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Hubbub Team

The Hubbub Team comprises Alison Hitchcock, Melanie Jones, and Katherine Vik.

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October Hubbub

The next Hubbub will take place on Monday 14 October at 7:30 pm in the basement of The Harrison (28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF).

Our October Hubbub will be a Mechanics' Institute Review special and will feature stories from the tenth anniversary edition which will be published on the 26th of September. The line-up includes guest readers Amy Bird, Dave Wakely, Kavita Jindal, Gemma Thomas, Madeleine Reid and Joel Pearcey. Copies of MIR10 will be available to purchase on the night.

The Upstairs Room, Amy Bird

Amy Bird completed the six-month Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel' course in March 2012 and, at the time of writing this story, was in the second year of her Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck. Her debut novel, Yours is Mine, is being published by Carina UK (a digital imprint of Harlequin) in 2013. Aside from writing, she is a lawyer and a trustee of a theatre festival.  You can follow her @London_writer.


GJ 526.1A, Dave Wakely

Dave Wakely was raised in South London and Surrey before gaining a BA in English from Loughborough University. Since then, he has worked variously as a musician, a university administrator, a poetry librarian, a web developer and a learning materials author and editor in locations as disparate as Bucharest, Sofia and Milton Keynes. A part-time Birkbeck Creative Writing MA student, he also currently works as a blog writer/editor and journalist, focusing mostly on organisational development and the contemporary experience of workplace. A collector (and player) of stringed instruments and an enthusiastic home-cook whose kitchen is his sanctuary, he lives in Buckinghamshire with his civil partner and too many guitars.


When You Go, You Leave a Farce, Kavita Jindal

Kavita Jindal is the author of the critically-acclaimed poetry collection ‘Raincheck Renewed’ published by Chameleon Press. She also writes literary criticism and fiction. Her short story ‘A Flash of Pepper’ won the Vintage Books/Foyles ‘Haruki Murakami competition’ in January 2012. Her work has appeared in journals, anthologies and newspapers around the world including The Independent, The South China Morning Post, The Indian Express, Dimsum, Asia Literary Review, Cha, The Moth Magazine, The Yellow Nib, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry [by Indians] and Not A Muse. Her poems have been translated into German, Punjabi, Romanian and Arabic, and some poems have been set to music. After six years of research and writing her first novel is now complete.


Roxburgh, Gemma Thomas 

Gemma Thomas has a BA in Literature from the University of Durham, and graduated from the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA in 2011. She has lived in London for several years, and has also spent time in Jerusalem and Madrid. She has read her work at the Open Arts Café, blogs at and is working on a novel about the disappearance of a teenage girl.


Rock Paper Scissors, Maddy Reid

Madeleine Reid lives in London, but wants to live somewhere her son won't be able to hail black cabs. She is currently completing her MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck and is working on a collection of short stories. She wrote interminable plays as a child, one of which was the inspiration for a Radio 3 play. It looked at the question of why Van Gogh cut off his ear. She still hasn't been able to answer this.


The Mainland, Joel Pearcey 

Joel Pearcey was born in 1980 and lived the first seven years of his life on the Welsh-English border. The rest of his childhood and adolescence was spent in New Zealand, Australia and China. He moved to London in 2004 and now lives in Brighton with his partner and their three children.


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