Free English and Drama Taster Sessions Announced for our Open Day on Saturday 2 October 2021

We’re really excited to deliver our tasters in a hybrid format next Saturday 2 October. Please register to get on campus or online access.

English & Creative Writing

Creative Writing Taster Session: Finding Your Many Voices – Nisha Ramayya

In this session, we will listen to a selection of contemporary poets who write and perform in voices, discuss their work, and then try writing our own dialogic or multivocal texts. 

1300-1330

What’s Love Got To Do With It?  Putting Romeo and Juliet In Its Place’- David Colclough

In this short taster lecture I’ll explore what happens when we read one of the most famous love stories – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – with the help of some historical context (spoiler: it gets less romantic). No prior knowledge of the play is required. 

1515-1545

Drama

Show Business:  Theatre and Capitalism – Michael McKinnie

What is “show business”?  How is it different from other business?  How is it the same?  And what can it tell us about the relationship between theatre and the economic world in which we live, work and play.

1345 -1415

Theatre and Protest – Aoife Monks

This session gives a taste of the long history of protest at the theatre, looking at riots, censorship and theatrical activism in the auditorium and on the streets. 

1130-1200

English and Drama Graduation Ceremonies for class of 2020 and 2021

Bookings open now

The Queen Mary University of London Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremonies will be held at Tobacco Dock between Monday 10 and Friday 21 January 2022.

Bookings for your ceremony will open today. Bookings will open throughout the day today. Check the schedule to see the time bookings open for your ceremony.

You can view the entire ceremony schedule on our website. The schedule includes the date and time of each ceremony. Please read the schedule to check the date and time of your schools ceremony.

All booking information can be found on our website .
 
To book your ticket, guest tickets and gown, visit www.yourgraduation.co.uk and type “Queen Mary University of London” into the search box, then press the ‘go button’.

Please note, you do not have to have received an email in order to book onto a January 2022 Graduation ceremony. 

All students need to book a place regardless of having sat exams or received results*. If you are unsure of your results status, please check with Student Records (studentenquiry@qmul.ac.uk) – receiving an email is not a guarantee you are eligible.Tickets and Gown HireAll students need to book a place regardless of having sat exams or receiving results*.

Any students wishing to attend must book onto graduation, any bookings made after the deadline are not guaranteed a place in the ceremony.

Any students wishing to attend must book onto graduation before the deadline of midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October . Please note that tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and can be taken offline at any point. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Information for students eligible to collect two awards:
Due to the exceptional nature of these ceremonies, we understand some students may be eligible to receive two awards. If you are eligible to receive two awards at these ceremonies then please let us know by completing the relevant information when asked during the booking process for your graduation ceremony. For further information please visit the graduation website.

Your ticket to attend graduation is free-of-charge and guest tickets are priced at £25 each. Please note, tickets are strictly non-transferable between students. 

All students wishing to attend graduation must complete their booking before the deadline of midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October

*In cases of academic failure, please notify the Events & Ceremonies team by email and a full refund will be arranged. Please see our Terms & Conditions for refund details
Extra Guest Tickets You will be permitted to book two guest tickets initially, but you can also indicate a requirement for more guest tickets which will be noted against your booking. When booking closes at midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October , we will establish if there are any spare seats in your ceremony and notify you of the date they go on sale and how to book. If available, everyone will be given equal opportunity to purchase extra tickets, however they will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Extra guest tickets are not guaranteed. Please don’t make travel arrangements for guests until you have confirmed ceremony tickets for them.

For information about child tickets and live relay tickets, visit our website
Photographs You can book professional studio photography sessions when you book your gown and tickets.
Visa Letters We understand the postponement of graduation ceremonies will lead to the need for more students and their families to apply for re-entry and entry to the UK to attend their graduation ceremony. We have provided information on our website to assist students and their families in applying to enter the UK.
#QMULGrad Don’t forget to follow @QMUL on Instagram to keep up to date with information from the Events & Ceremonies Team ahead of your ceremony. You can get involved by using #QMULGrad Key information

Don’t forget that ticket booking will close at midday (UK time) on Monday 25 October.

If you have any questions around Graduation visit the FAQspage on our website. 

This email is not a guarantee that you will be eligible to graduate in January. If you are unsure, please contact the student administration team on: 020 7882 5005.

Our website has been updated with a great deal of information regarding all aspects of Graduation, please read all sections to learn more about tickets, gown hire, photographs, accommodation and answers to other frequently asked questions.

If you have relatives travelling from overseas for your ceremony, you can also request a Visa Letter on-line. Learn more about our exciting new graduation venue, Tobacco Dock!

Undergraduate Year 1 – Welcome Week Hub

Welcome to the School of English and Drama family. Please read this information carefully to get an overview of Welcome Week, which is from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 September 2021.

We’re delighted you’ll be joining us next week as a Queen Mary student. Welcome Week begins on Monday 20th September, introducing you to everything you’ll need to know before teaching starts from Monday 27th September. The School of English and Drama has provided a range of induction materials, videos, timetable and activities on QMplus here so please familiarise yourself with this information before Welcome Week begins. Please note – you are able to view the SED Welcome Week and Getting Started 2021-22 QMplus page as a guest however you may have a better experience if you log in with your QM ITS credentials. Links to join your online programme talks and sessions, as well as personalised groupings for your Phakama,

Advisor and e-learning sessions will appear on this page from Monday 20 September.  Welcome Week activities are an integral part of your QMUL learning experience, will give you a taste of what is to come and introduce you to some key staff involved in the delivery and support of your programme.  

Don’t forget that the Queen Mary mobile app includes lots of handy campus maps, links to your timetable, Library study space bookings, and much more – download the app to discover your tailored information.  We look forward to meeting you all at our first online session on Monday 20 September at 11.00 a.m! 

Please do let me know if you’d like a chat or have any questions!

Warm regards,

Rupert

Rupert Dannreuther on behalf of the entire Admin Team
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

r.dannreuther@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 8910

Book a chat

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Monday 20 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

11:00-11:30 (Online): Meet the Admin Team, Head of School and Heads of Department. This is the perfect chance to test out your Microsoft Teams account. 

12-12.30pm (Online): Meet SED Student Support Team & Live Q&A

12:30 and 14:00 (Online): Trouble shooting Drop-in Session

16:30-17:00 (In-Person): English and Drama ID Collection – Octagon – Queens’ Building.
Suzi and Rupert will be there if you need to ask about the rest of welcome week or other questions. Enrolment is online but if you have any questions come to this session.

18:00-20:30 (In-Person): New Student Movie Night at Genesis Cinema – everyone welcome but please book here.

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Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

Drama Students (including Joint English & Drama)

10:00-10:15 (Online) WATCH Drama Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama Students – Degree Programme Talk/ Question & Answer Session (inc QW34 English & Drama JH students)

12:15-13:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)    

English Students (including Joint Honours)

10:00-10:15 (Online): WATCH English Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online): Year 1 English Students – Degree Programme Talk / Question & Answer Session (not inc QW34)

11:15-12:00 (Online): Year 1 English – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)   

12:15-12:30 (Online): WATCH Creative Writing Programme Talk VIDEO

12:30-13:15 (Online): Year 1 English with Creative Writing Students – Degree Programme Talk / Intro to ESH4100 teaching activities / Q & A Session

14:30-16:45 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.With a Year Abroad Students

15:45-16:00 (Online) WATCH ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Talk VIDEO

16:00-16:30 (Online) ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Students Question & Answer Session

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Wednesday 22 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

All day (Online): 45 minutes e-Learning training sessions will be running throughout the day – please look out for an email with which group you are in.

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for an email with which group you are in.
15:00-15:45 (In-Person): Meet your Advisor & Advisee group (all UG year 1 students) – please look out for an email with which group you are in and where to go.
15:00-15:45 (Online):  Meet your Advisor & Advisee group online for students unable to travel to UK

16:15-17:00 (Online): English & History Talk / Q & A – online

4

Thursday 23 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.

11:30-12:30 (Online): SED Associate Student Welcome Event

14:00-14:45 (Online): QMPlus Session with SED E-strategy team.

Undergraduate Year 1 – English and Drama Welcome Week Overview – 20-24 Sept 2021

Welcome to the School of English and Drama family. Please read this information carefully to get an overview of Welcome Week, which is from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 September 2021.

We hope you have successfully enrolled and connected to your QMUL ITS account which includes access to things like the Apple or Android app, timetables and your email. If not please live chat with IT services to sort this out.  All activities for your individual course are compulsory and are a really important part of starting your degree. We recommend printing this or copying it into notes on your device and highlighting. You could make a list of activities and put them in your diary. All the links to your online sessions and locations for in-person events will appear on our welcome area, which will be available early next week, we will send you another message to let you know when we launch it.  Your groups for Phakama, Meet Your Advisor and e-Learning session times will be emailed to you separately next week. You will only attend one of each of these sessions. Teaching begins on 27 September and you can access your timetable via the app and website. 

Our student social is on Monday 20 September from 18:00 at Genesis Cinema. To book your ticket, popcorn and a drink please press the big blue button…

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Monday 20 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

11:00-11:30 (Online): Meet the Admin Team, Head of School and Heads of Department. This is the perfect chance to test out your Microsoft Teams account. 

12-12.30pm (Online): Meet SED Student Support Team & Live Q&A

12:30 and 14:00 (Online): Trouble shooting Drop-in Session

16:30-17:00 (In-Person): English and Drama ID Collection – Octagon – Queens’ Building.
Suzi and Rupert will be there if you need to ask about the rest of welcome week or other questions. Enrolment is online but if you have any questions come to this session.

18:00-20:30 (In-Person): New Student Movie Night at Genesis Cinema – everyone welcome but please book here.

2-1

Tuesday 21 September 2021 – Online + In-Person

Drama Students (including Joint English & Drama)

10:00-10:15 (Online) WATCH Drama Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama Students – Degree Programme Talk/ Question & Answer Session (inc QW34 English & Drama JH students)

12:15-13:00 (Online) Year 1 Drama – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)    

English Students (including Joint Honours)

10:00-10:15 (Online): WATCH English Degree Programme Talk VIDEO

10:15-11:00 (Online): Year 1 English Students – Degree Programme Talk / Question & Answer Session (not inc QW34)

11:15-12:00 (Online): Year 1 English – Intro to your modules (inc how to access online module content)   

12:15-12:30 (Online): WATCH Creative Writing Programme Talk VIDEO

12:30-13:15 (Online): Year 1 English with Creative Writing Students – Degree Programme Talk / Intro to ESH4100 teaching activities / Q & A Session

14:30-16:45 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.With a Year Abroad Students

15:45-16:00 (Online) WATCH ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Talk VIDEO

16:00-16:30 (Online) ‘Year Abroad’ Degree Students Question & Answer Session

3

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

All day (Online): 45 minutes e-Learning training sessions will be running throughout the day – please look out for an email with which group you are in.

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for an email with which group you are in.
15:00-15:45 (In-Person): Meet your Advisor & Advisee group (all UG year 1 students) – please look out for an email with which group you are in and where to go.
15:00-15:45 (Online):  Meet your Advisor & Advisee group online for students unable to travel to UK

16:15-17:00 (Online): English & History Talk / Q & A – online

4

Thursday 23 September 2021 – (In-Person + Online)

10:00-13:30 (In-Person): 1 Hour Workshop with Phakama – please look out for a separate email with your group and time for this.

11:30-12:30 (Online): SED Associate Student Welcome Event

14:00-14:45 (Online): QMPlus Session with SED E-strategy team.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021-22 – Applications Invited

Early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme are invited to get in contact with us as soon as possible

Deadline for applications: midday on Friday 17 September 2021

The School of English and Drama invites early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme to get in touch by submitting:

(1) an explanation of the reason(s) for your choice of Queen Mary as the host institution (150 words maximum)

(2) an outline of your proposed programme of research (1,500 words maximum)

(3) details of your planned research outputs, e.g. monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, events, other (please specify) (300 words maximum)

(4) a list of existing publications (1 page maximum)

(5) a CV (2 pages maximum)

Please submit the above documents to Dr Huw Marsh, Research Manager, sed-research@qmul.ac.uk, by no later than midday on Friday 17 September 2021. Please state ‘British Academy PDRF’ in the subject line.

Your application should demonstrate:

  • that you are eligible according to the BA’s criteria
  • the excellence of your research track record and professional track record (where relevant);
  • your academic record;
  • the research outputs you propose, how you will structure, pursue, and complete your project in the time frame, and its importance;
  • the relevance of QMUL SED to your research and vice versa;
  • who you would like as a mentor and why.

You are strongly encouraged, before submitting your application and time permitting, to find a member of staff in QMUL’s School of English and Drama who will be your nominated mentor, provisionally agree their support, and get some feedback from them on a draft application. Please note this in statement (1).

Full scheme details can be found on the British Academy website: http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

All outline proposals will be considered by our Directors of Research and those that we give institutional support to will have approximately one month to finalise their online application, due by 14 October 2021.

Winners of our Tote Bag Design Competition 2021 Announced

We are excited to announce the 3 winners of our 2021 tote bag design competition. New 2021 students can pick up a bag in welcome week at our events in four beautiful colours!

From left to right:

  • Fatema Hakim
  • Livonia Okello
  • Joanna Bailey

Here’s some more of the amazing shortlisted entries we received from Zoe McGee, Estelle Homerstone, Maryam Kara, Zoe McGee again and Eleni Sophia.

Welcome Information for Incoming New Students in 2021-22

Congrats and Welcome to the QMUL School of English and Drama Community

We are so proud to have you in the family.

We can’t wait to see you from 20 September 2021 for welcome week.

Please aim to be present that week, as it’s a really important part of your induction and enrolment process.

If you have any issues or questions, please feel free to contact me via email or phone (+44 (0)20 7882 8910).

I did a super quick IG live today, so you’re welcome to have a watch if you want a ‘woohoo’ from a human!

You should receive lots more emails from QMUL in the next few weeks – around practical stuff like getting your ID card and enrolment – so please keep an eye on your inbox and spam folder.

Please scroll down  ↓ ↓ ↓ to download recommended preparation documents a.k.a. reading lists…

English and Drama Meet Ups before Welcome Week

Online – All New English and Drama

English and Drama Speed Meet & Mystery Movie Netflix Party | Wed 1 September – 6pm

Sign up here

English & Joints

Free Day Out at All Points East in the Neighbourhood | Victoria Park, Mile End | Thu 2 September from 1pm

We’re taking over All Points East: In the Neighbourhood Festival with our podcast Show & Tell, and we’ll be recording a special edition. Plus there’s food, free cinema and live shows.

Sign up here

All Points East

Drama Only

Family Tree Theatre Trip | Charlton | 30 August at 2pm

We have tickets for you to go to our very own Mojisola Adebayo’s promenade show Family Tree. Just for Drama and Drama Joints at the moment.

Sign up here for a ticket

Family Tree

Welcome Week

Welcome week is the first week of Semester 1.

Monday 20 – Friday 24 September 2021

Please make sure you keep this week free as it includes so many useful inductions, the welcome fair (freebies), and opportunities to meet your advisor and your fellow students.

Teaching begins the week after – from 27 September – and all your sessions should be on your online timetable from the end of August.

Do these things and get ready…

Going to uni is a big life step, so here are 5 things you can do now to help make it a smooth transition:

1. Do the Transition to Queen Mary Online Course.
2. Get the Queen Mary App on Android or Apple.
3. Follow us on Instagram using the button below.
4. Come to Meet Up Events listed above.
5. Read widely, see shows and take a look at our recommended preparation in the documents linked below.

English

English & Creative Writing Preparation

See our suggested preparation for English ahead of your degree in September.

Download the English preparation document

Drama

Drama Preparation

Please see the recommended reading for drama and remember to see as much theatre and performance as you can this summer.


Download Drama Preparation Document

If you have any questions, concerns or would like a chat please do let me know.

Warm regards,

Rupert

Rupert Dannreuther
Marketing Manager
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

Instagram: @qmulsed
Twitter: @qmulsed
sed-web@qmul.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7882 8910

Language Learning Scholarship Scheme in School of English and Drama for Continuing Undergraduate students 

Are you interested in learning a language outside of your programme of study next year? Following a successful first round of School Scholarships in 2020-21, we are delighted to announce further round of scholarships for 2021-22.  

Under the School of English and Drama’s Language Learning Scholarship Scheme, scholarships are available for returning undergraduates (second year and above in 2021–22) to take a non-credit bearing language module alongside their main degree studies. 

Learning a new language or improving a language you already know is a great way of broadening your horizons and at the same time enhancing your employability. The following languages are available as non-credit bearing modules: 

  • Arabic 
  • Chinese 
  • French 
  • German 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese 
  • Spanish 

You can find more information about the languages available and how to apply on the SLLF Language Centre website.  

Registration for 2021/22 credit-bearing language modules has been completed. You will be able to make changes and/or requests for credit-bearing language module registration directly with the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film in September (if your programme requirements allow you to do this).  

To be eligible for a scholarship you must submit your application form by the early bird deadline (Monday 6th September 2021)

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health Review By Ana Claudia De Castro Lima

By Ana Claudia De Castro Lima

This two-day online event explored productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic, and research perspectives that offered a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice, with a view of imagining a different future. This event was joined by more than 100 people including survivors, service users, mental health professionals, artists and researchers interested in how the arts can contribute to mental health.

The conference was opened by photographic artist Daniel Regan, who shared his discovery of the power of the arts in his own mental health journey. Daniel discussed the shame and stigma of living in crisis and how transforming his relationship to his lived experience turned it into his greatest asset. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Tom Cant introduced Peer Supported Open Dialogue and the ODDESSI* trial, a multicentre randomised control trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Developed in Finland in 1986, Open Dialogue is a social network model of mental healthcare where the person of concern is genuinely offered the power to define their recovery.

[*ODDESSI stands for Open Dialogue: Development and Evaluation of a Social Network Intervention for Severe Mental Illness]

On the second day, the artist keynote was given by playwright and theatre director Julie McNamara, an outspoken survivor of the mental health system, who works with people from locked-in spaces, foregrounding the stories of disavowed voices from the margins of our communities. People who have lived in long-care hospitals are not ordinarily perceived as artists and storytellers with meaningful contributions to make in our cultural industries. Julie talked about her creative process, staging the voices of women who transgress, women who fail to perform femininity as constructed in this ableist, patriarchal society. Lived expert consultant Amanda Griffith introduced the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF), a radical approach to understanding emotional distress and wellbeing that is attracting interest both nationally and internationally. Aimed at a wide range of stakeholders, the framework highlights the links between personal, family and community distress and wider issues arising from social inequalities and injustices. This gives particular attention to the experiences of people and groups who have been exposed to abuses of power on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, nationality, age, sexuality, disability, or their status as a mental health service user, and the way these identities and associated experiences of power intersect.

A series of panels invited discussion on different topics. In the panel led by the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, the audience applauded the concept of “emodiversity”, developed as part of a programme for emotional literacy in primary schools, a superb pilot run by Prof Thomas Dixon.

Conference delegates participated in a Creative Enquiry all group activity, led by Dr Louise Younie, pioneer of the creative enquiry approach for flourishing in medical education. Moreover, selected participants were invited to present their artworks of poetry, painting and music: a delightful moment, inviting both aesthetic pleasure and reflection.

During discussions and reflections raised by this momentous event, the audience was enraptured and applauded the presented projects and innovative practices. Also, organizers and the public felt stimulated to discover new alternative approaches to mental health for future times, taking into account above all creativity, open dialogue, and direct participation from users of the health system.

It was clear that the bio-scientific, logical-rational, reductionist, and mechanistic model of mental health needs updating. An empathetic look, which gives rise to interpretive and communication abilities, is necessary to approach the idiosyncratic narratives brought by survivors and service users. In addition, the well-established hierarchy relationships within the mental health medical environment, which highlight authority and power, oppress and make stagnant the creativity and humanization that should permeate all human relationships. All this misinterpretation over mental health care leads to overly rigid and standardized models of approach, lacking human connection.

Hence, health professionals need to be open to access subjectivity and make deeper connections, giving voice and opportunity for self-expression. Ultimately, the arts seem to be a catalyst tool to materialize the inner turmoil of mental disorders, providing opportunities for representation and meaning-making, as well as being a fantastic means to well-being.

What makes Queen Mary drama different by Estelle Homerstone

We caught up with Drama graduate and now staff member Estelle about why she thinks Queen Mary is different and an exciting place to study Drama.

Active Research university – your tutors and academics are not only delivering the highest quality teaching but are also delving deep into their own research. They find endless hours in the day to explore the topics in their specialisms, which range from verbatim theatre to foley sound work, to changing the policy of the arts in education, to award winning performance art creation and so much more.

Being the only connected campus university in London a big thing for me coming to university four years ago was wanting the full experience, having my accommodation in halls and seeing all my mates go to their rooms just a stone’s throw away. It’s great to be able to have that on the Mile End campus with very exciting and eclectic architecture and views by the canal and lots of grass all around it, and at the same time be able to look down the stretch of the Mile End road and see the big city buildings is an amazing combination.

For me, as someone who spent a lot of their university life in central London when not in class, whether that was working, seeing shows or taking full advantage of the nightlife, having an entire city on your doorstep is a huge bonus to the university experience.

Opening your mind – the things I learnt during my BA drama undergrad and things I’m now thinking about in any role based around being a practitioner drama are skills and concepts that I hadn’t even thought about before my time here, but are now integral to my thinking and creating.

The social and political basis of all artwork and the eye in which you look at that is so skillfully trained during your time here that you look at so much artistic content so differently. You bring these elements such as accessibility, agency, diversity, and relevance into play in everything you do after that, making you so much more of a well rounded and progressive creator.

Competition: Your Design On Our School of English and Drama Tote Bag 2021

We’re looking for a new design for our 2021 tote bag which we give away at open days, events and to new students incoming to the School.

It’s time to get arty and inspire the next generation of SED students.

What we’re looking for

Maya Ostrowka’s entry from the last competition
  • A black, line based design – it could feature a quotation or other text but needs to be blocky and easy to read.
  • Maximum A4 size.
  • A design which represents both English and Drama would be great.
  • For inspiration see the last winning design above or look at the entries here.

How to enter

To enter send your design as a PDF, JPG or EPS to sed-web@qmul.ac.uk.

To enter you must be a School of English student, staff member or one of our alumni.

What you’ll win

If you win:

  • Your bag will be put into production for our 2021 open days and events.
  • You’ll also win a £50 LovetoShop voucher.

Competition closes: Tuesday 22 June 2021 at 12 midday. A panel from SED management team will choose the winning design.

Performance Possession & Automation Event Series

Performance, Possession & Automation – a collaborative research project led by Nick Ridout and Orlagh Woods, in collaboration with Dhanveer Singh Brar – invites you to two online conversations.

Possession & Modern Acting

Friday 4th June, 6-8pm (BST)

Online

Shonni EnelowJulia Jarcho and Nicholas Ridout 

Possession: an actor seems to have been taken over by someone else.

Automation: an actor is someone whose actions are not their own.

In this public conversation, Shonni Enelow, Julia Jarcho and Nicholas Ridout explore ideas about possession and automation in relation to 20th and 21st century experiences of acting, theatre and the movies. Do they hold clues to the roles that both possession and automation play in contemporary life, and to how we might think and feel about them.

Click here, to book your place and for further information.

I was born a loser

Friday 11th June, 6-8 pm (BST)

Online

Edward George and Dhanveer Singh Brar 

What occurs when “lose her” is recast as “loser”, and covered over once more to become “winner”? And why in each reversioning does “pride” persist, but never in the same guise? These are questions which arise from listening to the Jamaican essayist of the song form, Alton Ellis.

By losing ourselves in Alton Ellis’s losses and revisions, Edward George and Dhanveer Singh Brar believe it is possible to begin to open up an auditory dimension to the question of spirit in Jamaica, the Caribbean, the diaspora, and in turn, modernity itself, as it was being rendered towards the end of the twentieth century.

Click here, to book your place and for further information.

Performance, Possession & Automation is a research project exploring automation and possession as two ways of thinking about what happens to human subjects who act in ways that they do not themselves fully control. How can making and thinking about performance contribute to thinking about these ideas?

In partnership with Fierce Festival, performingborders and Transform Festival

This project is supported by:

Collaborations Fund of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
The Centre for Public Engagement, QMUL
Strategic Research Initiative, School of English and Drama, QMUL

Free Peopling the Palace Festival – Line Up Announced – 7-20 June 2021

Conducting conversation / Connecting Creatively / Creating Courageously / Courageously Carrying On / and Cabaret! / Come on and join us!

Peopling the Palace is a yearly festival of performance, workshops and events that showcases the work of Queen Mary academics, artists, current students and alumni. 

This year’s theme is care and features over 25 events from outrageous cabaret nights to a day exploring the rituals of care. In times of global unrest and pandemic, Peopling the Palace Festival, creates a space to explore how important caring about each other is. The festival tackles important contemporary issues of racial inequality, mental health, care provision, neurodivergence, art in a crisis, climate justice and aging.

All events are free to attend and open to all. Advanced booking required for all events. 

New Performance

  • I am Leah (13 June) A vital new play inspired by the stories of survivors of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 
  • Dadders (19 June):  Escape to the Meadowdrome with acclaimed artists Daniel Oliver and Frauke Requardt (The Place, Latitude Festival) to delve into their experiences of neurodivergent parent. 
  • Last Gasp WFH (19 June): Playing with the fragility of technology, particularly the unpredictability of Zoom, the team found new avenues to the classic Split Britches (Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw) aesthetic of broken down theatrical conventions, exposing the self on stage.
  • The Tempest in English and Spanish (17 June): This interactive experience explores how the arts can break the stigma around autism. 
  • The Possibility of Colour (12 June): Dystopian play about a new miracle cure and explores themes around mental health voice hearing, synaesthesia, neuro-diversity, Artificial Intelligence, privatised health and the illusion of choice.

Cabaret & Showcases

  • Alumni and Current Student Performance Showcase Nights (10,15 & 17 June): Be shocked, surprised and inspired when you support new artists and performers as they show their latest works.  
  • Her-Pees (9 June) a comfortable, inclusive, and questioning performance night ahead of their Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Debut. 
  • Friday Night In (Film Night) (11 June): A small screen celebration of work from QMUL students, alumni, staff and other exciting filmmakers.
  • Cossy Fanny Tooty Cabaret (16 June): A cheeky performance cabaret curated by Vivian Harris. 

Workshops, Conferences & Conversations

  • A Queer Climate Justice Workshop (16 June) by Queen Mary Theatre Company in the lead up to a new show, The Cabaret at the End of the World.
  • Free Creative Skills Workshops (14-15 June) to help QMUL students and the community get into the creative industries with Creative Skills Academy. 
  • Workshop on Writing Race (16 June) for sixth-form students with acclaimed artist Vanessa MacAulay. 
  • Enlightening Conversations and Conferences: ‘Women, Theatre, Criminal Justice’ with Clean Break, ‘Making During States of Emergency’, ‘Cults, Conspiracy and Pseudoscience’, ‘Mental Health and the arts’ and ‘How do Universities Care for Students Learning’.

Check out the full programme and book free tickets: https://www.airsupplycollective.com/programme 

English and Drama Newsletter – April 2021 Edition

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Catherine Silverstone

BOOK NOW FOR THE ANNUAL CATHERINE SILVERSTONE LECTURE ON 26 MAY:

Professor Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University) will present a lecture called: “Love Will Never Do: Black and Brown Love in a Queer Rhythm Nation”.

Book Here (open to all, free & online)

81 Acts

LAST CALL: PAID OPPORTUNITY FOR BLACK STUDENTS: The Mending Room: We’re looking for four students who share a Black British, Caribbean or African Heritage, to support and document a unique project – part of 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance (humanifesto pictured above) – with the legendary theatre arts activist Tony Cealy.

Led by Tony, you will work over ten Saturday mornings starting 10 April and culminating in a share event on 5 June. If you are in Second/Third Year or are a postgraduate, please contact Ali Campbell (a.m.campbell@qmul.ac.uk) ASAP to get involved, or see this blog post.

Events

2021 UNDERGRADUATE OFFER HOLDER DAY
LAST ONE OF THE YEAR

14 April: Email sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk for an invite.

TASTERS FOR YEAR 12/13 STUDENTS & TEACHERS

RESEARCH SEMINARS



English Postgraduate Research Seminar

Dr Clare Pettitt (King’s College London) on ‘The Inter-National Novel in 1848’. 
8 April – Free – Online on Zoom
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Drama QUORUM Seminar
Christa Holka on documenting the lives and processes of her intimate and extended intersectional queer communities.
22 April – Free – Online via Zoom
Book Here

QUEEN MARY CONVERSATIONS


Queen Mary Conversations Week
9-16 April – Free – Online

A week-long series of events that talk about everything from boxing to housework, data science to teeth, childcare to synaesthesia, engineering to zombies. 

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LIVE ART LECTURE


2nd Annual Live Art Lecture (LADA/QMUL) by Morgan Quaintance
21 April – Free – Online

  A lecture by Morgan Quaintance: “Only Connect: Affect and Transcendence After Isolation”, in association with MA Live Art.
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NISHA RAMAYYA APPEARANCES

Nisha Ramayya
(English/Creative Writing) is taking part in lots of events this month: Wednesday 7 April – Nisha is giving a keynote talk on multivocal poetics at ‘Un/crossing language cracks: exophonic practices and realities’, organised by the University of Montreal. Also Wednesday 7 April – Nisha is participating on a roundtable on ‘radical inclusivity, diaspora, and poetry’, hosted by Camden Arts Centre in collaboration with The 87 Press. More infoThursday 8 April – Nisha is presenting new work on mathematical romance, underwater listening, and speculative frequencies at the ‘audiograft festival of experimental music and sound art’. More infoFor more events happening across the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences see the HSS events newsletter.

News & Links

Book cover

Fatima Abukar (English student) has launched her debut poetry collection Don’t Be Dramatic, Light Her Up, and it’s now available on Amazon. Find out more on Fatima’s Instagram



ALUMNI PROFILES

Celebrating 50 years of Bangladeshi Independence – Alumni story
In this special blog post, alumna Sabiya Khatun (English BA, 2011) talks about a new exhibition in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Archives and the National Portrait Gallery, Bangladesh 50, which will explore the impact of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, and the experience of the Bangladeshi community, many of whom came to settle in Tower Hamlets. In the post, Sabiya talks about how getting involved with the exhibition as a Citizen Researcher resonated with the topics she was interested in during her degree, and why members of the Queen Mary community should go and see it.

Costanza Casati In this profile, writer and screenwriter Costanza Casati (English and Film Studies BA, 2017) talks about her debut novel, The President Show, which follows Iris, a nineteen-year-old thief who is captured and forced to take part in the state-run President Show, a reality programme where ‘Lovers’ have to entertain politicians in a bid to win their freedom. Described as Vox meets The Hunger Games, The President Show is a story of resilience, abuse, betrayal and hope. Costanza also shares details of her “bookstagram” page @youngpeopleread, where she interviews acclaimed debut writers.
Read the profile.

Miranda Burns In this profile, Radio Presenter at Capital and Capital South Coast and Ambassador for Endometriosis UK, Miranda Burns (Drama BA, 2015), reflects on how her weekly slot on QMSU’s Quest Radio allowed her to develop the skills and confidence needed for her successful career in radio, on some of her career highlights to date and how she has had to adapt her shows in response to the pandemic, and shares how she uses her social media as a safe space to talk about women’s health and her own infertility struggles. Read the profile.

Matt Rubery (English)’s essay Bottled Authors: The predigital dream of the audiobook is published in Cabinet Magazine. Read the essay

English and Drama Newsletter – March 2021 Edition

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Events

TASTERS FOR YEAR 12/13 STUDENTS & TEACHERS

24/03: Drama Year 12/13 Taster – Writing Now: Caryl Churchill with Jen Harvie

24/03: English Yr 12/13 Taster: 20th Century Cultural Renaissance w/ Morag Shiach

14/04: Drama Yr 12/13 Taster: Independent Performance Making with Lois Weaver

FEMINIST READING GROUP

The next LAHP Feminist Reading Group is on the 30 March from 5-6:30pm where we will be discussing Audre Lorde’s ‘Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power’.

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Colloquium: Religion and Victorian Popular Literature and Culture
6-8 May, Online, Free

Registration is now open for both a standalone keynote paper by Anne-Marie Beller and Kerry Featherstone, titled ‘“No greater spiritual beauty than fanaticism”: Women Travellers’ Encounters with Islam in the Nineteenth Century’ (Thursday 6 May) and a colloquium of six themed discussion panels on the expression and representation of religion in nineteenth-century popular culture texts of all kinds. (Friday 7 and Saturday 8 May). The events are free but registration is required. Thanks to Claire Stainthorp (English) for sharing this.

Full programme and registration details here

SOLITUDES SEMINAR


Medieval Solitude in Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife
30 March – 5pm (online) – Online, Free
  SED alumna Hetta Howes will be speaking at the Solitudes Past and Present seminar about loneliness, solitude and transformative natural spaces in a contemporary re-telling of Beowulf. All are welcome but booking is required here.

News & Links

Jerry Brotton (English) launches his new BBC series Blood and Bronze. ‘Blood and Bronze’ is the story of Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), one of the Italian Renaissance’s most controversial yet frequently overlooked artists, a man who wrote one of the most dramatic autobiographies in art history and lived and worked in the greatest courts and cities in Italy and France, from Florence, Rome, Mantua and Paris to Fontainebleau. He was a goldsmith; sculptor; painter; poet; soldier; musician; thief, priest and murderer.

Thawra

Asia Khatun (English with Creative Writing Alumna) is editor of Thawra, an online literary magazine that provides a platform for minority creatives from budding short story authors to critical academic writers.

Read it here

Michael McKinnie

Michael Mckinnie (Drama) Michael’s new book Theatre in Market Economies is published by Cambridge University Press. The book explores the complex relationship between theatre and the market economy since the 1990s. Bringing together research from the arts and social sciences, the book proposes that theatre has increasingly taken up the mission of the ‘mixed economy’ by seeking to combine economic efficiency with social security while promoting liberal democracy.

Susheila Nasta on Penguin Podcasts

Susheila Nasta (English) is featured on the Penguin podcast on Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners.

Listen here on Apple Podcasts

Nisha Ramayya (English/Creative Writing) has joined the Ledbury Poetry Critics programme as a mentor. Mentors are pictured above. It is a programme to encourage diversity in poetry reviewing culture aimed at emerging critical voices.

She has also published an essay-in-progress. Listening to shadows skoosh in the ‘Sonic Continuum’ issue of The Contemporary Journal (hosted by Nottingham Contemporary). The piece is creative-critical and focusses on soundwalks, sci fi, and submarine cables.

The Wild Track

Margaret Reynolds’ (English) new book about motherhood and adoption: The Wild Track: Adoption, Mothering, Belonging has been widely featured across the media and links to the coverage available online are below. We interviewed Professor Reynolds for our blog here to find out more about what the book’s about.

The Guardian (feature) | The Telegraph (feature) | Monocle Radio (Radio Special)

The White Review

Izabella Scott (English PhD) who is doing avPhD on gender identity and the law with us is the new editor-in-chief of The White Review.


Devina Vassileva (English and Drama student)’s film FriDgid has won multiple awards across Europe and was screened by PEACH magazine on 4 March.

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