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Review | David Hockney’s ‘The Arrival of Spring’ by Christine Jones

Christine JonesDavid Hockney's 'The Arrival of Spring' at the Royal Academy of Arts David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century and at the age of eighty-three years old. He is exhibiting his most recent work - one hundred and sixteen iPad ‘paintings’ depicting The Arrival of Spring - at The Royal Academy,...

Essay | On Stefan Zweig: An Open Letter to English Heritage

The application for a blue plaque in Hallam Street, Central London, to commemorate Stefan Zweig’s residence in the city from 1933–1939, was turned down in 2012. English Heritage argued then that the Austrian writer’s ‘London connections did not appear strong enough’ and that his ‘profile has never been as high in Britain as elsewhere.’ Even at the time, this puzzled many. Zweig had been made so well-known to a new generation of English readers, mainly through [...]

Interview | Nicky Wynne on St Paul’s ‘Remember Me’ Project

‘Remember Me’ was first set up by St Paul’s Cathedral in May 2020. The online memorial commemorates those who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and was put in place to support the bereft. The online platform received such a positive response that it was decided there would be a physical memorial at the Cathedral, so that visitors from everywhere, of all faiths and none, could attend to reflect and mourn at a place dedicated to remembering [...]

Essay | The Madman and the Dwarf: Van Gogh and Lautrec by Jeffrey Meyers

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90) and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), eleven years his junior, both contracted syphilis and died at the age of thirty-seven. Despite their completely different backgrounds, character and way of life, these freakish outsiders formed a strange friendship during the last four years of Vincent’s life.  They were drawn together by their passion for art, which relieved the agony of their lives.  They respected each other’s work, exhibited together [...]

Interview | Jean Mattern on his Inspirations, Latest Work, and ‘Great Literature’

Erik MartinyJean Mattern on his Inspirations, Latest Work, and 'Great Literature' Jean Mattern is the French author of seven novels published by Sabine Wespieser and Gallimard. He works as the foreign literature editor at the French publishing company, Grasset.  Your first novel, Les bains de Kiraly, was translated into seven languages. How do you explain the international appeal of that...

Fiction | The Anthill by Julianne Pachico [Extract]

It’s the faded pink building down the road from the grocery store. An hour by bus from the Metrocable stop. Telephone wires cross the sky, chickens cluck from a nearby balcony, a dog with enormous testicles flees uphill. 1 p.m. Here they come. Chattering busily, streaming through the propped-open door. Ponytails bouncing, shirts untucked and speckled with dust from Tocineta and De Todito crisps. Some are in school uniforms, white socks pulled up to their knees [...]

Essay | Psychogeography and Succotash by Will Vigar

After decades of hearing Looney Tunes’ Sylvester the Cat say ‘thuffering thuccotash’ my friend Dirk, a Native American, told me what Succotash actually is. Succotash is a Native American dish. Its name is Anglicised from the Narragansett word ‘msickquatash’ meaning cooked corn. I’m not sure how we got to the subject of succotash, but he told me that it was one of those dishes that everyone made differently, although it always had corn and beans in it. His family’s recipe had fatty [...]

Poetry | White Rabbit by Rachel Quick

The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine‘s website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond. Rachel QuickWhite Rabbit The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!this line the rabbit repeats as time slips awaygolden watch beats against his pumping heart,the hourglass of blood...

Colombian Edition – Call for Submissions | The London Magazine

COLOMBIAN EDITION 2021 - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS For its special upcoming Colombian Edition for 2021, the year of Colombia and the UK, The London Magazine, with the support of Hay Festivals Colombia, is pleased to call for submissions in a wide range of forms to showcase Colombia’s literary, artistic and historical culture.  We are interested in Non-Fiction (Essays), Short Fiction and Poetry of the highest...

Preview | Spanish Modern Landscapes at Colnaghi by Ria Higgins

Ria HigginsSpanish Modern Landscapes at Colnaghi Many of us long for the darkness of the last year to pass and for warmer days to arrive. We are already dreaming of blue skies, golden beaches and white rocks, seeing the summer sun set across the countryside. Art can sometimes take us to these places and a new exhibition of Spanish...

Preview | Eileen Cooper: ‘Nights at the Circus’ by Ria Higgins

Ria HigginsEileen Cooper: 'Nights at the Circus' Eileen Cooper is known for addressing the female identity in her paintings and printmaking. She is also known for mixing everyday realism with a wild imagination, a primitive and playful style and her affinity for bold colours. It seems fitting, then, that the Folio Society should commission her to create the illustrations for...

Fiction | Private Matters by Joshua Phelps

The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine‘s website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond. Joshua PhelpsPrivate Matters A peaceful crackling accompanied the amber glow that melted Blackwell’s dark vision. The warmth licked his face like a big friendly dog. A heavy quilt...

Poetry | Mamochka by Katie Burge

The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine's website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond.Katie BurgeMamochka I know I knocked over your favourite red ceramic jar spilled the salt you stooped to scoop up that same salt you rubbed into old wounds hoping to preserve them you...

Review | The Costs of Care by Alex Diggins

Carers are the unacknowledged stevedores of the world. The economic contribution of their unpaid humping and dumping is estimated at $10 trillion per year: 13 per cent of global GDP. In the UK, where 6,000 people become carers every day, they save the government £132 billion a year by their labour. Yet, as Sam Mills argues in her memoir The Fragments of My Father, carers  are invariably overlooked and undervalued. The ‘Clap for Carers’ in the early months of the pandemic implied caring was a one-off act: a singular performance with a triumphant crescendo and a definite end. Instead, as Mills makes clear, care is work: frequently exhausting, often dull [...]

Interview | John Maxwell O’Brien on Writing his Debut Novel ‘Aloysius the Great’

Try as I may to masquerade as an Irishman, I am most certainly a New Yorker and an American. But my grandfather was born in a pub in Kilcullen, County Kildare, and that explains a great deal in and of itself. My father reminded us with monotonous regularity that we were direct descendants of Brian Boru, King of Munster and high king of Ireland. Perhaps that’s why he often referred to us as a royal pain in the ass. I did visit Ireland in 1968, kissed the stone at Blarney, and the damn thing kissed me back! [...]

Interview | Chris Power on Russian Espionage, the Callousness of Writers, and How ‘Fiction Colonises Reality’

It goes through that strange, transformative process, where you’re taking the real and grafting fictional elements onto it, and it starts to occupy a space where the two become entangled. Or, if you like, the fiction colonises the reality. It takes over. I spent so long writing and re-writing those scenes that the fictional elements, and the people who didn’t exist but who I put in those places, take on their own reality that they get in the way of your memories [...]

Interview | Christopher Wilton-Steer on Photographing the Living History of the Silk Road

In 2019, travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer spent four months retracing the Silk Road, the historic trade route. Over a period of four months, he travelled 40,000 km overland by car, bus, train, ferry, horse and camel, traversing sixteen countries. He began his journey from London’s King’s Cross, where the show is staged (8th April 2021 until 16th June). The exhibition, which is sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation and presented in partnership with King’s Cross [...]

Interview | Elyssa Sykes-Smith: London Live’s ‘Next Big Thing’

The London MagazineElyssa Sykes-Smith: London Live's 'Next Big Thing' Australian artist Elyssa Sykes-Smith is one of the ten winners of London Live’s Next Big Thing competition. As one of the winners, she has been commissioned to create an original piece of work that captures the ‘Spirit of London’, highlighting its richly diverse and international culture. The final artworks will be...

Fiction | Alysm by Irenosen Okojie

I am walking our dog in the park when the burning sensation infiltrates my throat as though it is new-found land. The burning sensation makes me want to slip into the abandoned baby harness slung over a bench, then run towards a baying that escapes the heat in my blood. The burning sensation has instructions for daylight. In you. Out of you. Beyond you. The burning sensation says the fog expanding in your brain has accomplices. The burning sensation warns [...]

Essay | On Being Seen: The Rise of Spoken Word by Joelle Taylor

I am writing this in a dressing room in the Southbank Centre, deep beneath Queen Elizabeth hall. We have gathered along with a full film crew to record our first Out-Spoken Live film which will be broadcast this Sunday. I am part of the team that curates and presents Out-Spoken Live, a poetry and music night resident in the Southbank Purcell Room. We did not begin here. Our move to these prestigious halls is symptomatic of the rise of live poetry and spoken word not only in the UK but globally [...]

Fiction | Your Story, My Story by Connie Palmen [Extract]

To most people, we exist only in books, my bride and I. For the past thirty-five years, I’ve had to watch with impotent horror as our real lives were buried beneath a mudslide of apocryphal stories, false witness, gossip, fabrication, and myth; how our true, complex personalities were replaced by hackneyed characters, reduced to mere images, tailor-made to suit a readership with an appetite for sensationalism. And in all of this, she was the brittle saint [...]

Essay | The Year Without Atmosphere

It is two months into your new job when someone mentions, in passing, that your microphone fails to capture the first few words of every sentence you utter, so no one has heard almost anything you’ve said. Until that moment, you believed that you were uninsightful and off-topic and you actually cried, getting off one call, at the feeling that you were a kind of business ghost, haunting meetings without ever provoking a response. You felt that your disappearance might [...]

Interview | Jorge Coll on Spanish Landscapes at Colnaghi

The London MagazineJorge Coll on Spanish Landscapes at ColnaghiColnaghi is recognised as one of the world’s most important art dealerships in the Old Masters and antiquities markets. The renowned gallery has three spaces in London, Madrid and New York. Founded in Paris in 1760, with a London presence from 1786, Colnaghi exhibited the likes of Turner and advised artists...

Interview | Richard Zarzi on Love, Icons and Spiritualism

Richard Zarzi is considered one of the world's most prominent pop artists working today, having celebrated many icons in his work, including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Chanel and Marilyn Monroe. His work created by projecting images onto a canvas screen, which he further instates with bold light and texture using a mixture of acrylics, resins and diamond dust. The result is a celebration of the icons' charisma and beauty through an his distinctive signature style [...]

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