English and Drama Newsletter – September 2023 Edition

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

Still Time to Start This Year 

Undergraduate: We still have places for this year on our undergraduate degrees. Our clearing phone line is closed but you can apply online here.

Postgraduate: The deadline for UK Home student applications is this Friday 8 September. See courses available here.

Things to Do in September

Make a last minute application Get in touch via sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk to explain the process.

Book now for open day on 7 October Meet students, discover the career benefits of our courses and see the campus.

Talk to us Book a time to chat about your application or campus tour Sign up 

Read our research newsletter Find out about our groundbreaking research here 

Book for Open Day

Sunday 10 September – Queen Mary University of London Mile End Campus
On Sunday 10 September, Professor Nadia Valman will lead historical tours of the Mile End campus, including the Novo Cemetery, the UK’s second oldest Jewish cemetery.

Find out more and book a place on the tour on the Open House website.

Currently sold out but keep an eye for returns

Tower Hamlets Archives Bancroft Road | 15 August – 23 November 2023 | Free

‘We are thrilled to announce our first ever exhibition of sound art inspired by the amazing collections of oral history and archival audio held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.

Dating back to 1962 and held on fragile cassettes and open reel audiotape, these recordings offer us tantalising fragments of the sonic past. For historians, they are especially valuable as intimate first-person accounts of daily lives. In this installation, the audio collections held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives are revisited by three sound artists – Alastair Levy, Emily Peasgood and Syma Tariq.

Produced in collaboration with researchers at Queen Mary, University of London and Birkbeck, University of London, who have been exploring what the East End meant to generations of migrants, Everything is different, nothing has changed uses archival audio to offer new interpretations of Tower Hamlets’ past, focussing particularly on the experiences of Jewish and Bengali/Bangladeshi migrants living here during the twentieth century.

Each artist in this show takes a different approach to the archive, but recurring themes of home, memory, dislocation and protest resonate across their work. Surprising, playful and reflective, they make magic with recorded sound, bringing the past and the present up close to one other.

The exhibition includes special events including:How Writers Remembered the Jewish East End with Nadia Valman on 28 September Find out moreA CHANGING TAPESTRY OF LIMEHOUSE

A series of free public events to coincide with Open House weekend 9 September 2023.
A Changing Tapestry of Limehouse
Saturday 9 September 10am – 5pm

Following a collaboration between Stitches in Time, Dr Shane Boyle of Queen Mary University and local art activist groups, we’ll be spending the day sharing old and new work to reflect on the past and future role of art activism in Limehouse.
This intergenerational and cross-cultural project looked at how historic art activism can inform future practice, gathered ideas on what challenges are the local community facing and created opportunities for different responses culminating in this event to see the work, create more responses and discuss the issues. Email Shane for more info

News & Opportunities 

QMUL Drama Wins at TAPRA Awards’Congrats to Maggie Inchley and the The Verbatim Formula team for receiving the award for the Transformative Research and to Seb Mylly for the Postgraduate Essay prize. It’s fantastic to see the work of colleagues and students being acknowledged by our subject and disciplinary peers, and huge congratulations are due to them.’ Professor Martin Welton – Head of Drama.

Round up 

Graduate Zainab Hassan
Graduate Zainab Hassan who delivered a session for our first year Power Plays module students last year is performing in Brassic FM at the Gate Theatre – it’s on until 30 September:

Find out more and book now

Jen Harvie
Jen has published an article on Lois Weaver’s company Split Britches in a special issue of the Journal of the British Academy on Old Age and Gender: Multidisciplinary Perspectives: “Queering Time, Ageing, and Relationships with Split Britches”, Journal of the British Academy 11 (s2) (2023): 117-146; special issue on ‘Narratives of Old Age and Gender’, eds Siân Adiseshiah, Amy Culley, Jonathon Shears; open access; https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s2.117 The whole issue is open access and is co-edited by former QM English colleague, Amy Culley. 

The Bloomsbury Companion to J.M. Coetzee
 Huw Marsh has a chapter in a new collection on J.M. Coetzee , as has Ed Charlton. It’s edited by Andrew van der Vlies and there are chapters by former SED PhD students (Alexandra Effe, Andrea Thorpe, Xiaoran Hu), as well as Andrew van der Vlies and Patrick Flanery.

Find out more

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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