English and Drama Newsletter – November 2022 Edition

Welcome to your November update from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

5 Things to Note this November:

  1. Go to Being Human Festival: We have events including around DIY publishing, Yiddish culture on stage, experiences of care with the Foundling Museum. See our events
  2. Apply to QMUL, the University of the Year 2022 at UK Social Mobility Awards: Ask questions to our helpful admissions team and apply now for undergraduate courses – UCAS Deadline is 25 January 2023. Ask a question
  3. Support A Season of Bangla Drama: Discover Bengali culture at the largest festival in the world celebrating theatre, film and culture. See a curated selection
  4. Last Chance: Apply now for our Access to Queen Mary programme. Check your eligibility and apply online
  5. Read the new School Research newsletter by our new Research Officer Alicia Barnes Read online here

Postgraduate Research (PhD) Open Event

See what’s on offer at our event on Wednesday 15th November 2022 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

Find out about these programmes:

  • PhD English
  • PhD Drama

Book your place

A Season of Bangla Drama 2022

A Season of Bangla Drama

4-27 November – Venues all over Tower Hamlets
This month-long festival uses the powerful medium of theatre to celebrate Bangladeshi heritage in a creative and accessible way. There is a wide range of plays in the programme, many of which cross language barriers through the mediums of dance, music and physical theatre. Queen Mary University of London through our drama team is a key partner with the festival.
  This year’s theme is ‘freedom of speech’ and self-identity’. This is prevalent as some productions look back though history with topics including the Bengal famine of 1943-44; one man’s journey in the context of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh; and the story of migration in the 70s and 80s. Crucially, as 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Language Movement, this momentous subject is addressed in two plays.
 Circus A playwright tries to save her theatre with a controversial play. Will it work? YOU get to decide!

How to Make Rice (pictured above) A play, about a seemingly innocuous method to make rice, takes the audience through the Bengal famine 1943-44. Features our very own Souradeep Roy.

Taking Pride in History The history of 1952s language movement comes alive in a unique craft-making and poetry translation workshop.

See the full programme

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities – Breakthroughs


10-19 November – Various Times and Venues

Here’s a list of all the events by our team: Lost and Foundling: exploring the complex stories of people in care – Maggie Inchley (Drama) Publishing is Power! – Rehana Ahmed (English) Community Breakfast – Phakama (charity based at QMUL) Secular Celebration: Then and Now – Clare Stainthorp (English) Secrets of the London Yiddish Stage – Vivi Lachs (English) See the full programme

November Events

Writeidea Festival book talk: London Yiddishtown: East End Jewish Life in Yiddish Sketch and Story by Vivi Lachs 

Sunday 6 November. 1pm. Free. Bethnal Green Library, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 0HL 

A talk with readings. Katie Brown’s sketches on generational conflict, Summer Lisky’s stories of combatting fascism and Arnold Kaizer’s satire of community and synagogue antics.

Book here

Subtexts: Rememory, Poetry Special

11 November – 6.30-8pm – The Octagon at Queen Mary University Of London
  Join us for an evening of poetry with Shara McCallum, Sudeep Sen, Shivanee Ramlochan, and Gboyega Odubanjo. This is an occasion to celebrate these fabulous poets and their publications – including McCallum’s No Ruined Stone, Sen’s Anthropocene: Climate Change, Contagion, Consolation, Ramlochan’s Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting, and Odubanjo’s Uncle Aunty Poems – and to gather together in listening, in reverence, in play, and in redress.
  The poetry readings will be followed by a drinks reception, and access information is available here. Free and open to all, but please book via Eventbite and contact Nisha Ramayya (n.ramayya@qmul.ac.uk) with any questions.
 This poetry extravaganza is part of Subtexts, the Creative Writing event series at Queen Mary.

Organised in partnership with Wasafiri www.wasafiri.org, and supported by the School of English and Drama, the Centre for Poetry, and Renaissance One.

Book here

QM Postcolonial Seminar: Roanne Kantor book discussion

Friday 18 November – Online
Roanne Kantor (Stanford University) will discuss “South Asian Writers, Latin American Literature and the Rise of Global English” with us. Book here

Community Lunch with Phakama and Museum of the Home

Friday 18 November – 12-4pm at Museum of the Home

Inspired by East London’s Project Phakama‘s visit to the Petit Dejeuner ‘breakfast’ event in Paris, young people from Phakama lead on a new community event lunch which will focus on welcoming new and existing East London communities to come together and share in food donated by local eateries and restaurants.
  This lunch is a family-friendly event for local families, refugees and migrants, community groups and young people. The event will be hosted by Phakama’s young people, with collaborations alongside young people from Paris Radio station Radio Raptz and dance organisation La Permanence Choregraphique. Come and take part in this Community Lunch with improvised dance creations, music performances and a strong sense of celebrating togetherness. Organisations can contact Phakama directly on any potential groups who would like to attend.
  The event will showcase and celebrate ideas around how creativity can positively effect marginalised people and communities. This event is produced alongside researchers from Queen Mary University of London whose research is themed around home, migration and creative practice. Book here

Joint Book Launch for Andrea Brady’s  Poetry and Bondage: A History and Theory of Lyric Constraint and Matt Rubery’s Reader’s Block: A History of Reading Differences

23 November 2022 – ArtsTwo SCR (4th Floor)

Please join us for drinks and conversation on 23 November at 5pm to celebrate the launch of our two new books, both written during a year’s fellowship at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.
  RSVP Events from around QMUL & Beyond

4-6 November
Writeidea Festival – Free events with authors in Tower Hamlets


23 November
FTT Seminar: Ancestry, Exhaustion and Environmental Destruction, Mojisola Adebayo and Mariana Cunha.



News Digest

NEW BOOK: Congratulations to Dr Sarah Thomasson (Drama PhD graduate) on the publication of their book The Festival Cities of Edinburgh and Adelaide.

WELCOME TO POETRY CENTRE: Artist, writer, performer, and facilitator Caroline Bergvall, just appointed Global Professor at Queen Mary! Listen to their ‘Thoughts on Procrastination…’

REPORT JUST PUBLISHED: ‘How engaging in community action can improve the mental health and wellbeing in young people (14-25 years old)?’ Read the report

POSTDOC POSITION: AHRC-funded project ‘Remaking Britain: South Asian Connections and Networks, 1830s to the Present’ Read more

STARS NOMINATED FOR GEORGE DEVINE AWARD: Mojisola Adebayo (Drama)’s play ‘Stars’ (pictured above – Illustration by Candice Purwin) nominated. Book now for the ICA run

ANDREA BRADY: Andrea is a guest on Gareth Farmer’s new Talking Poetics podcast discussing her poetry. Listen here

Marxist Keywords for Performance

Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal and Shane Boyle will be celebrating the publication of their project “Marxist Keywords for Performance” (written with the Performance Political Economy research group) at the 19th Annual Historical Materialism London conference on 12 November. The next day, 13 November, Shane will be presenting a chapter from his forthcoming book Arts of Logistics.

Find out more

Matt Rubery interviewed on Sensation Novels for Victober

Watch the video

New Podcast on Fan Fiction Launched by Clio Doyle (English)


Clio and Mireille survived grad school together, but that was just the first step. The vast archive of fanfiction awaits and they must band together to read and analyze it, one pairing at a time. Clio’s PhD in English and Mireille’s history with AO3 should make them perfect partners. But can they overcome their differences? Or will this impossible task drive them further apart? They can talk about pairs – but can they make one?
Listen to the new podcast here

Apologies if we missed any listings, do let us know and we can post on social media. Also if you have any news for our next newsletter please do reply or get in touch.

Best wishes,


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