Virtual MIRLive

Thrilled that the lovely folk at The Mechanics Institute Review have chosen my (very) short story, ‘At the End of the Meal’, for their first virtual MIRLive event, taking place this Friday, July 10th at 7.30pm.

Focusing on the theme of ‘Emergence’, the evening will be hosted by Kayleigh Cassidy and Alex Petropolous, and I’ll be reading alongside writers, Oisin Breen, Miki Lentin, Tom McColl, Adrian Higgins and Mary Brown.

If you’d like to come along, please visit

10 Housebound Creative Writing Prompts from my Twitter account (@meganjstaylor)

Using your home as a setting…

1) Write a tourist guide/brochure to your home, promoting all its finest, and weirdest, original features

2) Describe your home as if it’s haunted

3) Imagine that the fairies at the bottom of the garden are invading

4) Use your kitchen as a setting for a passionate love scene (what appliances and handy utensils might be involved?)

5) Imagine finding a stash of 500 toilet rolls in your partner’s wardrobe

6) Describe your living room as a crime scene

7) Write about your toilet as if it’s become a portal to an alien dimension

8) Concentrate on a single mirror. Who/what is looking back?

9) Describe your home, or the land it stands on, as it might have looked 150 years ago

10) Imagine stepping out through your front door six months from now. What happens next?

During Lockdown

If your writing group would like to attempt an online fiction workshop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required

I hope that you’re all doing okay out there. Keep reading and keep writing and keep as sane as you can, but most of all stay safe and well.