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School of English and Drama

Outreach Events for Year 12-13 Students and Teachers

Upcoming events

Drama / Creative Writing

Drama Taster for Year 12/13 Students: Queen Mary Futures: The Colored Museum and Writing Race

1 December and 8 December 2020

5-7pm - London Time

Everyone welcome – safe space with moderators

Free online via Zoom Webinar

Limited capacity - 10 spaces for each workshop

In his play The Colored Museum, George C. Wolfe used satire to explore how African American lives were shaped by the legacy of slavery. The uncomfortable, absurdist humour of the play allows Wolfe to write, and rewrite the dynamics of race in 1980s America.

How does race become visible in our lives today?

How can we reposition The Colored Museum into a British context?

The global BLM movement in 2020, is not something that started this summer, it’s our daily lives. How can we use this new visibility to explore who we are and how our history impacts our identity? How can we explore through writing and performing?

In this university Drama workshop, artist-performer Vanessa Macaulay will share her practices.

You will:

  • discover the world of The Colored Museum
  • use satire as a tool to explore the world
  • try techniques to write your own scenes
  • be able to ask about studying Drama and/ or writing at university.

Biography

Vanessa Damilola Macaulay is a performance practitioner and a PhD student and Teaching Associate in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Her practice is interdisciplinary often using spoken word, movement, and video to challenge the imbalances of intersectional identities, speaking to contemporary struggles and anxieties about navigating the world in a specific body. Her performances have been programmed in places such as Talawa Firsts festival, The Yard Theatre, Derby Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre.

 

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QMUL Creative Writing Taster Session for Year 12-13 Students

Wednesday 9 December 2020

4-5pm - London Time

Everyone welcome – safe space with moderators

Free online via Zoom Webinar

Join writers Brian Dillon, Patrick Flanery, Michael Hughes and Nisha Ramayya who will discuss their acclaimed work and why writing matters.
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Past events

English Taster for Year 12/13 Students: Brave New Words: Writing Across Worlds and promoting writers of colour in Wasafiri

Monday 23 November 2020

5-6.30pm - London Time

Everyone welcome – safe space with moderators

Free online via Zoom Webinar

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This session aims to join up the dots in thinking for young people studying A-level English about the representation of authors of colour. Wasafiri magazine has 35 years of championing authors like Bernadine Evaristo (Booker 2019 Winner).

Join Wasafiri founder Professor Susheila Nasta MBE who will be in conversation with Angelique Golding (PhD Student - Wasafiri: The history of a little magazine) discussing issues around:

  • What’s changed since the beginning of Wasafiri Magazine and what still needs to change in publishing?
  • What kinds of writers did you publish and why? How did they come to the magazine and what impact did this have on your readership?
  • Can studying literature or reading books shift your way of thinking? What was your experience both as a teacher and a publisher?
  • How students can widen their literary horizons and decolonise the curriculum.

“Half-civilised ferocity”: how English, Drama and Creative Writing can unpick colonial attitudes in A-level texts

Wednesday 13 November 2019 - 2-5pm

Queen Mary University of London - Mile End

Free

“A half civilised ferocity” is how Emily Bronte’s narrator describes Heathcliff. Such racialized descriptions – subtle and explicit –  are common across many A-level texts, including Shakespeare. Yet school curriculums rarely equip you to discuss, analyse and challenge them.

This event, for Year 12 students interested in studying English, Drama and Creative Writing, will introduce you to postcolonial analysis. You will leave with the tools to begin unpicking the colonial attitudes enforced by your A-level curriculum, giving you a taste of what it is like to study English, Drama and Creative Writing at Queen Mary.

The event will also consider what it can mean to decolonise the curriculum, taking examples from The Globe theatre. We will also explore how contemporary spoken word poetry is used to explore and challenge portrayals of race in the school curriculum.

You do not need to be studying Wuthering Heights to access the ideas put forward in this event. It is suitable for any student of A-level English or Drama.

 

Gothic, Sci-Fi or Fable: Reading Frankenstein then and now - English A-Level Debate

Thursday 27 June 2019, 2-4pm

ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London - Mile End

Free

Is your English teacher always telling you to refer to literary and historical context but you’re unsure what this looks like in practice?

Have you heard that there are theoretical and philosophical approaches to texts but aren’t confident using them yourself?

Do you wish you knew about the Gothic genre and how this could link to more contemporary genres, such as Science Fiction?

Three outstanding academics, from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, are here to help.

An expert in the body and technology in contemporary culture, Zara Dinnen, a specialist in the Gothic across the nineteenth century, Sam Halliday and an expert in Romanticism with interests in theory and philosophy Shahidha Bari will be unpicking issues around context, theory, genre and Frankenstein. They will share their expertise on context, theory and genre, to unpack how the text could have been received then and how readers receive it now. They will discuss different frameworks that can be used to interpret this seminal text, and demonstrate to you what it looks like to apply those frameworks in practice. 

You will leave this event with a better sense of how to use literary and historical context to develop your analysis of this text; and you will leave knowing what it would be like to study English at Queen Mary, where diversity of ideas is at the heart of what we do.

It promises to be the type of lively and engaging discussion our School of English and Drama is known for!

 

Frankenstein (How to make a monster): BAC Beatbox Academy Workshop

Thursday 27 June 2019, 4-6pm

ArtsOne, Queen Mary University of London - Mile End

Free

Join Conrad Murrary for an introduction to using beatbox as a performance form to adapt texts. Using Battersea Arts Centre Beatbox Academy's critically acclaimed production of Frankenstein (How to make a monster) as a stimulus for the workshop.

 

Taster Sessions at Summer Open Days

Friday 21-Saturday 22 June 2019, 10am-4pm

Free

We offer a wide range of free taster sessions including English seminars, lectures and Drama workshops. Sign up with an interest in our subjects and we will send details of the programme nearer the time.

Drama Revision and Taster Day

Monday 29 April 2019

10am-1pm

Free

 

English and Drama A-Level Revision Day

Wednesday 20 February 2019

10:00-16:00, QMUL – Mile End, Free

Group sessions with top academics from Queen Mary will look at key A-level English and Drama texts and concepts to help with your revision.