English and Drama Newsletter – March 2022 Edition

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Welcome to March in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

We are very excited to announce our new courses are open for applications for this September:

We are also excited to relaunch:

Main image: Patricia Hamilton at Tate Britain’s Life Between Islands – Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now. Another image from the day is on display on third floor of ArtsOne and features Althea McNish‘s Tobago as a background for Patricia.

Open Events

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 March 10:30-15:30 In Person – Last few places
Wednesday 14 April 10:30-15:30 Virtual – Booking Now Live

Book for March & April

Postgraduate Open Evening

Thursday 24 March – In Person at QMUL Mile End and Online

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

Book for the Master’s event

Events Listings

English Postgraduate Research Seminar – Spring Festival

The PGRS Committee is delighted to invite you to our final three online talks of the semester, featuring Oscar Wilde’s stories for children, the ‘cognitive ecologies’ of reconstructed theatres like Shakespeare’s Globe, and the original food, drink, and pamphlets of early modern theatre.
  17 March – Prof. Michele Mendelssohn (Oxford)

‘Nasty, Brutish Short Stories: Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince Reconsidered’Register

24 March – Prof. Evelyn Tribble (UConn)

Reconstructions and Reunions: Cognitive Ecologies, Space, and Skill   

7 April – Prof. Tiffany Stern (Birmingham)

Product Placement and Marketing in the Early Modern Theatre

Rediscover: queer + trans – Year 12 Study Day for Schools and Colleges

Wednesday 23 March 2022 – 2-5pm  – In Person
A-level/BTEC study day for year 12s to help bring in queer + trans ideas as tools to discover English literature, drama and creative writing in fresh ways.

Please register every individual attendee through this form or email us via sed-web@qmul.ac.uk for group bookings.

Book now

Sarah Knott on ‘Maternity, Care and Solitude’

Tuesday 5 April 2022, 17:00 – Online via Zoom
In the final paper in our 2021/22 seminar series, Sarah Knott from Indiana University discusses histories of motherhood and solitude.

Book now

Witnessing: Readings and Conversation, with Andrea Brady and Rachel Zolf

Wednesday 27 April – Online via Zoom with Live Captioning

Join us online for readings and conversations about witnessing. Featuring Andrea Brady and Rachel Zolf. Rachel Zolf, in No One’s Witness: A Monstrous Poetics (Duke University Press, 2021), ‘activates the last three lines of a poem by Jewish Nazi holocaust survivor Paul Celan—“No one / bears witness for the / witness”—to theorize the poetics and im/possibility of witnessing.’ Andrea Brady, in The Blue Split Compartments , ‘draws on chatroom logs, military policy manuals, pattern of life archives, and accounts by witnesses around the world to document the consequences of the perpetual and ‘everywhere war.’

Book now

Events from around QMUL

3 March

Ukraine – A critical test for the West?

8 March

International Women’s Day: Using the law to protect women’s rights & where the law can go further

10 March

Film Screening at QMUL: Ultraviolence + live Q&A about resistance to police violence


Models Required for Inclusive Fashion Show from Diaspora Speaks

Find out more & apply

The Drop Out - Image from Aeon featuring a colourful mix of people all posed in front of a two storey house

Charlie Williams from QMUL’s Solitudes Project explores the history of the dropout.

Read the article

English alumna Olivia on London Ambulance Service, nursing and running a beauty blog.

Read Olivia’s story

Listen to the latest Craft podcast by Wasafiri Magazine 

Catch English television presenter, photographer and author of Afropean: Notes from Black Europe Johny Pitts on the next episode of Craft Podcast launching very soon. Follow @craft_podcast on Twitter for episodes and updates.

Find out more

New videos

Lucretia McCarthy for LGBTQ+ History Month 2022

English Literature Graduate Simran Singh on her degree & working at Sky

Alumni Round Up

Hugo Aguirre (Drama) is a contestant on Sky Arts’ new series, The Big Design Challenge. This competition will see eight creatives battle different design challenges across five episodes to be crowned “Britain’s next design superstar”. Follow @hugoaguirre_design on Instagram. 

Conor Burke (Drama) is presenting his show Everything is Grand, and I’m Completely OK at The Hope Theatre from 6 March.

Edie Edmundson (Drama) is in Robert Icke’s puppet Animal Farm touring round the UK.

Figs in Wigs (Drama) are presenting their work Little Wimmin as part of WOW – Women of the World Festival on Sunday 13 March 2022.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala CBE (English MA) is Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Oscar winning screenwriter and is celebrated on Instagram here.

Open Calls for Students, Staff & Alumni

2022 is shaping up to be an amazing year of events. Take part in the following:

Reminder: you can talk to our public engagement team or Rupert to talk through planning events or projects.

New blog posts from the Solitudes project including Akshi Singh and on Talking to yourself
Josh Cohen in Conversation with Akshi Singh

Vanessa Lim, Talking to Myself

Best wishes,


Rupert Dannreuther

Marketing Manager

Queen Mary University of London

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