PbRP Festival of Performance (15th & 16th at Oxford House and 17 + 18 at QM)
19-20 May: MA Festival of Performance
7 June: MA English Conference
11-16 June: Peopling the Palace(s) Festival
15-16 June: “Heresy and Borders”, at Senate House. Keynote from Anshuman Mondal on “Hate Speech, Free Speech and Religious Freedom”. Register here
See all of our events coming up

 

News from the School

Caoimhe McAvinchey (Drama)’s book Phakama: Making Participatory Performance launched on 24 April and is now available.

Nadia Valman (English) has won the Lucy Hawking Award for Public Engagement at the Queen Mary Engagement and Enterprise Awards.

Ella Finer (Drama) has been selected as one of Sound and Music’s 2018 cohort of Composer-Curators.The first programme of its kind in the UK, Composer-Curator nurtures the determination  and enthusiasm of those changing the face of live music touring from the grass roots up.

Isabel Rivers (English)’s book Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture, 1720-1800 will be published in July. Order online at www.oup.com with promotion code AAFLYG6 to save 30%! Isabel also contributes to The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan.

Jaclyn Rajsic (English) won Course Rep Champion at the Education Awards this year.

Shahidha Bari (English) was on BBC2’s Front Row Late devling into the notion of the artistic ‘genius’ and critiques Maxine Peake’s movie Funny Cow. Watch it online here

Richard Coulton (English) held a successful event Remembering James Petiver about an important but often overlooked professional apothecary and compulsive natural historian in 18th-century London with the Linnean Society.

Tiffany Watt Smith (Drama) talked to Michael Rosen on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth about the languages of emotion. Listen here
Huw Marsh (English) Narrative unreliability and metarepresentation in Ian McEwan’s Atonement; or, why Robbie might be guilty and why nobody seems to notice is now the most read article on the Textual Practice website.

See more on the SED blog

 

Links

1. Drama graduate Finn Love (right above) has been appointed as LADA’s new Programmes Manager and Joseph Morgan Scofield (left above) has been appointed as the new Coordinator at Live Art Development Agency. Read more

2. The Guardian launches Celestial Motion – a new virtual reality experience captured at Queen Mary’s new motion capture studio by our artistic associates Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

3. Jerry Brotton (English) joins a panel at the British Library on Global Adventurers: Exploring and Mapping the World before Cook on Monday 14 May. His programme on the  Kuikuro people who live in the upper reaches of the Xingu River in Brazil goes out on BBC World Service on Tuesday 8 May. Listen/add to your list here.

4. Mojisola Adebayo, Ella Finer (both Drama) and artistic associate Karen Christopher have all contributed to The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice. The book is co-edited by Drama Teaching Associate Katja Hilevaara.

English and Drama Newsletter – April 2018

Welcome to the April edition of our English and Drama newsletter. Pictured above is English graduate Raifa Rafique who runs successful podcast Mostly Lit, and is featured in Stylist Magazine’s feature; The photo series dispelling the myth that Muslim women can’t be career-orientated.

Don’t Forget: Applications are open for our Masters Programmes in English and Drama. Get more information

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Events

BOOK AHEAD

Summer School

Queen Mary Summer School 2018
London Performance Past and Present
16 July 2018 – 3 August 2018
QMUL – Mile End

We are offering our first ever summer school for students who want to get under the skin of London theatre and performance – past and present.Network
Creative Economy Networks: research, policy and exchange (UK-Brazil)
Tuesday 1 May, 9.30am-6pm
This event will bring together research, policy and industry perspectives to explore the role of exchange in creative economy businesses and its impact on the sector. Particular focus will be given to new research and policy drawn from recent UK-Brazil collaboration and exchanges led or facilitated by the British Council, Network and People’s Palace Projects. Keynote speakers are:

  • Sarah Drinkwater, Head of Campus London, Google for Entrepreneurs
  • Eduardo Saron, Director, Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, Brazil)

APRIL DIARY

Literature and the philosophy of the comic
Literature and the philosophy of the comic
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 April
Graduate Centre GC601, QMUL – Mile End
A workshop organised by Katie Fleming (English) on literature and the comic including speakers:

  • Katie Fleming, “Comic Timing”
  • Huw Marsh (English), “Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal: Magnus Mills and the comedy of repetition”
  • Matthew Bevis, “Laughable Poetry”
  • Sara Crangle, “Mina Loy, satire, sentiment & sacrifice”
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté “Laughtears: Kafka & the birth of modernist laughter”

SALON LONDONS A L O N – LONDON: SUNDAY with Erín Moure and So Mayer
Sunday 8 April, 4pm, Free
The Brunswick Centre

Our very own Susan Rudy (English) invites you to the next S A L O N London event this Sunday. It will expore Queer and Feminist poetry and will feature a reading by Erin Moure, moderated by So Mayer.

News

WOW awards
Our very own Lois Weaver Wins WOW Women in Creative Industries Award
Professor Weaver’s win is in recognition of ‘four decades of commitment to work engaging the widest possible public in feminism and human rights through performance’. Lois was nominated in a hotly contested category, alongside author Kate Mosse and sculptor Rachel Whiteread. Read more

Drama student Daniella Harrison has won the National Student Drama Festival: Theatre Record Critics Award. She wins for her superb work in theatre journalism.

Show & Tell

Our new outreach project Show & Tell – is GO!
The project will feature a series of events with inspiring talks from influential and accessible people within academia and the creative industries. Events will be aimed at school and college students aged 16-18. If you’d like to get involved please email Charlie Pullen via: showandtell@qmul.ac.uk.

Jerry Brotton Bafta
Documentary featuring our very own Jerry Brotton (English) is nominated for a BAFTA
Jerry featured as a key talking head interviewee on Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents.

KILL BILL?
Shakespeare to remain according to a vote at The Great Shakespeare Debate
A marvelous evening of debate around whether we should ‘Kill Bill’ in the name of decolonisation took place on Tuesday 26 March and here are the results…

  • FOR (Killing Bill): 38%
  • AGAINST: 55%
  • Abstentions: 7%

 Links

Peopling the Palace(s)

1. Save the date for Peopling the Palace(s) festival which takes place from 11-17 June 2018. If you would like to get involved or find out more please email: peoplingthepalace2018@qmul.ac.uk

2. Ruth Anhert (English)’s research on network analysis of Tudor letters inspired this article on the Marvel Universe in Gizmodo.

3. PhD candidate Ruby Tuke (English) has written a piece on De Quincey and homelessness.
Read the full piece here

4. Call for Papers: Theatricality, Performance, and the State Read the full CfP here.

5. Don’t forget: The Wasafiri New Writing Prize is open for entries until 5pm on 13 July 2018.

English and Drama Newsletter – February 2018

Welcome to the February LOVE edition of our English and Drama newsletter.

Pictured above is our Writers@QMUL event last night with Patrick Flanery (Director of Creative Writing) and guest writer Anjali Joseph. Watch the Facebook live recording here.

Work with us: We’re looking for a new Lecturer in Creative Writing (0.5) – Closes 12 February Details


Events

OPEN EVENTS

Postgraduate Open Evening
Wednesday 7 February, 16:30-19:30
Meet our staff, go on a campus tour and get a feel for our postgraduate offer in English and Drama. At 5pm we have a Q&A for MA Theatre and Performance, MA Live Art and MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health.

English and Drama Offer Holder Days 2018
Saturday 10 February, Saturday 10 March
and Wednesday 28 March

If you’ve got an offer and haven’t got an invite please let us know.

FEBRUARY DIARY


Atlantic Drift: Andrea Brady, Sophie Collins and John James
Monday 5 February
London Review Bookshop, Holborn
Andrea Brady (English) is reading at this event celebrating Atlantic Drift a new Poetry anthology.

 


Shakespeare Festival 2018
Until Wednesday 7 February
QMUL – Mile End

Don’t miss events still to come including a Twelfth Night screening, ‘Night of Mechanicals’ and a Pinter Platform.

 

Staging Atmospheres

Theatre in the Dark
Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 February
Battersea Arts Centre

To mark the 20th anniversary of Battersea Arts Centre’s Playing In The Dark season in 1998, and the launch of Theatre in the Dark: Shadow, Gloom and Blackout in Contemporary Theatre, a new book edited by our very own Martin Welton (Drama) and Adam Alston, join us and BAC for a week of Theatre In The Dark including a scratch night of new work.

void
VOID
14 February – 18 March 2018, 6pm
VAULT Festival, Waterloo
We are working with theatre makers RIFT to build fully responsive immersive environments for stories that  confront harassment, abuses of power and gender to live within.

 

Titus Andronicus at Barbican
FIRSTS
Thursday 15 February, 6pm
Rich Mix, Shoreditch

One of our students is the curator of a new night of short artistic performances, which explores people’s firsts.

 

RESEARCH / INTERRUPTED
RESEARCH / INTERRUPTED
Wednesday 21 February, 18:30-20:30
QMUL – Mile End

The next RESEARCH / INTERRUPTED social. The group will be focusing on tactics we can share to support ourselves and each other in striking the balance between PhD research and personal mental health.

 

Jen Harvie
LADA Screens: Martin O’Brien – The Unwell (and Book Launch)
Thursday 26 February 2018, 7pm
Live Art Development Agency, Bethnal Green

A film screening of our very own Martin O’Brien’s zombie film and book launch of his new publication Survival of the Sickest, the art of Martin O’Brien.


News

The Great Yiddish Parade
Nadia Valman (English) has been shortlisted for a Public Engagement Award for ‘Animating east London’s immigrant history’ Her project is full of free, innovative activities designed to engage new audiences with east London’s long history of immigrant culture – including a smartphone app, a series of walking tours, schools workshops and a historical re-enactment, involving creative collaborations with two museums and three local secondary schools. She has also written an audio tour of London Hospital you can listen to and follow via your phone here.

 

Mojisola Adebayo

Mojisola Adebayo’s new show STARS and writing published: Mojisola (Drama) has just successfully completed her PhD entitled Afriquia Theatre: Creating Black Queer Ubuntu Through Performance supervised by Dr Catherine Silverstone with Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey and has recently started as a lecturer with us.Her work is included in Sista! a new ‘Anthology of writing by and about Same Gender Loving Women of African / Caribbean descent with a UK Connection’.Mojisola has won a grant from ACE for research and development of a new project STARS, a collaboration with DJ DeboA of Mix ‘n’ Sync. Read more in this blog post.

 

Phakama

Caoimhe McAvinchey’s Phakama – Making Participatory Performance is coming out on 22 February through Bloomsbury.

Images of the manuscripts of William Godwin’s Political Justice and Caleb Williams are now available to view: on The Shelley-Godwin Archive , along with descriptive and contextual commentary. This is the fruit of a collaborative project led by Pamela Clemit (English), which brought together complementary expertise from Queen Mary University of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. The publication was launched at the V&A on 11 December 2017, at which three short talks were delivered by representatives of each of the collaborating institutions, introduced by the V&A’s Director, Tristram Hunt. The talks are available to read here

 

New research centre for Creative Economy: It is called Network and directed by Professor Morag Shiach (English). Tarek Virani is Deputy Director and Andre Piza has just started as Knowledge Exchange Manager.

 

Grants and research projects update: Pamela Clemit will be involved in the AHRC-funded ‘History in the Humanities and Social Sciences’ project, based in History. People’s Palace Projects and Martin Welton were both successful in their applications to the AHRC/EPSRC Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences. Elyssa Livergant had success with HSS Collaboration funding for Making Spaces: Limehouse Town Hall.

 


Links

1. Wasafiri’s Susheila Nasta has just launched the ‘Timeline of India in Britain’ at the India High Commission on Friday for Republic Day. Be sure to check out the free online resource here or read about it in this article in Hindustan Times.

2. Matthew Rubery (English) was interviewed for World Braille Day on Voice of Islam Radio in January. He was asked questions including ‘can you shed some light on how audio tapes help blind people?’ Listen here. Matt will also be running a Media History Seminar with Kate Flint on the ‘Technological History of Photography’ on 8 February (details here).

3. Wasafiri New Writing Prize Open for Entries: The prize was launched to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. A winner will be chosen by our stellar line up of judges for each category: Fiction; Poetry; Life Writing. The three winners will be published by Wasafiri and receive a cash prize.

4. Thanks to our very own Claire Preston (English) for sharing this selection of Axolotl (Mexican Walking Fish) poetry in response to our call out for news.

We look forward to hearing your news and hopefully seeing you at an event soon.Please do let us know if you have news for our next newsletter due to be sent on Thursday 1 March 2018: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

English and Drama Newsletter – January 2018

Welcome to the NEW YEAR edition of our English and Drama newsletter.

Here’s a quick run down of what’s new for 2018:

Events

FEATURED OPEN EVENTS

Postgraduate Virtual Open Day
Wednesday 17 January, 12:00-18:00 GMT

Postgraduate Open Day
Wednesday 7 February, 16:30-19:30 GMT

English and Drama Offer Holder Days 2018
Saturday 10 February, Saturday 10 March and Wednesday 28 March

 

Offer Holder Day

 


JANUARY DIARY

Staging Atmospheres
Writers @QMUL: Anjali Joseph reading & in conversation
Wednesday 31 January, 5.30pm
QMUL – Mile End

In the second of our ongoing Writers @QMUL series, prize-winning novelist Anjali Joseph will read and be in conversation about her work. Joseph was born in Bombay, has taught English at the Sorbonne, and was Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). Her first novel, Saraswati Park, won the Betty Trask Prize and Desmond Elliott Prize. Another Country, her second novel, was published in June 2012. A third novel, The Living, appeared in 2016.

Titus Andronicus at Barbican
Titus Andronicus at the Barbican Centre
Thursday 18 January 2018, 7.15pm

£4 Tickets available (exclusively for QM Shakespeare members)
We are also offering £6 tickets to non-members.

Must be purchased by Sunday 7th January from the SU website: www.qmsu.org/events/15240/10565/
For more info, please email qmshakespeare@hotmail.com

Jen Harvie
V&A/RCA Research Seminar: Jen Harvie
Thursday 25 January 2018, 5.15pm
RCA White City, Room GH109, Garden House

Our very own Jen Harvie will present her seminar ‘Designing Resistance to Adversarial Ageism in Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone and Split Britches’ Ruff’.
RSVP to hod@rca.ac.uk.


BOOK AHEAD

‘The Drill’ by Breach Theatre
5-17 February, 7pm
Battersea Arts Centre, London

MA Theatre and Performance Graduate Billy Barrett will be presenting his theatre company’s new show ‘The Drill’ at Battersea Arts Centre.

News

TED talk

Tiffany Watt Smith’s TED talk on the history of emotions was featured on the front page of TED.com in December 2017 and has had over 714,437 views as of 4 January 2018.

Cub Magazine

1. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest edition of CUB Magazine which will be available around campus in February! If you can’t wait til then, check out the CUB website (cubmagazine.co.uk) for new, weekly content. If you would like to contribute to CUB magazine and join a team of 54 students, please email editorcub@gmail.com or send a message on Facebook @cubmagazine.

Aslom Ullah

2. Our 2007 English alumnus Aslom Ullah (now an English teacher in Kuwait)‏ got in touch via Twitter and shared his hilarious and honest blast from the past video from his time at SED…we bet he is his students’ favourite teacher!
Watch Aslom’s video Teaching Shakespeare to Primary School Students

3. Don’t forget to catch our 2017 Drama graduates MEGANDALEX in their debut Bodies (broken 4 u) on 25 January 2018 at Camden People’s Theatre as part of the Calm Down Dear festival of innovative feminist performance.

4. It’s not too late to apply to present a 10 minute ‘theatre in the dark’ piece at a special Scratch Night at Battersea Arts Centre. Apply by 8 January. See the call out

English and Drama Newsletter – December 2017

Welcome to the festive edition of our English and Drama newsletter. The picture above is of our Drama graduates MEGANDALEX ahead of their show Bodies (broken 4 u) at Camden People’s Theatre in January.

Events in December

FEATURED EVENT

Offer Holder Day

English and Drama Offer Holder Day
Wednesday 13 December, 12:00-18:00, QMUL – Mile End

Our School of English and Drama Offer Holder Days include taster sessions and interviews for candidates selected for our Unconditional Offer Award.

Staging Atmospheres

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December, all day, QMUL – Mile End

Conference organisers, Martin Welton and Penelope Woods, are keen to encourage dialogue amongst artists and academics across a range of disciplines beyond theatre and performance studies and internationally.

Selector Responder

Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives
Friday 8 December 2017 19.00 – 21.30
Knowledge Centre, The British Library

Ten quick-fire responses to sound collections from the British Library and beyond, curated by our very own Drama lecturer Ella Finer.

William Godwin

RA Lates: Rrose Sélavy’s Dada Extravaganza | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 7-11.45pm

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Poore will be presenting ‘Estranging Objects: Fetish – Artwork – Freud’, exploring the unconscious forces shaping our encounters with surrealist objects. ‘ at this DaDa inspired Royal Academy lates event.


Digitising William Godwin’s Manuscripts

Monday 11 December, 17:30-19:30, V&A Museum
For the first time, the sole surviving manuscripts of Political Justice and Caleb Williams, by the anarchist philosopher William Godwin (1756-1836), will be digitised and made freely available on the Shelley-Godwin Archive. Celebrate this collaborative project announced in April 2017 by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Negative Theatrics Event
Negative Theatrics: A Conversation with Writer and Director Julia Jarcho
Tuesday 12 December, 18:00-20:00, QMUL – Mile End
Join us for a reading and conversation with the Obie-award winning playwright and scholar Julia Jarcho – who will be in London for the UK-premiere of her play Grimly Handsome at the Royal Court Theatre.

John D'Agata Event
Writers @QMUL: John D’Agata reading & in conversation with Patrick Flanery

Friday 15 December, 18:00, Arts One Lecture Theatre , QMUL – Mile End
On 15 December at 6pm acclaimed essayist John D’Agata will be reading and in conversation with Patrick Flanery. D’Agata is the author of About a Mountain (2011) and The Lifespan of a Fact (2012) and is editor of Graywolf Press’s three-volume anthology series New History of the Essay.

Save the date for these events

  • Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar 2017-18: Peter de Bolla on Distributional Concept Analysis (Tuesday 12 December). More info
  • Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2017:
    Peter Burke: Two Diasporas: the place of exiles in the history of knowledge (Wednesday 13 December). RSVP here
  • Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature Seminars (Wednesdays from 24 January) and Conference (Friday 6 July). Download the programme

News

Scents and Sensibility

Catherine Maxwell’s new book Scents and Sensibility: Perfumes in Victorian Literary Culture is out now and was featured in an article on perfume in The Guardian here.

Nadia Valman’s The Great Yiddish Parade is covered on the inspiring local blog Spitalfields Life.

The new Queen Mary Arts and Culture strategy was launched in November. Read all about the event here.

 Links

The Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition 2017

1. Our students Charlotte Stockton and Adna Ahmed are working on the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2017. As well as a £20k prize for the winner to bring their idea to life, the competition can improve skills and future employability, and offers free mentoring and workshops from business experts (and there is the chance for students to pitch their ideas Dragon Den’s style at City Hall).

2. The story of Joseph Merrick re-told in an immersive Whitechapel tour app with a script written by our very own Nadia Valman.

3. Discover the academic side of one of our favourite terms; Schadenfreude, in this article by our very own Shahidha Bari and why not listen to her round up of the Being Human Festival on BBC Radio 3 here.

4. Listen to the history of QMUL and The People’s Palace in this interesting podcast here. The original Mile End site hosted a vibrant calendar of social events and facilities, including swimming baths, concerts and a winter garden enclosed in glass.