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



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.


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.

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
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.


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.


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.



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.



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.

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