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Hubbub Team
Hubbub Team

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

March Hubbub

The next Hubbub will take place on Monday 18 March at 7:30 pm in the basement of The Harrison (28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF).


Our March event will feature readings by Birkbeck students and alumni: Helen Bode, Amanda Crane, Gwen Sayers, Eamon Somers and Dave Wakely, and they will be joined by special guests Anthony Joseph and Prajwal Parajuly.

Anthony Joseph is a Trinidad-born poet, novelist, musician and lecturer. In 2004, he was chosen by Decibel and the Arts Council of England as one of 50 writers who have influenced the Black-British writing canon over the past 50 years. He is the author of four poetry collections; Desafinado (1994), Teragaton (1998), Bird Head Son (2009) and Rubber Orchestras (2011) and a novel The African Origins of UFOs which was published in 2006. Joseph lectures in creative writing at Birkbeck College and recently completed a PhD at Goldsmiths College with a focus on Caribbean life writing. He performs internationally and is the lead vocalist for his band The Spasm Band with which he has released three critically acclaimed albums. In 2012 Joseph represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Poetry Parnassus Festival on London’s South Bank. He lives in London.

Prajwal Parajuly – the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother – divides his time between New York and Oxford, England, but disappears to Gangtok, his hometown in the Indian Himalayas, at every opportunity. His short story collection The Gurkha's Daughter was published by Quercus in January 2013, parts of which were written while he was a writer-in-residence at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.


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


Please read our submission guidelines below and send your submissions to


Submissions Deadline: Monday 4 March 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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On Writing Short Stories
Prajwal Parajuly

Anthony Joseph at Hubbub
Anthony Joseph


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February Hubbub
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