MIR Live
MIRLive is an exciting spoken-word night showcasing the best in new creative writing.

Our next MIRLive is the Arts Week Special offering an exclusive opportunity to hear writers from the Birkbeck Creative Writing BA. With prose, poetry and creative nonfiction.

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The show starts at 7.30 pm (GMT)


Ray Jenkins – 

Ray Jenkins has been writing since he was 12. His inspirations were Spike Milligan, Tolkien, Orwell and John Wyndham. Soon he’ll be 70 and is still writing. This time, his inspirations are his grandchildren. Ray’s only regret is that he’s learned too many rules and wishes he could write like a teenager again.

Kevin Robertson –

Kevin Robertson was born in Gibraltar but was raised in South London, where he still lives today. He never attended university when he was younger, instead opting to start a career. Showing that it’s never too late to correct a mistake! He is a huge board game fan and has a collection of over three hundred. Kevin has always had a passion for anything creative and dabbles at art and writes a lot. He is a fan of Sci-Fi and fantasy, but that doesn’t exclude any other types of writing.

Caterina Fucecchi –

Caterina Fucecchi (pronounced Foo-che-cki, not like Focaccia) was born in Florence, Italy. She moved to London in 2016 to study Creative Writing, after five years spent translating Latin and Ancient Greek literature in a Classic Lyceum in the heart of Tuscany. She loves reading, figure skating, adores cats and is the proud owner of an extensive mug collection. Caterina is bilingual in Italian and English, and is trying to learn some Welsh. She is currently working in fashion retail.

Theresa Giffard –

Theresa is mother of three, soon to be grandmother, lover of large cooking pots, chickens, cheese of every variety, her allotment, stories, eccentrics, words, people, ghosts, tall tales and curiosities, the strange, the wonderful, sitting round the fire, making marmalade, remote places, woolly socks and wild swimming. She loves to write, in particular creative non fiction and poetry. Her dissertation this final year was a collection of poems about death and loss. Theresa tore up old family letters, soaked and pulped them and made her own paper which she printed the poems on.

Ümran Deniz –

Ümran Deniz was born in Turkey, but has been living in England for the past thirty years.
Many years ago, she studied science; however, she spent most of her working life in finance.
Nicole Daisy Raucci –
After trading Poland for Italy and then Italy for the UK, Nicole Daisy Raucci decided to finally get a degree in Creative Writing after dreaming of being a writer since she was seven. She has spent most of her teenage years being in love with Japan and obsessing over its culture and literature. She writes dark stories with twisted plots and imbued with magic. She is a graphic designer by day, an Instagram artist by night, and a writer the rest of the time. When she isn’t creating, she can be found spending time in nature with her overweight chihuahua.

Georgia Sapsworth 




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, Abi Dare, Louise Hare, 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, Alan Beard, and Ronan Hession.

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 autho


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