Drama Alumnus Hugo Aguirre on Sky Arts’ The Big Design Challenge

Hugo Aguirre is one of the contestants on Sky Arts, which aired the first episode on Valentine’s Day 2022. Watch the series hosted by Lauren Laverne via the button below.

Hugo studied our Action Design module within the BA Drama programme with Jules Deering in QMUL and has an Instagram full of his inspiring work.

English and Drama Newsletter – February 2022 Edition

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Welcome to February in the School of English and Drama.

We’ve already had so much happen in January 2022 including:

  • Celebrating our graduates at graduation ceremony for our class of 2020 and 2021.
  • Our Head of English Suzanne Hobson talks about Modernism on Radio 4 – listen here.
  • Our first in person offer holder day where we welcomed over 70 guests to see what makes English and Drama at Queen Mary so inclusive and special.


We would like to take this opportunity in the year to remind students and staff them of support available inside and outside the college.

Find out about Support for Students and Staff

Main Image from: Danielle De Leon from our English class of 2021 and Founding Editor​​ & Digital Media Team Member at Wonderer Journal.

Open Events

Queens' building on our Mile End Campus, Nisha Ramayya from our creative writing team, our housing team, Michael McKinnie from drama and a student in Shoreditch.
Queens’ building on our Mile End Campus, Nisha Ramayya from our creative writing team, our housing team, Michael McKinnie from drama and a student in Shoreditch.

Undergraduate Offer Holder Days

Our offer holder days are a great chance to meet students and staff from the course to get a feel for the course and inspiring community you could join.

Saturday 12 February 10:30-15:30 In Person – Limited availability

Saturday 13 March 10:30-15:30 In Person – Good availability

Wednesday 14 April 10:30-15:30 – Virtual – Booking opens soon

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Postgraduate Open Evening

Come to our friendly Master’s event to hear about what’s on offer for September 2022 entry and talk to us about:


MA Theatre and Performance

MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health


MA English Literature:

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Research Events

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T.MUDD. A Performance-Lecture on Messianic Themes with Associate Professor Brandon Woolf (NYU)

Wednesday 9 February – Soft start at 18:30 GMT with a presentation starting at 19:00 GMT via Zoom 

Tickets are free but please RSVP on Zoom


For a few years now, I’ve been reading and re-reading six particular pages of the Babylonian Talmud, which confront some confounding questions of messianism. I’m not a scholar of Talmud; I really have no business digging around in this foundational tome of rabbinic Judaism. And yet, these six pages persist in their invitation – again and again – to consider catastrophe, caesura, mourning, and morning joe via dialogue, debate, parable, mathematical calculation, geopolitical commentary, conspiracy theory, and seemingly dadaist non-sequitur. T.MUDD is a performance-lecture with new music that moves back and forth between these varying Talmudic registers and modes of address in the hopes of moving us just a little bit closer to (or perhaps way further away from) answering the persistent questions: Just what are we waiting for? And what should we do while we wait – for the end without end?

Brandon Woolf is a theater artist and clinical associate professor at New York University, where he directs the Program in Dramatic Literature. www.brandonwoolfperformance.com

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‘Vegetable monsters and curiosities’: Plant Horror in the Palm House at Kew

Thu 10 February 2022, 17:00 – Zoom

Dr Kate Teltscher

Completed in 1848, Kew’s Palm House was associated with both plant magnificence and plant monstrosity.  From the start, the Palm House attracted considerable attention from journalists and the popular scientific, educational and religious press. 

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The White Review Presents: Art and Literature in Conversation

Thu 10 February 2022, 19:00 – Whitechapel Gallery

Head to Whitechapel Gallery for a discussion to celebrate the latest issue of leading arts and literature magazine The White Review.

Experimental writer Irenosen Okojie, author of the award-winning novel, Butterfly Fish, will be in conversation with editor Izabella Scott (QMUL).

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Dyspraxic Approaches to Teaching Live Art in a ‘Neurodivergent’/ ‘Normodivergent’ classroom 

Mon 7 March – Online via Zoom with Live Captioning

a talk by Daniel Oliver and Sumita Majumdar 

In this session Daniel and Sumita will be reading from, and expanding on, their co-authored chapter ‘Dyspraxic Approaches to Teaching Live Art in a ‘Neurodivergent’/‘Normodivergent’ classroom’, published in Petronilla Whitfield’s edited collection Inclusivity and Equality in Performance Training: Teaching and Learning for Neuro and Physical Diversity (NY: Routledge, 2021). They will share their experiences, detailed in the chapter, of neurodivergent/normodivergent teaching and learning, and build on their argument that these experiences and approaches are ideal when working with Live Art and experimental performance practices. 

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BLOC – New Research a new Film & Drama Practice research facility at QMUL

The project will create an integrated suite of facilities that support our research into Film, Drama and associated post-production activities. 

 We’re calling it “BLOC” to speak to building blocks, the grid, connectivity.

One of our aims is to create the most accessible Cinema in a London University, that will make it inclusive for everyone, whether they require physical or neurodiverse support or not.

Find out more

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Wasafiri Craft Podcast

We now have a dedicated page for Craft on the Wasafiri website! Go to http://wasafiri.org/article/podcast/… for all things Craft including full transcripts of every episode and exclusive bonus outtakes.

Listen to the latest episode with Daniel Mella here: https://t.co/EJqxTn4yTa

Phakama have a new project for 16-21 year olds this February: Our Stories

Rise Up is a FREE opportunity for young people aged 16- 21 to create, learn, collaborate and express themselves. This is a unique experience for up to ten young people, who will be led by Phakama’s Young Creatives, to take part in a one-week cross-arts project. Using different art forms such as drama, music, creative writing and movement, you will have the opportunity to create your own show and share it with a live audience at Graeae Theatre in East London. No previous arts experience necessary.

Apply to take part

Julie Rose Bower new projects in ASMR for 2022

In February, for Valentine’s Day, a dance film that Julie Rose has sound designed (dir. Jo Bannon for Candoco Dance Company) is going to have its international debut at Sadlers Wells Digital Stage. Candoco are a disability-inclusive dance company and she has written about my approach to creating a tactile sound design and cultivating an inclusive sound practice for Performance Research’s forthcoming issue ‘On Touch’. This is a very beautiful and erotic piece exploring relationships with objects. My sound design has an ASMR aesthetic and features innovative use of contact microphones.

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Souradeep Roy published in new Routledge Anthology

Souradeep Roy’s (PhD Drama, 2nd Year) essay, “Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Nandikar, and the World,” which was first published in South Asian Review (2020), was published in the anthology of essays Global South Asia: South Asian Literatures and the World (2022) published by Routledge.

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Apply now to start your master’s this year

You can apply now online for all of our master’s programmes to start this September.

Here’s a quick rundown of courses we offer, what you’ll need to apply and how to get in touch if you have any questions.

Courses we offer



MA English Literature:

Creative Writing

Things you’ll need


  • References: We ask you to provide two academic references (but usually can accept 1), and there is a space on your application form to upload these. If your referees are willing to send you their references, you can upload them directly with your application. If your referees would rather not send you their references, they can send them directly to sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk. If your referees do decide to send their references themselves, you will still be expected to upload a file in the references section of your application. This can be a simple Word document stating ‘References will be sent separately’.
  • Academic Qualifications (e.g. Degree transcript (or interim transcript): If you don’t have this documentation please contact your university to request it. If you are a Queen Mary graduate you can get Graduate Documents here.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your Personal Statement is an important part of your application and should identify why you want to study the course and how your experience thus far makes you a suitable candidate.
  • CV/Resume: Please include an up to date CV.

If you have any trouble uploading or submitting documentation we can help via email: sed-admissions

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English and Drama Newsletter – January 2022 Edition

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Welcome to 2022 in the School of English and Drama.

We’re excited to welcome our students back to campus for our second semester later this month and to meet so many potential new students at our offer holder days and events.

January UCAS deadline for equal consideration is 26 January 2022. We would love to receive an application from you before this deadline. Please contact sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk if you need help with undergraduate admissions.

PhD application deadline January 19 for QMUL and January 28 for LAHP. Please contact sed-research@qmul.ac.uk if you need any help with these.


Undergraduate Offer Holder Days

Our offer holder days are a great chance to meet students and staff from the course to get a feel for the course and inspiring community you could join.

Date Time Virtual/on-campus

  • Saturday 22 January 10:30-13:30 On campus
  • Saturday 12 February 10:30-15:30 Hybrid
  • Saturday 13 March 10:30-15:30 Hybrid
  • Wednesday 14 April 10:30-15:30 Virtual

Email us about offer holder days

Seminar – Michael Rowland on ‘Sociable Bodies, Solitary Minds: Men and Belonging in Eighteenth-Century Culture’ – Solitudes Seminar on 25 Jan Online

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Bangladesh at 50 Victory Day Concert

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2020-21 Graduation is coming on 20 Jan at Tobacco Dock in Wapping

Find out more

Bethany is Instagram creator in residence

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Our 2021 Year in Review

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Martin Welton (Drama) featured issue of Ambiances Just published – co-edited by Chloé Déchery (Paris 8 Vincennes) and Martin Welton (QMUL), the second volume of a special issue on Staging Atmospheres in the journal Ambiances: The International Journal of Sensory Environment, Architecture and urban Space.

Read Staging Atmospheres: Theatre & the Atmospheric Turn – Volume 2

Tobi Poster-Su (Drama) writes on Sculpting China: Critical Puppetry and the Formation of Diasporic Identity for Critical Stages

The article explores the ways puppetry might resist and disrupt racial constructions of identity in Tobi Poster-Su’s performance as research project Chang and Eng and Me (and Me).

Read the article

Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

Award-winning writer and historian Professor Jerry Brotton (English) and journalist Shafi Musaddique explored Tudor links with the Islamic world with the British Library.

Links and Opportunities

Student Opportunity

I Am You Anthology Project – working with young people on the Equality Act

Happy new year and we hope you are well.  We are writing to you about an exciting upcoming student opportunity.  The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (QMLAC) http://www.lac.qmul.ac.uk/ are bringing together an inter-disciplinary student working group to run an exciting project with 9 and 10 year old children.  The project will build on the current work of the QMLAC I Am You project (http://www.lac.qmul.ac.uk/clients/community-projects/i-am-you/) which runs workshops in local primary schools on the Equality Act. 

This opportunity will teach students about the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010, and support and empower them to write personal reflections (poems / stories etc.). These reflections will them be compiled into a hard copy anthology with a launch event in the spring where we will host a recital for the young people to present their work to their families.

We are looking to bring together a group of:

  • 3 Law students
  • 4 English students
  • 3 Drama students
  • 2 Marketing students

Students can be from any year of studies (post graduate or undergraduate) as long as they are committed, engaged and available for the entirety of the project. 

Together the team will be trained to design and deliver;

  • a training video and document to launch the competition to local 9 and 10 year olds,
  • a judging panel to select the best contributions to for the anthology,
  • promote competition and the recital, and
  • support with the organisation of the final event.

This will be a project led by the QMLAC as part of the Queen Mary Sketch initiative (https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sketch/).

The first compulsory meeting for this project will be held online from 3-5pm on the 19th January where the team will come together and plan the project. 

How to get involved?

If you are interested in being involved in this unique interdisciplinary opportunity please send a CV and cover email explaining why you are interested to lac@qmul.ac.uk by Monday 17th January at 10.00am. We will aim to let applicants know if they have been successful noon on the 18th January.  Please be aware that the first session is compulsory and so we encourage all applying to ensure they are free 3-5pm on the 19th January.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the QMLAC team at lac@qmul.ac.uk.

LAHP 2022/23 Collaborative Doctoral Award Projects Recruiting

Performance-based co-creation with young people as political activism: contextualising and disseminating the work of Fevered Sleep

Collaborative Doctoral Award in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London and Fevered Sleep

Primary academic supervisor: Kiera Vaclavik
Secondary academic supervisor: Maggie Inchley
Collaborative Partner lead contact: Louisa Borg-Costanzi Potts

Find out more

Disability and the Home: Space, Domesticity, and Identity in London, 1840-1945

Collaborative Doctoral Award in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London and the Museum of the Home

Primary academic supervisor: Matthew Rubery
Secondary academic supervisor: Alison Blunt
Collaborative Partner lead contact: Danielle Patten
Collaborative Partner supervisor: Rebecca Jacobs

If you have any listings for the next newsletter please do let me know: sed-web@qmul.ac.uk


Rupert Dannreuther


Queen Mary University of London

School of English and Drama Year in Review 2021

Thanks to all of our students, staff and friends for their support in this tough year. We have had some highlights even in these times and want to take a pause to reflect…

1. Guardian Good University Guide Success

The School of English and Drama has been named #2 for Drama, #6 for Creative Writing and #25 for English in the latest Times Good University Guide 2022.

2. Mojisola Adebayo wins Alfred Fagon Award

Mojisola won the prestigious award for her play ‘Family Tree’ which premiered at Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2021 in September. We took first year drama students, alumni and ambassadors to the show which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were harvested without her permission and used until now in science experiments.

3. Isabel Waidner wins Goldsmiths Prize

Isabel Waidner won the Goldsmiths Prize for their novel Sterling Karat Gold.

4. Martin O’Brien becomes a Leverhulme Fellow

Martin O’Brien in ‘The Last Breath Society (Coughing Coffin)’ performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, August 2021, image by Holly Revell.

Dr Martin O’Brien from the School of English and Drama has been announced as a winner of the 2021 Leverhulme prize. Dr O’Brien’s work explores the performance and representation of illness and disability and stems from his experience of living with a severe chronic illness.

5. Lois Weaver performed Last Gasp: A Recalibration at Barbican

‘Returning to the stage after almost two years, two icons of lesbian-feminist theatre gather us in the same room, but not as the same people. Speaking directly, they question the demise of ageing bodies, civil conversation, and a sustainable planet. Shaw’s poetic musings are interspersed with Weaver’s micro dance essays in which she wryly upends ‘how to’ mania.’

Here’s a reflection from Lois and Peggy on 2021:

6. Warren Boutcher’s Text Dive Global projected awarded €2 Million


TextDiveGlobal will investigate multiple texts from around the continent and the world and will produce an interdisciplinary literary history of Europe and its global connections for the period between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries.

And so much more

  • Solitudes Project wins Podcast Award at Lovie Awards.
  • High School Musical was performed by our Queen Mary Theatre Company.
  • Tiffany Watt Smith secured a new book contract with Faber.
  • Andrea Brady has had three books published in 2021 – check out her work on her website here.
  • Jerry Brotton’s fellowship at the University of Columbia next Autumn.
  • Micaela Signorelli’s CPE Large Grant of £10,000 to work with Shana Swiss and Stage 3 Company (in association with People’s Palace Projects).
  • Deven Parker and Michael Gamer have finally managed, amidst various Covid delays and archive closures, to finish photographing all of the playbills from the British Library that they require for the Romantic Melodrama project. The total image count is now around 160,000. Now all they have to do is find all of the melodramatic needles in that massive haystack.
  • Charlotte Jones ran a successful in-person Symposium on “The Paris Commune at 150” featuring a sparkling range of international speakers.
  • Isabel Rivers gave a paper on ‘Joseph Angus as Moral Philosophy Tutor at Stepney and Regent’s Park’ on 28 October 2021 to the online Opening the Angus Seminar at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.
  • Among its many successes this year, People’s Palace Projects (based at QMUL) were awarded £149,966 from AHRC for another phase of their work in Brazil’s Iron Quadrangle: “Roots of Resilience: building secure societies through preserving cultural heritage”

Did we miss a nice thing that happened in 2021? Leave a comment below…

Performance in the Gallery Final Exhibition Festival in ArtsOne/ArtsTwo on Wed 8 Dec 2021

Final year UG Drama Students from Performance in The Gallery led by Martin O’Brien are putting up a live-art exhibition space tomorrow from 1100-2100 as part of their final performances.

There will be live performances including durational works, photographic and video installations as well as other set installations from the 18 students on the module being presented all throughout ArtsOne and ArtsTwo.

Audiences are welcome to walk in and out throughout the day as they please and a schedule is provided with the specific times of artist performances. Some refreshments will also be provided.

Everyone is welcome to come and support the artists in their final works.

Full programme with works and titles to be released soon but get a flavour of where and when in the table below…

StudentGallery SpacePerformance Time
Thomas WRR215.00-21.00
Tom LPinter14.00-16.00 – Live action 18.00-21.00 – Exhibition
SophiaG18 (Film Studio)11.00-13.00
MeganG18 (Film Studio)14.00-16.00
IssacG18 (Film Studio)17.00-20.00
MariaArts One Foyer11.00-21.00
AtaArts One Foyer (streamed from remote location TBC)11.00-21.00

English and Drama Newsletter – December 2021 Edition

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Welcome to our last newsletter in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

We’re moving to a new mailing system next month, so please sign up here to re confirm and make sure you’re on our new list.

Images from left to right: Patricia Hamilton (Admin Team) at Life Between Islands at Tate Britain, Wasafiri Issue 108:  House of Wisdom: Libraries and Literatures of Islam, Mojisola Adebayo (Drama) and image from Tamara Atkin discovery story (Guillaume kills a giant in an illumination from 13th and 14th century manuscripts of the ‘Chanson de Guillaume d’Orange.’ Photograph: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alam).

REDISCOVER: FEMINISM: Last chance to book for our year 12 English, Drama and Creative Writing event next Wednesday.
Sign up here

OFFER HOLDER DAYS: Our first offer holder day is happening on 15 December and we can’t wait to meet our applicants.

TIKTOK: We’re so happy with the response to our TikTok posts from our first student creator. Check out our latest post – snippets from student variety night Slappin Da Bass here.



MA English Literature and MA Creative Writing Zoom Event
Tuesday 7 November 2021
1600-1700 UK Time

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Bad English

Book Launch: Bad English: Literature, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Language in Contemporary Britain (2020) by Rachael Gilmour. A convivial conversation between Rachael, Nisha and Juliette will be followed by a reception.

Email to reserve a place


Come to Queen Mary’s Great Hall at the People’s Palace for a Victory Day concert featuring Naz & Bolly Flex, Mumzy, Nish, Khiyo, IMD, Iksy, Taal Torongo and DJ Osmani Soundz.

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‘We talked about solitude’: Modernist Female Authors, Solitude, and Affective Bonding
Melissa Alexander (University of Oxford)
Tuesday 7 Dec 2021, 5:00pm – Online via Zoom
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History of Libraries Seminar: Rachel Eckersley on dissenting academy libraries
Tuesday 7 Dec 2021, 5.30pm – Online
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News & Links

Mojisola Adebayo (Drama)
has been shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year for ‘Family Tree‘. Family Tree is inspired by the life of Henrietta Lacks whose cells were unlawfully used in medical trials for hundreds of years.

Read more about the award | Read more about the play

Rehana Ahmed and Nadia Atia (English)
are guest editors of the latest edition of Wasafiri Magazine titled: House of Wisdom: Libraries and Literatures of Islam.

Buy a copy

Students and staff can read online

Alumnus Tomiwa Owolade’s book has been acquired byAtlantic and W.F. Howes This is Not America: Why We Need a New Conversation about Race. Tom studied BA English Literature and graduated in 2018 and Nathalie Grey profiled him for Black History Month last month.

Read the profile

Guillaume de Orange

Tamara Atkin (English)‘s discovery of a lost fragment of lost 12th-century epic poem was featured in the Guardian.

Read the full article

Craft Podcast Over the last year, Wasafiri’s Publishing Director, Malachi McIntosh (with support by members of the Wasafiri team) has been hard at work designing and recording Craft – a literary podcast featuring a range of international writers, including Daniel Mella, Chen Chen, Bernadine Evaristo, and Raymond Antrobus. Craft removes the constraints of the interview form, allowing guests to explore their work and processes on their own terms, and creating an immersive and intimate experience for the listener. The first episode with Nina Mingya Powles launched last month. We are proud that Wasafiri Magazine is based at Queen Mary University of London.

Listen now on your favourite podcast platform

Spaces of Solitudes

Solitudes Project podcast Spaces of Solitude wins Lovie Silver Award for the podcast episode ‘The Mind’ won Silver in Individual Episode category! The episode was produced by Natalie Steed, presented by Hetta Howes (PhD graduate) and curated by Akshi Singh.⠀Huge thanks to contributors Sarah Garfinkel, Denise Riley and Adam Philips.

You can listen here

The Distance Cure Hannah Zeavin discusses the role of distance in the history of mediated therapies with Solitudes researcher, Charlie Williams.

Read it here

Tiffany Watt-Smith (Drama)’s new book Bad Friend: A Love Story, a “necessary and timely” meditation on female friendship has been acquired by Faber & Faber.

Read more here

English and Drama Newsletter – November 2021 Edition

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Welcome to November in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Rediscover Feminism

REDISCOVER: FEMINISM: We are hosting an exciting free study day event for year 12 students to take a fresh look at feminism to help with their studies.
Year 12 students and teachers can sign up early here

OFFER HOLDER DAYS: We will be hosting offer holder days for applicants who apply and get an offer from us.
Ask a question about your offer or applying

INSTAGRAM LIVE Q&A: Every Thursday at around 2pm we host a live Instagram Q&A. So far we have had a ball with Karina Lickorish Quinn, Michael Craske (and honey his pug!), Isabel Waidner and Martin Welton. Want to take part? Email us or DM on Instagram.

TIKTOK: We’re excited to launch our new social channel which we hope to give a platform to many students voices in the coming months.

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3 ways to connect with us until our new events are announced…

1. Watch our recent events on demand:

Undergraduate Open Event

MA English Literature Event

MA Theatre and Performance Event

2. Book a 1-2-1 with Rupert to discuss the course you’re interested in.

3. Read our 21 Reasons to Apply before the UCAS Deadline


The Freedom & Independence Theatre Festival runs from 5-28 November 2021 and will comprise an intercultural programme marking the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence. Activities will include 12 theatrical performances, exhibitions, curated talks and seminars. Queen Mary is a proud partner and one of the highlights on campus is:

Freedom and Independence: People Speak by British Bangladeshi Poetry Collective

A (bilingual) poetry-play event where audience members are invited to join BBPC poets on stage.

Get some highlights in our blog post
See the full programme


Projected Books

‘Projected Books for Veterans of the Second World War’
13 November 2021 | 2-4pm | Royal Hospital Chelsea

Join historian Matthew Rubery for a live demonstration of an invention from the Second World War that projected books onto the ceiling.

Book here

Stepney Words

Stepney Words Fifty Years On
14 November 2021 | People’s Palace, QMUL Mile End

The remarkable story of 1971’s Stepney Words, with Chris Searle, Stepney Words poets, historians, activists and today’s young voices.

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The Laboratory of Psychical Research
13-16 November | 4.30pm | Senate House
 The wooden panelled Court Room at Senate House will play host to a reimagining of the historic National Laboratory of Psychical Research 1925-1930 by the celebrated paranormal investigator Harry Price.

Book here
See more events from Queen Mary in our New Perspectives Series at Being Human


Anna Harpin on ‘Being a Mess: Performance and The Tender Loneliness of Kim Noble’s You’re Not Alone’
9 November
In the second paper in the Solitudes project 2021/22 seminar series, Anna Harpin from the University of Warwick examines ‘being a mess’ as not only personal catastrophe but political, public event. Follow Pathologies of Solitude on Instagram

Film London Jarman Award Weekend 2021
14 November | Whitechapel Gallery Online

Nisha Ramayya (English/Creative Writing) will be reading poetry alongside a talk by Adham Faramwy one of the six artists shortlisted for the 2021 Film London Jarman Award. This weekend gives you the opportunity to view their films alongside a special live online programme that explores their different practices through talks and performances. 

SS Princess

Shane Boyle: “Waiting for Ships to Die”: Ever Given & Salvage Spectacles
Tuesday 16 November | Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
“This talk considers Ever Given within an extended history of salvage spectacles so as to consider the continuity of our logistical present with the empires of the past.”

Diaspora Speaks x Peach Creative Writing Event

Diaspora Speaks × Peach Magazine Creative Writing Workshop
16 November 2021 | 6-8 pm | St Benet’s Chaplaincy – QMUL Mile End
An amazing creative writing workshop is around the corner. A Diaspora Speaks x Peach Magazine collab. All welcome.
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Living with Machines

Working With Machines
17 November | Online
‘Are we just feeding machines our own biases as we “train” up living machines?’ An online discussion of the Living With Machines project at the Alan Turing Institute. Prof. Ruth Ahnert is Principal Investigator on the flagship Turing project ‘Living With Machines’, and a Professor of Literary History and Digital Humanities at Queen Mary University of London.

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News & Links

Alumni Angles Podcast featuring FAB Website Editor, Editorial Assistant at Faber & Faber, and the voice of the world’s first digital model, Ama Badu (English BA, 2018), is joined by Founder of The History Hotline podcast and Oral History and Project Officer at Wesley’s Chapel, Deanna Lyn Cook (English and History BA, 2018).

Watch here | Listen here


Dominic Johnson (Drama) was commissioned to write an essay to accompany Cassils’s solo exhibition at HOME in Manchester. Read his essay and those of our friends here: Cassils – Who By Fire by Dominic JohnsonThe Statuesque in the Headlights by Jay BernardShowstopper by Libro Levi BridgemanCassils Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture: Time Lapse (Front), 2011 (detail) Courtesy of the artist

Madeleine Levy (English and Drama graduate 2011) Madeleine talks about her new book, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Cat: Surviving the education system with Asperger’s, where she and others share their experiences of navigating the education system with autism. Madeleine also talks about why she started her own theatre company for people with autism and the important lessons she learned and shared during her time at university.

Read her alumni profile here

Sophie Burrows

Pathologies of Solitude Project Update

Artist-in-residence, the award-winning illustrator Sophie Burrows, has created a series of artworks in response to research stemming from our project. An online exhibition of her work, as well as sketchbooks and notes on the process, can be found here.

The Astronaut Alone In our latest blog, researcher Jeffrey Mathias writes about NASA’s isolation chamber, used to put astronauts to the test in the 1950s. Read the post


kitt price (English) and Aleksander Kolkowski recreate the experience of ‘thinking-in’, when thousands of listeners engaged in radio telepathy experiments during the 1920s and 30s on Resonance FM. Listen here

Nisha Ramayya (English/Creative Writing) and Akshi Singh Wellcome-funded project on experiences of solitude in relation to race and migration. his project is part of the bigger Pathologies of Solitude project led by Barbara Taylor. With poet Rachel Long and coordinator Tasha Pick, the team has organised a series of creative writing workshops in association with Hackney Migrant Centre and Praxis, featuring inspiring sessions on names, spaces for sleeping, and collective processes of recollection & documentation.

Nisha will also be performing as part of an encounter between poetry and music Treble Heaven at Café Oto on 30 November with sonic dramaturg MJ Harding. Find out more

Durga Puja

Morag Shiach (English/Director, Network: QMUL Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy) has published a key report with the British Council on Mapping the Creative Economy around the Durga Puja.

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QUORUM Drama Research Seminar 20 Oct: There Are Plenty of Businesses like Show Business: Launch Event for ‘Marxist Keywords for Performance’

There Are Plenty of Businesses like Show Business: Launch Event for ‘Marxist Keywords for Performance’

by Performance and Political Economy research group (Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal, Shane Boyle, Ash Dilks, Caoimhe Mader McGuinness, Olive Mckeon, Lisa Moravec, Alessandro Simari, Clio Unger, Martin Young).

20 Oct, 7PM (BST) on Zoom or in person at ArtsOne

How to book: Free tickets but RSVP, please. In person booking: bit.ly/qm2010ip Online booking: bit.ly/qm2010o

Theatre and performance studies is awash with scholarship that examines performance in relation to its labour processes, modes of management, financial infrastructures, and so forth. But there lacks shared critical understanding of what terms such as “value” or “capital” mean and how they can be applied when studying performance forms like theatre, dance, or live art. The range of meanings that performance scholars attach to the word “commodity” or even the seemingly obvious entities of “class” and “the state,” for example, reveals more than a slight degree of imprecision or disagreement. It indicates a lack of systematic thought and, consequently, a need to interrogate the categories used for discussing performance’s political economy. 

Collectively written by nine people, “Marxist Keywords for Performance” (2021) contributes to growing critical attention within theatre and performance studies towards political economy by defining key Marxist concepts and exploring how they can be applied to study performance. Ahead of our project’s publication in a joint issue of The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and Global Performance Studies: GPS, this presentation introduces our aims in writing the keywords and reflects on the collective research, carried out in the midst of the pandemic, that went into them. As Tithi Bhattacharya (2017) reminds us, the aim of any critique of political economy should be to “restore to the ‘economic’ process its messy, sensuous, gendered, raced, and unruly component: living human beings capable of following orders—as well as of flouting them.” A critique of the political economy of performance, as we understand it, should have this same goal.

Thank you for your help!


Hanife Schulte, Carolyn Naish, Gill Lamden, Tobi Poster-Su, Souradeep Roy, and Sam Čermák

QUORUM Committee
Drama Department; Queen Mary, University of London


Drama Study Support for 2021 First Years

Drama pass scheme

Hello I am Emma a drama student and student organiser for the PASS scheme. Please see above for a flyer and short desciption of the scheme. Our first session is this week Thursday so we hope to see you there!

The PASS Scheme is a nationally accredited scheme, working to guide students into further understanding subject content and improving academic performance. We hold mentor-led discussions around topics and modueles of your choice; a friendly community and a motivating environment, open for all students studying Drama.

We are running in person every week Thursday 3-4pm in Bancroft room 3.15 (25), and online 3-4pm, every last Thursday of the month. 

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday the 14th in Bancroft for a great first session!

Link to our online sessions (Thursday 28th Oct):


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UNDERGRADUATE OPEN DAY ON SATURDAY We have 4 exciting tasters including on Romeo and Juliet, Creative Writing, Protest and Showbusiness. Plus we have subject introductions on English and Drama to give you the   Book here | See our programme


The School of English and Drama has been named #2 for Drama, #6 for Creative Writing and #25 for English in the latest Times Good University Guide 2022. The Head of School, Scott McCracken said:“The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary is internationally recognised for its departments of Drama, Creative Writing, and English Literature. We are delighted to see this reflected in the departments’ top scores in the Times Good University Guide.


 Queen Mary University of London has committed to a major investment aimed at improving and enhancing our arts and culture facilities. The new facilities will ensure that we can continue to support teaching and research that is both world leading, inclusive and accessible to the communities we work with. The enhanced facilities, for which accessibility has been a driving principle — will include:A new cinema designed by leading architects McFarland-Latter, including the latest in surround-sound and projection technologies; The instalment of new digital technologies for motion capture and ambisonic playback in Rehearsal Room 3;A new production suite adjacent to Rehearsal Room 3 including a fully sound-proofed recording booth, and control facilities for video and audio production;Improved lighting, sound and seating in Room G.34 enabling flexible use as a seminar room, gallery or installation studio;

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This Conjuncture: After Brexit, Corbyn and Covid with Anthony Barnett, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, and Scott McCracken

Monday 4 October 2021 

Join Anthony Barnett, Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Scott McCracken to unpick the power relations and thematics at work in our current moment, from Brexit and the ascent of nationalist populism, to the devastating experience of defeat in the 2019 general election, to the implications of the pandemic for the radical left.

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Detritus: what has been worn away

Saturday 23 October 2021

Drama graduate Dani Harvey is producing a one day Live Art event  that will feature durational, interactive, momentary, and material-based artworks, that challenge what performance can and should be in gallery spaces. Lots of Drama alumni are taking part.

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The origins of Jewish immigration social history in Manchester and London

Thursday 14 October 2021, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, online 

An illustrated talk and conversation discussing the origins of Jewish immigrant oral history from the 1970s onwards in Manchester and London featuring our very own Nadia Valman (English) 

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Anna Maguire on ‘Hostile Environments: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Politics of Loneliness’

Tuesday 26 October 2021 In the first paper in our 2021/22 seminar series, Anna Maguire from Queen Mary, University of London explores experiences of refugee isolation and loneliness as a weapon of the state.

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The Commune at 150: a symposium

Tuesday 2 November 2021

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune with an in-person symposium. The event brings together scholars specialising in literature, the visual arts, material culture, political theory, and more, for an interdisciplinary exploration of the Commune’s ongoing political and cultural significance. The conference also hopes to reinvigorate wider cross-disciplinary debates about the generative logic of insurrectionary events as well as about the formation of radical traditions.

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Alumni Profile: Performer, Creative Director and Union Leader, José Bencosme Zayas

Theatre and Performance MA ’18

In his profile, José talks about the significance of London’s theatre scene to his growth as a performer, how the Drama department at Queen Mary welcomed and supported him throughout his studies, and about the work he is currently doing to improve working conditions for theatre artists at home in the Dominican Republic. 

Read the full interview

Expeditions Series

Emeritus Professor Susheila Nasta has made a series of must-watch short talks on:

Susheila also hosted a walk around Bloomsbury around Asian spectacles.

You can listen here

Zara Dinnen in conversation

As part of the AHRC funded network Pause for Thought (University of Lincoln and University of Warwick) Zara Dinnen (English) conversation with Niall Docherty (researcher at Microsoft) about how “the user” is a major figure in society today. The conversation has been published online here. Pause for Thought is an interdisciplinary network of principally UK-based scholars, writers, artists, and media practitioners who are invested in the future of media literacy, and modes of analysis, creative practices, and teaching strategies appropriate for our rapidly shifting media landscape.

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Ed Nesbit (QMUL composer-in-residence) has written an Antigone, in which various QMUL students have been involved (as the chorus). Abbie Jukes (English), Rachel Bryant-Davies (Comp. Lit), and Katie Fleming discussed Antigone with Ed, and this ‘pre-concert’ talk is going live this Friday 1st October at 17.00 via the link below.

Watch the premiere

News Digest

Michael Hughes has written a new piece of short fiction, ‘Marcel Marceau’, in a forthcoming anthology, The New Frontier; Reflections from the Irish Border, published October 15th from New Island Books.


Pathologies of Solitude


🦋PASSAGES🦋 ‘After a difficult period of time, this new academic year will hopefully be one of positive change and transition, and we want our first print run to reflect that. By making ‘passages’ the theme of our first print run, we are hoping it will provide an outlet to help aid the healing process this next year will bring. PEACH is open for submissions NOW. They take submissions from students for poetry, prose, short story, comics, illustration, paintings, collage, photography (including photographs of 3D art forms such as sculpture, embroidery, textile art, ect.). Deadline is the 13 October and you can send your submissions to the team at peachmagazine@qmsu.org.’

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlisted writers, from eight countries across four continents, are:  

Fiction judged by Hirsh Sawhney 

Kate Carne  for ‘First to Go’ | Riddhi Dastidar for ‘Fuck Marry Kill’  | Bhavika Govil for ‘Eggs keep falling from the fourth floor’ | Mónica Ibarra Parle for ‘The Claws Come First’ | Anam Raheem for ‘Tessellation’ 

Life Writingjudged by Christie Watson | Anne O’Brien for ‘Swallow’ | Dalbinder Kular for ‘The Prediction’ | Usha Rungoo for ‘The Song of Life’ | Damion Spencer for ‘Death Comes in Threes’ | Shamini Sriskandarajah for ‘Hazel and Fiver’ 

Poetry judged by Tishani Doshi 

Jordan Hamel for ‘If you read this backwards blood becomes wine’ | Asmaa Jama for ‘Autopsy’ | Shereen Leanne for ‘almost-shahrazad: part one’ | Dipanjali Roy for ‘सफ़रनामा / safarnama’ | Dorsía Smith Silva ‘Ghost Talker Poem’ 

The winners will be announced on 14 October at an event. 

Read more here

Wasafiri Magazine Craft – New Podcast & Transcriber Opportunity for Students

Wasafiri (based at QMUL) is looking for a transcriber to join the Wasafiri team, to transcribe episodes of our new podcast on international literature, Craft. Email a.nishat@qmul.ac.uk for more information. 

ArtsOne – Enhancing Facilities

This post to update you about some exciting developments happening in Arts One on our Mile End Campus. Queen Mary University of London has committed to a major investment aimed at improving and enhancing our arts and culture facilities. The new facilities will ensure that we can continue to support teaching and research that is both world leading, inclusive and accessible to the communities we work with.

The enhanced facilities, for which accessibility has been a driving principle — will include:

  • A new cinema designed by leading architects McFarland-Latter, including the latest in surround-sound and projection technologies;
  • The instalment of new digital technologies for motion capture and ambisonic playback in Rehearsal Room 3;
  • A new production suite adjacent to Rehearsal Room 3 including a fully sound-proofed recording booth, and control facilities for video and audio production;
  • Improved lighting, sound and seating in Room G.34 enabling flexible use as a seminar room, gallery or installation studio;
  • Improvements to the toilet facilities in the Arts One Foyer, including improvements to the accessible bathroom facilities;

There may be some temporary disruption while these works are completed, but we are working hard to keep these to a minimum as much as possible. We will also provide regular updates on progress by email, via a project Sharepoint site, and in details posted within the Arts One Foyer. The construction work will mean some temporary changes to the Arts One Foyer as a work and meeting space, students might like to consider using our online tool to book a study space on our Mile End campus:

Staff can find advice about how to make ad-hoc room bookings via this page.

English and Drama Open Day Programme – 2 October 2021

We can’t wait to see our guests this Saturday. Here’s a quick guide to the English and Drama activities happening on the day.

Welcome Area

Our welcome area is on the Ground floor of ArtsTwo from 10am-4pm. At the welcome area you can:

  • Meet students and staff
  • Get a free goodie bag
  • See books and resources from our inspiring teaching team

Live Sessions

Live sessions are the best way to find out about our courses. The general subject talk will give you an overview of what we offer plus:

English General Talk
Molly / Peter
Geography Draper’s Lecture Theatre

English Taster
Creative Writing Taster Session: Finding Your Many Voices – Nisha Ramayya
Nisha Ramayya
Graduate Centre 2.01    

English General Talk Molly/Peter
Geography 1.26  

English Taster
What’s Love Got To Do With It? Putting Romeo and Juliet In Its Place’- David Colclough
David Colclough
Graduate Centre 2.01  
Drama General Talk
Martin O’Brien
ArtsTwo 3.20

Drama Taster
Theatre and Protest – Aoife Monks
ArtsTwo 3.20

Drama General Talk with Martin O’Brien  
ArtsTwo 3.20

Drama Taster
Show Business:  Theatre and Capitalism – Michael McKinnie
Michael McKinnie
ArtsTwo 3.20

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. 


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. 



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.

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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.