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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 if you need help with undergraduate admissions.

PhD application deadline January 19 for QMUL and January 28 for LAHP. Please contact 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

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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

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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) 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 ( 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 (

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 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

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:


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…

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.
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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.

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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

Applications Now Open for 3 MA English Courses including 1700-1900, Modern and Contemporary and Postcolonial

Director of Admissions Dr Charlotta Salmi and the team would love to receive applications from you for the following courses which are now open to apply online:

  1. English Literature: English Literature
  2. English Literature: Modern and Contemporary
  3. English Literature: Literature and Culture 1700-1900
  4. English Literature: Postcolonial and Global Literatures

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.

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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.

Read more

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Mistakes and omissions can be made with this volume of information and we apologise for these.

If you have any news or events for our final newsletter in 2021 please reply to this email.

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Solitudes Project Podcast on Award Shortlist – Vote Now!

One of the podcasts produced by Natalie Steed for the Solitudes project has been shortlisted for an award. It’s an episode on ‘The Mind’ in our podcast series, ‘Spaces of Solitude’.

It was curated by Akshi Singh and features the psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips, the poet Denise Riley, and the neuroscientist Sarah Garfinkel. It’s a terrific podcast, and of course we’re delighted that it’s been shortlisted.

If you listen to it and like it, you can vote for it! There’s a ‘people’s vote’ – link below. But please do it soon, as the results will be made public next month.

English Research Seminar Speakers Announced

The Queen Mary Postgraduate Research committee is delighted to invite you to our schedule of seminars this autumn (see poster above). We have put together a fantastic line-up of speakers from across the UK and America, who will be sharing their work with us, ranging from seventeenth-century skin colour to twenty-first century music videos.

This semester, we will be hosting seminars on Zoom on Thursdays, beginning 14th October. The seminar begins at 17:00 (UK time) and follows the format of a paper of up to 45 minutes and a question session of 15 minutes. All QMUL staff and students are warmly invited to attend, and to share with anyone else who might be interested at other universities or elsewhere.

We hope the seminars inspire you and spark new discussions, especially at a time when we are rediscovering the strength of our QM English community after a long time apart. It is our belief that the PGRS seminar exemplifies all that is best about QM English – innovative, supportive, and led by learning from each other. We are so looking forward to seeing you all there this autumn as we reconnect with our community here at SED. 

Zoom registration for our very first talk, ‘Citizenship in an Erotic Mode in the work of Beyonce Knowles and Warsan Shire in Lemonade (2016)’ on 14th October, is open now! Follow this link to sign up:

English and Drama Newsletter – October 2021 Edition

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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.

Read the post


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’

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 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. 


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 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 ( – 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 Dannreuther on behalf of the entire Admin Team
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London
+44 (0)20 7882 8910

Book a chat


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.


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


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


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.