Issue #1 is available to order & we're having a launch party!!!

Hello all

The first batch of copies of issue #1 arrived at The Ham Towers last week. We're very pleased with the finished product and thrilled to finally have the work of so many contributors in physical print. We've had a busy week packing and posting copies of issue #1 all around the globe. You can now order your own copy from the online shop for free (just pay P&P), or you can view it online.

To celebrate the launch of issue #1, we've organised a bit of a shindig at The Ivy House in Nunhead, South London, on Tuesday 13th December. It's a beautiful venue, full of character, with a grand old stage and a great selection of beer, and what's more it's community owned. There will be readings from a handful of our contributors, and live music from the fantastic Whiskey Moon Face. We do have space for more live readings and spoken word, so if you want to perform a piece of your own short fiction or poetry to a room full of literary types, then send an email to thehamfreepress@gmail.com

We're hoping, if this night is successful, that we might be able to run it on a quarterly basis in conjunction with the release of each new issue of The Ham, with a chance for contributors to show off their work and a regular open mic slot. There will be free copies of issue #1 to take home with you, and its free entry. So please pop down if you can, bring your friends, and help make it a fun evening!

Finally, submissions are now open for issue #2. The theme for this issue is 'Change & Stasis', and more details can be found on the submissions page. We've already had a number of brilliant written submissions, and look forward to receiving more. We are keen to receive more artwork, photography and illustration than we did for issue #1, so if you know of any budding artists or photographers then send them our way!

The flyer for the launch party can be found below, please feel free to share it on social media - all are welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ed (Editor)