Review | Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

 In just three years, Fitzcarraldo Editions have published remarkably intelligent books on everything from orientalism to football. Crucially, in our Trump/Brexit state of the world, they seem to have made it their mission to translate artists who are lauded in their home countries but aren’t that well-known elsewhere.Take Olga Tokarczuk: a Polish household name, author of eight novels and...

TLM Short Story Competition, Winner Announcement

The 2012 London Magazine short Story competition prizes were awarded at a champagne reception on the House of Commons terrace on Tuesday 22nd January. The first prize of £500 went to Sophie Hampton. Mary O’Shea and Neil Herrington were awarded second and third prizes respectively. The judges for the competition were Edna O’Brien, Cathy Galvin and Alison Macleod.The competition...

TLM Contributor Tim Keane meets Robert De Niro Sr

TLM contributor Tim Keane who wrote a review in the October/November 2014 issue of The London Magazine on the paintings of Robert De Niro Sr was lucky enough to meet him in person!The De Niro Sr estate invited Tim to the annual award reception in New York in which Jr gives a painter an award in his father's name.In the...

Poetry Competition 2015 Winners

We are delighted to announce that the winners of TLM's 2015 Poetry Competition are as follows:1st place: Isabel Gallymore - 'Difficult Cup'2nd place: Wes Lee - 'Lifesaving'3rd place: Theophilus Kwek - 'What Follows'The winning poem will be printed in the October/November issue of the magazine, and all three poems will appear on the website around the same time.Thank you to all...

The Sydenham Arts Festival. By Dunia El-Zobaidi

Our intern, Dunia, has been investigating the local cultural scene in south-east London:The Sydenham Arts Festival was first held in July 2009, showcasing artists ‘known to the staff of Kirkdale Bookshop – arguably the cultural hub of Sydenham’. Due to its success in attracting over eight thousand visitors, it has become an annual celebration of diverse artists from Sydenham,...

Poetry at the Print Room: Kayo Chingonyi, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Daljit Nagra

Plush red cushions. Red floorboards. Flickering candles and the walls hung with a myriad of mirrors. We were sitting in the luxuriously lit Print Room at the Coronet theatre in Notting Hill, admiring our lush surroundings. On one side of the sloping room, a grand piano had been transformed into bar, where poets and listeners were ordering wine and...

The Rat by Hannah Lowe

The landlady watches herself in the living room mirror, phone held to her ear. In the blurred morning light her face looks young again, almost. She flicks her pale fringe from one side to the other. ‘Yes, well let’s hope it’s mice’, she says into the receiver. If only the tenant would hope too.In the mirror she sees Mossi...

The London Magazine Diary

TLM 2014 Diary
To celebrate the latest news at The London Magazine Editions, we are excited to announce the forthcoming release of our first Diary. The diary features a comprehensive list of literary festivals in the coming year, and in addition to this, a myriad of poetry from the likes of Hugo Williams, Moniza Alvi and Christopher Reid to name a few,...

The BFI London Film Festival

 The BFI London Film Festival is the UK’s largest and most star-studded film event. This year’s line-up includes 240 films from over 70 countries. Exhibiting both independent and mainstream films, the BFI truly has something for everybody, from historical romance to martial arts madness.While not everyone can swing tickets to galas and previews of the festival proper, here are our...

DSC Prize Shortlist Revealed

The world’s literati gathered at the historic London School of Economics and Political Science on Thursday, 27th November, as the shortlist for the fifth annual DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 was announced.Making the esteemed shortlist is a dynamic mix of new and established writers as well as a translated work. This year’s shortlist of five features two...

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 be the third eBook...

We Wait for Poets by Manash Bhattacharjee

prophets have retired so do not wait for yours to come to you ~ Ashraf Fayadh (translated by Mona Kareem)In our country, a prince, Dara Shikoh, had his head severed, He translated the name Of another god, and after him, Sarmad, beheaded too, For his tongue refused to go Beyond the “No”Yes, there is god, no, there isn’t, Between this and that Lie many heads, below the earth, Separated from...

Refugees by Manash Bhattacharjee

RefugeesI know a thing or two about refugees –As a child I heard father say, “We were sleeping in the place we thought was our country, till the siren rang at dawn -- by dusk everyone learnt how to spell refugee”The sun abandoned all, an exodus of ants fled on fear's soil, forgetting close on their heels – what they left behind won’t remember them -- only refugees walk on earth -- leaving no footprints“When...

Spotlight on: Rough Trade Books

The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes found a home in the pages of the then newly re-launched volumes of the magazine.We want this tradition to continue, and given the renaissance of new independent publishers, we...

Interview | Cecilia Brunson Projects Founder on I Am Awake by Feliciano Centurión

Eric BlockCecilia Brunson Projects Founder on I Am Awake by Feliciano CenturiónCecilia Brunson opened her eponymous Bermondsey-based gallery in 2015, providing a much needed European platform for historical and contemporary Latin American artists. A champion of art from this region, Cecilia Brunson Projects has introduced London audiences to major figures of Modern Contemporary art such as Alredo Volpi, Coco Fusco...

‘He who folds the trouser’, TLM’s mention in the Londoner’s Diary

Presenting the London Magazine literary prize to Sophie Hampton at the House of Commons, former arts minister Lord Gowrie told of a woman in Edna O’Brien’s novel, The Love Object, who was having an affair with a married man. “She was infuriated by his habit of folding his trousers too precisely before getting into bed with her,” said Gowrie, teasing...

The Evening Standard on Terry Waite & The London Magazine

Terry Waite's latest contribution for The London Magazine has been featured in the Evening Standard, Londoner's Diary. To read the article, please click on the link:http://londonersdiary.standard.co.uk/2011/12/waites-plea-to-save-the-neck-of-tariq-aziz.html

In the Belly of a Beast – The Serpentine Pavilion

On the 25th June The Serpentine Pavilion unveiled its much-anticipated 15th annual commission, this time appointed to young Spanish architects José Selgas...

The London Magazine Short Story 2013 winners announcement

The London Magazine is delighted to announce the winners of our 2013 Short Story Competition!The winners are: 1st Prize: ‘Chest of Drawers’ by Harriet Kline 2nd Prize: ‘Flowers’ by Mark Godfrey 3rd Prize: ‘The Golden Hour’ by Frances Gapper  The winners will be invited to The House of Commons later this month where it will be announced. The winning story will be published...

Poetry | Translated Love Letters by Andrew McMillan

from Norwegian / oh love, doesn't the fact that the world is so big, / laid out like ripe fruit / make you want to stay? / from Arabic / how I long to cleanse you / in the waters of the Tigris / how I long, as though you were a small and / priceless artefact, / to take you in my arms / from Ant-speak / I will carry you carry you / through legions of grass / protect you from the thumb, / the sole; the eager-feathered bird / will not swoop for you / from American / love is just love, and I'm in it / for the ride, o.k.? that tells me just exactly

Last Heron by Stella Davis

Last HeronAs the last heron goes, rooks fall from the sky like old black rags to carpet the new-laid field. ____________________Six days now, six days and nights without rain falling.We feel reprieved, for all the sullage washing through thoroughfares, grey-brown, dingy, dismaying.Journeys are slow, and everything boots clothes wheels mudguards silts up, as we edge forward. ___________________Strange how little it matters, this besmirching, that once would have made us think twice.It...

WIN TICKETS TO NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE’S SUMMER SEASON

This competition is now closed.Following their highly successful debut season and dates at the Royal Opera House, the country’s most dynamic, risk-taking company, New English Ballet Theatre, returns with an innovative collaboration between visual art, music and dance.This varied and compelling programme showcases the stars of the future in 5 world premieres from the UK’s hottest choreographic talent. On...

Review | ‘Sleepless’ and ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ at the Mamoth Gallery

The figure is wearing pyjamas and a pensive expression. He juggles, or simply tries to catch, a piece of falling fruit, the parent of which coils its leaves against a clouded orange backdrop. He is the subject of A Dream (2019), one of a series of paintings by Düsseldorf-based artist Lenz Geerk. Sleepless, as the name suggests, is the result of its creator’s insomnia, and is one of two exhibitions at the newly-launched Mamoth contemporary gallery in Bloomsbury [...]

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2017 | Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who entered The London Magazine‘s Poetry Prize 2017. The standard of entries was extremely high but our judges, Patricia McCarthy and Frieda Hughes, have made their choices and we are delighted to announce the winners:First place: ‘Old mother moor' by Sarah WestcottSecond place: 'Aroi' by Roisin KellyThird place: 'Panic' by Michael HenryEach of...

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