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 […]