live fiction

Budden Parties

Gary Budden is one half – often cited as the better half – of Influx Press. He is also short storying his way through fiction currently, with a good few neat short stories in the last couple of years, including the Galley Beggar Single ‘Knotweed‘ which we cannot recommend enough.

Not to be weighed down with the shame brought upon Influx House through his business partner’s heavy-footed movements in the world of carpet lit, Budden has been hard at it flying the flag for short stories with something to say, and the excellent Dead Ink have taken notice. The short story collection ‘Hollow Shores‘ hits stores in October, but you can crowdfund it now. Not sure yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered because he’s reading at our Open Pen Summer Party. Make your mind up then, London. Join us for our 80% booze 20% live fiction night, cheap tickets and info here.

Ah, the shorty story! To paraphrase the fantastically terrible or terribly fantastic Blood Diamond (2006), We here long before novel came – long after novel gone.


Open Pen Summer Party 2017

Okojie Parties

That there Open Pen Summer Party is just under two weeks away (Wed, Aug 16, 7pm!) and we’re several kinds of chuffed that the magnetic Ireneson Okojie is reading from one of our favourite short story collections going, the acclaimed Speak Gigantular (Jacaranda). The Guardian said that it “delves into the painful, the unsayable, the unknowable. Her prose is precise and illuminating: love and loneliness are recurrent themes.” We agree. Obviously.

IreneOkojie is also the author of novel Butterfly Fish, released last year, also on Jacaranda. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Southbank Centre, and the Caine Prize.

Her short stories have been published internationally, including the Kwani 07 and Phatitude, and this year in Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2017

Tickets and info for the party are available here, and all proceeds go to keeping the writers and performers boozed up for the night. Anything leftover, as ever, goes to keeping our scrawny little fiction journal in print. You can also buy both of Okojie’s books on the night. I’m sure she’d be so kind as to sign your copy, she signed ours after all.


P-A-R-T-W-H-Y

TONIGHT

WED, AUG 16

OPEN PEN SUMMER PARTY, at our favourite venue,
the Jamboree, Limehouse, East London.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – £6

7pm doors, 7:45 showtime.


Featuring

LIVE JAZZ FROM

THE OPEN PEN HOUSE BEAT JAZZ BAND

AND SPECIAL GUESTS

VICE QUINTET

Readings from:

Irenosen Okojie

Author of short fiction collection ‘Speak Gigantular (Jaracanda Books)

Gary Budden

Reading from his debut fiction collection ‘Hollow Shores‘ (Dead Ink)

And Open Pen authors:

Rob True
Leo X Robertson
Holly Watson
Mazin Saleem

Open Pen Summer Party poster

live for augustus

This Wednesday, August 19th,
Open Pen Magazine is LIVE
Tickets are £5 (available here or on the door),
doors open at 7pm (the show will start at 8pm, and finish around 10pm).
Open Pen February Jamboree

Open Pen LIVE – Last time out at the Jamboree.

Live Fiction

Ben Byrne and his short fiction have appeared in Litro magazine and Writer’s Hub, and now on the cover of Open Pen Magazine. His first novel, ‘Fire Flowers’ was published by Europa Editions in the UK & US in February 2015.
Offbeat Tasmanian writer Tadhg Muller is finding his unique style of writing in high demand. He has been published in several literary journals, and in the short fiction collection Transportation: Islands and Cities.Darren Lee is a storytelling stalwart. He has been published twice in Open Pen, and has had his short stories published in several books, including FUGUE (Siren Press)

There are few spoken word performers as jarring and amusing as Mat Woolfenden. His fiction is often performed live, and a taster can be viewed here.

Live Music

Henry & the Hoorays play a mix of folk and humorous songs, some self-composed and quite a few covers, including ‘The Mary Ellen Carter’ by Stan Rogers, a fabulous tale of ships, storms and the strength of men with a common goal.
We’ll also have the Open Pen Beat Jazz Duo which consists of a talented pianist and a less talented Piers Pereira.