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Hubbub Team
Hubbub Team

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

January Hubbub

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


Our January event will feature readings by Birkbeck students and alumni: Gilli Fryzer, Judy Hepburn, Fiona Melrose, Nadim Safdar and Michelle Shine, and they will be joined by special guests Natasha Soobramanien and Katrina Naomi.

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.

Katrina Naomi is a poet based in south London and is originally from Margate. She is working towards a Creative Writing PhD at Goldsmiths, with a focus on violence in poetry. Her first full collection, The Girl with the Cactus Handshake (Templar Poetry), was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council England writer's award.


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


Please read our submission guidelines below and send your submissions to


Submissions Deadline: Monday 14 January 2013


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  • Submissions should be unpublished.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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