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MIR  Editors
MIR Editors

MIR is back with a punch!

Birkbeck’s annual short story collection is again about to hit shelves and guarantees to pack a punch, proving its worth on the growing anthology scene.

The Mechanics' Institute Review’s eighth edition, or MIR as it is known by readers, features work by Chris Adrian, Kevin Barry and Amit Chaudhuri, as well as showcasing the best fiction from Birkbeck’s creative writing students.

And, not one to shy away from changes in the industry, this issue is the first to be available in an eBook format.

From a craving for porn to a lust for revenge, from North Georgian secrets to London’s vile smells, the selection of stories confirm MIR’s reputation for high quality and fresh voices. Freakish phones, sinister sex and legacies of ice and guilt await. Readers can discover what milk tastes like and why they won’t find a Dave story in MIR8 – just gutsy entertainment.

Edited by students of the MA Creative Writing, each story is hand-picked for its uniqueness and quality. Creative Writing senior lecturer Julia Bell says this edition is guaranteed to make its mark.

‘Unlike other university anthologies, MIR is edited by students, featuring the best of current and past students work and is all about quality writing.
‘I’m really excited about this year’s review as we have on board some interesting contributors in Kevin Barry and Amit Chaudhuri.

‘And with MIR being available as an eBook to download from Amazon for the first time ever, readers around the world will be able to experience just what Birkbeck has to offer,’ Bell said.

MIR8 will be launched in the Keanes Library, Room 114, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD, on 29 September at 6.30pm.

Press enquiries can be directed to Anne-Marie Taylor at or by telephone on 020 3073 8372.


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