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