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.

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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 13, 2017
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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
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January Reads

The MIROnline team have chosen the books they are enjoying this month.
December 11, 2016
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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

“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
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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
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MIRLive: An Evening of Festive Fun

Alison Hitchcock rounds up our MIRLive Christmas Special
December 1, 2016
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MIR14 Call For Submissions

November 2, 2016
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Stephen Morrison-Burke Feature

Stephen Morrison-Burke shares High Dust and Donkeys, an extract from his novel in progress. He also talks to Alison Hitchock about winning the Kit De Waal Scholarship and his plans for the future
November 1, 2016
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Recommended Reads November

The first of our monthly book recommendations. The MIROnline team have chosen the books they are most enjoying this month.
October 25, 2016
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MIRLive December 5th

Our next MIRLive takes place on December 5th at the Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, King’s Cross, WC1H 8JF. This will be a Christmas Special and we are looking for work inspired by folk tales, fairy tales and magic. The deadline for Submissions is November 18th.
October 24, 2016
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Writers Wanted

Nomads writing group recruiting for new members.
October 20, 2016
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Stefanie Seddon wins the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize has been won by Stefanie Seddon, who has just completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. The Prize is a prestigious international writing competition open to writers worldwide which is now in its 9th year, and received 2,160 entries this year. […]
October 3, 2016
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Pretty in Pink: MIR13 Launch Party

On Tuesday we celebrated the launch of our thirteenth anthology in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck.
September 29, 2016
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Elizabeth Fremantle to read at MIRLive

MIRLive returns  on October 24th 2016 for an anthology special. We are joined by Elizabeth Freemantle, Melanie Jones, Aliyah Keshani, Melody Razak, Chris Lilly, John Forde and Claire Montell.
May 21, 2016
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Being Dad Interviews

Melanie Jones speaks to authors Dan Powell, Toby Litt, Nikesh Shukla, and Courttia Newland  about Being Dad and the effects fatherhood has had on their writing
May 3, 2016
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Birkbeck Arts Week

Birkbeck Arts Week, 2016 runs from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 May and the Creative Writing department will be hosting two events during Arts Week. These events will be complimented by MIRLive on May 13th and Birkbeck Poets on May 22nd.
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MIRLive May 13th

Our first MIRLive will take place on May 13th 2016 and we are joined by Benjamin Wood, Nadim Safdar, Courttia Newland, Gilli Fryzer and Anne Rabbit.
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Courttia Newland to read at MIRLive

Our first MIRLive will take place on May 13th 2016 and we are looking for readers to join Benjamin Wood and Courttia Newland.
April 1, 2016
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Stefanie Seddon Shortlisted For Prize

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