English and Drama Newsletter – February 2022 Edition

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Welcome to February in the School of English and Drama.

We’ve already had so much happen in January 2022 including:

  • Celebrating our graduates at graduation ceremony for our class of 2020 and 2021.
  • Our Head of English Suzanne Hobson talks about Modernism on Radio 4 – listen here.
  • Our first in person offer holder day where we welcomed over 70 guests to see what makes English and Drama at Queen Mary so inclusive and special.


We would like to take this opportunity in the year to remind students and staff them of support available inside and outside the college.

Find out about Support for Students and Staff

Main Image from: Danielle De Leon from our English class of 2021 and Founding Editor​​ & Digital Media Team Member at Wonderer Journal.

Open Events

Queens' building on our Mile End Campus, Nisha Ramayya from our creative writing team, our housing team, Michael McKinnie from drama and a student in Shoreditch.
Queens’ building on our Mile End Campus, Nisha Ramayya from our creative writing team, our housing team, Michael McKinnie from drama and a student in Shoreditch.

Undergraduate Offer Holder Days

Our offer holder days are a great chance to meet students and staff from the course to get a feel for the course and inspiring community you could join.

Saturday 12 February 10:30-15:30 In Person – Limited availability

Saturday 13 March 10:30-15:30 In Person – Good availability

Wednesday 14 April 10:30-15:30 – Virtual – Booking opens soon

Book for March

Postgraduate Open Evening

Come to our friendly Master’s event to hear about what’s on offer for September 2022 entry and talk to us about:


MA Theatre and Performance

MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health


MA English Literature:

Book for March

Research Events

A flyer for T.MUDD event

T.MUDD. A Performance-Lecture on Messianic Themes with Associate Professor Brandon Woolf (NYU)

Wednesday 9 February – Soft start at 18:30 GMT with a presentation starting at 19:00 GMT via Zoom 

Tickets are free but please RSVP on Zoom


For a few years now, I’ve been reading and re-reading six particular pages of the Babylonian Talmud, which confront some confounding questions of messianism. I’m not a scholar of Talmud; I really have no business digging around in this foundational tome of rabbinic Judaism. And yet, these six pages persist in their invitation – again and again – to consider catastrophe, caesura, mourning, and morning joe via dialogue, debate, parable, mathematical calculation, geopolitical commentary, conspiracy theory, and seemingly dadaist non-sequitur. T.MUDD is a performance-lecture with new music that moves back and forth between these varying Talmudic registers and modes of address in the hopes of moving us just a little bit closer to (or perhaps way further away from) answering the persistent questions: Just what are we waiting for? And what should we do while we wait – for the end without end?

Brandon Woolf is a theater artist and clinical associate professor at New York University, where he directs the Program in Dramatic Literature. www.brandonwoolfperformance.com

Book now

‘Vegetable monsters and curiosities’: Plant Horror in the Palm House at Kew

Thu 10 February 2022, 17:00 – Zoom

Dr Kate Teltscher

Completed in 1848, Kew’s Palm House was associated with both plant magnificence and plant monstrosity.  From the start, the Palm House attracted considerable attention from journalists and the popular scientific, educational and religious press. 

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A stack of The White Review magazines

The White Review Presents: Art and Literature in Conversation

Thu 10 February 2022, 19:00 – Whitechapel Gallery

Head to Whitechapel Gallery for a discussion to celebrate the latest issue of leading arts and literature magazine The White Review.

Experimental writer Irenosen Okojie, author of the award-winning novel, Butterfly Fish, will be in conversation with editor Izabella Scott (QMUL).

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Dyspraxic Approaches to Teaching Live Art - Poster with key info and a picture messy pile of multiple strands of purple wool.

Dyspraxic Approaches to Teaching Live Art in a ‘Neurodivergent’/ ‘Normodivergent’ classroom 

Mon 7 March – Online via Zoom with Live Captioning

a talk by Daniel Oliver and Sumita Majumdar 

In this session Daniel and Sumita will be reading from, and expanding on, their co-authored chapter ‘Dyspraxic Approaches to Teaching Live Art in a ‘Neurodivergent’/‘Normodivergent’ classroom’, published in Petronilla Whitfield’s edited collection Inclusivity and Equality in Performance Training: Teaching and Learning for Neuro and Physical Diversity (NY: Routledge, 2021). They will share their experiences, detailed in the chapter, of neurodivergent/normodivergent teaching and learning, and build on their argument that these experiences and approaches are ideal when working with Live Art and experimental performance practices. 

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  1. SED Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Student Initiative Fund Find out more & apply
  2. Suzanne Hobson talks about Modernism on BBC Sounds Listen on BBC now
  3. Congrats to Balraj and all our other students at #QMULGrad Discover our grad tips
A contemporary cinema with rows of red seats and lit up sides.

BLOC – New Research a new Film & Drama Practice research facility at QMUL

The project will create an integrated suite of facilities that support our research into Film, Drama and associated post-production activities. 

 We’re calling it “BLOC” to speak to building blocks, the grid, connectivity.

One of our aims is to create the most accessible Cinema in a London University, that will make it inclusive for everyone, whether they require physical or neurodiverse support or not.

Find out more

Daniel Mella is pictured as the next guest on the Craft Podcast. He is a man with a black denim shirt.

Wasafiri Craft Podcast

We now have a dedicated page for Craft on the Wasafiri website! Go to http://wasafiri.org/article/podcast/… for all things Craft including full transcripts of every episode and exclusive bonus outtakes.

Listen to the latest episode with Daniel Mella here: https://t.co/EJqxTn4yTa

Phakama have a new project for 16-21 year olds this February: Our Stories

Rise Up is a FREE opportunity for young people aged 16- 21 to create, learn, collaborate and express themselves. This is a unique experience for up to ten young people, who will be led by Phakama’s Young Creatives, to take part in a one-week cross-arts project. Using different art forms such as drama, music, creative writing and movement, you will have the opportunity to create your own show and share it with a live audience at Graeae Theatre in East London. No previous arts experience necessary.

Apply to take part

Julie Rose Bower new projects in ASMR for 2022

In February, for Valentine’s Day, a dance film that Julie Rose has sound designed (dir. Jo Bannon for Candoco Dance Company) is going to have its international debut at Sadlers Wells Digital Stage. Candoco are a disability-inclusive dance company and she has written about my approach to creating a tactile sound design and cultivating an inclusive sound practice for Performance Research’s forthcoming issue ‘On Touch’. This is a very beautiful and erotic piece exploring relationships with objects. My sound design has an ASMR aesthetic and features innovative use of contact microphones.

Follow Julie Rose on Twitter

Souradeep Roy published in new Routledge Anthology

Souradeep Roy’s (PhD Drama, 2nd Year) essay, “Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Nandikar, and the World,” which was first published in South Asian Review (2020), was published in the anthology of essays Global South Asia: South Asian Literatures and the World (2022) published by Routledge.

Access the new book

If you have any news for our March edition, spot any errors or notice we missed anything please do let me know: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

Best wishes,


Rupert Dannreuther

Marketing Manager

Queen Mary University of London

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