School of English and Drama


Creativeworks London

Creativeworks London is a project to bring creative people together to explore the issues that impact on London’s creative economy and to facilitate exciting new collaborations.

The School of English and Drama is delighted to be spearheading a three-year, multi-million pound project to build new partnerships and commercial opportunities between academia and the ‘Creative Economy’ of London, which comprises artistic industries, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions.
The director of Queen Mary's Knowledge Exchange Hub is Faculty Vice-Principal, and Professor of Cultural History, Morag Shiach. Also working on this project are three post-doctoral researchers: Mariza Dima, Tarek Virani, and Gerard Briscoe.
More information about the project can be found on the CreativeWorks site

We were the host institution for the AHRC Beyond Text Research theme between 2007 and 2011, and The King’s Printer Project, directed by the late Prof Graham Rees.

Staff Collaborations

Tamara Atkin is engaged in a research collaboration with Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford) on character lists in early printed plays.

Andrea Brady obtained funding from the AHRC’s Beyond Text initiative for a Collaborative Doctoral Award, run in partnership with the Sound Archive at the British Library. The project, on Bob Cobbing, was completed by doctoral candidate Steve Willey in September 2012.  She is co-editor, with Keston Sutherland (University of Sussex), of the small poetry press Barque.

Markman Ellis (with Miles Ogborn in Geography) has a collaborative doctoral student with the National Maritime Museum, London on the cultural and imperial history of the Thames in the eighteenth century.

David James is founding co-editor, with Matthew Hart (Columbia University) and Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University), of the book series Literature Now at Columbia University Press.

Catherine Maxwell and Stefano Evangelista (Trinity, Oxford) are joint editors of the new subseries of MHRA Critical Texts, devoted to the publication of scholarly editions of key nineteenth-century Aesthetic and Decadent texts.

Katy Price has an ongoing collaboration with the Science Museum, where she ran workshops to help co-curate the current exhibition ‘Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music’. She has collaborated on an installation with the sound artist in residence at the Science Museum, Aleks Kolkowski, called Babble Machine, which was exhibited in November 2012.

Margaret Reynolds has for many years collaborated with Poet in the City, organising two or three events each year, as well as an event at QMUL and two at the Museum of Childhood. She continues to work with the Museum Of Childhood, as well as Opera North, the English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, coordinating events, writing programme notes, and delivering podcasts. She has also co-supervised a collaborative doctoral award with Glyndebourne.

Barbara Taylor is the QMUL Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, a partnership with Birkbeck, the University of East London, and Bishopsgate Institute. The Centre sponsors research on East London, memory and history, and educational policy in relation to History, and maintains a large and active outreach programme.

Tessa Whitehouse is involved with the Concepts and Practices of Friendship in the Long Eighteenth Century network, a collaboration between QMCECS and the Warwick Eighteenth-Century Centre.