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Hubbub Team
Hubbub Team

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

December Hubbub

The next Hubbub will take place on Monday 9 December at 7:30 pm in the basement of The Harrison (28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF).


Our December Hubbub will feature Birkbeck Creative Writing students/alumni Narayani Guibarra, Alison Hitchcock, Tarquin Landseer, Esther Poyer and Dave Wakely, as well as our special guests, poet Astrid Alben and songwriter Julia Gray. This is the first time we will be featuring a music set at Hubbub and we're really looking forward to it.There is no entry charge but any donations towards the running of future events would be much appreciated.

Astrid Alben’s poetry collection Ai! Ai! Pianissimo is published by Arc Publications. Alben has been described as, “a new and original voice in English poetry, serious and uncompromising.” Her poetry, essays, translations and reviews are widely published, including in the TLS and Poetry Review, The Wolf, Stand and Poem. Her poems have been translated into Romanian and Chinese. She is currently working on her second collection. To hear her poems visit As co-founder of the arts and sciences initiative Pars, Alben is the editor of two anthologies, Findings on Ice and Findings on Elasticity, and curates site-specific events that are a mixture of theatre, scientific experiment and performance. Alben is Wellcome Trust Fellow and a RSA Fellow 2014.


Julia Gray was born in London. She spent her early childhood in Brussels and Oxford. Having wanted to be a writer from the moment she wrote her first composition on an Amstrad computer (ambitiously attempting to spell the word ‘croissants’, though not succeeding), she later considered becoming a cartoonist, a feminist, and a netball player.


Her teenage years were spent writing songs, playing the piano in darkened rooms and listening to Joni Mitchell, Tom Lehrer and Metallica. She co-wrote a musical that whimsically wondered what might happen if Trotsky returned from the grave, and played her first gig at the Kashmir Klub at the age of eighteen.


While studying Classics at UCL she co-founded the trip-hop band Second Person with Mark Maclaine and Alvaro Lopez, and over the next seven years they released three albums – Chromatography, The Elements, and Come to Dust. In 2008 Julia returned to acoustic music and recorded her solo album I Am Not The Night with producer Tristan Ivemy. Julia is also a Birkbeck MA Creative Writing student.


Please read our submission guidelines below and send your submissions to


Submissions Deadline: Monday 25 November 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 (+- 50 words) biography written in the 3rd person, 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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