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Here’s Issue Eight. It’s what you’ll pick up if you head to one of our stockists this coming weekend and the weeks to follow.


Inside you’ll find:

-An editorial by MG Paterson of London Historians.

-The cover story The Very Short Journey Of Mr R. by Akis Papantonis. (It’s breathtaking, we promise.)

-A painful look at ifs in a tale by Jo Gatford, entitled If, Then.

-The mood-lightener that is Jehovah’s Witness by Alun Evans which gets funnier as it gets darker, such is often the way.

N Quentin Woolf yapping on about writing again with his now regular column. (Yapping? Nay. It just keeps getting better. Words That Mean Home couldn’t come with better timing as Summer Holiday season fast approaches.)

-That Open Penner Tamara Vos wandered around Hackney until she found Pages of Hackney. Thankfully for our column Stinky Little Bookshops she loved it and has provided a spotlight on the Lower Clapton Road bookshop.

-A cringeworthy and explicit look at the Saturday morning of S. Manley Hadley’s shameless protagonist in Wank.

-And a round-up of the best so far from our Little Printer publication

You’ll also find a typo we missed. For this, our editor feels he should punish himself by handing over books from his personal bookshelf. First three people to email in identifying the eyesore of a typo will receive one from his shelf.

Should you have any trouble finding your FREE issue of Open Pen Issue Eight, contact us and we’ll contact your stockist.

Thanks again to Josh Neal – our new staff illustrator – for providing the front cover image.

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