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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.

January Hubbub Round-Up

The first Hubbub of 2013 got off to a roaring start last Monday night. Tables were replaced by chairs to make more room and the basement was packed out.


Michelle Shine was first up and read a quietly hypnotic extract from her forthcoming debut novel, Mesmerised (Indigo Dreams), about Dr Paul Gachet, friend to painters such as Manet, Monet and Van Gogh and, like Michelle herself, a homeopath.


Actress, playwright, lecturer and MA Creative Writing student, Judy Hepburn read two poems: the strikingly vivid, Goats and an Untitled meditation on lust.


Next Fiona Melrose read Home Affairs, a non-fiction piece, part of a series of ‘love letters’ to the city of Johannesburg and Gilli Fryzer took a break from her first novel and MA in Children’s Literature and Creative Writing to read her poem, Full Circle, distilled from reflections on her mother’s death and her own birth.


Before the break, PhD Creative Writing student, Nadim Safdar read an excerpt from a new piece of work provisionally titled The Penultimate Act of Skip the Martyr in which the protagonist shaves himself while preparing for a terrible act.


After a brief tweaking of the microphone, special guest Natasha Soobramenien, who was unable to attend December’s Hubbub, kicked off the second part of the evening with a reading from her debut novel, Genie and Paul (Myriad Editions). As Luke Williams read in her place last time, regular Hubbub-goers have now been treated to two diverse selections from Natasha’s lyrical and dreamlike novel.


Our final reader of the evening was Katrina Naomi, who read from her first full collection of poetry, The Girl with the Cactus Handshake (Templar Poetry) as well as the intriguingly-titled shorter collection, Charlotte Brontë’s Corset. Her subjects ranged from Pinochet, fairground romance, growing up in Margate and, of course, Charlotte Brontë’s corset.


Recordings of the night’s readings are available in the Audio Section or click on the link on each person's name. 


The next Hubbub will take place on Monday 18 March 2013 with special guests, Anthony Joseph – poet, novelist and lecturer, and Prajwal Parajuly – author of The Gurkha’s Daughter.



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