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Fiction | A Circular Walk by Kimberly Campanello

Kimberly Campanello A Circular Walk That Sunday they had crossed, probably illegally, into the area that held the poet’s grave. She and her boyfriend had decided that despite the cold it was time to leave their city and cross the county, seeking air and beauty in lieu of ceaseless isolation in the comfort of their […]

Fiction | Advertising by Charlie Hinkley

The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine‘s website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond. Charlie Hinkley Advertising 7:45 am. The (almost) future. You start your day as normal. The blue light from […]

Poetry | Joan Brossa | Six Poems (El saltamartí)

Joan Brossa creates distilled excitement. He is both wise and wild. His poems are surreal and matter-of-fact, playful and minimalist and utterly original. In his ability to make it new, Brossa is an essential modern poet.         — Colm Tóibín Following the publication of the first release from Tenement Press—a new publisher formed […]

Essay | Dancing with Sophie Taeuber-Arp by Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou Dancing with Sophie Taeuber-Arp Dear Sophie, ……….I’m thinking of all the ways the body unfurls in the first light of spring. Small ways, incrementally: fingers budding open; hands splayed, not clenched; the jaw no longer taut against winter’s strife. Not quite dance, but movement, an unwitnessed motion unmistakable in its care. Like a […]

Interview | ‘Women are Expected to Tell Their Personal Story all the Time’: In Conversation with Eimear McBride

‘Women are Expected to Tell Their Personal Story all the Time’: In Conversation with Eimear McBride   Promoting and showcasing Irish writing has become an increasingly important part of the cultural programme at the Irish Cultural Centre. From 15-17 October the centre launched its inaugural ICC Literary Festival, welcoming an exceptional line-up of successful Irish writers, […]

Review | The Water We Were All Swimming In by Katie da Cunha Lewin

Katie da Cunha Lewin The Water We Were All Swimming In The Inland Sea, Madeleine Watts, Pushkin Press, 2021, 256pp, £8.99 (paperback) The Weak Spot, Lucie Elven, Prototype, 2021, 176pp, £12.00 (paperback) In a conversation in Granta magazine with Lucie Elven, Madeleine Watts observes that ‘Young women are used as vessels for a lot of […]

Poem | a change of heart by Charlie Baylis

where are you now alexandra?
peach cheeked and amber eyed in sahara sand
hazy headed among the nectarines
a cool school of nordic poets all call
where are you now?

Review | Gold in Them Hills by Alannah Jones

In our collective cultural imagination, few places or periods seem more quintessentially masculine than the American West. Thanks to the dominance of the Western genre during the early-mid twentieth century, the West came to symbolise an idealised, robust masculinity, epitomised by its leading men, like John Wayne and Gary Cooper: gruff, stoic, and uncomplicated […]

Essay | Unwritten Works: Woolf, Mann and Hemingway by Jeffrey Meyers

Jeffrey Meyers Unwritten Works: Woolf, Mann and Hemingway Many writers, to soothe their egos, inflate their reputations and warn off competitors, claim to be working on a book they are not really writing or have not even begun. But all authors reflect on what they have already done and consider ideas and subjects they might […]

Essay | Royal Families by Simon Okotie

Simon Okotie Royal Families   The death of Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko – the King (or Olu) of Warri – was announced in the same week as that of Prince Philip. Established in the fifteenth century by the Itsekiris, an ethnic group in the Niger Delta area of modern-day Nigeria, the realm is an offshoot of […]

Essay | The Lecturer-Student Trope and the Era of the Strong Female Character by Eimear Ryan

Eimear Ryan The Lecturer-Students Trope and the Era of the Strong Female Character  I sometimes wish that I’d been the kind of girl that was drawn to rebels, but I was often fascinated by authority figures instead. Whether it was the Shakespeare lecturer who reminded me of Niles Crane, or the editor I worked for […]

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