Thursday 25 September 2014 will see the launch of the eleventh issue of the critically acclaimed The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR). As it enters its second decade its fresh new redesign matches the fresh new writing within, with an emphasis on stories that surprise, inspire and entertain. Produced, edited and published by students on the Creative Writing Programme at Birkbeck, University of London, MIR11 showcases the brightest emerging talent from this highly esteemed programme. The issue also features exciting new work from award-winning authors Hari Kunzru and Alex Preston, and an introduction by the Creative Writing Programme Senior Lecturer Julia Bell.
Teeming with life and energy, this compelling collection offers a remarkable range of styles, themes and settings. Beginning with a mushroom arm and ending with an inferno, in between you’ll experience body-piercing in Paris, child prostitution in Korea and a war reporter’s last battle, inhabit a drug-fuelled Dublin and an icebound world where voices are trapped in vials. These short stories leave lasting impressions, and show what storytelling today is all about.
Praise for The Mechanics’ Institute Review:
“Really good stories, really well made. You don’t get better than that.”
Ali Smith, novelist, shortlisted for the Booker and Orange Prize, winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year
MIR11 is available in print format from Amazon, local independent bookshops, selected branches of Waterstones, and in e-book format from Amazon.
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