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New Labour a Cataclysm of Charisma by Bruce Anderson

The Labour party is struggling. Not only is there no sight of a strong new leader. The debates leading up to the leadership election have failed to clarify a basic point. What does today's Labour party believe? But Labour has a problem. In normal circumstances, political parties try to navigate around future hazards by drawing on the lessons of...

11th May, Hay Fever

Press night for Hay Fever on a summer’s eve: the red carpet rolled out in front of the Duke of York theatre; expectant photographers at the ready. I spot a few familiar faces: Jim Carter (the Butler Carson from Downton Abbey), Maurine Lipman, Lesley Joseph from Birds of a feather. Seated in front of me was Alessandro Nivola the actor and producer who starred in American...

‘Just Books and Language’ – Interview with Abel Cutillas by Heather Wells

‘Just Books and Language’ – Interview with Abel Cutillas, co-owner of Llibreria Calders, Sant Antoni, Barcelona by Heather Wells Bernat Puigtobella walks me to the Calders bookshop in the trendy neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, Barcelona. On our way he tells me that this bookshop has a certain reputation among literary circles and it is increasingly becoming known by anyone in...

Portraits of Artists and Friends – John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent – Portraits of Artists and Friends, National Portrait Gallery 12 February – 25 May 2015 If you did not know this was a John Singer Sargent exhibition, you would think this a highly skilled collection of artist’s work that showcases a range of styles and techniques. But it isn’t, clearly, which makes this not just a remarkable...

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre It is so rare to find a play that has perfected the balance between comedy, romance and tragedy – but look no further – for here it is. This stage adaptation of the highly successful film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes (1998) is a re-telling of the imaginary romance between Will Shakespeare and his muse...

Interview with Senior Curator Daniel Robbins

Heather Wells interviews Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator of the Leighton House Museum talking about the current exhibition, A Victorian Obsession.  Thank you for letting us interview you Daniel, I’ve been to see A Victorian Obsession and I think it’s a wonderful exhibition, and so I’d like to ask you a few questions about the background of this show. This is...

London, The Information Capital by Heather Wells

Questions about London? Which borough of London is the happiest? Which boroughs spend the most and the least amount of time online? Where in London are you most likely to find young singles? Which boroughs have been the most consistent in their political voting in the last three elections? Which borough has the highest fertility rate? Which underground line has had the most...

Interview with Marlene Johnson, Head of Enid Blyton Estate by Heather Wells

H: You/Hachette must have been very thrilled to acquire the rights to the Enid Blyton Estate (excluding Noddy) and that was in 2012. What does this personally mean to you as the MD of Hachette’s children’s books? M: Well I have to say it was a commercial purchase but also for me it was an emotional one. When I heard...

DSC Prize Shortlist Revealed

The world’s literati gathered at the historic London School of Economics and Political Science on Thursday, 27th November, as the shortlist for the fifth annual DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 was announced. Making the esteemed shortlist is a dynamic mix of new and established writers as well as a translated work. This year’s shortlist of five features two...

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015

The fifth annual 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will announced its short-list on Thursday 27th November 2014 by co-founders and also mother and son, Mrs. Surina Narula MBE & Mr. Manhad Narula at The Shaw Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since its inception in 2010, the DSC Prize has significantly impacted and drawn...

College Street – A Poem by Manash Bhattacherjee

An open tunnel Swarming with books Slow pavement Walking with a pause Books stall you Eyes stalked by titles The feet fettered You miss the women An old book-fool Lost in the dead poet As life passes by Ah bulletproof poems By that Nabarun He shot at his poems They did not die Survived the tobacco Fire and smoke Living like a cigarette Guts bellowing The poet dies bravely His books sold By streets of oblivion "O' he is dead?" The owner...

Romantic Inspirations

Carol Ann Duffy CBE to chair the Keats-Shelley Prize 2015 and Young Romantics, a new prize for young writers The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is delighted to announce that the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy CBE FRSL has been appointed as Chair of the judges of the Keats-Shelley Prize 2015 and also lead judge for their new Young Romantics Prize for...

For Calcutta by Manash Bhattacharjee

As I leave for Calcutta I think the city Always that other city Its river Ganga Always my other river Howrah Bridge What a colonial cradle A Raj suspended Kipling's imperial joy Hoogly below Flows older than time Soothing hearts River rowed with song Of undying love God familiar boatman With a name Now none remembers City of modest curtains A canvas of wilted time Buildings of lost colour Windows of empty eyes Crowds of salt and sun Sweats in rushing...

The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Trafalgar Studios II

The Trials of Oscar Wilde is currently showing for its last week at Trafalgar Studios, formerly Whitehall Theatre. It is co-written by John O’Connor and Merlin Holland, the latter being the only Grandson of Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde’s downfall began with The Marquis of Queensbury (the father of Wilde’s younger lover Lord Alfred Douglas aka ‘Bosie’) when he left a...

Back to Painting – Danny Fox

It’s a strange time in the history of the visual arts avant-garde right now. So strange that the vast majority of those who think of themselves as ‘players’ don’t seem to have realized it. Here are a few things to think about. First, the major patrons and promoters of the kind of art that is self-defined as ‘avant-garde’ are no...

Tickets to London History Festival

The 6th London History Festival will be taking place in Kensington on Nov 12 - 27th. Talks start at 7.00pm. Hear bestselling authors such as Charles Spencer, Adam Zamoyski, Helen Castor and David Reynolds - and join in the debates. Tickets are just £5 (and £3 concessions). For further details about the festival please see http://www.londonhistoryfestival.com/ The London Magazine has been given 10...

Extract from Tim Keane's God’s Lonely Men: The Two De Niros

God’s Lonely Men: The Two De Niro's by Tim Keane This is an extract from a review featured in our October/November issue. The actor Robert De Niro established his cinematic legacy playing taciturn characters whose individual standards, expectations, and inarticulateness place them in conflict with assorted American subcultures. In his breakthrough leading role as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976), the...

Hail that Taxi at Heathrow airport by Steve Thomas-Emberson

There are many ways a work of art comes into being. It can be private or corporate patronage, or just for the artist’s own private pleasure. When we concentrate on corporate patronage this also can be for many things and ego being at the top of the list! For Heathrow Terminal 2 Departures lounge a totally different reason came...

Dublin's The Doorway Gallery Comes to London For 1 Week Only!

The Doorway Gallery will exhibit in a unique pop-up gallery at The Chart Gallery, 62 Old Church Street, London SW3 6DP,  for one week only.  Immerse yourself in the best of Irish art, and take the opportunity to meet the Artist and see how they create. The Gallery launches with a bang, kicking off with a live demonstration from...

Literary Norfolk by Francesca Baker

In May 2012 Norwich became England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, joining  Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin, Reykjavik and Kraków  in this hallowed status. For many centuries it has been a breeding ground, refuge and destination for writers and bibliophiles, and the roots of literature run deep. Apparently, people spend more on culture per capita than in any other region...

Letter to GQ Board of Editors…From The London Magazine Board of Editors

Dear Sir/Madam, GQ’s decision to present the award of philanthropist of the year to Tony Blair represents an absolute nadir in the vision of the magazine.  We can only surmise that the decision to confer the honour was made for reasons of publicity and to court controversy. However, the shock value generated by such a sensationalist decision calls into question...

Virginia Woolf – Art, Life and Vision

Virginia Woolf viewed greatness as a “positive possession”. In her mind greatness was “a bodily presence; it has nothing to do with anything said. It exists in certain people”. Undeniably Woolf was such a person, although she herself might never have realised it. This exhibition is a testimony to the greatness that lives on with such energy in the...

Different Faces by Manash Bhattacharjee

"I wonder sometimes where people store all their different faces." ~ Trina Nileena Banerjee The face he wears every morning Reminds him of his mother Combing his hair before school. The face he carries in the streets And in his workplace Where every glance cuts him To size like a scissor trimming A bouquet – That face he wears of hours The beloved never turned up. When he meets the woman In...

Scottish Independence and the old West Lothian question by Bruce Anderson

There is a good old Scottish word: thrawn. It is almost onomatopoeic. The accepted translation into English English is "stubborn", but that does not come close to doing justice to thrawn. Thrawn to stubborn is like the difference between a gnarled, weathered, battered, old oak tree and a rose bush. There is a Scottish politician and former MP called...

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