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English and Drama Newsletter – December 2022 Edition

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

We hope you have a well-deserved winter break and a fantastic 2023.

4 Things to Note this December:

Download Ryan’s Visual Guide

The cast of Hairspray in multicolour outfits hold signs that say slogans such as 'Integrate not segregate'

Image from Queen Mary Theatre Company’s Hairspray. Thanks to Jasmine B for the photo.

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Rediscover: Love – This Monday

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Our first study day of the year is here to bring some love to December. 

Love is at the heart of literature and drama. This TED talk style event will help A-level students understand the importance of love in poems, plays, and prose from Shakespeare’s day to our own time. Based on Love Through the Ages, a unit within AQA’s A-level syllabus, these short talks will also include helpful resources for all year 12 students studying English and/or Drama. We are a Russell Group university who aims to be the most inclusive of our kind. We aim to support you with your A-level studies and help you succeed in English and Drama.

Book your place

December Events

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Perceptions – First Ever MA Creative Writing Event
Monday 10 December – 1800-2000 – Queens’ Building SCR | FREE

As the inaugural cohort of the MA Creative Writing we are extremely proud to present our work and we hope you can join us! We’ve collaborated on an excellent night on the theme of Perceptions. Explore your senses through our writing and artworks.’

Be sure to check out our Instagram / TikTok / Blog for an MA Creative Writing takeover.

Book here


News Digest
XINGU RESISTANCE: Yula Rocha from People’s Palace Projects (based at QMUL) has written a piece for Where the Leaves Fall magazine. Read it here

ECO-NVERSATION PODCAST LIVE: Eco-nversation  is a podcast that brings together activists, artists and academics to discuss  our roles and responsibilities in the climate emergency.  Listen here


AUGMENTED REALITY TEXTBOOK MADE BY DRAMA STUDENT: Emma Howes, a fourth-year film studies and drama student at Queen Mary University of London, was one of the co-founders of SmartBooks who also studied abroad at UCLA with Simone Jensen. Read more

KATE BUSH BOOK IN THE WORKS FROM BRIAN DILLON (CREATIVE WRITING): Brian Dillon on the 40th anniversary of the singer’s lesser-known record, The Dreaming writes for FRIEZE. Read the article

Lost and Foundling: The art of creative giving: As the cost-of-living crisis crunches, how can we all be artistic philanthropists? A dialogue between care-experienced young people and eighteenth-century philanthropists explores the arts and giving
Read the full blog post about the project

Third year Queen Mary University of London English Literature student stops re-reading ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ to become speed-cubing champion and claim new Guinness World Record
Read more

Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver are pictured. Peggy has short hair and glasses plus a suit. Lois has a bob with black glsasses. They both have funny expressions using their mouths.

How to write a review: Brendan Macdonald drafts some instructions for writing about Split Britches’ latest performance.
Read the review (or is it?)

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2022 Paris Symposium of the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar and the theme is ‘Oaths, Odes and Orations 1789-1830’
 Three of our English team are giving papers:David Duff, ‘Blake’s Public Addresses’Will Bowers, ‘The Ode Disinterred’Paul Hamilton, ‘Odes et al.’
Read more about the symposium

Four portrait paintings in a blue abstract style

**Content warning: mentions mental health and suicide**

Phakama present: We The Human: A Quiet Blue Wall, a collaborative artwork aiming to lower the number of suicides through the use of the Cultural and Creative sectors.
It’s a project supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, along with Phakama, ONCA and Cass Art.
Someone somewhere or maybe even yourself needs a quiet acknowledgement that struggles with emotional and mental health too many times come from the complexities of how society is structured.
On a 30 x 30 cm canvas board, using only White and Prussian Blue oil paint, create a painting of your face in any style and submit to arrive by the 16th of December to be included in a collective exhibition at ONCA gallery on International Human Solidarity Day, 20th December, or before the 1st of February, 2023, to be included in the photographic series for 2022.There’s no submission fee or benchmark of artistic experience you need to climb over to have your self-portrait accepted, your collaboration and involvement is the precious bit.
Find out more

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,


Rupert Dannreuther

Marketing Manager

Queen Mary University of London

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