MIRLive


MIRLive (formerly Hubbub and, before that, writLOUD) is a stimulating spoken-word event, showcasing the best in creative writing. Performances involve new UK based writers alongside established authors. The event takes place twice 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.

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.

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Calling all Creatives! We want your submissions for our first MIRLive of the year on Monday, 24th February! In honour of St Valentine, the theme for this year will be ‘Modern Love’.

This event will be headlined by K J Orr. She will be joined by: Kate Ellis Jessica Hindes Amy Slack Nicola Godlieb Fabian Sindelar Alex Graves

K J Orr K J Orr was born in London. She is the author of the collection of short stories, Light Box (2016), and the single-story chapbook, The Inland Sea (2012). Her stories have appeared in anthologies including Best British Short Stories 2015 (Salt), in literary journals including the Dublin Review, The White Review, and Revisor (trans. Lette Voss), and in the Irish Times and the Sunday Times Magazine. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and recognized by numerous awards including the 2016 BBC National Short Story Award for her story, 'Disappearances'. She was also shortlisted for the prize in 2011 for her story, 'The Human Circadian Pacemaker'.

If you would like the opportunity to perform your work alongside her, please send us your entries by 5 pm, Friday 7th February.

MIRLive will be held at the atmospheric basement bar of the Harrison, King’s Cross, at 7.30 pm on Monday, 24th February.

Please submit your work to mironline.org/live according to the guidelines below:

- Any UK based author can submit work for consideration.
- You can submit poetry, prose, plays.
- You may submit 1500 words of prose or 150 lines of poetry.
- Submissions should be unpublished.

The MIROnline team will decide which submissions to select and the running order of the night. No editorial input will be provided. Work will be selected as it stands. You will be advised whether your submission has been selected at least one week before the event. Please keep the date free until you have heard from us.


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