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



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


Hannah Maxwell

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


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



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.

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