The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019

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The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history, from Jean Rhys...

Review | Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

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Throughout art history, the self-portrait has remained a point of captivation. From Velasquez to Van Gogh, the artist’s rendering of selfhood provides a fascinating insight into the psyche of a figure often shrouded in mystery, revealing to the viewer traits which even the photograph fails to capture [...]

Interview | Quentin Blake: Anthology of Readers

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Best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s books — including Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amongst others — Quentin Blake's latest exhibition, Anthology of Readers, turns his eye to book-lovers [...]

Interview | Bahia Shehab: At the Corner of a Dream at...

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Eric Block Bahia Shehab: At the Corner of a Dream at the Aga Khan Centre Gallery The acclaimed Egyptian-Lebanese artist, designer, educator and street art activist Bahia Shehab’s work first...

Interview | Richard Baker on winning the 2019 HIX Award

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This year’s HIX Award attracted more than 600 entrants and, as founder Mark Hix admits, it was very tough trying to pick a winner...

Fiction | Sell Your Past and Buy Yourself a Future! by...

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This story is an extract from My Europe, edited by Anna Johnson and Anna Vaught, Manningtree, Patrician Press, 2018, pp. 13-22. Maurizio Ascari Sell Your Past...

Review | Robyn Denny: Works on Paper

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Charlie Dixon Robyn Denny: Works on Paper Robyn Denny’s work soared with the post-war momentum of 60’s London, helping to define the visual culture of a generation....

News | Collyer Bristow Prize: Caoilinn Hughes wins for Orchid &...

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The Collyer Bristow Prize for Debut Fiction 2019, now in its second year, has been awarded to Caoilinn Hughes for her novel Orchid & the Wasp, a Bildungsroman about Gael Foess, a young woman navigating Dublin, London and New York, as she strives to build a life raft for her loved-ones amidst economic and familial collapse [...]

News | Caoilinn Hughes, on winning the Collyer Bristow Prize 2019

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Caoilinn Hughes On winning the Collyer Bristow Prize First thanks go to my peers—Sophie Mackintosh, Danny Denton, Samuel Fisher and Katherine Kilalea—for writing such good books...

Interview | Elise Ansel: yes I said Yes at Cadogan Contemporary

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As arguably the biggest week in the London art-world calendar sets in, there is a striking exhibition on display at Cadogan Contemporary in which the acclaimed American artist Elise Ansel reclaims female identity from the old master paintings [...]

Interview | Kristina Marie Darling

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Kristina Marie Darling is an author and literary critic. Her book Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations was named one of the 'Best Books of...

Interview | Cultural Traffic founder Toby Mott on Arts Fairs and...

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Eric Block Cultural Traffic interview: Arts Fairs and Counter-culture The roving global arts and publishing fair, Cultural Traffic, will hold its fourth London edition at Old Spitalfields...

Review | A Chip Shop in Poznań by Ben Aitken

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A Chip Shop in Poznań, Ben Aitken, Icon Books, £10.50 (paperback) Ben Aitken arrived in Poland, he writes, ‘just after Cameron came to Warsaw...

Interview | AlanJames Burns on Entirely Hollow Aside from the Dark

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This September sees a powerful art event transform the unique setting of Cresswell Crags Cave, Nottinghamshire. In complete darkness, visual and environmental artist AlanJames Burns stages a psychoacoustic sound artwork entitled Entirely hollow aside from the dark [...]

Review | Dragonfly by Jari Moate

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Dragonfly, Jari Moate, Tangent Books, 2018, pp.300, £8.99 (paperback) Jari Moate’s novel Dragonfly begins with an ex-soldier known only as Marine P who, after serving...

News | Collyer Bristow Prize 2019 shortlist announced

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The London Magazine has announced the 2019 shortlist for the Collyer Bristow Prize for debut fiction. Now in its second year, the prize celebrates...

Review | 58th Venice Biennale

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Venice, that city of dreams and the inspiration for artists and writers from Turner to Italo Calvino, sees its 58th art biennale. As thousands...

Interview | Alan Trotter

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Alan Trotter is a writer based in Edinburgh. Muscle, his debut novel, was awarded the inaugural Sceptre Prize for a novel in progress. He...

Review | 2019 Bienalsur

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What happens when a bold new take on the Biennale comes face-to-face with a new national cultural movement?  For those of us tired of...

Kahani Near Sloane Square…Oh Those Lamb Chops!

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I have been to expansive Sikh restaurants in Southall and frenetic Pakistani grills in Whitechapel. I once had a very good jalfrezi in Dublin....

Extract | Tony and Eve by Eve Hall

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From the forthcoming memoir by Phil Hall Steinhardt, Tony and Eve.  My heroine of very early days was Joan of Arc, whom I loved passionately....

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2019

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Update: Submissions for The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2019 are now CLOSED! Over the years The London Magazine has been home to some of the most...

Review | Whip-Hot & Grippy by Heather Phillipson

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Whip-Hot & Grippy begins with a hyphen and ends with a personal statement, with the intervening 126 pages featuring advertising-speak, sex scenes, terrorism, broadcast...

Review | Skylon Deeply Savoury on the South Bank

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I hardly ever go across the river to the south side. I cannot stand the man-boys ruckling along on their skateboards. Yet go we...

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