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Review | Limbo by Dan Fox

Following on from his brilliant attack on intellectual conservatism in 2016's Pretentiousness: Why It Matters, Dan Fox's new long-form essay Limbo finds the frieze editor all at sea.  Beginning by way of an examination of his own writer's block (and how we are pressured to resist moments to take a breath by a society of relentless economy), Fox moves from discussing the nature of...

Review | The Book of Joan by Lidia Yukavitch | H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker

H(a)ppy, Nicola Barker, William Heinemann, 2017The Book of Joan, Lidia Yuknavitch, Canongate, 2018 In Nicola Barker’s H(a)ppy and Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan, we have two novels that truly highlight what a great, dark, golden age we are living through for dystopian fiction. Both are live-wire novels full of ideas, and should be read by anyone interested in the form. It comes as...

Spotlight II: Dostoyevsky Wannabe

The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes found a home in the pages of the then newly re-launched volumes of the magazine. We want this tradition to continue, and given the renaissance of new independent publishers, we...

Review | Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s long-awaited second novel “Normal People” burst onto the scene last month, and has been making waves in the literary world since its publication. While her acclaimed debut “Conversations With Friends” showed an experimental young writer with exciting promise, “Normal People”, written little under a year afterwards, seems to have pushed the bar higher for her future work,...

Preview | Phoebe Dickinson: Journey Through Landscape at Tessa Packard Showroom

British painter From the 12th of November, BP Portrait Award 2018 nominee Phoebe Dickinson will unveil her new exhibition "Journey Through Landscape", a new collection of urban and pastoral works which will be on display at the Tessa Packard Showroom in Chelsea until the 14th of December. The works were created during and inspired by her year of global...

Essay | ‘Time to Murder and Create’: When Fiction Bleeds into Nonfiction by Mathis Clément

If I were to open by describing my setting  as a desk piled high with old issues of The London Magazine, the wine red May 1960 issue face down on top, rust-brown rimmed teacup marking the narrow No Man’s Land between the pile and my laptop, you would assume I were telling the truth. If I were to add that the red reminded me of blood spilled last week in rage and the brown rimmed cup of the plughole down which that blood spiraled, you would assume I was either lying or mad.

Review | Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

'It's Animals taking revenge on people.' Big Foot has died. Our narrator introduces us to an alarming situation in an almost mechanical tone. The newly translated noir novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Man Booker International Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk is an entertaining one, yet it is not your typical mystery page-turner. Tokarczuk's master storytelling...

Review | The Chameleon by Samuel Fisher

The Chameleon is a book narrated by the soul of a book, which can shape shift between any book that it pleases. Stretching across a time frame that goes from the Black Death of the 13th century to the aftermath of the Cold War in the late twentieth century, it is one of the most unusual love stories that you are likely to read.

Review | Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde at The Barbican

The centrifugal drive behind much of the work featured in the Barbican’s new exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde is enunciated by Rodin in the first gallery: ‘I express in a loud voice what all artists think. Desire! Desire! What a formidable stimulant.’

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2018 – Winners Announced!

A huge thanks to everyone who entered this year's poetry prize! We had so many high quality entries this year which resulted in a huge longlist, but eventually our judges managed to whittle it down to the following three entries. All submissions were read anonymously.Here are the winners of The London Magazine Poetry Prize for 2018!1st prize: The Lean...

Interview | Momtaza Mehri — Young People’s Laureate for London

Yesterday we spoke to artist and poet Momtaza Mehri, who has recently been announced as Young People’s Laureate for London, who will take over from poet and musician Caleb Femi in the role which was launched by Spread The Word Last Year.

Archive | Poetry | The Wiper by Louis MacNeice

First published in the May 1960 issue of The London Magazine (Volume 7, No. 5).Through purblind night the wiper Reaps a swathe of water

Feature | 7 Alternative London Novels

London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth… In the opening to Bleak House, Dickens did much to immortalise the city which is a setting for all his work, and whose...

Event | New River Press vs The London Magazine at Burley Fisher Books

On Thursday at Burley Fisher Books in East London, The London Magazine will be collaborating on an evening of poetry and spoken word with the poetry publishers New River Press.

The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018

Submissions are now open for The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018!The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history, from Jean Rhys to V. S. Pritchett. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them. 

Interview | Roubi L’Roubi | Saatchi Gallery | Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School

An interview with Roubi L’Roubi, co-curator of Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School, a new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

Essay | Fighting Against Productivity by Anna Aguilar

I recently spent a week in an unremarkable town in South West England. Throughout the day, which I spent alone, I found myself feeling trapped and anxious.

Review | Focus Kazakhstan: Postnomadic Mind

Stepping into Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, originally built in 1890 to power the machinery of industrial London, the similarities between the history of the space and the exhibition currently situated within it become immediately apparent. With its spaces of former industry now playing host to bars and art galleries, it seems apt that London — the former 'factory of the...

Review | This is Memorial Device by David Keenan

Scottish music in 1983 This is Memorial Device, David Keenan, Faber and Faber, February 2017, pp.304, £14.99, (paperback) News of the death, back in June, of Bogdan Dochev, the Bulgarian linesman who failed to flag up Diego Maradona's handball in Argentina's win over England at the 1986 World Cup, prompted me to revisit some stills of that infamous goal: the diminutive forward...

The London Magazine Podcast | Episode 3 | Dr Matthew Green

Welcome to episode 3 of The London Magazine podcast!This month, we spoke to Dr Matthew Green, author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time, who spoke to us about the birth of magazine culture in the 18th century London, as well as his journey to find abandoned medieval cities for his upcoming book The City that Fell off a...

Winners Announced! | The London Magazine & Collyer Bristow Award For Debut Fiction

Last night we had a wonderful evening at the Collyer Bristow Gallery in London for the awards ceremony of the inaugural London Magazine and Collyer Bristow Prize for Debut Fiction, as we met our nominated authors and announced our winner. The Award was won by David Keenan of Faber & Faber for his superb novel This Is Memorial Device, which...

Interview | Cradeaux Alexander

American video and performance artist Cradeaux Alexander presents a mid-career retrospective this month at Bow Arts, London. Jemima Walter met him to uncover how theatre inspires his art practice and how performance art still disrupts the art world to this day.Cradeaux Alexander’s practice explores the intersection between theatre and art and is known for his production of Picasso’s play...

Archive | Memories of Modigliani by Anna Akhmatova

First published in the August 1964 edition of the London Magazine (Vol. 4 No.5)(translated from the Italian text by Bernard Wall)I can well believe those other people who describe him differently from what he was as I knew him, and this is why. I only knew one aspect of his nature (the grandiose one); I was only an outsider,...

Interview | Richard Hearns

The acclaimed Irish artist Richard Hearns has an upcoming exhibition entitled Journey at Cadogan Contemporary. This will be the artist’s first solo show in London and will feature a collection of abstract oil paintings that are concerned with the alchemy of painting, what Hearns describes as an ‘… internal vision, something inside coming out’.The paintings, many of which are...

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