PODCAST: PENCAST: EPISODE 2

“FOUNTAINS & SIRENS” (listen here – Podbean) (listen here – iTunes) Fiction: ‘THE LETTER’ by ANITA PONTON Fiction: ‘MAGIC MADNESS’ by ROB TRUE Fiction: ‘SOME PEOPLE JUST HAVE A TINY PROBLEM IN THEIR HEART’

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By James Miller Today, we finally reached the much anticipated San Luis valley. For weeks we’ve been watching the footage on YouTube of the UFO, as Jake sees it, or just the

JOE JOHNSTON: LIT RAGS

Continuity I am often surprised by the way in which life pushes a person forward. Sometimes it happens so naturally that it almost feels like a passive experience, were it not for

REVIEW: Nasty Women

SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS NASTY WOMEN  (404 Ink)  BY VARIOUS 404 Ink is a Scottish, independent publisher, and Nasty Women is a 2017 collection of essays that aims to describe “what it is to

THE THURSDAY CLUB

By Elissa Soave Death is not like the weather or joint trouble, which interest only the very old. Nor is it like One Direction or acne control, which are of concern only

PLENTY

Twenty issues of Open Pen has brought us close to a hundred short stories from almost as many fiction writers. Here’s the latest additions to the Open Pen archive: ISSUE TWENTY Louisa Adjoa Parker – ‘Of Knives and Men’ Jim Gibson – ‘Oddments’ Dan Coxon – ‘The Worst Place in The World’ Jonnie McAloon – Something to Talk About’ Gerard McKeown – ‘The Company of Moths’ Katherine Orton – ‘The Romance of Scorpions’ Simon Pinkerton – Vicious centre of the capitalist South, here you will find nothing soft’

REVIEW

SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS SEALED  (DEAD INK BOOKS)  BY NAOMI BOOTH Dead Ink Books: 2017, rrp £9.99 order here innit innit innit Sealed is Naomi Booth’s second book, following the 2016 Saboteur Award-winning

TWENTY

We’ve made it to Twenty issues. Fair old slog, that. In that time we’ve got really old. We are the dog that sleeps for 23 hours a day. Our editorial meetings, once

A Lonesome Snow Leopard

Inspiration hits him like a spray of shotgun pellets to the face. That’s good—he’ll use it in a poem. He writes all night in a chasm of creation. He is deep—Marianas Trench

REVIEW: MOVING KINGS BY JOSHUA COHEN

WITHOUT EXCITEMENT THERE CANNOT BE LOVE Between reading the majority of Moving Kings (Joshua Cohen, published July 2017 by Fitzcarraldo Editions) and sitting down to write this review, I’ve had a massive

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