Interview | Jorge Coll on Spanish Landscapes at Colnaghi

The London Magazine Jorge Coll on Spanish Landscapes at Colnaghi Colnaghi is recognised as one of the world’s most important art dealerships in the Old Masters and antiquities markets. The renowned gallery has three spaces in London, Madrid and New York. Founded in Paris in 1760, with a London presence from 1786, Colnaghi exhibited the […]

Interview | Richard Zarzi on Love, Icons and Spiritualism

Richard Zarzi is considered one of the world’s most prominent pop artists working today, having celebrated many icons in his work, including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Chanel and Marilyn Monroe. His work created by projecting images onto a canvas screen, which he further instates with bold light and texture using a mixture of acrylics, resins and diamond dust. The result is a celebration of the icons’ charisma and beauty through an his distinctive signature style […]

Interview | Ben Schott on writing ‘racy’ scenes, the element of surprise and Jeeves and the Leap of Faith

Ben Schott was best known for the hugely popular Schott’s Miscellany series until 2018, when he became a novelist. Described as his homage to the works of P. G. Wodehouse, Schott’s Jeeves and The King of Clubs was published with the blessing of the Wodehouse estate and received rapturous reviews. Schott keeps Bertie and Jeeves in their 1930s setting, but brings a faster pace, detailed endnotes, and a twist of espionage to satisfy the modern reader […]

Interview | Artist Eileen Cooper on ‘Nights at the Circus’, a personal interpretation

The London Magazine ‘Nights at the Circus, a personal interpretation’: Eileen Cooper on her illustration of Angela Carter’s novel The characters of Angela Carter’s seminal novel, Nights at the Circus, have been brought to life by British artist, painter and print-maker Eileen Cooper. Published in 1984, Carter’s book incorporates multiple genres of fiction, including fairy […]

The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2021

Submissions are now OPEN for The London Magazine’s Short Story Prize 2021.  The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of its long history, from Jean Rhys to Raymond Carver and V.S. Pritchett. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them. […]

Fiction | Night As It Falls by Jakuta Alikavazovic

Paul couldn’t believe that she lived in a hotel. Better yet, or worse, he had known it, then forgotten. They talked about her on campus, rumours had preceded her, so much that her body already existed in whispers, but Paul didn’t care about gossip. He cared about girls, and women. Their mouths, their flesh. He was eighteen years old, and living multiple lives. By day he went to university, he stared at huge blackboards or whiteboards, he traded and compared notes with […]

Poetry | Water Birth by Rachel Bower

No-one wants to be born at sea / but I’m a midwife, squeeze my hand, / that’s it, we’ve got this girl. / She squats, not time to push / yet. Bile rises with the swell. Breathe / through the surge, keep your head. / The baby’s well positioned, head / down, curled and smooth like a sea- / sucked pebble. That’s it, keep breathing, / squeeze those ice packs in your hands, / let’s cool the bruises down. I push / hair from her eyes, scrap of a girl […]

Poetry | Write It by Helen Mort

Because I can’t, a rat redrafts the lower reaches / of our house at night, cursive across high ledges, / forcing the bright idea of its body through masonry / to trace the lines of copper pipes. A huge buck, / gnawing plastic, caches of cat food, grazing on lintels. / With slivers of wood, he stories his kind: […]

Essay | A Modest Proposal by I. Bickerstaff

Dear B.C., I write to you because accountancy is tiring my patience and I have developed some better schemes which will propel me to fame. It is melancholy to consider the bank statements and tax returns of common people while they hang in doubtful circumstances; and, only being trained to contend with positive numbers, I have not enjoyed examining the arrears, debts, and bankruptcies which now litter my desk, from which I can not extract my usual fees or […]

Essay | Broken Inheritance by Richard Aronowitz

If you want to understand history, you need to go out and find its stories. You have to dig them out, unearth them, like archaeologists uncovering traces of earlier civilizations. These stories, the really important ones, are never written down in books. I spent much of one hot summer’s day in Haifa up in a cool, sun- dappled apartment on a quiet residential street at the bottom of the steps leading up to the Shrine of the Báb and its gardens on Mount Carmel […]

Essay | Abdulrazak Gurnah on Afterlives and Colonial Hypocrisy

Samir Jeraj Abdulrazak Gurnah on Afterlives and Colonial Hypocrisy Talking to the BBC as part of their History of the World in 100 objects, author Abdulrazak Gurnah recounted finding pieces of Chinese pottery as a young person in Zanzibar. ‘It was only later on,’ he said, when you begin to go into museums, or hear […]

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