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Song of Barbed Wire

  I’ve heard the red deer of Eastern Europe climb with their fawns up rocky hills to graze on poor patches of grass rather than go down to green valleys that once were cut off by barbed wire, ’round national borders and death camps. They respect, fear, remember the razor wire no longer there. I believe in fables: thou-shalt-nots passed on by deer-talk, that has the sound of our long...

Some Versions of Pastoral

A review of Rowan Williams's latest poetry collection

Killers of The King

Charles Spencer has written an essay on the execution of Charles I

Killers of The King

Charles Spencer has written an essay on the execution of Charles I

By the Rim of an Ancient Well

(after Georg Trakl) The meaning of water is dark; the night has a broken brow. Footsteps fall in the ancient park by the sycamore’s rustling bough. Chamber music on a winding stair which a moon softly climbs. A blue tabernacle opens where a ruined church bell chimes and nuns sing in the rotted choirs. As we drift through deserted lands a sad flute scatters the starry fires that fall on your...

Sebastian Barker: ‘A Glass That’s Rubbed Enough To Sing’

I saw too little of Sebastian Barker. Our paths crossed every so often – at a lecture, a poetry reading or a party, at a College reunion in Oxford, or when I interviewed him for PN Review – and each time I came away with a glow, an elated feeling that I’d been with someone quite remarkable. But it...

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...

Peter Pan Meets Elvis

  I Knew the Bride, Hugo Williams, Faber, 2014, 65pp, £12.99 (hardback) Hugo Williams has been called many things in a poetic career stretching back half a century. For the late William Scammell, he was ‘the Bryan Ferry of English poetry … Thom Gunn meets Emily Dickinson … Noel Coward with a dash of Elvis.’ Even as Williams approached pensionable age,...

Curious Insulations

  The Hotel Oneira, August Kleinzahler, Faber, 2013, 96pp, £12.99, (hardback) Nice Weather, Frederick Seidel, Faber, 2013, 112pp, £14.99, (hardback) Britain and Ireland are relatively well-served when it comes to contemporary American poetry. Carcanet Press have secured the experimental women poets Jorie Graham and Louise Gluck prominently amongst their list; moreover, they seem determined to re-present some of the more challenging work...

The Moment Before Touch

  The air grows still. As in an illustrated weekly I leaf through your eyes. To hear silence as it walks in new shoes and lulls the buzzing bees. Somebody furiously addresses us with wings. It’s said that you’ve seen burning birds tumble from the sky! It’s just at the base of your breasts there’s something making a ceaseless hullabaloo. (1981)   By Pavol Janik

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

Interview 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...