MIRLive is an exciting spoken-word night showcasing the best in new creative writing. Each event features a range of UK-based writers, from established authors to the next generation. Valuing diversity in literature, MIRLive is an inclusive and inspiring night. It is hosted by writers and comedians Kayleigh Cassidy and Alexandra Petropoulos, so expect a fun and engaging evening. It really is the best place to enjoy fresh writing within a supportive community.

Guest authors to date include Bernardine Evaristo, 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,  Zoe Gilbert and Alan Beard.

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Our next virtual MIRLive will be on Friday, December 4th and will be headlined by the acclaimed author of Leonard and Hungry Paul, Rónán Hession.

The theme is JOY

The event will be live on our Youtube channel and will start at 19.30.

Rónán Hession will be joined by:

Maryam Awaisu

Barbara Bleiman

Carol Farrelly

Rachel Genn

Shelley Hastings

Emma Henderson

Iqbal Hussain

Alice-Louise MacGillivray

Alice Mason

Devin Welch

The MIRLive team will put out a call for submissions for each event and readers may also be selected from the wider 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. 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 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.

February 26, 2020

MIRLive: Modern Love

Elinor Johns Rounds-up our Modern Love themed MIRLive 
December 18, 2019

MIRLive with Toby Litt

Tabitha Potts Rounds-up MIRLive with Toby Litt
November 1, 2019

MIRLive: MIR16 – The Climate Issue

Elinor Johns rounds up MIRLive, MIR16 – The Climate Edition Special