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Hubbub Team

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

The Kingdom by Colin Teevan (Soho Theatre)
December Hubbub

The next Hubbub will take place on Monday 10 December at 7:30 pm in the basement of The Harrison (28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF).


Our Christmas event will feature readings by the following Birkbeck students and alumni: Amy Bird, Jeremy Curtis, Tarquin Landseer, Karin Salvalaggio and Shereen Tadros, and they will be joined by special guests Natasha Soobramanien and Colin Teevan.


Natasha Soobramanien studied English at Hull University and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She was a winner in the short story category of the Bridport Prize in 2009 and wrote two chapters of Luke Williams' debut novel, The Echo Chamber, winner of the Saltire Society’s Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2011. Natasha's debut novel Genie and Paul was published my Myriad Editions in August 2012. She was born in London, where she now lives.


Colin Teevan’s plays include How Many Miles to Basra? (West Yorkshire Playhouse, winner of Clarion Award Best New Play 2006), Amazonia (with Paul Heritage for the Young Vic), The Diver and The Bee (both with Hideki Noda for Soho Theatre and Setagaya Theatre, Tokyo), Monkey! (Young Vic, Dundee Rep and West Yorkshire), Missing Persons: Four Tragedies and Roy Keane (Assembly Rooms and Trafalgar Studios) Alcmaeon in Corinth (Live! Theatre, Newcastle) and The Walls (National Theatre). His adaptations include Kafka’s Monkey (Young Vic, Wharf, Sydney and Malthouse, Mebourne), Don Quixote (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Peer Gynt (National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep and Barbican) and Svejk. His translations include Bacchai (National Theatre), Iph… (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Cuckoos and Marathon (Gate Theatre). Colin has written over ten plays for BBC Radios 3 and 4 and is an Artistic Associate of West Yorkshire Playhouse. Colin's latest play The Kingdom is currently running at Soho Theatre.


There is no entry charge but any donations towards the running of future events would be much appreciated. Copies of Natasha's book Genie and Paul will be on sale.


Please read our submission guidelines below and send your submissions to


Submissions Deadline: Monday 26 November 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 and a photo, 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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