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

FALSIES

By Gary Budden Somewhere near the Hoo Peninsula, back in 98. It’s like I’m still right there and I never really left. After the gig in Gravesend, we were cornered on the

Budden Parties

Gary Budden is one half – often cited as the better half – of Influx Press. He is also short storying his way through fiction currently, with a good few neat short stories in the last couple

Okojie Parties

That there Open Pen Summer Party is just under two weeks away (Wed, Aug 16, 7pm!) and we’re several kinds of chuffed that the magnetic Ireneson Okojie is reading from one of our favourite short story collections

Eleanor

by Harris Anders Parties Remember those student parties that we used to go to, Eleanor? Which took place each week, with the same people, more or less?. The same university friends, sometimes

MONTGOMERY ROAD and other stories

Montgomery Road I liked the way Montgomery felt in my mouth, like a sweet. Mont like a mountain, gom like a French eraser. I always loved that word, gomme. It was just

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

P-A-R-T-W-H-Y

TONIGHT WED, AUG 16 OPEN PEN SUMMER PARTY, at our favourite venue, the Jamboree, Limehouse, East London. TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – £6 7pm doors, 7:45 showtime. Featuring LIVE JAZZ FROM THE OPEN PEN HOUSE BEAT JAZZ BAND AND SPECIAL GUESTS VICE QUINTET Readings from: Irenosen Okojie Author of short fiction collection ‘Speak Gigantular‘ (Jaracanda Books) Gary Budden Reading from his debut fiction collection ‘Hollow Shores‘ (Dead Ink) And Open Pen authors: Rob True Leo X

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,

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