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The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR) is a forum for the most exciting new writing in short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, and now in Podcast form. Find us at mironline.org

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The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR) is a forum for the most exciting new writing in short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, and now in Podcast form. Find us at mironline.org

    Author Not Present ep.1 - Twenty Minutes

    Author Not Present ep.1 - Twenty Minutes

    Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces.

    In the first episode, they discuss 'Twenty Minutes' - a story of loss and friendship. Listen to find out what they liked and what they thought could be improved as they deal with structure all the way down to pedantic line-editing.

    We highly encourage you to read the story before listening to the episode so you can follow along.

    To do so go to mironline.org/anptwentyminutes where you'll also find the show notes.

    • 54 min
    MIR #12 with James Mitchell and Kate Ellis - Brick Lane Bookshop

    MIR #12 with James Mitchell and Kate Ellis - Brick Lane Bookshop

    In the twelfth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles is in Brick Lane Bookshop with the winner of their short story prize James Mitchell, and the head of the prize, Kate Ellis. They discuss what it takes to craft a winning short story, issues surrounding writing the 'other', and helpful advice on entering the 2020 short story prize.

    For show notes go to: mironline.org/podcastbricklanebookshop

    • 41 min
    MIR #11 with The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury - Everyday Poetry

    MIR #11 with The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury - Everyday Poetry

    In the eleventh episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to Elizabeth Dearnly and Michael Eades about their project The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury. They discuss how the project came about, bringing the private into the public space, and keeping a diary. Oh, there is also the mystery of The Bird Man.

    For show notes go to: mironline.org/podcastsecretdiaryofbloomsbury/

    • 24 min
    MIR #10 with Julia Bell - The Creative Writing Coursebook

    MIR #10 with Julia Bell - The Creative Writing Coursebook

    In the tenth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to author Julia Bell about the republication of The Creative Writing Coursebook. They discuss how the coursebook came about, the perennial question of whether writing can be taught, and the influence of the digital on creative writing.

    For show notes go to: mironline.org/podcastjuliabell

    • 21 min
    MIR #9 with Toby Litt - Patience

    MIR #9 with Toby Litt - Patience

    In the ninth episode of the MIR Podcast, Angèle Eliane talks to author Toby Litt about his latest novel, Patience. They discuss why the novel took 12 years to write, the importance of finding a voice, and coping with other peoples' success.



    For show notes go to: mironline.org/podcasttobylitt/

    • 33 min
    MIR #8 with Sean Preston and Joe Johnston - Open Pen

    MIR #8 with Sean Preston and Joe Johnston - Open Pen

    In the eighth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to author Sean Preston and Joe Johnston about their literary magazine Open Pen. Sean and Joe explain how the magazine came about, why they'll take a risk on new writers, and publishing the stories others might not. 

    For show notes go to: mironline.org/podcastopenpen

    • 29 min

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