Corkscrew – Calling all Practice-based School of Arts Students

Calling all practice-based research students in the School of Arts!

We would like to invite you to ‘Corkscrew’, a network of PhD students who are carrying out practice-related doctoral research at Birkbeck.

In 2013-14 we will be hosting termly student-led seminars (for practice-based research students to present their work for feedback), termly events with guest speakers and a collaborative presentation of students’ work in the Peltz gallery at 43 Gordon Square.

The first student-led seminar will be on Monday 11 November, 6-8pm in the room 112, 43 Gordon Square). This will be a chance for you to learn about each other’s practice, share resources and identify topics you want to discuss.

Contact Sophie Hope if you would like to attend.
Dr Sophie Hope
Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck College

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The New Union – online literary magazine

We are pleased to announce the recent launch of The New Union, an online literary magazine covering all manner of interesting topics.

You can visit us at and now follow us on Twitter @the_new_union

Despite an overwhelming response to our first call for papers, we are still seeking guest articles for online publication.

We welcome articles on any and all literary subjects and genres, and from any period in history.

We also invite articles that look at current news, events, politics, etc and connect them with literary topics past and present.

Articles should be approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length.

The only stipulation is that every article must be interesting and unique. No dull, academically formal articles required! We want funny, irreverent, and witty articles (unless your specialist subject is death, in which case you are excused!).

We particularly welcome articles about unknown themes, writers, and texts.

If you have any short stories or poems that you would like us to publish, please send them in.

The magazine will also attempt to run a series on literary festivals and events. If you have been or are going to an event in the near future, please let us know what you would like to report on.

Email the editor with ideas and suggestions (

The Editor


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Writer’s Hub – Fiction and Poetry submissions

Dear Research Students,

Welcome to (or welcome back to) Birkbeck, hope you’ve had a good summer. We’d like to introduce you to (or remind you about) the Birkbeck Writers’ Hub website.

The Birkbeck Writers’ Hub is an interactive web portal which aims to provide a platform for high-quality new writing, a forum for the exchange of ideas & a library of resources for writers. This site is managed by MACW Senior Lecturer, Julia Bell, and BACW 4th year student, Rebecca Rouillard, and maintained and edited by a rotating group of Birkbeck students, alumni and staff.

There are several ways to keep up with everything that is happening on the Writers’ Hub:

Join our Mailing ListClick here
(Students are not automatically added to our mailing list – you need to sign up.)

Like our Facebook
Follow us on Twitter@writershub
Look at the

We accept submissions of fiction and poetry. You can read our submission guidelines on the website. We’d really like to be able to showcase Birkbeck students’ work so we’d would encourage you to submit at Literary Agents regularly scout the site for new talent and several students have so far attracted agent representation as a consequence of being published on the Writers’ Hub.

We’d also love to hear from you if you are interested in blogging for us, writing book reviews, if you have an idea for a feature, or if you’d just like to help with the site generally. You can email Rebecca at

We also run live reading events under the banner of ‘Hubbub’ – students can submit creative work and have an opportunity to read their work alongside invited guest authors and poets. Our next event is a Mechanics’ Institute Review 10 showcase on Monday the 14th of October at The Harrison. We’d love to see you there…

Julia Bell (Project Director)
& Rebecca Rouillard (Managing Editor)
Writers’ Hub

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