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Regional Winner

Tuesday 27 August
at The Wanstead Tap
Doors open 7 pm
Readings from 7.45 pm

Free entry – donations
welcome at the door

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Open Pen launched in 2011, as London’s first “Open Literature” magazine. It encourages writing from anywhere and anyone, and is free. In 2016 they published The Open Pen Anthology, a collection of short fiction old and new from favourite Open Pen authors.

The print publication is both interesting and relevant, and encourages growth within the talented, fertile, literary underbelly. It is a platform for up-and-coming writers from all backgrounds, with particular interest in working-class writers.

Available in independent bookshops, including Newham Bookshop, libraries, university campuses, writers’ centres, coffee shops and bars. In 2018 they started publishing books, in particular novelettes. For more information and to contact Open Pen, visit their website.

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“One of London’s largest selections of craft beers and a range of local, small batch spirits. We pride ourselves on buying limited-release gins and vodkas as well as a range of mixers to suit every taste.”

Book Benefit for the homeless in Newham

Open Pen presents an evening of readings
and a sale of new books at half price, donated by publishers

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Following a successful event in Hackney, raising over £1,000 for a local homeless charity, Open Pen presents an evening of readings at The Wanstead Tap, in partnership with Newham Bookshop. The readings will be by a host of celebrated authors donating their time to read live. There will be books on sale at half price, generously donated by ten publishers. All proceeds from book sales and profits from drink sales will be donated to Bridges, a local charity which supports homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Plaistow E13. For more information about Bridges, visit their website.


Granta Books, Faber & Faber, Rough Trade, Serpent’s Tail,
Myriad, One World, Pluto, Influx, Istros and Open Pen.

Authors reading live

Will Ashon, Irenosen Okojie, Courttia Newland,
Emma Warren, Salena Godden and Mazin Saleem.

Forthcoming events

Thursday 19 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Billy Bragg
The Three Dimensions of Freedom
Event postponed until further notice

Tuesday 21 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Panikos Panayi
Migrant City
A New History of London

In conversation with Daniel Trilling

Thursday 30 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

An evening with Kimberley Chambers
Proceeds to Ambition Aspire Achieve

Wednesday 13 May at 7 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Satanic Rites of Robin Ince

Past events and news

Rachel Reeves MP and Sophie Walker discuss Westminster and rebellion.
Hosted by Lyn Brown MP
Event sold out!

Julian Earl
Cows in Trees

Book signing with Kate Thompson
Secrets of the Homefront Girls
with East End legend Stan Moore
playing the spoons
Prosecco and cake

Daniel Sonabend
We Fight Fascists
The 43 Group and Their Forgotten
Battle for Post War Britain

In conversation with Michael Rosen

Raymond Antrobus,
Salena Godden
& Nikita Gill

John Crace
Decline and Fail
Read in Case of Political Apocalypse

Suresh Singh
A Modest Living
Memoirs Of A Cockney Sikh

An Evening with
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Part of Redbridge Fabula Festival 2019

Eleanor Crow
Shopfronts of London
In conversation with Krissie Nicolson

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason and David McAlmont
Dusty in Words and Music

Carl Cattermole
Prison: A Survival Guide
In conversation with Deborah Coles

Jenni Murray
A History of the World
in 21 Women

Daniel Rachel
Don’t Look Back In Anger
In conversation with Paolo Hewitt

Esther Rutter
This Golden Fleece
A Journey Through
Britain’s Knitted History

Book Benefit for the
homeless in Newham

Launch party for
Luan Goldie
Nightingale Point

Ronnie le Drew
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Zippy and Me

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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