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...

TLM limited edition Keats tote bags

The London Magazine tote bags are here, and they're a little bit special. Featuring a quote from 'A Dream' by John Keats, a sonnet originally published in The London Magazine in 1821. Composed by Keats in April 1819 and sent in a letter to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats, it is possible to draw links in the...

Towpath by Neil Burns

I The Lagan - a muddy silt river - Barrel of roll-tide, ribs of clean branches Poke up water jutting. On the towpath I glean a warm wet clap of newly Sprung rain. Smell old tide’s bones, As gulls glew; I rivet along cycling. II I watch my middle-distance - A dark bird shape-shifts, A feather-fine-fat-belly tightening to A fistful of coal. Getting blacker Quickly, then on into the water, Length of...

Facilitate Global Event

Facilitate Global Event
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Martin Luther King Jr. “Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” Einstein.   Facilitate Global Evening Dinner on 10 April 2013 THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF ISRAEL’S DISSENTING VOICES. A deeply personal and profoundly transformational journey: from ideology to humanism. Keynote...

Last Heron by Stella Davis

Last Heron As 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...

Review | Henry Hudson — nothing sticks to nothing at Hannah Barry Gallery

The story being told is not one of words, but of a language that finds roots beyond symbols defined by mere convention. Memories that are both past and future, a now that has the present somehow out of reach – a limbo. Henry Hudson is no stranger to the art world. He is known for his particular use of plasticine...

College Street – A Poem by Manash Bhattacherjee

An open tunnel Swarming with books Slow pavement Walking with a pause Books stall you Eyes stalked by titles The feet fettered You miss the women An old book-fool Lost in the dead poet As life passes by Ah bulletproof poems By that Nabarun He shot at his poems They did not die Survived the tobacco Fire and smoke Living like a cigarette Guts bellowing The poet dies bravely His books sold By streets of oblivion "O' he is dead?" The owner...

Review | The Dante Project: Trailblazing a Path to Paradise

Trailblazing a Path to Paradise The Dante Project, The Royal Opera House, 14-30 October 2021 Wayne McGregor has never been shy in taking on literary greats. In 2015, the no-holds-barred resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet, premiered Woolf Works, a three-act ballet based on the works of Virginia Woolf (Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves). His fearlessly abstract approach ruffled traditionalist...

News | Short Story Prize 2019/20: Rachel Bower wins with ‘Against the Tide’

The London Magazine Short Story prize 2019/20 awards first place to Rachel Bower, after her short story ‘Against the Tide’ impressed our panel of judges during this year’s competition. The response was overwhelming, and we would like to thank everyone who entered to the competition this year. [...]

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...

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...

Short Story Competition 2016 | An interview with Erica Wagner

With just over a month until our Short Story Competition 2016 closes, we spoke to one of the judges, Erica Wagner, and found out that Emily Dickinson inspires her creative process. She also told us what three elements she believes are key to a good short story.    What are you currently reading? If it’s not fiction, what fiction have you recently read and enjoyed?...

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...

2018 Essay Competition | Judges’ Interview Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer

We had a quick conversation with the judges of our 2018 Essay Writing Competition — Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer — about their writing, big names in non-fiction today, and any tips they might have for essayists entering our competition. About our judges: Nicola Griffith is an award-winning novelist and essayist, who has been published in a number of journals,...

Review | Robyn Denny: Works on Paper

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. Whilst Denny is perhaps better known for large scale murals, including public installations, Robyn Denny: Works on Paper sheds new light on a previously overlooked element of his practice. Spanning the length of the artist’s...

Poetry | Joan Howson’s Cottage by Michael Henry

Michael Henry Joan Howson's Cottage This is Black Rock Sands that ............my parents walked to from their honeymoon hideaway. Those are the footprints they left ............on the sand. That is the black dog that ran up ............to my mother and my father shooed down to the sea, ............down to the sea. And this is Tyn-y-Mynydd where they stood ............immense in the doorway, my mother looking up with wide-open ............Just Married eyes. Those are...

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...

The June-July issue is here!

The June-July issue of The London Magazine is published, and it's packed with wonderful reading. There are three poems from Orange-Prize-winning novelist and poet Helen Dunmore, who last year won the National Poetry Award for her poem 'The Malarkey'. New poetry, too, from Moniza Alvi, whose 2008 collection Europa was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Jeffrey Meyers writes on Anne Frank,...

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

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 and Buy Yourself a Future! I had been thinking of selling my house for a while. Since I retired I had cherished the idea of relocating and starting a new life. Far from the northern city...

The Spoils at Trafalgar Studios

Alongside a fruitful film career, it may come as a surprise that Jesse Eisenberg has time to publish a book of short stories, contribute regularly to The New Yorker, and bring his third and latest stage offering to London's West End. But the result is a perfectly controlled, dysfunctional buddy comedy, where the ghosts of one young man's childhood...

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

… And could she disentangle it, the stuff she’d seen in her mind’s eye, from the actual stuff of her own life? In 1935, fleeing wartime persecution, the great philologist Erich Auerbach set up shop in Istanbul and began to assemble his iconic study of the representation of reality in Western culture, ‘Mimesis’. With only the ‘insufficient’ resources of the...

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...

What I’m Reading – Thomas Morris

We asked The Stinging Fly editor and short story writer Thomas Morris about the things he's reading, watching and listening to right now. Reading Dorthe Nors’s Karate Chop (some of the best stories I’ve read in years). Ottessa Mossfegh’s short stories. They’re so good, and you can read lot of them on the Paris Review website. Sam Coll’s The Abode of Fancy (it’s being published next spring by Lilliput Press...

The London Magazine Short Story Competition 2015 | Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who entered this year's Short Story Competition. The standard of entries was extremely high but our judges have made their choices and we a delighted to announce the winners are as follows: 1st place: 'Fascicle 41' by Anna McGrail 2nd place: 'Icarus' by Robert Hawkins 3rd place: 'Mother's Ruin' by Lynn Bushell Each of these stories will...

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