English and Drama Newsletter – August 2023 Edition

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

Clearing is now open for those with their exam results to apply and we’d love to hear from those getting results this year on Thursday 17 August from 8am. Register your interest

We are sending this early to avoid the UCAS embargo period where we can’t contact you. Please do get in touch with us if you have any queries. We are around all summer. 

Apply in August
BA Degrees including English if you have results via Clearing to our Undergraduate programmes Get the lowdown

MA Programmes Last Chance to apply for our MA courses in English LiteratureCreative Writing and Theatre and Performance.

Talk to us Book a time to chat about your application or campus tour Sign up
See our clearing courses
August Events

14-26 August – theSpace on the Mile 

Join our talented students for brand new work they have created at the world’s largest arts festival. The four shows are:All the Glorious Moments In BetweenDead End JobPaper WallsPark Bench
Book here

Eloina (Drama Graduate)

HIGH STEAKS (pictured above) is a show about labia, labia-shaming, cosmetic surgery and fundamentally, body lovin’. 

Please do get in touch if you have a show coming up in September  that you’d like us to mention.
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Weekends in August 2023

Since the 1800s Bloomsbury has been an ideas factory! So, in these walks, facts always come with ideas.

Matt has devised these new walks after 15 years of researching, writing and speaking about the area. Each walk explores a different aspect of Bloomsbury’s intellectual & cultural identity. 

Let’s think together, on our feet…

Highlights coming up:Wartime Bloomsbury – 12 AugMurder in Bloomsbury – 12 AugGreen Bloomsbury – 13 AugQueer Bloomsbury – 19 Aug
Book now
News & Opportunities
‘Grenfell: in the words of survivors – new play is an angry demand for accountability’ – Maggie Inchley in The Conversation’Grenfell continues the tradition of verbatim theatre as an acute critical and political form that enables the National Theatre to fulfil its unofficial remit for staging “state of the nation” drama.’

Read the article
Hannah Silva launches new book written in conversation with AI technologyThe pioneering new book is described as: ‘A living exploration of undoing and redoing queer single parenting and love, in conversation with an AI algorithm and a toddler.’GET A COPY: My Child, the Algorithm is out now: Buy the bookLEARN ABOUT THE PROCESS: Read Hannah’s article for The Bookseller, ‘How – and why – I wrote a book in conversation with generative AI.’INTERACT WITH AI: Footnote Press have trained a GPT algorithm on her book, so readers can generate their own texts, and enter a competition. Learn more & read an article about the marketing campaign
New Writing Prize
Watch online: Brian Dillon & Brandon Taylor: Essay Means ‘To Try’ – Pay What You CanDifficult to define and diverse by its nature, the essay is a slippery form. It requires – according to Brian Dillon – some ‘combination of exactitude and evasion’. Join Dillon, author of a new collection of interlinked essays, Affinities, alongside Booker Prize-shortlisted author, critic, and essayist, Brandon Taylor as they discuss the form, function, and very point of the genre with Michael Williams.
Find out more
Round upDeven Parker

Deven has been awarded Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Glasgow. The project title is ‘Performing Authorship: Theatre, Print, and Intellectual Property, 1774-1833.’

Lois Weaver & Peggy Shaw

Peggy and Lois will be attending the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Austin Texas were we will receive their 2022 Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre award and perform Last Gasp, a Recalibration.
For more opportunities see our regular Opportunities Digest blog post
Apologies if we missed any listings or made any errors, 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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