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Hubbub: The Mechanics’ Institute Review Special

Hubbub returns on Monday the 26th of October, 7:30 for 8pm in the basement of The Harrison (28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF), for a Mechanics’ Institute Review special featuring stories from the twelfth edition. Costa Short Story Award winner, Zoe Gilbert, headlines a group of guest authors including, Clive Parish, Stefanie Seddon, Michael Button, Deborah Martin, Alison Hitchcock, and Luke Tredget. Copies of MIR12 will be available to purchase on the night.


Zoe Gilbert’s short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. Her work has won prizes from Lightship and the British Fantasy Society amongst others; most recently, her story “Fishskin, Hareskin” won the Costa Short Story Award 2014. Zoe is currently working on her first folklore-inspired collection of stories, which will form part of her PhD on the short story at the University of Chichester. She lives in London, where she runs a writers’ critique group and co-hosts the Word Factory short-story club. Follow Zoe on Twitter @mindandlanguage.


Clive Parish is a writer and journalist who lives in the wilds of Buckinghamshire. His career began while he was still a postman, when he’d cycle around his patch after work rooting out stories for the local newspapers. He’s been a reporter, sub-editor and editor on papers from London to Manchester, and on the nationals he has subbed for Daily Express features and for The Times, where he pulled the Weekend Money section together each week. He has written numerous magazine articles on popular science, and contributed features on travel and sport for the International Herald Tribune. More recently he worked in corporate communications for Inmarsat, the global satellite-communications company, latterly as Head of Digital. He is currently studying to master the art of storytelling at Birkbeck.


Stefanie Seddon grew up on a farm in New Zealand. She moved to London after completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Otago, and spent the next fifteen years working in the City. She currently lives in the East Sussex countryside with her young family and is studying for the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck. Stefanie is working on a collection of short stories inspired by the high-country landscapes and rural communities of her native New Zealand. “Arrowtown” is set against this backdrop.


Michael Button was born in Glasgow and lives in London. He is studying for the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, graduating 2016, with a particular interest in genre fiction. During his life he has done a number of things for money – software development, DJing and teaching (swimming, English as a foreign language and probability theory). “Hardscrabble” is his first published piece of fiction. He can be contacted at


Deborah Martin has just completed her first year as a Creative Writing MA student at Birkbeck. She grew up in East Kilbride in the west of Scotland and studied at both the University of Cardiff and Glasgow Caledonian University. She has worked as a teacher in Canada, Thailand and Scotland, and has written for various Scottish arts magazines. Her fiction has previously appeared in Cadenza. Currently, she lives in Brighton where she works as a copywriter and performs poetry regularly at open-mic nights.


Alison Hitchcock is Managing Editor of the Word Factory, as well as running her own business consultancy. She has just completed a Master’s in Creative Writing at Birkbeck. She was runner-up in the inaugural SASH Writing Competition and is published in their anthology, Homeless (Stairwell Books, 2015). Her work has also appeared in Every Day Fiction and The Interpreter’s House, as well as on the Writers’ Hub. Alison is now working on her first novel, a story wickedly subverting the conventions of family drama when a teenage boy comes to live with his career-hungry aunt in London.


Luke Tredget works in international development and disaster response, primarily for the Red Cross. He has been writing fiction for five years and his first novel, Elation, was shortlisted for the 2013 Luke Bitmead Bursary, organised by Legend Press. He began the Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck in 2014 and is currently working on his second novel.



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