The Mechanics' Institute Review
|The Mechanics' Institute Review|
|Publisher||Birkbeck, University of London|
The Mechanics' Institute Review (also known by the abbreviation MIR) is an annual literary anthology published by Birkbeck, University of London, as part of its MA Creative Writing course. The MIR Project Director is Julia Bell.
The publication owes its name to the institution which publishes the title, Birkbeck, University of London. The first Mechanics' Institute in London was founded in 1823 by George Birkbeck. "Mechanics" then meant "skilled artisans", and the purpose of the Institute was to instruct them in the principles behind their craft.
The first MIR was published in 2004. Originally limited to MA students' short stories and novel extracts, MIR has also included work by published authors, from Issue 3 onwards. These include Ali Smith, Toby Litt, Rose Tremain, Joyce Carol Oates, T. C. Boyle, Dubravka Ugrešić, Courttia Newland, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Peter Ho Davies, Jean McNeil and David Foster Wallace.
Issue 1 
Editors: Lamya Al-Khraisha, Sally Hinchcliffe, Alessandra Sartore, Amanda Schiff, Sue Tyley, Cathy Wasson and Rachel Wright.
Contributors: Lamya Turki Hadeetha Al-Khraisha, Heidi Amsinck, Jonathan Catherall, Tamsin Cottis, Paul Daly, Liz Fremantle, Nadine Grieve, Sally Hinchcliffe, Alison Huntington, Anne Koch, Basil Lawrence, Matthew Loukes, Michael Mayhew, Helen Pike, Alessandra Sartore, Amanda Schiff, Sue Tyley, Sophie Warne, Cathy Wasson, William Weinstein, Heather Williams and Rachel Wright.
Issue 2 
Editors: Heidi Amsinck, Mary-Louise Buxton, Tamsin Cottis, Nadine Grieve, Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, Basil Lawrence, Shaun Levin, Frances Merivale, Mihaela Nicolescu, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and William Weinstein.
Contributors: Niki Aguirre, Caroline Annis, Mary-Louise Buxton, Gail Campbell, Vittorio D'Alessio, Rowena Dunn, Nicola Field, Sam Hudson, Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, Shaun Levin, Sara Macintosh, Alison Heathwood McCormack, Frances Merivale, Katie Morris, Mihaela Nicolescu, Allia Oswald, Nii Parkes, Nina Robertson, Patti Webb, Laura Weinert and Harry Whitehead.
Issue 3 
Editors: John Braime, Jonathan Catherall, Christine Hsu, Amy Popovich, Laura Peters and Victor Schonfeld.
Contributors: Lisa Appignanesi, Neil Baker, T. Coraghessan Boyle, John Braime, Jonathan Catherall, Dorothy Crossan, Harriet Fisher, Grahame Gladin, Emma Henderson, Christine Hsu, Mariko Iwasaki, Kavita Jindal, Jamie Joseph, Sarah Jane Marshall, Courttia Newland, Christina Papamichael, Laura Peters, Amy Popovich, Kate Pullinger, Robert Royston, Lenya Samanis, Victor Schonfeld, Franca Torrano, Dubravka Ugrešić and Maggie Womersley.
Issue 4 
Editors: Gabriela Blandy, Jill McGivering, Jennifer Payne, Elizabeth Sarkany, James Vincent
Contributors: David Bezmozgis, Danny Birchall, Gabriela Blandy, Nadia Crandal, Zoe Fairbairns, Tom Gauld, Jaime Hernandez, Parselelo Kantai, Rohan Kar, Nik Korpon, Jill McGivering, Jennifer Payne, Samanthi Perera, T. Rawson, Lucy Roeber, Rosie Rogers, Paul Ryan, Elizabeth Sarkany, Michelle Singh, David John Soulsby, Rose Tremain, James Vincent, David Foster Wallace, Hilary Wilce and Laura Williams.
Issue 5 
Editors: Pippa Griffin, Keith Jarrett, Cynthia Langley, Philip Makatrewicz, Josh Raymond
Contributors: Thea Bennett, Gul Y. Davis, Jon Elsom, Albert Garcia, Pippa Griffin, Anupama Kumari Gohel, Anna Hope, Alison Huntington, J.D. Keith, Olja Knezevic, Cynthia Medford Langley, Toby Litt, Philip Makatrewicz, Paul Martin, Josh Raymond, Sarah Salway, Thomas Jerome Seabrook, Ali Smith, Melissa de Villiers, Matthew Weait.
Issue 6 
Editors: S.J. Ahmed, Ingrid Glienke, Jacqueline Haskell, Caroline Macaulay, Tamara Pollock, Deirdre Shanahan, Sarah Walcott
Contributors: David Savill, M.L. Stedman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anna Baggaley, Emily Cleaver, Maggie Womersley, Anna Ackland, Sue Gedge, Peter Ho Davies, Graham Hodge, Richard English, Mary Irene Masaba, Josh Raymond, Moira Sharpe, David Queva, Russell Celyn Jones, Joanna Ingham, Chris Lilly, Kavita Jindal, Richard Milward, Margi Williams, Jon Elsom, Carol Wong, Lesley Saunders, Thea Bennett, K.K. Dayal.
Issue 7 
Editors: Farzana Ahmad, Alan Baban, Valeria Melchioretto, Catherine O'Connor, Esther Poyer, Rhiannon Smith, Rachel Withers
Contributors: Jules Grant, Felicity Francis, George Lewkowicz, Laura Tapsfield, Stephen J. Vowles, David Foster Wallace, Daniel Bourke, S.J Ahmed, Barbara Bleiman, Xavier Leret, Salena Godden, John Lucas, Elizabeth Sarkany, Liz Fremantle, Sadie McKenzie, Cordelia Feldman, Aaron Cox, Bernardine Evaristo, Nicholas Hogg, Charlie Fish, Hannah Parry, Tamara Pollock, Katherine Woodrow.
Issue 8 
Editors: Greta Burgio, Anna Corbett, Miguel Fernandes, Ceia Emma Lever, Megan Orpwood-Russell, Samira Salihu, Veena Sharma.
Contributors: Fiona Melrose, Daniel Bourke, Chris Adrian, Xavier Leret, David Peter Burns, Karin Salvalaggio, Tim Graves, Kevin Barry, Maggie Womersley, Rosie Allabarton, Charlotte Beeston, Barbara Bleiman, Damien Doorley, John Lucas, Anna Baggaley, Julius Pasteiner, Mary Bracht, Thaddeus Hickman, Amit Chaudhuri, Kirty Topiwala, Tanya Datta, Mihaela Nicolescu, Genevieve Herr, Louise Lee.
Issue 9 
ISBN 978-0954793395, Published in September 2012 Illustrations by Lucy Jones
Editors: Sue Betney, Dane Buckley, Sarah Cumming, Natalie Fletcher, Marlowe Harris, Zoë Ranson, Antonia Reed.
Contributors: Terence James Eeles, Jamie M-Richards, Phoebe Blatton, Lucy Hume, Jenn Ashworth, Paul Flack, Julia Bell, Susan Greenhill, Phil Gilbert, Veena Sharma, Rachel Withers, Alison MacLeod, Jack Wilkes, Tanya Datta, Erinn Kindig, Thaddeus Hickman, Chris Lilly, Nick Alexander, Victoria Grigg, M.J. Whistler, Nadim Safdar, Maggie Womersley, Alexander Knights.
Issue 10 
Coming soon! Due to be published September 2013. Celebrating 10 years of The Mechanic's Institute Review.