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For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

In the second edition of our new review section, Phillip Clement casts his keen eye over the debut novel of writer N. Quentin Woolf.

Read his review of The Death of the Poet.

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Twelvish

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Issue Twelve – Illustration by Josh Neal

It’s September, time for Open Pen Issue Twelve.

In its pages you will find N Quentin Woolf going all cogito ergo sum in his latest column for Open Pen. We’ve also got a look at London’s Skoob Books. One of our stockists, and lunchtime favourite booksellers, courtesy of our new publishing assistant Stacie Dexter.

Our cover story is courtesy of the young and talented first-time submitter Lo Fontaine. Her story Envelope: Blue is an outstanding debut from someone we think will go from strength to strength in their literary endeavours.

We’ve also got new and exciting writing from New Zealander Sile Mannion, Scotsman Ben Whitfield, East Londoner David Mortimer, Londoner Mazin Saleem and Glaswegian Carl Thompson. We’ve also included a collection of our favourite Little Printer shorts from the last few months.

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Joao Cerqueira – Author of The Tragedy of Fidel Castro

Privileged, also, to announce that João Cerqueira, author of the USA Best Book (Multicultural) winning The Tragedy of Fidel Castro provides the guest editorial.

Open Pen Issue Twelve will hit shops near you Friday, 26th September, with more stockists than ever.

Stockists:

EAST LONDON

NORTH LONDON

SOUTH LONDON

WEST/CENTRAL LONDON

OTHER

Grammar Monsters

Grammar Monsters

Adventures In Grammarland

Adventures In Grammarland is the new book by co-authors Paul Georgiou & Chris Prendergast. Here Paul talks about his influences and gives us a little inside information.

Independently verified

Independently verified

We’re now reviewing independently published books, or books from small imprints, or just those of literary risk that we felt wouldn’t get a look in elsewhere. This month our resident reviewist Phillip Clement looks at Guerilla Books release ‘Ink’.

Read review of Marc G Montry’s ‘Ink’

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Poe; Captain Woe, once said: “In criticism, I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe.”

Fundraiser

Fundraiser

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 Let the words do the work for this crowdfunding campaign. Poor old Martin can’t even raise a smile…

Bystander

Bystander

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The fourth article in Ariell G.’s Train Stories series arrives just in time. Read it here.

Voice

Voice

James Bruce May

“A breath of wind…” James Bruce May stares into the barrel of submission.

Get involved

Get involved

PaulMcVeigh

Read Paul McVeigh’s rallying cry to all short story lovers.

Verse

Verse

SarahPerry

Have a gander at Open Pen’s recent interview with poet Sarah Perry. Here she talks about her career to date and the opportunities open to new writers.

PLAY ON WORDS

PLAY ON WORDS

Enjoying Issue Eleven? We hope so. Can’t find us? Let us know and we’ll get a restock out to your local bookshop.

In the meantime, take a look at a miniplay we put on in February to celebrate ten issues of Open Pen.

Published from Open Pen on Vimeo.

 
Massive thanks and congratulations on a fine performance to actors Harriet Green, Helen Booth, Lawrence Russell.

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