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H20 by Farrah Akbik

Short Fiction: My father left Damascus like a lover creeping from his mistress’ bed in the dark of night.

Review: Madam by Phoebe Wynne

Review: …Wynne has the well-deserved confidence of her publisher which likens her work to that of Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman and Madeleine Miller…

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H20 by Farrah Akbik

Short Fiction: My father left Damascus like a lover creeping from his mistress’ bed in the dark of night.

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Review: Madam by Phoebe Wynne

Review: …Wynne has the well-deserved confidence of her publisher which likens her work to that of Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman and Madeleine Miller…

Blog: Landing Smiles (Pt. 3)

Continuing her series, Lizzie Hubbard writes about studying a creative writing degree remotely during a pandemic.

Review: Living with Annie by Simon Christmas

If some people were biological machines operated by a fungus that had infiltrated their nervous systems—looking, behaving, and to an observer’s eye displaying emotions like any sentient human being—how would anyone know? This concept of ‘Cartesian scepticism’ is central to the story of Living with Annie, the first novel written

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Author Not Present: The Entertainer

Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the sixth episode, Louise, Christina, and Peter discuss ‘The Entertainer’. Listen to find out what they liked and what they thought could be improved as they deal with structure

Podcast: Alice Haworth-Booth and Kate Ellis

In the fourteenth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks with the winner of the Bricklane Bookshop short story prize, 2020 Alice Haworth-Booth, and the head of the prize, Kate Ellis. They discuss writing climate change and what it takes to run a big prize.     Show Notes: Bricklane Bookshop

Author Not Present: The Woman in the Street

This episode was recorded before the outbreak of the current crisis so we apologise for any inaccuracies! Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the third episode, Christina and Peter are joined by author Jarred McGinnis

Author Not Present: Magrit

This episode was recorded before the outbreak of the current crisis so we apologise for any inaccuracies! Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the third episode, they discuss ‘Magrit’ – a quirky story of a

Author Not Present: Of Sprites and Spirits

Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the second episode, they discuss ‘Of Sprites and Spirits’ – a magical realist story of a young boy’s search for connection. Listen to find out what they liked and