Shouting, Fingernails Decorated with Bloodied Despair, “I’m Out!”

Issue Six is now out. If it’s not in your local bookstore yet, it will be before the end of this week, we promise!

Issue Six, at twenty pages, is our biggest Issue to date, and contains short pieces of varied prose from Tadhg Muller, Jacqueline Downs and Caroline Hardman. As per usual, our thanks to Londonist Out Loud for sponsoring the winning story, In Lieu of a Memoir.


Issue Six illustration by Mateusz Odrobny.

On the subject of Londonist Out Loud, the show’s host N Quention Woolf is on hand as our first resident columnist, exploring microlocalism and its relation to Writing in ‘Londons For Writers’, whilst Issue Five winner and author of Love In The Time of Kentamine Xanthi Barker provides an insight into Highgate’s Ripping Yarns Bookshop in this edition’s ‘Stinky Little Bookshops’ column.

Providing the guest editorial for Issue Six is talented wordsmith and UK Hip-Hop’s punk-donk hero Bang On!, who has just this year released his debut album ‘[sic]’ on Big Dada Recordings.

You can get a copy of Issue Six of Open Pen right now from Departure in Limehouse, LXV Books in Bethnal Green, Broadway Books near London Fields, Brick Lane Bookshop on Brick Lane, Skoob Books in central London, Albion Beatnik Bookshop in Oxford (up in the Jericho) and a few other cafes, pubs and libraries dotted around London. Many more are to follow over the next week, and you should be able to find a copy at any one of the places listed on our stockist list by Saturday afternoon (6/10/12). You’ll also find copies of Open Pen available from the Guerrilla Bookshop stall at Goldsmiths Row Bookmarket on Sundays.

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