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Human Acts by Han Kang

Buried in the middle of Han Kang's Human Acts is a play that, like Kang's book, dramatises the democratic uprisings in Gwangju, South Korea, and their merciless suppression. The play, performed in 1985, five years after the massacres of May 1980, was almost entirely erased by the government's censors, but the director would not be intimidated, and performed his...

Congratulations to Neil Herrington!

Following Neil’s success in The London Magazine’s very competitive short story competition, with his story The Soviet Prom coming third, the budding writer has seen increasing interest in his work. After an article posted by the Open University hailing Neil as a success story of their establishment the writer was contacted by a book club in Milton Keynes who...

Royal Philharmonic by Alan Blackwood

For many music lovers Ludvig van Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony is the greatest piece of music ever written. Fewer of them may know that in large measure they have the Royal Philharmonic Society of London to thank for it.Now celebrating its bicentenary year, The Philharmonic Society of London was founded on 24 January 1813 with the aim of ‘promoting the...

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...

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

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.

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...

Exile by Manash Bhattacharjee

Exile“I rested my mouth on your memory” ~ Yannis Ritsos, from Diaries of ExileNight arrives like a cart You push it with motionless hands There is darkness But no star When you whistle There is no bird that hears you Ritsos the poet of Greece Is locked up in a cell He is forced to pay homage To Plato’s decree Those who dream perfect societies Are poetry’s enemies Perfect societies are perfect...

Review – Ghosting for Beginners | Charlie Baylis

Ghosting for Beginners is the fifth collection by Anna Saunders. It is a compelling work, comprised of poems of good length which compliment and contradict each other as any well curated collection should. Saunders writes in a curious, occasionally enchanting, neo-Gothic style. Although influenced by Victorian fairytales and ghost stories, it is a concoction she has cooked up on...

Essay Competition 2018

UPDATE: EXTENDED CLOSING DATE  The competition will now be open for entries until September the 7th at midnight. As the oldest literary and arts review in the UK, The London Magazine has a long history of publishing great essayists; works by the likes of T.S. Eliot and Nadine Gordimer can be found in our archives. In our second Essay Competition, we hope to...

Charles Dickens’ Statue in Portsmouth – An Awkward Pose by Steven O’Brien

Charles Dickens’ Statue in Portsmouth
In Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square a bronze Charles Dickens reclines on a throne of his first editions. He looks distinctly uncomfortable. He is attempting to cut a fetching figure – graceful with his crossed legs, but you know that our mutual friend is worried about those books. For, as everybody knows, sitting obliquely on a pile of volumes is a...

Fiction | Silver Lining by Charlotte Newman

Things were not so free back then, but I was. Still a girl, living in my body. We’d been at the pictures, her dad and me, slurping pop, finding each other’s hands in the space for drinks. He waited until we got to the station to kiss me, which seemed so out of character. I’d seen no proof of happiness in marriage and dishwashers, so when he asked me back to his flat, I didn’t mind. It wasn’t 'beyond' I was after [...]

Hail that Taxi at Heathrow airport by Steve Thomas-Emberson

There are many ways a work of art comes into being. It can be private or corporate patronage, or just for the artist’s own private pleasure. When we concentrate on corporate patronage this also can be for many things and ego being at the top of the list! For Heathrow Terminal 2 Departures lounge a totally different reason came...

Collyer Bristow Prize Shortlist Announcement

The London Magazine is very pleased to announce the shortlist for a brand new literary award in partnership with Collyer Bristow: The London Magazine and Collyer Bristow Prize for a Debut Work of Fiction 2018 This is Memorial Device - David Keenan (Faber & Faber) Darker with the Lights On - David Hayden (Little Island Press)  Safe Mode - Sam Riviere (Test Centre)  Sympathy...

News | The London Magazine Debut Fiction Prize 2020 shortlist announced

This year, the judges have remarked on the extraordinary variety of offerings that is reflected in their shortlist and Matthew Scott, the chair of judges, comments that "though it's a cliché that the quality of submissions is ever improving, the excited enthusiasm of the judges across the board does seem to bear this out: it has been a rich year, and a wonderful one for reading - a rare positive in an otherwise extremely difficult time [...]

TLM Short Story Competition – Enter Today!

The London Magazine is delighted to announce its short story competition. With a prize fund of £1,000, the chance to be published in the magazine and the winners announced at the House of Commons, this is the perfect opportunity for writers across the globe to get noticed. The judging panel comprises Cathy Galvin, Alison MacLeod, Derwent May and the editor of...

Short Story Competition 2017

UPDATE: EXTENDED CLOSING DATE  The competition will now be open for entries until November 15th.Autumn is just around the corner, which means The London Magazine‘s Short Story Competition 2017 is upon us.The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices...

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...

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

I was reading Orhan Pamuk’s Snow in London recently, when a Scottish man stopped me to say how much he’d enjoyed it – ‘best book ever’, he said. No-one, Scottish or otherwise, had ever done that to me before. But the man went on to say that he’d found another of Pamuk’s books My Name is Red disappointing (I think he used stronger words)....

Event Preview | Kenilworth Arts Festival

An eclectic collection of prize-winning novelists and acclaimed international musicians will come together once again for the third annual Kenilworth Arts Festival.For the duration of the festival, Kenilworth will be transformed into a hive of creativity, with live music, author talks, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions. These will take place in a range of venues around the historic Warwickshire...

Britannic Myths launch at Shapero Rare Books

On the evening of 16th March, The London Magazine's editor, Steven O'Brien, launched his most recent book, Britannic Myths at Shapero Rare Books. Published by Theme Artefact, Britannic Myths is a collaboration in prose and painting between Mythographer Steven O'Brien and Stuckist artist Joe Machine, who together have delved into the mythic matter of Britain and Ireland.Marina Warner writes of Britannic...

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Preview and Ceremony by Heather Wells

I arrive at Somerset House in the blistering sunshine, passing the Courtauld Gallery currently exhibiting Picasso’s early paintings and arrive at the West Wing Galleries to the right of the courtyard where I have been invited to the preview of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. I am greeted by the event organisers and a lot of other people with...

The Cult of Isaac by M. G. Stephens

THE CULT OF ISAACWe all know about Abraham, the great religions emanating from his skull, but what about Isaac, where is his world taken into theological thought,mulled over by the great philosophers of the world, dissected and long discussed? Isaac endured his god-thirsty father’s knife and blood-fanatical intentions.He was to be his father’s sacrifice. What I propose is Isaac, his worship and adoration, a cult of the...

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