Elinor Johns rounds up our January MIRLive.

 

 

An appreciative audience packed the basement bar of The Harrison on Monday 28th January for our first MIRLive of 2019. We were treated to an interesting variety of creative pieces performed in a relaxed atmosphere, created by Peter Coles, our enthusiastic host for the evening.

Sybil Ruth began the evening with a thought- provoking and evocative piece called “Restored.” Written as a result of a workshop on Brexit, this piece was well- crafted, intertwining two journeys; that of the narrator, taking the bus home from the embassy where she has gained a certificate to restore her German identity, and that of her grandmother, as an immigrant, arriving in the country eighty years earlier. It was an ironic piece about identity, conjuring a sense of displacement, sensitively and gently told through carefully selected details.

The mood shifted a gear when Ronan Fitzgerald took to the stage to present his poem, “The Girl in the Orange Dress,” which was derived from newspaper headlines. Ronan performed his poem perfectly, expertly bringing out the tragi- comic effect of his juxtapositions. His skilled use of repetition and rhythm took us through a myriad of events, succinctly evoked and carefully placed. From “I fell in love/ I fell off the escalator,” through to “fatherhood was like growing wild mushrooms in a death camp,” we were surprised and ultimately moved by the poem, which for all its absurdities was a cogent tale of falling in love “at the supermarket checkout” with “The girl in the orange dress.”

The next piece was called “Unpublished Obituary for a Playwright,” which was extremely well performed by its author, Raoul Colvile. Conversational in tone, the story took the form of a confessional monologue. The strangeness of the playwright’s corpse being wrapped in a carpet was an absurd, yet poignant detail and as the monologue developed, pathos was evoked for the narrator, a lonely and bereaved man, considering the futility of his life.

Kayleigh Cassidy’s autobiographical piece, “Home time,” began with a gentle, comic recounting of growing up in the nineties, charting memories of peer group frictions at primary school, but as the piece developed she inter-wove much darker memories within a fast paced style. The vivid dialogue gave immediacy to the child’s eye view and the hints of family breakdown were drip- fed into the piece so that the audience was left wanting more.

This was followed by “Past Lives,” an interesting internal monologue, in which the many reincarnations of the narrator were presented as a struggle for happiness between the narrator and a lover. Sometimes life allowed for requited love but often destiny would leave the narrator unfulfilled. Nevertheless, the ending was positive. It was beautifully read by its author, Rebekah Lin.

This took us to our headline act. Laura Kaye ended the evening with an impressive extract from her next novel, “Parties,” which described a ludicrously lavish party from the waitress’ perspective. Dressed as a mermaid, Mary suffers the indignities of waiting on predatory guests in a surreal environment. Witty and satirical, her piece had us all laughing out loud. It was a highly entertaining way to end a great evening.

Do join us next time on March 11th as a performer alongside comedian Rosie Wilby, or as a member of the audience – no tickets required! Submit your work here.

February 20, 2019

MIRLive: Laura Kaye

Elinor Johns rounds up our January MIRLive.
January 16, 2019

New Mexican Postcards by Tom Travers

Poetry by Tom Travers
January 9, 2019

I Am Ash on Wednesdays by Sogol Sur

Poetry by Sogol Sur
January 3, 2019

Poetry by Rachel Burns

Wildfowl on the Water, July, and A Game of Chess
December 27, 2018

Height of Nonsense by Al McClimens

Poetry by Al McClimens
November 28, 2018

Poetry by E.A.M. Harris

  Courtesy of Doors and Meetings Not Planned
November 21, 2018

It Runs Deeply by Annie Carter

Poetry by Annie Carter
November 8, 2018

November Reads

Long winter nights = more reading time (for me, at least). Here are some suggestions from the MIROnline Team on how to spend it. We hope you enjoy them. – James
November 5, 2018

Pathogen by Graeme K Talboys

Short Fiction by  Graeme K Talboys
October 29, 2018

Quantum of Love by Gilli Fryzer

Short Fiction by  Gilli Fryzer
October 22, 2018

The Trial of Shelton Mathis by Wes Brown

Short Fiction by  Wes Brown
October 18, 2018

MIRLive: The Mechanics Institute Review special!

Elinor Johns rounds up MIRLive.
October 15, 2018

Reconciliation by Ben O’Hara

Short Fiction by Ben O’Hara
October 12, 2018

The Lobster Boat by Tamar Hodes

Short fiction by Tamar Hodes
October 10, 2018

Poetry by Anthony Caleshu

  I AM THIRSTY and because I am thirsty I need to drink before I can continue blowing your mind. The knowledge you once had about your own imagination required an alarm system with a direct line to the police. The peach you’re eating is so sweet, no wonder it’s […]
October 8, 2018

When the Universe Listens by Alison Theresa Gibson

Short Fiction by Alison Theresa Gibson
October 5, 2018

The Last Lunch by Jude Cook

Short Fiction by Jude Cook
October 1, 2018

Dream Clips of the Archons by Paul Green

Opening sequences from an evolving narrative by  Paul Green
September 28, 2018

Patient X and Patient Y by John O’Donoghue

A Case Study by  John O’Donoghue
September 26, 2018

MIR15 Launch Party Photos

MIR15 is out in the world! Buy your copy here! We had a great time at the launch and hope you did too.