The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR) is a forum for the most exciting new writing in short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.
Consisting of an online platform, a printed literary magazine and a series of creative writing events and career-developing opportunities, MIR is a contemporary magazine designed to represent the quality and diversity of the UK literary scene.
This site is managed by Project Director, Julia Bell, and Managing Editor, Melanie Jones, and maintained and edited by a rotating group of Birkbeck students, alumni and staff. Work is selected by an editorial committee which, consists of authors Toby Litt, Steve Willey, Benjamin Wood, editor Sue Tyley and a series of guest authors, agents and publishing professionals.
This platform is not just for Birkbeck College students and alumni. We want to hear from as many talented writers as possible from across the UK. This is your chance to have your work read by leading professional writers. Selected authors will be copy-edited, published online and invited to read their work at MIR Live events.
Birkbeck College was founded in 1823 by George Birkbeck and, on the 2nd of December, 2,000 people flocked to the Crown and Anchor Tavern on the Strand. Together, they witnessed Dr Birkbeck and his supporters launch London’s first ever Mechanics’ Institution dedicated to the education of working people. Now in its 13th year, the Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck has developed a reputation for producing published writers of the highest artistic standard. MIR echoes our ethos of inclusion.
Project Director and Creative Non Fiction Editor
Short Fiction Editor
Sue Tyley: Lead Editor, print anthology. Fran Lock: Guest Poetry Editor.
Our team of volunteers includes Peter Coles, Simon Coltman, Lyndsey Garrett, Louise Hare, Sian Hughes, Alison Hitchcock, Jupiter Jones, Elinor Johns, James Kennedy, Indu Khurana, Stella Klein, Louise Kramskoy, Valeria Melchioretto, Lauren Miller, Aisha Phoenix, Usha Rowan, Silvia Rucchin, Zina Telford, Katherine Vik, Laura Volpi, and Kate Whiteside.