BBC National Short Story Award Winner KJ Orr headlines our International Women’s Day event. 


The full line up for our March MIRLive will be Sarah Evans, Victoria Briggs, Ruth Ivo, Stefanie Seddon, Sarah Armstrong, Matt Hutchinson, and KJ Orr. All of the stories are focussed around female characters and will be a celebration of International Women’s Day. This event takes place at The Harrison (28 Harrison St, London WC1H 8JF) on Monday March 6th. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Entry is free and open to everyone. You will be able to buy a copy of K J Orr’s Light Box at this event for £9.99.


Our Readers
K J Orr is the author of the short story collection Light Box, and was the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2016. Her work has appeared in publications including the Guardian, the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the White Review and Best British Short Stories, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Light Box is shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize.

Sarah Evans has had over a hundred stories published in anthologies, magazines and online. Prizes have been awarded by, amongst others: Words and Women, Winston Fletcher, Stratford Literary Festival, Glass Woman and Rubery. Other publishing outlets include: the Bridport Prize, Unthank Books, Riptide, Shooter and Best New Writing.

Victoria Briggs is an award-winning and Pushcart-nominated writer of poetry and short stories. Her work has been published in The Stockholm Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Unthology, Structo, Litro and Short Fiction. She lives in London, where she’s currently writing a novel, and tweets @vicbriggs.

Ruth Ivo is a performance director and creative producer working across a wide-range of disciplines including circus, dance, opera, immersive theatre, film and festival environments. She is currently a student on the MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck.

Stefanie Seddon’s short stories have been published by Granta, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. In 2016, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Europe & Canada and the Bristol Short Story Prize. Stefanie recently completed the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck and is currently working on her first novel.

Sarah Armstrong, Fran to her friends, is a second year Creative Writing student at Birkbeck. She is a new reader at MIR, and is also due have her first short story published on MIR online. For her day job, she works in the NHS, so shoe-horns in writing when she can. Her likes include reading, running and white wine. Her dislikes include Jeremy Hunt and Wasabi peas.

Matt Hutchinson’s stories have been published by The Bohemyth, Doire Press, Boston Literary Magazine and Flash. He lives in London with his wife and four year old son and is still trying to work out what to do with the degree in Pop Music he got in 1997. Until an answer presents itself he keeps himself busy writing fiction and playing the mandolin.

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