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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 10 March at 7:30pm in the basement of The Harrison (28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF). The March Hubbub will feature special guests, Liane Strauss and Zoe Pilger.


In recognition of International Women's Day (Saturday 8 March) we will also be collecting donations for an anti-trafficking project called Voice of Freedom that supports African women who have escaped trafficking in the Sudan and Sinai as they speak about their lives through photography and text. If you'd like to make a donation online please click here. We will also be collecting cash donations on the night. (Read more about Voice of Freedom at the bottom of the page.)

Liane StraussLiane Strauss was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. She is the author of Leaving Eden (Salt, 2010) and Frankie, Alfredo, (Donut Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the US and the UK, including The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Magma and Poetry, and her work is represented in a number of anthologies, including The Art of Wiring, Drifting Down the Lane, The Poet's Quest for God and A Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction: Naso Was My Tutor. She teaches literature and creative writing at Birkbeck College, The Poetry School and The City Literary Institute and lives in North London with her two sons.

Zoe PilgerZoe Pilger is an art critic for The Independent and winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writer’s Prize. She has appeared on BBC Four’s The Review Show, Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, and Sky News. Zoe is currently completing a PhD on romantic love and sadomasochism in the work of contemporary female artists and writers at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she has also taught social and political theory. She graduated with a BA from Cambridge University in 2007 and an MA from Goldsmiths in 2010. The Bookseller describes Zoe's debut novel, Eat My Heart Out, as 'a romantic comedy without the romance; clever and biting, it is a satirical look at the narcissistic lives of twentysomethings in our post-post-feminist era.' Zoe grew up in London, where she still lives.


Please read our submission guidelines below and send your submissions to


Submissions Deadline: Monday 24 February 2014

Theme: International Women's Day


You don't have to be a woman to submit your writing for this event but we'd like to read work based on female characters or issues particularly affecting women. (You can interpret that as broadly as you like.)


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.





Voice of Freedom supports African women who have escaped trafficking in the Sudan and Sinai as they speak about their lives through photography and text. The goal of the project is to make space for the women to speak, on whatever subject and from whatever perspective they choose. The first phase of Voice of Freedom took place in October 2013 - three weeks of workshops with a group of women the Ma’agan (Harbour) Safe House for trafficked women in Petach Tikva, Israel. You can see some the powerful work created by the women here.

The Safe House shelters survivors of human trafficking. Most have escaped the Sinai torture camps, in northern Egypt. These camps are the ultimate destination of those who have been trafficked from Ethiopia and Eritrea through Sudan, being ‘bought’ and ‘sold’ many times along the way. The women are subjected to rape and torture, released only after their families or the international community pay ransom money to those who hold them captive. They are freed by the Egyptian border with Israel, which they cross, finding eventual refuge in the Safe House.

Voice of Freedom will hold an exhibition of the women's photographs at Amnesty International UK in London for a week from 20 March 2014. In the longer term we would like to run further workshops, and to continue supporting two of the participants as they return to begin a new life in Ethiopia. These two women - Desta Getaneh and Zenebech Zeleke - expressed a particularly strong wish to develop as community advocates against trafficking upon their return home, and we are now setting up a mentoring programme for them to help them achieve this goal. Any amount you can give, no matter how small, will go directly towards this work: click here to donate online.


For more information, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @VoiceFreedomPix.


A woman photographs the sea during the Voice of Freedom workshops (photo: Desta Getaneh)



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