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15 December 2014


Congratulations to Melanie Jones who was shortlisted in the Poetic Republic Short Story Competition, her story 'Silence' will be published in an anthology, Kissing Him Goodbye and Other Stories.


17 June 2014


Congratulations to Birkbeck MACW alumnus Jacqueline Haskell who came second in this year's FISH Poetry Prize and also had one of her poems highly commended. Both poems will appear in this year's FISH anthology to be launched at the West Cork Literary Festival in July.


25 March 2014


MACW student Sarala Estruch's poem, 'A poem about you', was Highly Commended in the Poetry Book Society National Student Poetry Competition, judged by Daljit Nagra, and has been included in an anthology of winning poems.


12 February 2014


3rd year BACW student, Jeremy Curtis's novella The Darkening Light is now available for purchase as an ebook: 'In the spring of 1986 nine young punks travelled from Swindon to Wood Green in a beat up old van, to see atavistic, eat shit, heresy and others blow the socks off the London borough of Haringey...' You can also listen to him read at Hubbub here.


15 January 2014


Edgeways is a collection of the best short stories from the Spread the Word Prize 2013. Inspired by the theme of 'ritual', Edgeways contains new fiction from Bidisha, Toby Litt, Tania Hershman, Clare Sita Fisher, K J Orr, Saradha Soobrayen, Nick Black and Birkbeck Alumnus Deirdre Shanahan. The collection is edited by Courttia Newland.


Feridon Rashidi's book of short stories, Tales of Iran, is now available on Amazon, Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble and can be downloaded to many devices.


15 July 2013


Many congratulations to Birkbeck MACW alumnus Nicole Burstein on her book deal with Andersen Press. Her debut novel OTHERGIRL will be published in physical and ebook format in 2014.


"OTHERGIRL tells the story of Louise, an ordinary teenage girl whose life is turned upside down when her best friend discovers that she has super-powers – a warm, funny and poignant coming-of-age story about teenage friendships, superheroes and saving the world whilst wearing penguin pyjamas."


03 June 2013


Congratulations to MACW Alumnus Karin Salvalaggio who has signed a two-book deal with Minotaur - an imprint of St Martin's Press. Her debut novel Bone Dust White will be released in hardback and as an ebook in June 2014.


And congratuations to current MACW student Amy Bird - her debut novel, Yours is Mine, will be published by Harlequin in Summer 2013, via their new digital imprint Carina UK.


21 March 2013


Congratulations to Birkbeck MACW alumnus Jacqueline Haskell who was placed third in the 2012/13 Fish Short Story Prize for her story 'One for Hello, One for Goodbye'.


My first and second-year BACW poetry students will be reading as part of the Islington Word Festival on the 1st of May. Where We’re From. Who We Are: Poetry Performance.


And, for World Poetry Day, Birkbeck shares a selection of poems by Birkbeck’s BA Creative Writing second year students and their teacher, lecturer Liane Strauss.


7 January 2013


Congratulations to Birkbeck MA Alumnus Anna Hope whose  "powerful wartime novel" Wake has been aquired by Transworld, with plans to publish in early 2014 to coincide with the centenary year of the First World War.


19 November 2012


Birkbeck Philosophy MA alumnus Simon Okotie's novel Whatever Happened to Harold Absolon was published by Salt last month. It is described as 'A detective story set on a Routemaster bus, Simon Okotie's debut novel is as humorous as it is compelling.'


5 November 2012

Congratulations to Birkbeck 3rd Year BA CW student, Tarquin Landseer, who was awarded second prize in the 2012 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize for his poem 'Who Ate All the Frogs?'.


29 October 2012


Birkbeck MACW student Amy Bird's play Heart of Time is opening in November at the Rosemary Branch Theatre (N1 3DT). It is described as 'dramatic monologue meets chamber opera, love meets mortality, and black widow meets bag lady as two women battle against Time to save their true identities'.

David Barnett's new novel 'The Darlings of Soho', has been recently published and is available on Amazon in paperback and in Kindle format, and through Heffers of Cambridge.


Nick Hennegan  (Birkbeck MACP) has been commissioned by Maverick Theatre to write a script for a two act performance tour 'The London Literary Pub Crawl' His piece is set around Firtzrovia and Soho and is a semi-fictional account of some of the great writers and artists who lived and worked in the city.


15 October 2012


Congratulations to Birkbeck 3rd Year BA CW student, Tarquin Landseer, who has been shortlisted for the 2012 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize for his poem 'Who Ate All the Frogs?'. Check out some more of Tarquin's poetry in the Hub poetry section.


Birkbeck MA Alumnus Hannah Parry's debut novel Isabella Rockwell's War is now available. Read the first chapter in the Fiction section of the Writer's Hub. She is currently working on the sequel.


2 April 2012


Some exciting news from the Birkbeck MA Alumni:


Liz Fremantle has signed a three book deal with Michael Joseph Penguin for her fourth novel Queen's Gambit, which is a historical novel based on the life of Katherine Parr. It will be published early next year.


Mihaela Nicolescu has a story in Short Stack – a new anthology of pulp fiction written by women –


And Niki Aguirre has a new collection of short stories out called Terminal Romance published by Flipped Eye. Read more...



Isabella Rockwell's War
Hannah Parry

Tarquin Landseer Poetry
Tarquin Landseer

Finding Form: Writing 'Terminal Romance'
Niki Aguirre


The Writers' Hub becomes MIROnline
Melanie Jones

Student/Alumni News & Achievements
Hub Editor

Stoke Newington Literary Festival: 6-8 June
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