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Poem ‘Sex Tips for Literary Bad Boys’ taken from the forthcoming debut collection, Bad Boy Poet, available for pre-order now. Photography by Paul Rowland.

Bad Boy Poet, available for pre-order now

We are chuffed to announce that Bad Boy Poet, the debut poetry collection from Scott Manley Hadley is now available for pre-order here. Bad Boy Poet is a series of “confessional-style” poems describing the life of a confused and conflicted youngish man as he tries to work out who he is following a mental health crisis and the subsequent breakdown of a relationship. Also there’s loads about poo, illness, ageing, masculinity, Pierce Brosnan, sexuality and

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PENCAST 3: Poesy May 29, 2018 INTRO Sean Preston & Ian Green. Fiction – DEAD YARD by Maria Thomas @mariatwrites – LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE WINNING STORY Fiction – THE THURSDAY CLUB by Elissa

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By Patrick Tuck ‘The difficulty is,’ said Hastings, ‘we haven’t hit our targets.’ The glass office and the glass the desk. The city below and beside. Hastings wore a tie. John Benjamin

REVIEW: Our Dreams Might Align

Hey hey hey hey, that’s right, it’s time for another review from the eternally acclaimed book reviewer and “literary lifestyle blogger”, Scott Manley Hadley, and this time I’m giving you the gift

Ferris Wheel

By Neil Clark Then there was the romance between the carton of smoothie and me. It started innocently enough. I knocked it over and it said, “Stop looking at my bottom.” When

SAWDUST

By Ellie Broughton It started small, at first. The bed was a bit crunchier than before. There was sometimes wet sawdust, like a porridge, in the shower tray. She had a few

GREEN + ORANGE + WHAT

OPEN PEN ISSUE TWENTY-ONE – OUT APRIL 21. Should be a big year for Open Pen, we’re publishing a poetry collection by Scott Manley Hadley. It’s a real book because it has a spine. Just like Scott’s poetry. Marshmallow hot choc copywriting aside, this really is a big year for us, we’ve got a few novelettes up our sleeve and we should be able to let you know more about that in the coming months,

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REVIEW: River

SCOTT MANLEY HADLEY REVIEWS RIVER  (Fitzcarraldo Editions)  BY ESTHER KINSKY (translated Iain Galbraith) OR, PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY IS RIGHT WING Reviewed by Scott Manley Hadley, MA Hons, BA Hons, Poet, Lover, Fighter, Man (not in that

On the Last Rebellion

To be invaded is a penetration. If not bodily, by blade or flesh, then mentally by a wiping of history, a corrosion of culture, a banishing of the familiar. Invasion takes more

New Start

I don’t know why I let ‘em talk me into coming out. Having to pay to get in a fuckin’ pub. Liberty. I hate this shit. I feel like an alien spectator. Are they really having that much fun, or are they just pretending to fit in with everyone else pretending to fit in? I don’t fit nowhere. Don’t feel like pretending either. They’re all excited about the night and I don’t get it. I

AN OPEN PEN CHRISTMAS: L’esprit de l’escalier

We were talking, me and Sue, about why ghost stories were a thing at Christmas, when we got on to what scares us, really. I said playing out the same stuff in every job, relationship, hometown; subconsciously finding people that let me play out my patterns as I let them play our theirs, being stuck doing this. Each New Year’s Resolution really a cover story. Stuck, especially those times that I thought I wasn’t, that

AN OPEN PEN CHRISTMAS: As we drove a kind of madness came upon us

As we drove a kind of madness came upon us so that we didn’t regret what we had done. In fact we never did regret it. We didn’t have time. From then on there was never a moment long enough to allow us reflect to consider the solemn awfulness of what had happened. What had happened to us. Been done by us. I used to think that if we had just stopped and considered pulled

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