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Carmel Shortall
Carmel Shortall

Carmel Shortall lives in London but grew up in Northern Ireland. She is currently doing the Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing at Birkbeck having previously studied Journalism there and she has a degree in Humanities from Middlesex University. Carmel is writing her first novel and hopes to progress to the MA Creative Writing when she has finished it. Once a year in August she goes crazy and tries to see and review 28 shows in 28 days during the Camden Fringe Festival.

October Hubbub Round-Up

The first Hubbub of the Autumn term quickly settled into its new home in the basement bar of The Harrison with the help of a lively crowd. 


MA Creative Writing student Mary Bracht read an excerpt of her novel, Cover the Sky, in which a young girl abandons her friend in a terrified bid to escape from marauding teenage boys. Second up was BA student, Narayani Guibarra, who gave us an animated reading of four poems –  'Stopping to Think'; 'Glimpse of Hope' (written from a first line given as part of a class exercise); a poem about chocolate called 'Off the Radar' and, finally, a poem dedicated to anyone who has travelled on the tube.


Two readings from the Mechanics’ Institute Review 9 followed. First Rachel Withers read her story, 'A Gift', about the relationship between a woman and her adoptive Japanese mother and the strange gift that ultimately binds them. 'Tryin’ to Hit It, Chic-a-Tah' , Chris Lilly’s story of a woman coping with empty-nest syndrome by rifling through her daughter’s music collection followed.


Next, PhD student, Ghazal Mosadeq, introduced the prelude to her novel set in a psychiatric ward in Tehran. It was beautifully read by actor and Queen Mary student, Garrett Turner.  Last to read – or perform – was MA Creative Writing alumnus George Lewkowicz (aka Superbard). He started with a story from his Edinburgh show about the teenage Superbard’s longing for love and finished with the strange tale of Dr Who and the Water.  


The next Hubbub will take place on Monday 10 December at 7:30 pm and will again be in the Harrison (28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF).


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