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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...

Review | Burning Woman by Lucy H. Pearce

Designed to teach, inspire and empower generations of women who suffer from a deep internal burning; Burning Woman is a non-fictional, controversial exploration into how shame and guilt permeates the female identity. A book that gets to the very heart of a universal feminine affliction. Published in 2016, Lucy H. Pearce’s Burning Woman is one of her seven books which...

Event Preview | Kenilworth Arts Festival

An eclectic collection of prize-winning novelists and acclaimed international musicians will come together once again for the third annual Kenilworth Arts Festival. For the duration of the festival, Kenilworth will be transformed into a hive of creativity, with live music, author talks, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions. These will take place in a range of venues around the historic Warwickshire...

Archive | Fiction | Silvio by Arturo Vivante

  First published in the June 1970 edition of The London Magazine (Vol. 10, No. 3) Like a statue too finely carved, too finished and perfected, the boy looked fragile, ever in danger of being injured. The exquisitely pointed nose, the cupid's bow drawn almost to the point of snapping, the slender chin were assets in a girl, not in a...

Spotlight on: Rough Trade Books

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...

Event Preview | Face Value by The Lot 5 Collective

CRAFT ISN’T A DIRTY WORD The art world has been divided since the beginning of the twentieth century. On the one side, the rejection of craft has led to a proliferation of intellectually empty, derivative ‘art’ that most people don’t understand and don’t like; and on the other side, artists who do have technical skills frequently choose to create highly...

Review | Letters To A First Love From The Future by Andy Armitage

Andy Armitage's pamphlet is among a number of new releases from the poetry press Half-Moon Books, which is based in Otley, West Yorkshire, where a local group of poets have developed, and where there are a number of regular events and meetings. Half-Moon Books came into existence to support this diverse and motivated group of writers, and judging on...

Archive | Poetry | Peter Bland

Peter Bland, the New Zealand writer and actor, has written extensively over his long career, and has been lauded with many accolades, among them the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in 2011. He wrote two poems for The London Magazine in 1978, here transcribed in full from our archive for the first time. First published in the February 1978...

Event Preview | HighTide Theatre

  After a hugely successful year in 2017, HighTide Theatre returns to Walthamstow for a second outing. Bringing a varied programme of theatre, comedy, music and activities for children, HighTide has announced an enticing line-up of local vendors and performers to lure residents back to the pop-up festival site of Walthamstow Town Square Gardens.  The event will take place from 18th-30th...

Fiction | On His Own Ground by Vis Nathan

  First published in the December 1976/January 1977 of The London Magazine (Volume 16, No.5) Gopal entered his cubby-hole surrounded by huge racks bulging with musty files. He removed his cycle clips with a practised flourish and placed them carefully by the inkstand on his table. Then he sat down on his chair, pulling it into a comfortable position. He opened...

Archive | Why I Write — Joan Didion

First published in the June/July 1977 of The London Magazine (Vol. 17, No. 2)  Of course I stole the title from George Orwell. One reason I stole it was that I like the sound of the words: Why I Write. There you have three short unambiguous words that share a sound, and the sound they share is this: I I I In many ways writing is...

Review | Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue

This year has truly brought to the fiction scene some of the most stunning and powerful female characters. From the extreme – such as My Absolute Darling’s Turtle Alveston – to the proudly millennial – such as Sally Rooney’s characters – there is now an abundance of female leads holding up a mirror to today’s society, reflecting many, often as of...

Fiction | Just for Five Minutes by Alla Melenteva

It was an early May day. The war was considered over, though it had not yet been officially declared. A Russian junior lieutenant went through the streets of the destroyed Berlin. He didn’t know the city and had to catch solitary passers-by and inquire the way several times. The passers-by tend to try to run away the moment they...

Interview | Ben Aleshire

Ben Aleshire makes his living as a travelling poet, writing poems on his typewriter for whatever his readers can spare as a donation, a venture which has seen him travel all over Europe and America, and with his most recent tour taking in a performance at London's legendary venue The Troubadour, and a stay at Shakespeare & Company bookshop...

Archive | Poetry | Rin Ishigaki

Known in Japan as the 'bank clerk poet', with her work frequently featuring in the bank newsletter where she was employed, Ishigaki's poetry stretches from the dreariness of domestic life to more complicated implications relating to Japan's history of conflict. Never before reprinted, two poems have now been transcribed in full from our archive. First published in the Feb/March 1976...

9 of Europe’s Best Bookshops

A good bookshop can be many different things - a haven from the world, a counter-cultural space, and a meeting point for friends, as well as somewhere, to, you know, buy books. It's perhaps for this reason that despite the numerous death knells that have been called over the last 50 or so years, physical spaces to buy books...

Event Preview | Focus Kazakhstan

A groundbreaking exhibition series focusing on the contemporary art of Kazakhstan is coming to London next month, seeing the start of the an international exhibition series which will also tour through Germany, the USA and South Korea over the next 7 months. In the first major overview of the country's contemporary art, Focus Kazakhstan will explore post-Soviet identity through multiple generations,...

Archive | Notes on Raymond Chandler — Ian Fleming

With the protagonists of their respective novels being so similar, it is perhaps little surprise that the writers Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler struck up a friendship in the 1950s. After Chandler's death in 1959, Fleming wrote a long piece about his friend in our December 1959 issue. Never before reprinted, it has now been transcribed in full from...

Review | Notes from the Dream House

Notes from the Dream House encloses half a century of films reviewed for the Observer by legendary critic Philip French. The book is a compact reminder of French’s immense knowledge of film and the cinematic world, spanning from 1963 to 2013, almost half the history of film, throughout which French's ability to convey dense ideas in a short and easily digestible format shines through, whether the high-brow or low-brow is being reviewed.

Staff Picks – August 2018

Staff picks for the month of August at The London Magazine! Here's what we've been reading recently:   Steven O'Brien - Editor  The Music of Chance - Paul Auster A frustratingly annoying, yet brilliant story.         Lucy Binnersley - Assistant Editor My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Ottessa Moshfegh An arresting and original read with the premise of a 24-year-old woman deciding to take a daily...

Review | DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics at the Hayward Gallery

DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics 22 August - 14 October 2018 HENI Project Space, Southbank Centre's Hayward Gallery In what may be the first major institutional show of its kind, exploring drag culture beyond traditional representation and stereotypes, DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics provides a fascinating look at how drag has been used as a trope that has empowered individuals from wildly...

7 London Museums That You Might Have Missed

London is full of big-name museums, but it is also home to numerous small and hidden establishments. While The British Museum merits infinite visits, this bank holiday weekend why not explore private collections of esoteric material from the Victorian era, walk in the footsteps of one of Britain's greatest poets, or even enter a baroque painting or two? Here...

2018 Essay Competition | Judges’ Interview Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer

We had a quick conversation with the judges of our 2018 Essay Writing Competition — Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer — about their writing, big names in non-fiction today, and any tips they might have for essayists entering our competition. About our judges: Nicola Griffith is an award-winning novelist and essayist, who has been published in a number of journals,...

Mary Wollstonecraft Open Weekend

In celebration of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), author, early feminist and human rights advocate, teacher, and mother of Mary Shelley, the artist and publisher Louisa Albani will be hosting an open weekend at St Pancras Old church in collaboration with Heritage Open Days. The event comes off the back of Albani's recent pamphlet Ghost Ship, which was inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft's Letters from...

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