Activities and events

PhD writing and reading retreats

Thinking Writing hold regular writing retreats where PhD students can get away for a whole day or two and spend time focusing on their writing or reading in a quiet, supportive environment. For more information about the structure of our retreats read our retreats pages or get in touch with Kelly Peake; to book a place on our next retreats follow the links below. 

Next PhD writing retreat for PhD and MA students will be on 25 April 2014, 10.00 - 5.00, Charterhouse Square  -  spaces left - click here to book.

Next PhD reading retreat: 5 June 2014, 9.30 - 4.30, St Margaret's House, Bethnal Green. Click here to book.

We are running a two day PhD writing retreat with a reflective aspect on 7-8 May 2014; participation will enable participants to run retreats in their own schools. We are encouraging participants to come in pairs and to get the support of their school before they commit to coming along. Places on this retreat are by application. Please contact Kelly Peake to express your interest or with any questions.


Media Forum

This is a series of lively early evening events which centre on a specific topic or concept that students of different disciplines are likely to encounter in their studies.  The setting is an informal 'cafe-style' arrangement to facilitate lively, frank discussion.  Some events will have guest speakers, who are successful writers - journalists, novelists, biographers  - or film-makers.  They will talk about their work in person and about the research and career path leading up to its creation.

A typical evening will start with reading some extracts from the writer's work or watching a piece of film, then listening to the writer or producer talk about it, with time for questions, comments and discussion. It is very much a student-oriented forum - and we love controversy.  Light refreshments are provided and the event is free of charge.

Previous events have revolved around taking a fresh look at social class and identity - who decides which social class you belong to and why.  The first event (November, 2013) featured a documentary showing the controversial cross-dressing artist, Grayson Perry. At the second event (February, 2014), the investigative journalist, Gavn Weightman, talked about how he conducted his research for his latest book, 'The £5 Virgin',  which uncovered a Victorian scandal that provided the model for Shaw's heroine, Eliza Doolittle.

Topics are chosen to appeal to students across the disciplines so that they can look at the same topic from different angles. The Forum can really help students to see what they are studying in context - to 'read around' a topic. For further details contact Stacie Withers

Managing Stress and Procrastination Workshops

The Advice and Counselling Service is running regular one-off workshops throughout the year to help students to manage stress and overcome procrastination. The format is 90 minute interactive, psycho-educational workshops in small groups of no more than 12 students. They are facilitated by QM's Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, James Oliver.

Workshops run every two weeks until May 2014, and booking for each workshop is open approximately two weeks prior to the event.  

Please go to the Advice and Counselling site for further details: