A LOVE OF ART

By Toby Roebuck I could capture a glance, freeze a smile, find emotion in the stoniest of faces, but I could never paint two people next to each other. Cheeks drooped. Eyes

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London’s Open Pen

The Open Pen Issue Nineteen is an austere brown. We’ve ditched the uncoated covers this time round for a satin laminate. It is an ode to the eighties. Cover author Rob True said it remind him of his runaround Vauxhall Viva from that decade. I too had a brown car in the eighties. Or at least my mum did. When I think of that Skoda I think of sitting in a queue of smog waiting

ISSUE NINETEEN OUT SOON

And it’s brown. Yes, brown. Poo coloured. But also chocolate. In Issue Nineteen you’ll find cover author Rob True, Holly Watson, Craig Ledoux, Siobhan Denton, Susannah Heffernan, a guest editorial from Farhana Shaikh,

PODCAST: Pencast: Episode 1

“A BRANCH MADE OF AUDIO” (listen here – Podbean) (listen here – iTunes) Fiction: ‘Gettier Problems’ by XANTHI BARKER Fiction: ‘Haunted’ by ROB TRUE Fiction: LIVE- ‘Coventry Conch’ by HOLLY WATSON Poetry:

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There was barking. A whole lot of barking. And I’d had a glass or two with lunch and I was laid back on my bed. My wife started screaming. My son called

REVIEW

SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS (Scott is up for an award – vote for him here) SIGNAL FAILURE  (INFLUX PRESS)  BY TOM JEFFREYS Tom Jeffreys is a journalist/writer/curator with a strong interest in the contemporary

VOTE SCOTT

The following is a word from our resident bush-pissing reviewer Scott Manley Hadley  *       *       * PLEASE VOTE FOR SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY AS BEST REVIEWER AT SABOTEUR AWARDS 2017 Scott Manley Hadley is Open Pen’s resident indie books reviewer and he’s been shortlisted in the Best Reviewer category at this year’s Saboteur Awards. To win this prestigious award, however, he needs YOUR HELP, as he’s up against people who write

REVIEW

SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS HAPPY ENDING NOT GUARANTEED  (ARACHNE PRESS)  BY LIAM HOGAN Liam Hogan’s Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed is a collection of short stories fresh and new from Arachne Press. With only 156

Perpetual Margaux

By Adam Kelly Morton Producer Gaston Chevrey called me at a time when I was dead poor. Nearly all of my three-hundred or so dollars a week I was making as a

Footnotes to l’Amour / Double Take

By Alice Wooledge Salmon Footnotes to l’Amour 1 — When ‘I’ll be there!’ (most promising words in the English language) has mutated to betrayal, the imposter’s birthday text, his 3-month, 6-month messages

HE’S BECOME ADDICTED TO GREEN TEA and other flash fiction stories

By Santino Prinzi *           *           * He’s Become Addicted to Green Tea Not only has my boyfriend become addicted to green tea,

POETRY BY OPEN PEN

WE DO NOT ACCEPT POETRY PLEASE DO NOT SEND US POETRY WE DO NOT PUBLISH POETRY IN OUR PRINT RAG WE DO NOT PUBLISH POETRY ON THIS WEBSITE WE KNOW THAT YOU

OUT NOW

OPEN PEN ISSUE EIGHTEEN is out now and in bookshops. Find out more.

GREASE GUN

By Harry Gallon Stephanie stood in the workshop doorway, holding the padlock, sucking the key. Before she crossed the garden to the workshop she stood by the fireplace, looked out of the

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