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Images from left to right: Patricia Hamilton (Admin Team) at Life Between Islands at Tate Britain, Wasafiri Issue 108: House of Wisdom: Libraries and Literatures of Islam, Mojisola Adebayo (Drama) and image from Tamara Atkin discovery story (Guillaume kills a giant in an illumination from 13th and 14th century manuscripts of the ‘Chanson de Guillaume d’Orange.’ Photograph: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alam).
REDISCOVER: FEMINISM: Last chance to book for our year 12 English, Drama and Creative Writing event next Wednesday.
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OFFER HOLDER DAYS: Our first offer holder day is happening on 15 December and we can’t wait to meet our applicants.
TIKTOK: We’re so happy with the response to our TikTok posts from our first student creator. Check out our latest post – snippets from student variety night Slappin Da Bass here.
MASTER’S OPEN EVENTS
MA English Literature and MA Creative Writing Zoom Event
Tuesday 7 November 2021
1600-1700 UK Time
Book Launch: Bad English: Literature, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Language in Contemporary Britain (2020) by Rachael Gilmour. A convivial conversation between Rachael, Nisha and Juliette will be followed by a reception.
BANGLADESH@50 VICTORY DAY CONCERT
Come to Queen Mary’s Great Hall at the People’s Palace for a Victory Day concert featuring Naz & Bolly Flex, Mumzy, Nish, Khiyo, IMD, Iksy, Taal Torongo and DJ Osmani Soundz.
‘We talked about solitude’: Modernist Female Authors, Solitude, and Affective Bonding
Melissa Alexander (University of Oxford)
Tuesday 7 Dec 2021, 5:00pm – Online via Zoom
History of Libraries Seminar: Rachel Eckersley on dissenting academy libraries
Tuesday 7 Dec 2021, 5.30pm – Online
News & Links
Mojisola Adebayo (Drama) has been shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year for ‘Family Tree‘. Family Tree is inspired by the life of Henrietta Lacks whose cells were unlawfully used in medical trials for hundreds of years.
Rehana Ahmed and Nadia Atia (English) are guest editors of the latest edition of Wasafiri Magazine titled: House of Wisdom: Libraries and Literatures of Islam.
Alumnus Tomiwa Owolade’s book has been acquired byAtlantic and W.F. Howes This is Not America: Why We Need a New Conversation about Race. Tom studied BA English Literature and graduated in 2018 and Nathalie Grey profiled him for Black History Month last month.
Tamara Atkin (English)‘s discovery of a lost fragment of lost 12th-century epic poem was featured in the Guardian.
Craft Podcast Over the last year, Wasafiri’s Publishing Director, Malachi McIntosh (with support by members of the Wasafiri team) has been hard at work designing and recording Craft – a literary podcast featuring a range of international writers, including Daniel Mella, Chen Chen, Bernadine Evaristo, and Raymond Antrobus. Craft removes the constraints of the interview form, allowing guests to explore their work and processes on their own terms, and creating an immersive and intimate experience for the listener. The first episode with Nina Mingya Powles launched last month. We are proud that Wasafiri Magazine is based at Queen Mary University of London.
Solitudes Project podcast Spaces of Solitude wins Lovie Silver Award for the podcast episode ‘The Mind’ won Silver in Individual Episode category! The episode was produced by Natalie Steed, presented by Hetta Howes (PhD graduate) and curated by Akshi Singh.⠀Huge thanks to contributors Sarah Garfinkel, Denise Riley and Adam Philips.
The Distance Cure Hannah Zeavin discusses the role of distance in the history of mediated therapies with Solitudes researcher, Charlie Williams.
Tiffany Watt-Smith (Drama)’s new book Bad Friend: A Love Story, a “necessary and timely” meditation on female friendship has been acquired by Faber & Faber.