Leila Segal reads from her debut collection, Breathe. MIRLive’s Alison Hitchock shares work from her letter writing project, From Me To You. Leila and Alison are joined by five more wonderful women reading poetry and short stories.


The full line up for our January MIRLive will be Sharon Eckman, Roxanne Forbes, From Me To You, Lauren Miller, Jo Holloway, Stella Klein and Leila Segal. This event takes place at The Harrison (28 Harrison St, London WC1H 8JF) on Monday January 30th. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Entry is free and open to everyone.

 mirlive201701Our Readers

Leila Segal was born in London, of Polish, Lithuanian and Romanian descent. ‘Breathe: Stories from Cuba’ (Flipped Eye, 2016) is her debut collection, and originates in the time she lived in Havana and the Pinar del Río province of Cuba. Her writing has been published in magazines and journals including Litro, Wasafiri Magazine, Generations Literary Journal, Papeles de la Mancuspia, Loose Muse Anthology, Square Peg, and Ink, Sweat & Tears. Leila led the Jaffa Photography Project, with Arab-Jewish collective Sdaka Reut, using word and image to bring together Arab and Jewish teenagers, and is the director of Voice of Freedom, a project with formerly trafficked women. Voice of Freedom enables women who have escaped their captors, and sometimes given evidence against them, to use text and photography to talk about their lives. Find out more at www.leilasegal.com

Sharon Eckman is a multi-tasking actor/singer/writer. She was Time Out Travel Writer of the Year – non-fiction has appeared in broadsheets and magazines on topics ranging from Namibian hunters to London science fiction fans .She was longlisted for the Fish Memoir Prize 2015 and shortlisted for Words & Women Prose competition 2016. Short fiction has appeared in Shooter Lit, Words & Women: 3 and 100 Voices: An Anthology. www.sharoneckman.com

Lauren Miller is currently studying part time on the Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck. She was featured in MIR 13 and has performed at salon readings in London and New York. She studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and is training to be a teacher.

Roxanne Forbes left the rainforests of Hawaii for the cold urban rain of London and is perfectly happy about it, so stop asking about the weather, what, you don’t think it rains in Hawaii every day? She is working on finishing her first novel, which is also about rain. She really likes rain.

From Me to You is a project which encourages letter writing to friends and family members suffering from cancer; keeping us connected at a time when we can feel most disconnected.
From Me to You was set up by friends Alison Hitchcock and Brian Greenley. When Brian was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Alison began to write to him; six years later, those letters have changed both their lives. On Christmas Day 2016 they were featured on Radio 4, telling their story. www.frommetoyouletters.co.uk. Twitter: @frommetoyou01. Facebook: FromMetoYouLetters

Jo Holloway is from Letchworth in Hertfordshire. She was a History teacher for six years, and now writes educational resources for a film charity. When she’s not writing, she enjoys running, baking and going travelling. She is currently in her second year studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck.

Stella Klein has just completed the Birkbeck MA in Creative Writing and is working on her first collection of short stories. Her story New Materiality appeared in the last issue of the Mechanics Institute Review and Flesh & Bones which she is going to read this evening is possibly part of a longer new story in the making.

January 23, 2017
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Leila Segal Headlines MIRLive

Leila Segal reads from her debut collection, Breathe. MIRLive’s Alison Hitchock shares work from her letter writing project, From Me To You. Leila and Alison are joined by five more wonderful women reading poetry and short stories.
January 23, 2017

After The Event Takes Place by Laurence Barratt-Manning

Short Fiction by Laurence Barratt-Manning
January 19, 2017

Poetry by Mark Mayes

Three poems by Mark Mayes
January 16, 2017

A Long Way Through by Matt Hutchinson

Short Fiction by Matt Hutchinson
January 13, 2017

Luca’s Trip to Havana by Leila Segal

Leila Segal shares a story from her debut collection; Breathe: Stories from Cuba (flipped eye, 2016). Leila also talks to Melanie Jones about her writing, Cuba, and small publishers in this interview. You can buy a copy of Breathe here. Leila will be reading at MIRLive on January 30th and copies of Breathe […]
January 13, 2017

Leila Segal Interview

Leila Segal’s debut collection of short stories, Breathe: Stories from Cuba is out now from Flipped Eye Publishing. Leila talks to Melanie Jones about Cuba, her writing, and its connection to her advocacy work. Leila also shares her short story Luca’s Trip to Havana. You can buy a copy of Breathe here. Leila will be reading at MIRLive on […]
January 12, 2017

January Reads

The MIROnline team have chosen the books they are enjoying this month.
January 11, 2017

Creative Writing by Maggie Womersley

Short fiction by Maggie Womersley. This story was originally published in The Mechanics’ Institute Review: Issue 10. The Mechanics’ Institute Review is an annual collection of fiction now open for submissions to all UK authors. While submissions are open, we will be posting some of favourite work from past collections. Creative Writing was selected by […]
January 9, 2017

Poetry by Vida Mikalcius

Vida Mikalcius
December 22, 2016

Holding On To Nothing by Cassandra Passarelli

Short Fiction by Cassandra Passarelli
December 19, 2016

Chart Poems by Margot Wilson

Margot Wilson’s visual poetry
December 14, 2016

The Outline of Him by Eleanor Gow

Short Fiction by Eleanor Gow
December 11, 2016

Leila Segal to Headline MIRLive

Our next MIRLive takes place on January 30th at the Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, King’s Cross, WC1H 8JF. This event will be headlined by Leila Segal. The deadline for Submissions is January 15th.
December 11, 2016
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Julia Bell interviews Kit De Waal Transcript

Transcript of Julia Bell’s Kit De Waal interview, December 2016
December 11, 2016

Hope by Steven Rogers

Poetry by Steven Rogers
December 11, 2016
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Julia Bell interviews Kit De Waal

“Value your experience, value your voice, value where you come from. So that you can look at your work and say this is good, this is important.” – Kit De Waal discusses setting up the Birkbeck scholarship and the importance of inclusivity in writing and publishing.
December 10, 2016

Books for your Christmas List

The MIROnline team have chosen the books they are most enjoying this month, just in time to for you to add them to your Christmas List.
December 9, 2016

MIRLive: An Evening of Festive Fun

Alison Hitchcock rounds up our MIRLive Christmas Special
December 8, 2016

Short Fiction by Ed Cottrell

Short Fiction by Ed Cottrell
December 1, 2016

MIR14 Call For Submissions