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The Sinners’ Corner by Mark Sadler

I returned to work on a dismal Tuesday morning, emerging from the main entrance of London, Fenchurch Street, railway station under opaque grey skies. During my extended absence, the shopfronts of the old city had been divested of their brightly-coloured festive decorations. Gone was the red tinsel foil and shiny burgundy-coloured baubles garnishing the window display of Charlie Davies'...

The London Magazine at London Book Fair 2018

The London Magazine attended London Book Fair 2018 from 10th - 12th April. With over 2000 stands and 25,000 attendees from across 118 countries, it was a spectacular and international fair. The team enjoyed meeting some of our readers, new potential writers and had the opportunity to discuss plenty of upcoming and exciting prospects. Thank you to all who came and...

An Interview with Bea Colley – Southbank Centre

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We stopped by the Southbank Centre to talk with Literature Programmer Bea Colley about the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room and the upcoming event: Fifty Poems from Five Decades. To mark 50 years since the opening of the much-loved Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at Southbank Centre in 1967, the poets journey through past...

Contributor’s Picks – April/May 2018 Edition!

Introducing Contributor's Picks! Recommendations for the very best in arts, culture and literature from the writers for The London Magazine April/May 2018 issue. Read their writing in our latest issue, available now.   John Kinsella (Poem - 2nd November 2005 - April May 2018) Hamlet - Royal Shakespeare Company Tour 2018 Paapa Essiedu is a brilliant Hamlet in the RSC's new production, under...

Sylvia Plath Watches Us Sleep, But We Don’t Mind | Victoria Richards

Sylvia Plath Watched Us Sleep, But We Don't Mind was the third prize winner in our Short Story Competition 2017. We’ve been married three years when Sylvia Plath appears in our bedroom. There is a chair in the corner, an old French Louis XV-style copy in walnut and cream. The seat is soft, flecked with grey fur at the edges...

Asma | Dur e Aziz Amna

Dur e Aziz Amna received second prize in our Short Story Competition 2017.  The year Asma moved in with us, we were living in a two-family house in Rawalpindi. The narrow screen door—battered at the bottom where our feet kicked it open every day— looked onto a gated street. All twenty-four houses on the street were clones of one another, their...

Interview | Ted Hodgkinson at the Southbank Centre

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We stopped by The Southbank Centre to chat with Ted Hodgkinson about the upcoming reopening of the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Both fantastic spaces for literature, the Southbank Centre are celebrating their reopening with readings of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook. Ted talks to us about the importance of these pieces and their connection...

Short Story Competition Prize Giving Ceremony 2018 – House of Commons

On Tuesday 13th March 2018 The London Magazine awarded the winners of the Short Story Competition 2018 during a drinks reception on the House of Commons Terrace Pavillion. The prizes were presented by author Daisy Dunn, who spoke alongside Special Editorial Assistant Grey Gowrie, Nigel Evans MP and Editor Steven O'Brien. We would like to thank all applicants to the Short Story Competition 2018. The quality of...

Crete

‘So. What do we want today?’ I’m sitting in my local barbers chair, caped up like a clown - my head bulging through the top like a glob of cream forced through a chefs piping bag. Nobody looks good in a barbers cape. If ‘clothes maketh the man’, then capes maketh the man look like an idiot. A faint smell...

Staff Picks! – 6th March 2018

Introducing Staff Picks! Recommendations for the very best in arts, culture and literature from the staff at The London Magazine.   Steven O'Brien - Editor Boneland - Alan Garner Just finished 'Boneland' by Alan Garner. A hard, and yet deeply English read. Is Garner the father of Folk Realism?       Matthew Scott - Reviews Editor The Origins of Creativity - Edward O. Wilson An intriguing attempt to think about...

Interview | Isobel Colchester and Poet in the City

We spoke to Isobel Colchester, CEO of Poet in the City, about their work and their recent collaboration with The Crick Institute. How would you describe what Poet in the City does? Our objectives as an organisation focus around making poetry (live poetry specifically) more popular, and creating more of a platform for live poetry. We’re really trying to establish it...

Interview | Isobel Colchester and Poet in the City

We stopped by to see Isobel Colchester, CEO of Poet in the City, to talk about the work that they do and their latest collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute. How would you describe what Poet in the City does? Our objectives as an organisation focus around making poetry (live poetry specifically) more popular, and creating more of a platform for...

Interview | Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah talks to us about his new book, Gangsta Rap, released as an Official World Book Day Book.  How would you describe yourself to our readers? Often with great difficulty, it depends on what day you ask me and how much time I have to explain. I like to say I am a massively creative person and I have lots of...

Review | Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery

  Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery is running 25 January – 22 April 2018 The advent of photography had a huge effect on how we see the world. The first photographs, though often posed, attempted to show the world as it ‘really was’, in all its vivid detail.  This moment. This object. This person. Held like a fly in amber. It became...

An Interview with Saul David

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The fantastic historian and novelist Saul David popped by our offices to chat about his new book, Jack the Ripper, naughty royals and crime writing! His new novel The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders is available now.  Interview by Emma Quick and Lucy Binnersley.

Novel Writing Competition 2018

The London Magazine are proud to announce our inaugural Novel Writing Competition, in collaboration with Author Enterprises. As the oldest literary magazine in the UK, The London Magazine has been home to some of the most celebrated novelists in history - Evelyn Waugh, William Boyd, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy. Author Enterprises is a company which helps authors to...

Review | The Only Story by Julian Barnes

The Only Story by Julian Barnes Readers who were a little disappointed by Barnes’s last political fiction The Noise of Time will be glad to know that he is back in top form with The Only Story, a novel that has all the zesty elegance of great vintage Barnes. The plot is minimal this time: nineteen-year-old Paul falls in love...

Editor Steven O’Brien to judge national competition, “A Poem to Remember”, for DNRC

The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) today launched an exciting new national poetry competition to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and celebrate the creation of a world leading clinical rehabilitation facility for the Armed Forces. Called ‘A Poem to Remember’ and inspired by the Great War Poets of the First World War,...

The Line | Fiona Sampson

White trunks divide the dark beside the line and in the dusk trees pause since if they do not move they cannot see themselves or know this moment has to end that stretches out beside the line as held breath prolongs itself by holding still because we do not want the day to end because to stay like this brings the dusk close to us as we are close touching not touching together...

The Arrangement | Jennifer Johnson

There’s someone in the kitchen. I hear the kettle being filled. I look at the clock, it’s not yet seven, he’s up early. He must have woken me, but I don’t mind. I like hearing someone else here, another human being. It’s bright outside, the sun’s up; too bright, makes me think of ‘sun before seven, rain before eleven’....

On Writing Ethnic Stories | Haleh Agar

I was told to use my maiden name – Hassan-Yari, a name that usually meant extra questions at the customs queue but now would mean a fast-pass to the front of the line in the world of publishing. The middle-aged heterosexual white man’s hold on contemporary literature had loosened. Apparently. They wanted my stories. All I had to do...

Short Story Competition 2017 | Winners

The London Magazine are pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Short Story Competition. 1st Place - Solitaire by Theo Greenblatt 2nd Place - Asma by Dur e Aziz Amna 3rd Place - Sylvia Plath watches us sleep, but we don’t mind by Victoria Richards   Shortlist Joseph K was not on Facebook by Rhys Timson Queen Victoria by Campaspe Lloyd-Jacob A Place of Grace by Frank Dullaghan Sweet...

Review | Guglielmo Alfarone at Ping-Pong Covent Garden

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Guglielmo Alfarone for "Art Comes Alive at Ping-Pong Dim Sum" “What happens tonight is a surprise for me as much as it is you… I don’t really know what is going to happen.” On the basement floor of Ping-Pong Dim Sum restaurant in Covent Garden, a smiling but nervous young Italian man stands in front of a floor-to-ceiling white sheet. His...

Review | Steak at The Worlds End Market

  My fellow explorer Toby and I went searching for the best steak ever. We dared the seething rapids of the escalators on the Victoria Line. We were stifled in the log-jams around the fabled Sloane Square. Everywhere we seemed to be turned back. The distances too great. The direction unsure.  At last a dragoman in a London cab took...

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