English and Drama Newsletter – August 2022 Edition

Welcome to your August newsletter from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London and congratulations to all of our Class of 2022!

3 things to do this August:

  1. Apply for 2022 Entry: Join our inclusive undergraduate courses through Clearing or postgraduate courses before the deadline.
  2. Share your summer: Share your adventures by tagging @qmulsed.
  3. Get support for your future: Graduates can get career support from Queen Mary to help your next steps.

Pictured above: Our Alumni Engagement Co-ordinator Nathalie Grey is pictured with Bernardine Evaristo MBE (right) who received an honorary D.Litt at our School of English and Drama graduation ceremony. Below: Some of our procession getting ready in the Green Room.

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Summer Tours & 1-2-1s

Book a bespoke tour of Queen Mary or 1-2-1 online

We are offering bespoke tours and 1-2-1s for clearing applicants, prospective 2023+ students, offer holders and partners over the summer both online and in-person.

Book a time

Edinburgh Festivals Events

Queen Mary Theatre Company at Edinburgh Fringe 2022

13-28 August 2022

Crumbled A new writer’s foray into farce, Crumbled is a play that not only includes evil geese but also has extra layers of irony, queerness and custard.

D In this piece of new writing, will Daughter be brave enough to cut ties with D, and what will it take?

Ineffable Delve into a piece of devised, new writing with elements of physical theatre and join our main character in their attempts to rewrite their life.

A Toe Tale When faced with the drama and indignities of growing up, five toes must contend with smelly socks, ballet injuries and a dose of existential dread in their journey to discover what it means to be a family.

More info

Alumni at Edinburgh Festival A Non-Emergency

22-27 August – The Space Venues, Edinburgh

Marissa Landy (Drama, 2018 Graduate) runs Baloney Theatre a company started at QMUL, who have been shortlisted for a LET theatre award this year.

About the Show

This dark comedy follows a day in the life of two ambulance care assistants. Riss and Aadam transport 5 different patients, each with their own unique personalities and amazing stories to tell. ‘A Non-Emergency’ displays the strain on the NHS right now and aims to help raise wages for ACA’s who are earning under living wage.


Book now

Gabriel Krauze & Ryan O’Connor: Penned in the Margins – Edinburgh Book Festival

23 August – Northside Theatre, Edinburgh

Gabriel Krauze(BA English Alumnus)’s Who They Was is a visceral semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in the brutal gang world of south London while also studying for a degree. …Today, we welcome two fearless authors whose prose nods to the likes of Irvine Welsh and James Kelman. They speak to Graeme Armstrong.

Watch our exclusive interview with Gabriel

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Isabel Waidner: Matadors, Spaceships and Queer Liberation – Edinburgh Book Festival

24 August – Northside Theatre, Edinburgh
  Isabel Waidner’s third novel Sterling Karat Gold won the Goldsmiths Prize in 2021. Following a non-binary migrant on a surreal adventure through the streets of London, it offers a satire of the British justice system that reads like a wild update of Kafka’s The Trial. Join Waidner for a unique exploration of how the book’s visions of matadors, spaceships and unicorns illustrate dreams of political empowerment.

Book now

Events from around QMUL & Beyond

15 September
Conversations about Research, Arts, Innovation, and Creativity (CRAIC)

Register your interest


Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, aka Split Britches, have been awarded the prestigious Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre Award
  The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) website describes the award: “Honorees are selected on the basis of superlative contributions to the field, sustained excellence during their career, innovative work that has established new frames of reference, support for diversity in theatre, and service and advocacy on behalf of fellow theatre artists.”

Find out more about Split Britches

Read the full story

Disabled Artist Bursary £1,500 Call-Out from Phakama

For this round, they supporting artists who have never worked with Phakama before and identify as a Disabled/ Deaf/ Neurodivergent Artist.
Find out more

  Martin O’Brien is interviewed on Staging Decadence about his ‘zombiedom’

“I should be dead but I’m not. […] Now I’m existing in a different time. This is the zombie time, the time of the animated corpse. I feel immortal.”
 Read more

Nisha Ramayya (Creative Writing/Poetry Lecturer) recently performed at Cafe Oto.

She is currently working on a second poetry collection, tentatively called Now Let’s Take a Listening Walk.

Read a poem by Nisha on Granta

Will Bowers features on Benjamin Zephaniah’s BBC Radio 4 show The Original Dub Poet

Part of Percy Shelley, Reformer and Radical
  Benjamin meets experts and enthusiasts to discover more about what made Shelley tick and to breathe life into his poetry, showing that it’s as relevant now as it was when Shelley died 200 years ago.
 Listen now

Jerry Brotton chooses Marie Tharp as probably the most important woman in the mapmaking industry in the 20th century for History Extra
‘She was effectively responsible for the discovery of tectonic plate shift and development of the theory of continental drift – a seemingly heretical theory at the time, which we now accept as absolute truth.’

Listen to the full interview here

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