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New eBook collection: ‘Making For The Exit’ by Edward Lucie-Smith

The London Magazine is excited to announce the launch of Edward Lucie-Smith’s poetry eBook collection, ‘Making for the Exit’.   These new poems are summarised as a ‘eclectic mix of stark imagery, sensuous description and bare truths’.   Although a regular contributor to our magazine, this eBook will mark the first time Edward Lucie-Smith has been published under The London Magazine Editions.   This will...

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...

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...

Omnibus Clapham, 11th June 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended The London Magazine event at Omnibus in Clapham on wednesday for the official launch of Edward Lucie-Smith’s poetry eBook published by The London Magazine and available to buy on our website now:   http://thelondonmagazine.org/editions/making-for-the-exit-by-edward-lucie-smith/   Poetry readings on the night were given by Joe Machine, Grey Gowrie, Steven O’Brien and Edward Lucie-Smith from the latest collection.   Artwork of...

Blessed Is the Road On Which You Are Travelling Today by Neil Herrington

Tuesday, 14 February 1989 You had never heard of the word until an hour ago, but already your designers are as familiar with the concept as they are with their own mannequins. To your ear, it sounds like the name of a Hong Kong Triad or a term from Jamaican quilting. Not a fat quarter, but a fat-wah. Since learning the...

The Golden Hour by Frances Gapper

That afternoon was a particularly trying one for Mary. Having changed her mother’s incontinence pad and left her on the sofa watching ‘Homes under the Hammer’, she had retreated upstairs, planning to work. But after turning on her computer, she heard the rattle and scrape of a metal stepladder being positioned outside, on the dank strip of gravel between...

Flowers by Mark Godfrey

She communicates through flowers. Daffodils are for happiness, carnations for sadness, snowdrops mean hope and tulips stand for strength. She saves dahlias for saints’ days, even though she isn’t religious, and gladioli for the family visits she dreads. A red rose means enter, a white rose death. This isn’t, you may have noticed, the traditional language of flowers; it’s her...

The Modern Eye, Edvard Munch exhibition at Tate Modern. By Will Stone

The Sun 1910–13 Oil on canvas 162 x 205 Munch Museum © Munch Museum/Munch-EllingsendGroup/DACS 2012
‘Without anxiety and sickness I would have been a rudderless ship…’ – E. Munch I At any given time of the year, somewhere on the continent, there will be another exhibition taking place of the paintings or prints of Edvard Munch. These regular airings of works both familiar and overlooked by the Nordic high priest of existential anxiety are often located in...

‘These Shining Lives’ at Park Theatre: A Review

The little red card which revealed my seat number beneath the ‘Park Theatre’ logo, led me into the intimate space which was the crux of the £2.5 million project, the ‘brainchild’ of Artistic Director Jez Bond. As I waited in the square and darkly lit room, the floor of the stage gleamed, still glossy, reflecting the light which was...

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: 1st May 2014              Deadline:...

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

Young Ambassadors at New Writing South
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,...

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:...

Art and Conflict – M-Museum in Leuven Presents Ravaged by Loma-Ann Marks

Art and Conflict – M-Museum in Leuven Presents Ravaged by Loma-Ann Marks
“The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes,” said French philosopher and writer Simone Weil, and this idea runs throughout the recently opened exhibition Ravaged, at the M – Museum in Leuven, Belgium, one of many events taking place throughout Europe this year to mark the centenary of the First World War. Focusing on how...

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.

An interview with the editor of The London Magazine, Steven O’Brien

The London Magazine interviews Steven O’Brien, editor of The London Magazine ahead of their first general poetry competition.   The London Magazine have begun running more writing competitions in the past few years with the next one coming up in May. Why do you think competitions are so important? Competitions are a crucial way of showcasing new and established poets. Since the...

Enter to win tickets to ‘MEOW MEOW’ at the West End

With thanks to boom ents, The London Magazine is excited to give you a chance to win a pair of theatre tickets to see MEOW MEOW this summer!   Making her Wonderground debut, International Singing Sensation and post-post-modern showgirl MEOW MEOW is back in London for three weeks only.   Following her trail-blazing shows in the West End, concerts with the London Philharmonic...

Nyx and Oneiroi: The Depiction of Dreams in Renaissance Art by Erik Martiny

©Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Garofalo, Diana and Endymion
La Renaissance et le rêve, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 9 October 2013 – 26 January 2014   La Renaissance et le rêve, Musée du Luxembourg Editions, 2013   While nocturnes have been showcased before, most notably in striking unchronological fashion at the Musée d’Orsay, dreamscapes have never come together before in such profusion. The twilit atmosphere created in the museum adjoining the Luxemburg...

An interview with poet Manash Bhattacharjee, author of ‘Ghalib’s Tomb and other poems

The London Magazine interviews Manash Bhattacharjee, author of the poetry collection ‘Ghalib’s Tomb and other poems’ to give us a glimpse at the inspiration behind his collection.   When did you start writing poetry? I wrote my first poem, a very silly love poem, when I was in the eighth standard. I wrote nothing thereafter, till I reached my final year in...

Calcutta by Amit Chaudhuri

University of Calcutta by wikimedia.org is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Calcutta: Two Years in the City, Amit Chaudhuri, Union Books, 2013, 320pp, £16.99, (Hardback)   The modern megacity is characterised by head-aching enigmas and unbridgeable contradictions. Calcutta is no exception to this rule; indeed may be the epitome of it. Rural migrants beg and go hungry on its streets right outside the lavish homes of stockbrokers and IT entrepreneurs. Raj-era ‘monstrosities’...

The Carlton Club Lunch

Cartoon of The Carlton Club
Pictures from the Carlton Club lunch are now live. This event was in celebration of Julia Peyton-Jones, who gave a speech at our House of Commons event in January. Guests to the lunch included: Lord and Lady Gowrie, Julia Peyton-Jones, Lord Smith, Lord Palumbo, Lord Risby, Jason Cowley, Charles Talbot Costa Duarte, Ann Chisholm, Caroline Moorehead OBE, Anna Somers-Cocks,...

New TLM device meets Oxford Literary Festival

We are excited to announce that for the first time, visitors to this year’s Oxford Literary Festival will be given free access to The London Magazine App.   This will accompany the spoken events, and readers may wish to delve into our latest bi-monthly issue as a source of literary debate. Everyone with an iPhone or iPad can gain access complete...

The Great Architecture Fair

The Royal Academy of Arts has launched its first Architecture Fair!   The Great Architecture Fair will run from 13th March – 7th April 2- 2014. Visitors with varying budgets will be given a unique chance to own aspects of this groundbreaking exhibition as installations will vary from as little as £5.   This will coincide with the major exhibition ‘Sending Spaces: Architecture...

Congratulations to Neil Herrington!

Following Neil’s success in The London Magazine’s very competitive short story competition, with his story The Soviet Prom coming third, the budding writer has seen increasing interest in his work. After an article posted by the Open University hailing Neil as a success story of their establishment the writer was contacted by a book club in Milton Keynes who...

The Southern Universities Short Story Competition Winners Announcement

We delighted to announce the winning entries of The Southern Universities Short Story Competition   In no particular order: • The Coach’s Wife by Michael J. Vowles • Stray Dog by Michael J. Vowles • Signed, Harry Goldstein by Sam McNeilly • Sugar Rush by Richard Axtell • Edgware Road by Jacqui Pack • Mother Long Dead by Harry Gallon • On January by Harry Gallon • Red Axe...

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