English and Drama Newsletter – February 2023 Edition

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

6 Wonderful Things to Do in February 2023:

Sign up for QM Futures: If you’re in year 12 come to our free university preparation and study skills programme. Sign Up

Want to explore your creative side? Book for our Summer Schools in:

Book a private campus tour or 1-2-1 Talk to a human about your course interests. Register here

Offer Holder Days & Free Tasters: Got an offer to study with us and want to visit our applicant days or want to come to a free taster. Get in touch

Discover our Postgraduate Taught courses in Literature, Performance or Creative Writing. Read our new blog post

Save the dates: Mad Hearts – The Arts and Mental Health – 9-10 June / Peopling the Palace(s) Festival – 5-11 June 2023. Contact Ru to get involved in this year’s events. 

“My writing has changed astronomically […]
The support of many fabulous lecturers is a testament
to the writer and person I am now.”

Naila Barrett shares her experience of studying a
BA in English with Creative Writing.

Read Naila’s profile

February Events

Guided tour and introduction to the Barts Pathology Museum collection: 4pm on Wednesday 11th January 2023.

Subtexts presents…CLASS, CHORUS and ACCESS
Tue 7 Feb, 6-8pm

Rachael Allen reading from her forthcoming poetry collection God Complex which thinks through class and what class divides perpetuate and the ways we devote ourselves to things (landscape / peoples).

Ella Berny presenting from her PhD project, The Limits and Possibilities of Abortion Storytelling in Contesting an Abortion Regime, a creative engagement with the social sciences.

Join us for readings, chat, snacks and drinks
ARTS TWO, Senior Common Floor (top floor)

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Breaking Bread: Non-Linear Time: Writing Work
Sun 5 Feb, 1pm – Candid Arts

The programme for Breaking Bread 2023 hosted by Bread Theatre and Film Company, London is here, and it involves four creative workshops with four distinct artists. It grows out of creative collaborations with Bread London based on Ananya Mishra (English) current research on Indigenous ideas on non-linear time, intersecting with Cavendish physicist Prof Suchitra Sebastian’s explorations of novel emergent quantum matter. 

The first workshop of Breaking Bread 2023 is on 5th February (Sunday). It will be hosted by the brilliant Tatenda Matsvai (aka 2tender) at the Basement Gallery, Candid Arts Trust.

This workshop is for anyone who writes or is interested in writing spoken word poetry; for anyone interested in exploring potentially decolonial forms of creating art; for anyone who wants to connect and share ideas with our growing community of London-based artists.

Join Bread London and Tatenda at 1pm for a meet, greet and eat inside the Candid Arts Cafe, then head down with us to the Basement Gallery at 2pm for a 2-hour workshop.

Tickets are free, but we ask that you reserve in advance via the Eventbrite link so that we know what numbers to expect.

Book here

Events Digest

February Careers Events for Students

Working for yourself – Wed 8 Feb 2-3pmIf you are interested in freelancing, in being in journalism or theatre practitioner, or have a great idea for a business, this session is for you!

Presenting yourself – Wed 15 Feb 2-3pmIf you would like to learn more about how to show yourself in the best light to potential employers and clients, come along to this workshop.

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Mathelinda Nabugodi (Cambridge): ‘A Chamæleonic Race’: Shelley and the Discourses of Slavery – Wed 8 Feb, 5.15pm

In this talk, Nabugodi approaches Shelley’s poetic chameleonism from a somewhat different angle. Nabugodi will examine how Shelley’s poetry is coloured by contemporary practices of racial enslavement and adjacent discourses—anti-Black prejudices propagated by the pro-slavery West India Interest as well as by abolitionists and liberal thinkers.

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Isabel Waidner in Conversation with Maxe Crandall (pictured above) – Wed 8 Feb 2023City Lights in conjunction with Graywolf Press celebrate the publication of “Sterling Karat Gold” By Isabel Waidner.

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Mojisola Adebayo at Glasgow Theatre Seminar (online) – Thu 9 Feb 2023

Playwright, theatre maker and researcher Mojisola Adebayo (Drama) will talk about the creation of her latest works Family Tree and STARS.

Sign up 

From the wider Queen Mary community

Inflation – Past & Present – Wed, 22 Feb, 5.00pm

Brigitte Granville will discuss the worst inflation episode in the advanced industrialised economies of the last fifty years. 

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Book Launch and Roundtable for “Making Refugees in India”, by Dr Ria Kapoor – Tue 21 Feb, 4.00pm

Making Refugees in India offers a global history of India’s ideas and practices surrounding the refugee. 

Book now

Book Ahead

In Conversation with David Lammy MP – Thu 9 March,  6.30pm

Brigitte Granville will discuss the worst inflation episode in the advanced industrialised economies of the last fifty years. 

Read more

Conference: Contesting Authenticity in Literature, 1200-1700 

30-31 March 2023 | Senate House Library, Bloomsbury
Registration is now open for this 2-day conference on medieval and early modern literature dealing with various aspects of (in)authenticity. Our keynotes will be Professor Emeritus Alastair Minnis (Yale) and Professor Leah Whittington (Harvard).

The event will take place on 30-31 March 2023. The physical element of the conference is based at Senate House, University of London, with online participation possible. All forms of attendance are free, and bursaries are available to assist those wishing to attend in person.

Please see authenticity2023.wordpress.com for more conference details, including booking information, the conference programme, and bursary details.

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Caitlin O’Donnell (English Studies: Writing and Society 1700-1820 MA, 2012), who is currently working at Northeastern University as a Manager for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Projects in External Affairs.“The courses I took at Queen Mary all focused on the relationship between society and literature. I found my studies to be much more interdisciplinary than what I had experienced in the US which gave me a more comprehensive view. Plus, I was specifically researching and writing about the city in which I was living. There are some absolute rock stars on the staff—one of my favourite memories was when Markman Ellis hosted tea as we were studying coffeehouse culture.”Read Caitlin’s story

Brazil’s small utopias

People’s Palace Projects BBC World Service with our Indigenous partner, Piratá Waurá. It’s about our VR project that is taking off again. We have developed the first prototype and just secured some extra funding to start the new prototype for non-Indigenous audiences/museums. Listen to the podcast

News Digest

WORMS: Isabel Waidner is featured in Worms Issue 6 with a fiction piece from their latest novel.

Read more here

FREE VERSE REPORT: An oldie but a goodie, this report by Spread the Word looks at why so few black and Asian poets have been published in the UK. 

Read it here

ESSAYISM: Professor Brian Dillon: What does the essay do? (Times Literary Supplement)Read the article

RESEARCH NEWSLETTER: Read the latest Research updates from Alicia Barnes here. 

Read the newsletter

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Speculative Wearable Sleep-Tracker Design Workshop. 

Find out more

LITERATURE CLOCK: Discovery of the week is this literature clock which has a quote for every minute of every day from published works.

See the clock – Pictured below

HISTORY OF ART SEMINAR AT EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART: Martin O’Brien gave a lecture entitled ‘Deathly Durations: Performance and the Temporalities of Decay’.

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

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Queen Mary University of London

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