Issue Eleven hits shops in April, there’ll be more news about that soon, and as per usual with each issue we press, we’re holding another live event in Hackney at the Hackney United Services Club. Tickets for the event are now on sale. As ever, tickets will be available on the door for anyone wishing to pay cash. By that token, the bar does not accept card, so please bring cash if you plan on whistle-wetting. We do.




Tickets are priced at £5. Doors open at 7pm. But you can grab a drink downstairs any time onward from 6:30pm.


Writers wishing to get a bit of they fiction out there might want to take part in our War of the Words microfiction competition on the night. The competition requires aspiring writers to bring a piece of fiction they’ve written at no more than 150 words and read it out before our grateful audience. We’ve often got a few of our publishing friends in the audience, so not a bad way to get noticed. A winner will be picked on the evening, and that winner will find their work in an Open Pen book due out this year. If you wish to take part in this, let us know at info@openpen.co.uk. Or just ask us more about it at the same address.

est16The usual mix of live readings from new and exciting authors, live Beat Jazz from Canuck enthusiast Piers Pereira and ivory-tinkling Mark Smith, literary comedy in the form of Filthy Fiction, and a microfiction tournament will be complimented by a one-scene play, making Open Pen Live a truly diverse literary event that you won’t want to miss out on (unless you’re tired on the night, miserable, or racist against Canucks).

The event takes place on Thursday, 10th April, and with modest ticket pricing, live performances, and generous breaks for purchasing cheap drinks, you’ll be bedevilled should you miss out.

The actual show kicks off at about 7:30, so try and get there in good time. Best route to the venue easily worked on on TFL’s Journey Planner. The venue can prove a tad tricky to find, or at least not walk past, so look out for the Open Pen signage we’ll scatter about Powerscroft Road.

As always, you can contact us at info at info@openpen.co.uk should you have any questions.

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