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Refugees by Manash Bhattacharjee

Refugees I know a thing or two about refugees – As a child I heard father say, “We were sleeping in the place we thought was our country, till the siren rang at dawn -- by dusk everyone learnt how to spell refugee” The sun abandoned all, an exodus of ants fled on fear's soil, forgetting close on their heels – what they left behind won’t remember them -- only refugees walk on earth -- leaving no footprints “When...

Ai Weiwei – A Man in the Way

Ai Weiwei, The Royal Academy of Arts, 19 September – 13 December 2015 I’m writing this in the run-up to Ai Wewei’s already much touted exhibition, soon opening at the Royal Academy here in London. All the indications are that this is going to be an absolutely massive media event. Yet there are also some indications, visible in more conservative...

The Atheist’s Burden

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Submission, Michel Houellebecq, William Heinemann, 256pp, ISBN 1785150243 £12.91 (French edition) Soumission Flammarion ISBN 2081354802 'Rats will most probably outlive mankind; their social system, in any case, is far more solid’. Although it features a third of the way into Submission, this is the kind of sentence that could have come from the conclusion to Michel Houellebecq’s previous book The Map and...

Exile by Manash Bhattacharjee

Exile “I rested my mouth on your memory” ~ Yannis Ritsos, from Diaries of Exile Night arrives like a cart You push it with motionless hands There is darkness But no star When you whistle There is no bird that hears you Ritsos the poet of Greece Is locked up in a cell He is forced to pay homage To Plato’s decree Those who dream perfect societies Are poetry’s enemies Perfect societies are perfect...

Review of ‘The Trial’ at The Young Vic

Rory Kinnear embodied the frantic Josef K masterfully. In this adaptation by Nick Gill, Kinnear speaks in fragmented sentences, revealing his troubled subconscious in his soliloquys. Kinnear brings you into Josef’s collapsing consciousness, forcing you to absorb the language of his inner mind. What appeared to be inarticulate to begin with becomes articulate. We’re submerged into the mind of...

Evening Light

Evening Light Brave bat in a bowler hat Blood shot eyes question What time does this light Depart? The light descends elsewhere Its shadow rising here The bat changes into an owl Dreaming of Minerva A pealing scab Pain blooming pollens Turmeric twilight In her mortar and pestle Bring me a balm From another evening What peels, blooms Pestled into heart-dust Dust that muffles the street-light Murmurs to tired eyes Look up, this evening won't last long Eat. The...

Interview with Reif Larsen

American novelist Reif Larsen is the author of New York Times bestseller The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. The book, tracing the great trajectory of twelve year old genius cartographer T.S. was also adapted into a film by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) last year. Now Larsen has produced his second work, I Am Radar, which was published in...

Five years on – why Natasha Walter’s ‘Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism’ is still one of the most prevalent feminist writings of the 21st Century

So there’s a glamour model contest. All women can enter. To decide on a winner, the women must strip, pose sexually and suggestively on a bed. The men (and some women) in the audience show their preference in women by cheering or booing. A male DJ decides which woman has received the biggest cheers. Surprisingly, this scene comes from in...

Greenwich Revisited

The river boat cut through the water at great speed as it made its way to Greenwich Pier, while I gazed in awe at the magnificent buildings standing proudly on the banks of the River Thames; bathed in the glory of a reluctant June sun. Now I’m returning to my roots, to memories of a bygone age when I...

‘Savage Beauty’ – Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A

From 14th March - 2nd August, the V&A is graced by the biggest Alexander McQueen exhibition in Europe. Since McQueen committed suicide in 2010, his legendary work has been shipped to and from museums and galleries worldwide, and has been visited by many admirers of McQueen’s work. Now, McQueen’s designs are visiting his hometown, London. The ‘badboy of high fashion’...

Giggles by Evdokia Charalampous

With her eyes closed she has been staring at the lamps on the ceiling for days. By now they must look like Sufi dervishes whirling in white to her. The lady in the next room cannot speak but she can sing. My grandmother can do neither. I was wondering if she could hear her too humming in the mornings when the giggles of two passing nurses entered the room curiously. While...

Haiku on Kathmandu Earthquake by Sudeep Sen

Kathmandu Earthquake a prayer for Nepal Gods came tumbling down in Bhaktapur. Everest churned — snow, debris, death.   Sudeep Sen’s prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Rain, Aria (A K Ramanujan Translation Award), Ladakh, and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor). Blue Nude (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen is the first Asian to be honoured to...

Five Bullets for Sabeen Mahmud by Manash Bhattacharjee

“Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?” ~ Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze Sabeen had a list of crimes to her name – She ran a café with a bookstore Where she talked politics She invited her people to speak up For the silenced neighbours She trusted her city Against lies of the government She loved Jimi Hendrix Death’s early bird Jimi sang of the machine gun Out to kill...

Art and Poetry by Byron Beynon

The relationship between painting and poetry, how poets and painters turn to one another for inspiration, has continued to be of interest for sometime. There are many examples of how art can inspire the writing of poetry, and the responses can take many forms. The historian Plutarch (c.46–120 A.D.) in his essay on the Glory of Athens quoted Simonides, a...

Princess Ida

Princess Ida, Finborough Theatre, Until 18th April 2015 One’s first experience of seeing a play at Finborough theatre is really rather charming. Located above the Finborough Arms pub round the corner from Brompton Cemetery, this tiny theatre does not shy away from setting itself a big challenge such as the revival of a light operetta like Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida. The production team...

Pictures from TLM Spring Reception at the House of Commons, 2015

Pictures from our latest event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1y1peg8

This Land by Josie Ferrante

A feathery touch brings me round. Gentle, like the light summer rain back home in Wiltshire – thin drops patter on my face and bare arms. But I know though my eyes are still closed that it's all wrong. I smell dust. The air is thick with it. The same smell has haunted the streets for months, but it...

Into the Blue by Alison Lock

A bee is trapped behind the curtains––its silhouette circles the head of a printed flower. Edith pulls her arm free of the tightly tucked sheet and watches the hand rising. The skin on the wrist and hand is loose, mottled, the blue veins twisted, weaving around the bones. It is the hand of an old person and she does...

Closing the submissions inbox

We will be closing our short story and non-fiction submissions inbox on Monday 16th February for a short time due to the high volume of submissions. Please send in any short story and non-fiction submissions that you wish to submit to the magazine before Monday, as we will not be accepting any submissions after this point. This will not affect...

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2015

This competition is now closed. Thank you very much to all our entrants.  The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition is returning.   Opening Date: 1st April 2015 Closing Date: 31st May 2015 This is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the world to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK plus winning a cash prize. The London Magazine has been home to the likes of...

TLM Short Story Competition 2014: Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2014 short story competition! 1st Prize: The Abstractionist by Robert Hollingworth 2nd Prize: This Land by Josie Ferrante 3rd Prize: Into the Blue by Alison Lock The winners will be announced at a champagne reception in the House of Commons on the 11th March. The winning short story will be published in our April/May...

DESPERATE ROMANTICS: AN AESTHETIC SOIRÉE

Date: 25th February Time: 7pm – 8.30pm, doors open at 6:30pm Tickets: £25; entry includes a wine reception Poet in the City presents an evening in the company of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. As part of A Victorian Obsession exhibition, this event will look in detail at the philosophy behind a fascinating group of artists, and will explore the poets and poetry inspired by this stunning collection. Hosted by...

Paul Williamson – Pleasing People Seriously

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TLM’s Short Story Competition 2014 Shortlist

Thank you to everyone who entered The London Magazine’s 2014 Short Story Competition. The competition continues to grow and every year it is exciting to see an eclectic mix of truly inspiring and inventive short stories. We are delighted to announce the 10 shortlisted entries for the competition. In no particular order: Into the Blue by Alison Lock Landscape Gardening by Jane McLaughlin McManus by David McAlpine Cunningham The Herring...

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