April 10, 2020

Author Not Present: The Woman in the Street

This episode was recorded before the outbreak of the current crisis so we apologise for any inaccuracies! Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the third episode, Christina and Peter are joined by author Jarred McGinnis […]
March 27, 2020

Author Not Present: Magrit

This episode was recorded before the outbreak of the current crisis so we apologise for any inaccuracies! Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the third episode, they discuss ‘Magrit’ – a quirky story of a […]
March 13, 2020

Author Not Present: Of Sprites and Spirits

Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the second episode, they discuss ‘Of Sprites and Spirits’ – a magical realist story of a young boy’s search for connection. Listen to find out what they liked and […]
February 28, 2020

Podcast: Golnoosh Nour

In the thirteenth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to writer Golnoosh Nour. They discuss her short story collection ‘The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories,’ writing about queerness, and why we are reading Iran wrong.     Show Notes: Golnoosh Nour The Ministry of Guidance and Other […]
February 14, 2020

Author Not Present: Twenty Minutes

Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the first episode, they discuss ‘Twenty Minutes’ – a story of loss and friendship. Listen to find out what they liked and what they thought could be improved as […]
January 31, 2020

Podcast: At Brick Lane Bookshop

In the twelfth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles is in Brick Lane Bookshop with the winner of their short story prize James Mitchell, and the head of the prize, Kate Ellis. They discuss what it takes to craft a winning short story, issues surrounding writing the ‘other’, […]
November 15, 2019

Podcast: The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury

In the eleventh episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to Elizabeth Dearnley and Michael Eades about their project The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury. They discuss how the project came about, bringing the private into the public space, and keeping a diary. Oh, there is also the mystery […]
October 18, 2019

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.   […]
September 6, 2019

Podcast: Toby Litt

In the ninth episode of the MIR Podcast, Angèle Eliane talks to author Toby Litt about his latest novel, Patience. They discuss why the novel took 12 years to write, the importance of finding a voice, and coping with other peoples’ success.     Show Notes: Toby Litt Pre-order Patience […]
July 26, 2019

Podcast: Open Pen

In the eighth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to author Sean Preston and Joe Johnston about their literary magazine Open Pen. Sean and Joe explain how the magazine came about, why they’ll take a risk on new writers, and publishing the stories others might not.   […]
June 7, 2019

Podcast: Rob True

In the seventh episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to author Rob True about his debut collection of short stories, ‘Gospel of Aberration’. Rob talks openly about living with schizophrenia, learning to write stories at the age of 40, and gives his advice on writing good dialogue. […]
May 24, 2019

Podcast: Mazin Saleem on his debut novel ‘The Prick’

In the sixth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to author Mazin Saleem about his debut novel ‘The Prick’. They discuss what it means to be a terrible person, middle-class malaise, and the crisis of masculinity.     Show Notes: Mazin Saleem Open Pen Strange Horizons The […]
May 10, 2019

Podcast: Lily Dunn on A Wild and Precious Life

In the fifth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to author Lily Dunn about ‘A Wild and Precious Life: A Recovery Anthology’. They discuss how the anthology came about, writing addiction, and the ups and downs of alternative forms of publishing.     Show Notes: A Wild […]
March 8, 2019

Podcast: Jane Roberts discusses her MIR15 Story

In the fourth episode of the MIR Podcast MIR15 editor Lauren Miller talks to author Jane Roberts about her story “Our Lady the Sheela Na Gig.” They discuss what inspired the story, Jane’s writing background and they get to the bottom of exactly what a Sheela Na Gig actually is. […]
January 25, 2019

Podcast: The Climate for Writing Panel Discussion

The third episode of the MIR Podcast comes from a live recording taken at The Climate for Writing: A MIR16 Masterclass. Deputy Managing Editor of MIROnline, Peter J Coles hosts a panel discussion on writing ‘climate’ with acclaimed authors Jean McNeil and Richard Hamblyn in which they discuss what it means […]
December 5, 2018

Podcast: Lou Kramskoy discusses her MIR15 story

In the second episode of the MIR Podcast, MIR 15 editor Amy St Johnston talks to author Lou Kramskoy about her short story “The Front Line.” They discuss ways of writing anxiety, the struggle of choosing a good title, and the importance of reading your work aloud. Lou also gives us her short […]
November 9, 2018

Podcast: Arhondia discusses her MIR15 story

In the first episode of the MIR Podcast, MIR 15 editor Lauren Miller talks to author Arhondia about her short story “Tom Corridan.” They discuss the influence of music on her writing, the power of drawing on real experience in prose, and how to develop convincing dialogue. Arhondia also gives her short story recommendation. […]