MIRLive (formerly Hubbub and, before that, writLOUD) is a stimulating spoken-word event, showcasing the best in creative writing. Performances involve new writers from Birkbeck Creative Writing courses alongside established authors. The event takes place termly at The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, King's Cross, WC1H 8JF.
Guest authors to date include Jonathan Coe, Derek Johns, Hari Kunzru, Susan Elderkin, Zoë Fairbairns, Russell Celyn Jones, Peter Hobbs, Benjamin Markovits, Erica Wagner, Marie Phillips, Kate Pullinger, Helen Simpson, Richard T. Kelly, Jeremy Sheldon, Sarah Salway, Jean McNeil, Rich Hall, Julia Bell, Richard Milward, Emer Martin, Blake Morrison, Nii Parkes, Robert Hudson, Amanda Smyth, Chloe Aridjis, Magnus Mills, A.L. Kennedy, Niall O’Sullivan, Alex Preston, Toby Litt, Monique Roffey, Michael Rosen, Mez Packer, Bernardine Evaristo, Zoe Gilbert and Alan Beard.
Rather than having individual submissions for each MIRLive event, readers are selected by the editorial team from the main submissions pool. As we read your submissions, we may find a piece of work that we feel would be excellent read aloud and will get in touch to ask you to appear at one of our spoken-word events. However, if you feel that your work would be great for MIRLive, please do flag this up to us in your submissions email. Find out how to submit your work to The Mechanics’ Institute Review here.
Submissions intended for MIRLive should be prose of up to 1500 words and poetry up to 150 lines. If your work is selected, you will be asked to provide a brief (+- 50 words) biography written in the 3rd person, and a photo, to include on a handout and publish on the website. Subject to the author's permission, a podcast of the reading may be made available on the website. Copyright remains with the individual author.