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Butterbur – A Poem by Leni Dipple

Butterbur an epithalamium Many people who were here before have gone. Their place name remains. It is Kilchoman. Kilchoman, I say, under my breath, I familiarise myself with where to place the stress. Will this word bloom on my tongue like the butterburs below? …. the pink warmth of their moment their sighting on the strip between car and beach …. the sheer surprise of their presence brought smiles and quiet joy, a presence to withstand the wind, a...

Update to the Submission Guidelines: Please Read

We have updated our submission processing system using a new online portal – submittable.com. This new process of submission will allow for submissions to be read and responded to far more quickly than the current emailing system. To submit, please sign up for a submittable account and send in your submission through our online portal as found on our submission guidelines...

Deck the Streets of Carnaby – Thursday 13th November 2014

Carnaby is kicking off the Christmas season with a shopping party spectacular. Over 150 brands, restaurants and bars are coming together to throw the ultimate Christmas party across 13 streets. Visitors will receive 20% discount along with exclusive trend talks and live music as the lights are switched on. This year the theme is music and fashion: expect plenty of...

Salt’n Pepper and Kipling – an Evening of the Telling by Amy Durant

Tucked away behind the bustle of Leicester Square lies the restaurant Salt‘n Pepper, which specialises in serving contemporary twists on traditional Pakistani, Pan Asian and Indian food. As we turned on to Orange Street the restaurant heralded itself with the smell of barbequed meat and aromatic spices. The light and airy space was a welcome break from the chaos of...

Green by Chris Woods

      My Kodak Brownie didn’t work but I have a picture of the green dress. The film was black and white, my memory is colour. We’d eaten our lunch by ten o’clock, sandwiches and crisps out of paper bags, the sickly smell inside the coach as we dizzied through the Dales to Malham. My first day trip from Hanson Primary School into a countryside I didn’t know. I don’t remember...

Us by David Nicholls

Douglas is awakened in the middle of the night by his wife Connie who believes that their 20-year-long marriage has run its course. She wishes to separate once their son Albie moves away to University. Douglas, being practical, logical, and deeming his marriage a success, is utterly thrown by the very sudden declaration. Us explores the fractured relationship between...

How to Be Both by Ali Smith

‘Ho this is a mighty twisting thing’. So begins half of Ali Smith’s How to be Both and a ‘mighty twisted thing’ it is indeed, a book that itself excels in the art of being ‘both’.  The novel maintains two states of existence; divided into two halves from very different historical periods. Produced in two versions, Smith varies the...

Books Are My Bag: In Celebration of High Street Bookshops

If you haven’t heard of Books Are My Bag – this is an annual nationwide campaign that supports and celebrates bookshops. This event will culminate in Super Thursday: (9th October) where 1,000 high street bookshops will be holding special events including authors Paul Merton, John Cleese, Martina Cole, David Nicholls, Peter F Hamilton, Rachel Joyce, Alan Johnson, Ken Follet and Barbara Erskine....

One-month free trial of The London Magazine’s App is now available

To celebrate our new issue, we’re giving new subscribers a chance to gain access to the whole of our magazine’s App for one month completely free! Download the App We launched our App, which was built by Exact Editions, in early 2013. Beautifully created to match our print version, our App is a fantastic addition to The London Magazine and makes...

The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition is back!

Following the last two years success, we are proud to announce the return of our Third Annual Short Story Competition. Returning to find the best short stories in English from around the globe, we welcome entrants from across the world. The competition will be judged by Polly Samson, the author of two collections of short stories and a novel, and...

The Winners of The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014

We are excited to announce the winners of The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014! First Prize:  The Journey by William Bedford Second Prize:  Green by Chris Woods Third Prize:  At the Nursing Home by Leland James The winners will be announced at a champagne reception in London on the 17th September. The winning poem will be published in our next issue – October/November...

Exclusive Amazon Local Deal: Six Month Subscription to The London Magazine

Exclusive to Amazon Local, The London Magazine is offering a six month subscription plus a bonus gift issue from the ‘noughties’, all for only £14. Valid to new subscribers only, this fantastic deal includes three issues with your subscription as well as online access to the magazine dating back to 2010. The voucher is valid for a limited time only, so...

TLM's Poetry Competition 2014 Shortlist Announcement

Thank you to everyone who entered The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition. The entries have been amazing and we are delighted to announce the 10 shortlisted entries for the competition. In no particular order: The Journey by William Bedford Green by Chris Woods At the Nursing Home by Leland James Another Summer by Petra Regent The Knight, the Young Girl, and Death by Ruth Daniell The Unspoken Ecstasy...

Win a copy of 'Chaplin and Company'

With thanks to Vintage Books, The London Magazine is running a book giveaway! Three copies of Mave Fellowes’ novel, Chaplin and Company are available for you to win. Along with this, we will be providing a bonus noughties issue of The London Magazine to add to your collection for each winner. All you need to do is answer one simple question: Who is...

The Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival has returned for its sixth year

You can now book your place for the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival. The festival runs from the 14th to 16th September at Ivy House, Golders Green and includes over 70 events with 90 speakers over the course of 3 days. The Festival, organised and hosted by London Jewish Cultural Centre in partnership with Ham&High newspaper, have brought together a host of...

The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition 2014

This competition is now closed. The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition has returned for its third year. To continue its literary history, The London Magazine is constantly looking for new voices. Our competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short stories under 4,000 words from writers across the world. Opening date: 1st September...

A FIRST WORLD PROBLEM

Theatre503 is a small, intimate and rather quirky theatre found in The Latchmere pub, a short walk away from Clapham Junction Station. ‘A First World Problem’ centres on three boarding school girls battling the pressures and expectations of a 21st century capitalist society – including drugs, self-harming, eating disorders bullying and pinning their hopes on getting into Oxford. The play...

WIN TICKETS TO NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE’S SUMMER SEASON

This competition is now closed. Following their highly successful debut season and dates at the Royal Opera House, the country’s most dynamic, risk-taking company, New English Ballet Theatre, returns with an innovative collaboration between visual art, music and dance. This varied and compelling programme showcases the stars of the future in 5 world premieres from the UK’s hottest choreographic talent. On...

Poetry Competition: Final Call For Poetry Submissions

This is the final call for The London Magazine’s worldwide poetry competition: we’re closing for entries in less than two weeks! The competition presents you with an outstanding chance for your work to be published in the UK’s the oldest and most prestigious literary journal in the UK, which has published the works of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Christopher...

Call for Submissions – Dune Tales

The London Magazine is looking for your travel tales to be published in a new eBook Anthology titled Dune Tales: An Anthology of Middle Eastern and North African Travel Writing at the end of this year. Dune Tales is an exciting collaboration between The London Magazine, the British Guild of Travel Writers and the University of Portsmouth. The eBook edition will be produced by The London Magazine's publishing arm ‘TLM Editions’ and each...

Young Ambassadors at New Writing South take their Manifesto to the House of Commons

London – 13th May 2014: A group of Young Ambassadors supported by Brighton based literature development agency, New Writing South, presented a Manifesto (https://www.newwritingsouth.com/Manifesto), which champions the importance of creative writing for young people, at theHouse of Commons yesterday afternoon. MP Caroline Lucas showed her support for the manifesto and provided an introduction to what she described as “a creative, expressive...

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition is now open!

For the first time since its resurgence, The London Magazine is hosting a worldwide poetry competition which is open for all ages. This is a fantastic opportunity to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK which has been home to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid and many more, along with winning a cash prize.  Opening date:...

The London Magazine's submissions inbox closing for entries

The London Magazine’s submissions inbox will close on Monday for a short time. Please send in your fiction, poetry and essays submissions this weekend to submissions@thelondonmagazine.org. For more details about our submission guidelines please click here.

The Man Who Unravelled Solitude by Manash Bhattacharjee

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a beautiful name. It resonates with such a feeling more so because the name immediately reminds us of the man’s imagination, the crushing beauty of his stories that mesmerized audiences reeling from the brilliant but dismal literature travelling from post-war Europe. The novel was Europe, and little bit America, with most readers oblivious to the...
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