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Poetry | The Heaviest Weight We Bear by Regina Rosenfeld

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.Regina RosenfeldThe Heaviest Weight We Bear That day in the lamp shop, surrounded by trinkets and sheen,there were so many bulbs with cracks and...

Fiction | Unmoored by Rajiv Ramkhalawan

Rajiv RamkhalawanUnmoored .……..You are headed to Trinidad for Carnival. .……..In the lead up to your flight, the island of your birth consumes you, maddens you in the way a lost soul forages a burial ground for its own body, but never quite finds it. You are like that lost soul, trapped between the past and the present. Longing for something that...

Review | Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

David ButlerSmall Things Like These by Claire Keegan Some stories begin as thought experiments. At the time the Ferns Report was being released, Claire Keegan heard a victim of institutional abuse describe how he’d been discovered by the coalman locked inside a coal shed. The religious thanked the latter for his intervention, made a show of washing and feeding the...

Fiction | Christmas Fire by Ferdinand Dennis

The following story is reproduced with permission from The Black and White Museum, a new collection of short stories by Ferdinand Dennis to be published on 2 December by HopeRoad, who last year republished Dennis's 1998 novel Duppy Conqueror. A copy of the new collection can be ordered directly from the publisher here. Ferdinand DennisChristmas Fire Christmas was approaching and London...

Poetry | My Modern Moon by Creagh Factor

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.Creagh FactorMy Modern Moon The thin tubed stand grasping down to my moon on the right could jangle, whisper, chime but instead we choose silence because it’s not...

Review | Mohammad Ghazali: Persepolis: 2560-2580 by Celia Bailey

A review of Mohammad Ghazali: Persepolis: 2560-2580by Celia Bailey If history is often a fiction ‘written by the victors’, then what we accept as truth might often more accurately be described as the accumulated observations of a host of unreliable witnesses.  Perceptions of truth and the histories that spool out from them are just some of the tools which Iranian...

Essay | The Art of Lost Sleep by Venetia Welby

The following essay is reproduced with permission from the anthology Trauma - An anthology of writing about art and mental health (Dodo Ink, 2021, edited by Sam Mills & Thom Cuell). Alongside this essay, the book contains work from Monique Roffey, Alex Pheby, David Lynch, Kirsty Logan & many others. You can buy the book directly from the publisher...

Review | Everlove by Maggie Butt

Carol DeVaughnA review of Everlove by Maggie Butt This heartfelt and moving collection opens with a sequence inspired by the American  artist, Mary Behrens, in her series entitled Run, on the plight of refugees. Maggie Butt’s poems speak both as witness to the devastation and as the mind of the refugees, as if what is being witnessed is also unravelling...

Fiction | Ten Bodies by Elliott Kalt

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.Elliott KaltTen Bodies .......Abraham Jacob readjusted his position again with a resigned sigh, the cold steel train supports beneath him creaking unhappily with his...

Fiction | Brickmakers by Selva Almada tr. Annie McDermott [Extract]

We are pleased to bring you an extract from the novel Brickmakers by Selva Almada, translated by Annie McDermott, and published by Charco Press — an Edinburgh-based press that seeks to publish English language translations of the very best of contemporary Latin American literature. Buy the book directly from the publisher here.  Pájaro Tamai and Marciano Miranda, two young men, are...

Poetry | Scissors by Creagh Factor

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.Creagh FactorScissors At first my scissors felt childish, big plastic handles that were not the deep Roman Tyrian purple but like Dairy Milk wrappers.Then I saw...

Review | The Art of Fiction by Chloë Ashby

Chloë AshbyThe Art of Fiction Second Place, Rachel Cusk, Faber, 2021, 224pp, £14.99 (hardcover) Painting Time, Maylis de Kerangal (tr. Jessica Moore), MacLehose, 2021, 288pp, £16.99 (hardcover)‘The point is to imagine,’ murmurs Paula, the walleyed protagonist of Maylis de Kerangal’s engaging new novel, Painting Time. She’s talking to Kate, with whom she’s studying the art of trompe-l’œil at the Institut de...

Review | A Fish in the Stream by Katie da Cunha Lewin

Katie da Cunha LewinA Fish in the Stream The Years, Annie Ernaux, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018, 240pp, £12.99 (paperback)Happening, Annie Ernaux, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019, 96pp, £8.99 (paperback) What does it mean to make your life the subject of your writing? For French writer Annie Ernaux, this is a complex question that goes well beyond simple narration, plot or emotional truth, but to...

Essay | The Dreadful Cruise of David Foster Wallace by Jeffrey Meyers

Jeffrey MeyersThe Dreadful Cruise of David Foster Wallace Philip Roth, blurbing on the dust wrapper of Saul Bellow’s collected nonfiction, declared, “Rare are the novelists who write nonfiction comparable in strength to their fiction.”  In fact, the opposite is true.  David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) exemplifies the general rule that applies to most post-war American novelists, whose realistic essays are more...

Poetry | What Remains by Regina Rosenfeld

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.Regina RosenfeldWhat Remains Already, I’ve spent too much time sorting throughall that I have let desire bestow upon me— categorizing the excess of a failed...

Interview | Marion Messina on ‘Monstrous’ Novels by Erik Martiny

Erik MartinyMarion Messina on 'Monstrous' Novels Marion Messina is a high-profile French journalist who writes for Marianne and other newspapers. She made headlines with her debut novel Faux Départ (False Start) in 2017. The novel recounts the professional and amorous tribulations of a young woman who aspires to climb the social ladder only to find that her country is less...

Essay | The Dreadful Cruise of David Foster Wallace by Jeffrey Meyers

Jeffrey MeyersThe Dreadful Cruise of David Foster Wallace.......Philip Roth, blurbing on the dust wrapper of Saul Bellow’s collected nonfiction, declared, 'Rare are the novelists who write nonfiction comparable in strength to their fiction.' In fact, the opposite is true.  David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) exemplifies the general rule that applies to most postwar American novelists, whose realistic essays are more...

Poetry | Hyperlove by Naomi Morris

Naomi MorrisHyperlove The two pieces below are reproduced with permission from the closing stages of Hyperlove by Naomi Morris (Makina Books, September 2021). Hyperlove burns with frustration and fervour as Morris explores heteronormative ideals, romantic happily-ever-afters and the historical oppression of women and their right to agency and expression. Yet Hyperlove isn’t constrained to a sense of personal storytelling. In...

Poetry | I leave myself in the bull-filled room by Alice Merry

Alice MerryI leave myself in the bull-filled room  i. ...The bull fills the room.......................................................................throws ...its horns.............wide...................................................................handfuls of barnacle.................tapering............into slick ivory points.................medieval    ...chessmen  spearing..................................................................the paintwork .........................................................................................................the bull ...is slick dense its skin pungent with grease.........................................the smell ...........of coffee grounds.........black pepper.................................the angular bronze ...of its backside .nudges the walls........................lowers the thickly ...veined swing......of its haunches........................into a crouch...............hooves ...unsettle the floor ..........................the girl ...must not touch the bull ..............must fit herself............in...

Poetry | Risk of Showers by Abigail Huke

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.Abigail HukeRisk of Showers   I want my rage to be hot and dry but it is wet and somewhat tepid. The temperature of the bath when...

Extract | Ricochets by Camille Emmanuelle tr. Nick Haughton

The text below is a translated extract from Ricochets by Camille Emmanuelle. Ricochets opens on 7 January 2015, as Camille accompanies her husband Luz—cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo—to his first psychiatric appointment following the terrorist attacks that took place earlier that day. In this book, Camille Emmanuelle conducts both a personal and journalistic investigation into an under-appreciated domain of post-traumatic stress, something...

Fiction | Nothing You Could Call a Place by Shannon Kuta Kelly

Shannon Kuta KellyNothing You Could Call a Place The flat on Szlak had two identical but separate entrances on either side of the building, so that often, if it was dark or I was tired, I couldn’t recall which I had used. If I woke up from a particularly strange dream or deep sleep, I would try to remember if...

Fiction | A Circular Walk by Kimberly Campanello

Kimberly CampanelloA Circular Walk That Sunday they had crossed, probably illegally, into the area that held the poet’s grave. She and her boyfriend had decided that despite the cold it was time to leave their city and cross the county, seeking air and beauty in lieu of ceaseless isolation in the comfort of their home. They were unsure of their...

Fiction | Advertising by Charlie Hinkley

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.Charlie HinkleyAdvertising 7:45 am. The (almost) future. You start your day as normal. The blue light from your phone stings your eyes before the sun has...

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