Open Pen Issue Five hits your favourite bookshops this weekend (and in some cases next). Make sure you get down to any number of the stores listed at the bottom of this page to get your free copy. We’ve got quite a range for you this April, and find ourselves shamelessly confident that it’s our best issue yet.
An immaculate red in colour, this outing sees Xanthi Barker in fine form in the lead short story ‘Love In The Time of Ketamine’, Welshman David Gill looking back at a curious moment of bonding between a mother and son in ‘Mother’s Day’, Jamie Collinson’s harrowing and poisoned microshort ‘Inherent Sick’, Dublin’s own Remie Purtill-Clarke’s humorous tinyplay ‘The Ice Cream Robbery of Sherkin Island’ and a new column on London’s independent bookshops, affectionately entitled ‘Stinky Little Bookshops’ guest written this Issue by Wood Green resident Adam Luria.
The issue – a fifth to top off a great first year – is guest-edited by The Independent columnist and author of ‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’ Owen Jones, who has his piece to say on writing, writers and social progression.
If you’re unfortunate enough to find that you’ve taken far too long in getting a copy of Open Pen Issue Five, and that your local bookshop has run out, moan/ask politely for the shop to stock more copies of the magazine, or send us an email with your address and we’ll send one out to you. That said… it is always best to support these bookshops first. Go an get your copy of Open Pen directly from its rightful home, the local bookshop. By stocking Open Pen, they hope that you might well pick up a copy of that ruffled copy of Yann Martel’s ‘Self’ that you never got around to buying after you loved Pi so much. Our point is: support our stockists, they need our support and we need their lovely bookshops, little and stinky or not.
Look out for more on Open Pen and Issue Five, included live readings to occur later on in the month (Thursday 24th May in Hackney, for those dedicated to their calendars).