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10 Things…with Tom Benjamin

Feature:Tom Benjamin, whose second Bologna-set novel, The Hunting Season, is due out this May, answers our questions.

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SMALL PRESS FOCUS: Live Canon

Poetry Editor Lawrence Illsley interviews Director of Live Canon Dr Helen Eastman and showcases winning poems from the Live Canon Collection Competition

Review: Madam by Phoebe Wynne

Review: …Wynne has the well-deserved confidence of her publisher which likens her work to that of Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman and Madeleine Miller…

Review: Living with Annie by Simon Christmas

If some people were biological machines operated by a fungus that had infiltrated their nervous systems—looking, behaving, and to an observer’s eye displaying emotions like any sentient human being—how would anyone know? This concept of ‘Cartesian scepticism’ is central to the story of Living with Annie, the first novel written

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10 Things…with Kate Halabura

Kate Halabura, Library Manager at Wandsworth Town Library, takes on our questionnaire (originally published in June 2020)

James Young interviews Ruby Cowling

James Young interviews Ruby Cowling about her collection This Paradise published by Boiler House Press, and currently longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

Writing In The Time of COVID-19: Abi Daré

Last in our series of interviews with writers discussing the impact of the pandemic on their work and creativity, Aisha Phoenix talks to Abi Daré about online book clubs and juggling full-time work, homeschooling and writing.

Writing In The Time of COVID-19: Jenny Downham

Fifth in our series of interviews with writers discussing the impact of the pandemic on their work and creativity, Aisha Phoenix talks to Jenny Downham about publishing uncertainty and the importance of writing groups.

Writing In The Time of COVID-19: Patrice Lawrence

Fourth in our series of interviews with writers discussing the impact of the pandemic on their work and creativity, Aisha Phoenix talks to Patrice Lawrence about the disruption caused by the lockdown and sources of hope.

Writing In The Time of COVID-19: Golnoosh Nour

Third in our series of interviews with writers, discussing the impact of the pandemic on their work and creativity, Aisha Phoenix talks to Golnoosh Nour about her virtual book launch under lockdown.

Writing In The Time of COVID-19: Louise Hare

Second in our series of interviews with writers discussing the impact of the pandemic on their work and creativity, Aisha Phoenix talks to Louise Hare about being a debut novelist under lockdown.

Writing In The Time of COVID-19: Jacob Ross

First in our series of interviews with writers discussing the impact of the pandemic on their work and creativity, Aisha Phoenix talks to Jacob Ross about writing under lockdown.

10 Things…with Louise Hare

Louise Hare, author of ‘This Lovely City’ and Features Editor for MIR online, takes on our questionnaire.

Jess Sturman-Coombs reviews Kia Abdullah’s novel “Take It Back”

  Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and Lonely Planet, and is the founding editor of outdoor travel blog Atlas & Boots, read by 250,000 people a month. Her latest novel, Take It Back, was

October Reads

The temperature has dropped, and the nights are getting shorter. It’s been non-stop rain for most of the country. Super Thursday has been and gone (the book trade’s name for the hottest release day of the year, which saw over 400 hardbacks hit the shelves. Including, Zadie Smith’s Grand Union,

Judy Birkbeck discusses her novel with Samiha Hassan

Judy Birkbeck’s novel Behind the Mask is Nothing was published by Holland House and is an exploration of the abuses of power. Here she answers questions from Samiha Hassan who is currently studying English.

Youth Reads For Summer

Summer is here. And we all know what that means: spending way too much time with your family, of course! Luckily, a team of heroes from Treasure House School, consisting of both students and teachers, has come together to save the day. Whether you want a distraction from your “droning

The divisive rise of Insta-poetry

The term Insta-poetry is causing quite the stir in the literary world. It is no new term, but it is a persistent one that divides the purists and modernists amongst us. Rosie Arrowsmith reviews its divisive rise.

March Reads

Another diverse selection with, I would hope, something for everyone. Enjoy. James

Deirdre Shanahan discusses her debut novel

Deirdre Shanahan’s debut novel The Caravan of the Lost and the Left Behind will be published by Bluemoose Books in May, 2019. Deirdre, who graduated from Birkbeck with an MA in Creative Writing in 2011, talks to Aisha Phoenix about parenting challenges among the Irish travellers in her new novel,

January Reads

A diverse selection to kick off the new year – there really should be something for everyone. We hope you enjoy them. James  

Jenn Ashworth’s #100daysofwriting

Sian Hughes interviewed Jenn Ashworth to find out more about the slightly mad idea that is #100daysofwriting and what it means for her the second time around.

Sandra Brown-Springer talks about her debut play

Sandra Brown-Springer’s debut play Seb’s Soles was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award for Playwriting, 2018. Sandra, who studies MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck, talks to Aisha Phoenix about the gentrification in Brixton that inspired the play, disruptive poetry and tokenism in the literary world.

November Reads

Long winter nights = more reading time (for me, at least). Here are some suggestions from the MIROnline Team on how to spend it. We hope you enjoy them. – James

August Recommended Reads

Still selecting your Summer holiday reading? Here are some suggestions from the MIROnline Team. Enjoy.

June Recommended Reads

Are short Summer nights depriving you of sleep? Here are some ideas from the MIROnline team on how to fill your waking hours. Enjoy. James

Jenn Ashworth talks to Lauren Miller

With the launch of MIR 14 featured author Jenn Ashworth talks to Lauren Miller about the potential of the short story and promoting diversity in publishing.