Podcast: Julia Bell

In the tenth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to author Julia Bell about the republication of The Creative Writing Coursebook. They discuss how the coursebook came about, the perennial question of whether writing can be taught, and the influence of the digital on creative writing.



Show Notes:

The Creative Writing Coursebook

Julia Bell

Pauk Magrs

Marina Warner

UEA Creative Writing Course

Vicki Feaver – Judith

Flannery O’Connor – Mystery and Manners

Walter Benjamin and ‘aura’

Francesca Wade – Square Haunting



This podcast was produced and edited by Peter J Coles

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Jess Sturman-Coombs reviews Kia Abdullah’s novel “Take It Back”


Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and Lonely Planet, and is the founding editor of outdoor travel blog Atlas & Boots, read by 250,000 people a month. Her latest novel, Take It Back, was published in August 2019.

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October Reads

The temperature has dropped, and the nights are getting shorter. It’s been non-stop rain for most of the country. Super Thursday has been and gone (the book trade’s name for the hottest release day of the year, which saw over 400 hardbacks hit the shelves. Including, Zadie Smith’s Grand Union, Bill Bryson’s The Body,and Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth). Autumn is well and truly here, and MIR is back with our monthly reading recommendations. This month we’ve included a whole host of titles and genres, including poetry, non-fiction, and graphic novels. What better month than October to curl up with a good book?

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