Now in its ninth issue, literary anthology The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR) continues to promote new writing, with an emphasis on the power fiction has to surprise, inspire and entertain.
Produced, edited and published by students on MA programmes at Birkbeck, University of London, MIR9 showcases the best emerging talent from the Birkbeck Creative Writing Programme. The issue also features work from notable authors Nick Alexander, Jenn Ashworth, Julia Bell and Alison MacLeod, plus illustrations by artist/illustrator Lucy Jones.
MIR9 curates stories that traverse a broad geographical and metaphorical terrain, taking in both the domestic and the exotic. The stories in this collection are rich in ideas and ambitious in form, actively defying the notion that Creative Writing programmes produce homogenised writing.
Praise for The Mechanics’ Institute Review:
The Mechanics’ Institute Review is a diverse and entertaining chorus of new voices from which the grace notes of potential resound.
Smart, original and surprising writing . . . a wonderfully unpredictable journey of the imagination.
MIR9 will launch on Thursday, 27 September 2012, 7-9pm at the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.
Readings of selected stories will follow at Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB on Monday, 19 November at 6:30pm.
MIR9 is available from Amazon, local independent bookshops throughout the London area and selected branches of Waterstones. This issue is also available in eBook format from Amazon.
For more information, please contact:
Anne-Marie Taylor | English and Humanities Senior Administrator