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The Hubbub Team comprises Alison Hitchcock, Melanie Jones, and Katherine Vik.

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July Hubbub

The next Hubbub will take place on Monday 2 July, 7:30 pm at the Kings' Cross Social Club (2 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JE).


Our guest readers for this event are Richard Hamblyn, Anthony Joseph and Julia Bell.


Julia Bell is a novelist and Senior Lecturer on the Birkbeck Creative Writing Programme. She has published two novels, Massive and Dirty Work, both published by Macmillan in the UK. She also co-edited the bestselling Creative Writing Coursebook. Her latest project was a photo essay, entitled Street, made up from a selection of pictures taken of the streets of London between 2010-2012. Find her at


Poet, novelist, musician and lecturer Anthony Joseph was born in Trinidad and has lived in the UK since 1989. He is the author of several poetry collections including DesafinadoTeragaton, and Bird Head Son; a spoken word CD Liquid Textology: Readings From The African Origins of UFOs; and a novel: The African Origins of UFOs. His new album with the Spasm Band Rubber Orchestras was released in September 2011 followed by his new poetry collection of the same title in October, published by Salt.


Richard Hamblyn’s books include The Invention of Clouds, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Terra: Tales of the Earth, a study of natural disasters, and Data Soliloquies, co-written with the digital artist Martin John Callanan. His anthology The Art of Science: A Natural History of Ideas, was published last year by Picador. He teaches on the BA Creative Writing at Birkbeck.


Please read our submission guidelines below and send your submissions to


Submissions Deadline: Friday 22 June 2012


Who can submit?

Please note that only students from Birkbeck’s creative writing courses, past and present, can submit work to Hubbub. If this means you are not eligible, we hope you will still join us as a member of the audience.


Submissions policy

  • Any Birkbeck creative writing student, both current and previous, BA, MA or Certificate, can submit work for consideration.
  • There is no restriction on the type of work. You can submit a complete short story or an extract, a novel extract, poetry, life writing, adapted screenplay etc.
  • Submissions should be unpublished. However, previously published work will be considered in some circumstances.
  • Length:
    Prose: up to 1500 words
    Poetry: up to 150 lines
  • The Hubbub team will decide which submissions to select and the running order of the night.
  • No editorial input will be provided. Work will be selected as it stands.
  • No significant changes can be made once the work has been selected.
  • You should submit only one piece of work per event (or a selection of poems up to 150 lines). However, you can submit to as many Hubbub events as you wish, whether or not your previous submissions have been selected.
  • Please make sure you are happy with your work before you submit it. The team reserves the right not to accept an updated, replacement version, even if it arrives before the deadline.
  • Submissions should be sent as an attachment to
  • You will be advised whether your submission has been selected at least one week before the event.

Selected work

Selected work will be read at the next event.

If your work is selected, you will be asked to provide a brief biography (up to 100) words, to include on a handout and publish on the website.

Subject to the author's permission, a podcast of the reading may be made available on the website. Copyright remains with the individual author.



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