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Open Pen, Mar 2022

Every week Robin plays the Game in a club on the top floor of a converted warehouse. And every week he loses.


But when news breaks that the club is closing, Robin and his friends set out on a quest to immortalise the club name in the national rankings.

'Poignant and funny' - Ros Barber, author of the The Marlowe Papers

Rough Trade Editions, Sep 2019


Nearly everyone who works in the bar is trying to make it as an artist of something. We are trying to make it as dancers, writers, shoemakers and DJs, actors, tattooists, costume designers and developers. This is the story of how we became an odd family.

'A well realised, fresh and contemporary story with a great sense of place and energy' - Andrew Holgate, , Literary Editor, The Sunday Times

BBC Radio 4, Feb 2020

A funny and forlorn tale about working in a bar. Read by Rose Lucas, with music by Delawhere. Produced by Becky Ripley.

‘A rather forlorn, funny tale from Max Sydney Smith, about having to work behind a bar, when you are young and skint, when you feel exploited, overworked and underpaid.' - John Waite, BBC R4 Pick of the Week

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