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...

Short Story Competition: A word from the judges

In the final stretch till the end of our annual Short Story Competition we spoke to this year's Judges, the award-winning author Susan Hill, writer Kevan Manwaring and Alessandro Gallenzi head of Alma Books, to find out exactly what the short story means to them.  What do you look for in a short story?SH: ‘A little world, made cunningly.’AG: Economy of language, humour, a well-devised structure...

Nolia’s Gallery

Upon kind invitation, Jessica Reid (Marketing Assistant) and Heather Wells (Production Manager) went along to a very welcoming gallery in Southwark, near Southbank, called Nolia’s Gallery. The place is run by a vibrant Malaysian female artist called Nolia, who also owns another gallery – we are told opposite Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant.The downstairs gallery held the ‘Malaysian Eye’ exhibition displaying...

The Sun Shines on Opera by Tom Sutcliffe

I will always remember my first visit to Glyndebourne. It was a Sunday and I was the countertenor in Westminster Cathedral choir, so I must have somehow managed to get off singing vespers and benediction that day - the second after Pentecost (only three copes, but no doubt a fair waft of incense and quite a lot of camping...

News | Imtiaz Dharker leads “emergency poetry” event for the planet

Poet Imtiaz Dharker is to lead a host of writers during a day of 'non-stop emergency poetry for the planet' in February. The event, Verse Aid: Poems for the Earth, is presented by Poets for the Planet in association with The Society of Authors. Eco-themed workshops and a 'Poem-a-Thon' and will be followed by a ticketed reading in the evening...

Five Years Ago by Manash Bhattacharjee

                        To Fady JoudahI was waiting at the platform For a train to Calcutta In trepidation of leaving her Stranded in my dreamsI remembered my mother who Was waiting to open The door and end her waiting But I was distraught By this parting of warm hands I could feel the earth Splitting into two and blood...

Interview | Cultural Traffic founder Toby Mott on Arts Fairs and Counter-culture

Eric BlockCultural Traffic interview: Arts Fairs and Counter-cultureThe roving global arts and publishing fair, Cultural Traffic, will hold its fourth London edition at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 5th of October 2019. It happens during Frieze, but it’s free of charge. Eric Block met its founder, punk historian Toby Mott, read the full interview below. Toby Mott, why did you start...

Review | Medusa at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Briony WillisMedusa Through beautifully poetic movements and engaging drama, Jasmin Vardimon has created a unique choreographic voice that enables her to explore deeply controversial social and political discourse. I had the pleasure of attending the opening show for her latest creation Medusa, a highly conceptual performance enriched with deep symbolism and motifs which offer an acute observation of human behaviour....

Steven O’Brien reading at the Society Club, Sat 23rd Feb

Steven O’Brien reading at the Society Club, Sat 23rd Feb
Join Steven O’Brien, David Constantine, Ian Duhlig and Katrina Naomi for a night of short story readings, conversation and wine with the Word Factory. Saturday, 23rd February 6-8pm at: The Society Club 12 Ingestre Place, Soho, W1F OJF £10 on the door

Review | Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

“Jimmy was starting to stand when a resigned, almost amused look passed over Ah-Jack’s face. Like he was tired of waiting for disaster to strike. Before Jimmy could stop him, Ah-Jack took one of his hands away from the plate to grab the two serving spoons. His left wrist did not even make an attempt to hold the weight...

An interview with Conor Patrick, author of Goodbye Crocodile

Goodbye Crocodile by Conor Patrick
The London Magazine interviews Conor Patrick ahead of his debut collection, Goodbye Crocodile, being published.  What was it that first got you into writing?It’s hard to say. I’ve always valued stories. I grew up around a lot of books, and was lucky enough that my family encouraged reading whatever I could get my hands on. Both my parents read to me...

Cityread London by Heather Wells

Cityread London is a campaign working closely with libraries to spread a love of books and reading to the widest possible audience throughout our capital. This year, Cityread have chosen Sebastian Faulk’s novel A Week in December (recently reviewed by our Editor – Steven O’Brien on the TLM Book Club), which follows the lives of seven main characters across seven...

‘hypnotic delight’: Macbeth at the Young Vic

Three lunatic dollies jerk and prance in dub-step; they suck their fingers (or are they Raspberry Mivvis?), they entice and threaten, they are Sirens in flesh coloured body stockings. At the same time, body bags are lugged from one floor space to another, piled up in quotidian anonymity. We are in a club, an asylum, a battlefield. This is...

Update to the Submission Guidelines: Please Read

We have updated our submission processing system using a new online portal – submittable.com.This new process of submission will allow for submissions to be read and responded to far more quickly than the current emailing system.To submit, please sign up for a submittable account and send in your submission through our online portal as found on our submission guidelines...

Poetry | A Dream by John Keats

This sonnet was written in February 1819. Keats copies it into a letter sent to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats. Composed just days before 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', this sonnet shows clear similarities in theme and content. Published in The London Magazine two months after Keats' death, its inclusion is a testament to the ongoing...

Novel Writing Competition 2018

The London Magazine are proud to announce our inaugural Novel Writing Competition, in collaboration with Author Enterprises. As the oldest literary magazine in the UK, The London Magazine has been home to some of the most celebrated novelists in history - Evelyn Waugh, William Boyd, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy. Author Enterprises is a company which helps authors to...

Deck the Streets of Carnaby – Thursday 13th November 2014

Carnaby is kicking off the Christmas season with a shopping party spectacular. Over 150 brands, restaurants and bars are coming together to throw the ultimate Christmas party across 13 streets.Visitors will receive 20% discount along with exclusive trend talks and live music as the lights are switched on. This year the theme is music and fashion: expect plenty of...

Preview | Phoebe Dickinson: Journey Through Landscape at Tessa Packard Showroom

British painter From the 12th of November, BP Portrait Award 2018 nominee Phoebe Dickinson will unveil her new exhibition "Journey Through Landscape", a new collection of urban and pastoral works which will be on display at the Tessa Packard Showroom in Chelsea until the 14th of December. The works were created during and inspired by her year of global...

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's Poetry Competition 2014 Shortlist Announcement

Thank you to everyone who entered The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition. The entries have been amazing and we are delighted to announce the 10 shortlisted entries for the competition.In no particular order:The Journey by William Bedford Green by Chris Woods At the Nursing Home by Leland James Another Summer by Petra Regent The Knight, the Young Girl, and Death by Ruth Daniell The Unspoken Ecstasy...

Traces, an exhibition curated by Julia Winckler. By Clare Best

Austrian Cultural Forum London, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ 3 April – 8 June 2012 Opening times: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm‘Reality is not simply there, it does not simply exist: it must be sought out and won.’ -        Paul Celan, 1958 The discovery of two small family photographs in an old suitcase that had belonged to her great uncle, Hugo Hecker, was the event...

Merry Christmas from The London Magazine!

The London Magazine wishes all its subscribers, Associate Members and readers a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Review | 58th Venice Biennale

Venice, that city of dreams and the inspiration for artists and writers from Turner to Italo Calvino, sees its 58th art biennale. As thousands flock to the event the gorgeous palazzi sink ever further into the lagoon, damaged by the huge commercial cruise ships that daily disgorge yet more tourists into the fragile infrastructure. A fitting image of our...

Spotlight III: Influx Press

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...

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