Penned in the Margins creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks

Our mission

We believe in the power of language to challenge how we think, test new ideas and explore alternative stories. We operate across the arts, collaborating with writers, artists and creative partners using new platforms and technologies.

Our story

From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade to be a respected literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online.
This unique blend of publishing and production characterises our distinctive model in the cultural landscape. The hallmarks of a Penned in the Margins book or event are curiosity, innovation and openness.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, bringing artists from different fields together to create innovative and invigorating new work. We have a history of developing new and young artists and writers, and have given important early opportunities to the likes of Hannah Silva, Inua Ellams, Scroobius Pip and Melissa Lee-Houghton.

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