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...

No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort

No Map Could Show Them, Mort’s second collection, explores the narratives of Victorian and modern women –mountaineers, campaigners, runners – and considers, more broadly, the marks, narratives and pathways we leave, or don’t leave, behind us. The opening poem, ‘Mountain’, serves as an introduction in which geology meets female body: ‘Your stomach is a boulder. /To hold you up,...

Three Free Articles on TLM Ipad app!

Trial our app today and get 3 free articles: Edward Lucie-Smith – on the extremely hot-right-now East London artist Charming baker and Guerrilla Art. Manash Bhattacharjee – Later this year The London Magazine will be publishing this Delhi-born poet’s collection. For now, you can read his poem Ustad Saaznawaz. Alan Blackwood – on London-inspired music in light of this years Proms. http://bit.ly/10RjAeU

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 | Judges

The London Magazine's annual Poetry Prize seeks out new writers whose work is adventurous, innovative and surprising in both form and content. We are very excited to confirm the judges for our 2016 Poetry Prize will be: Andrew McMillan | Rebecca Perry The competition will be opening for entries in May. More information on prizes and how to enter will be available online...

Dec/Jan issue out in days!

New issue coming soon – from next week you can pre-order your copy of the December/January issue. Out in a matter of days and stunningly illustrated, it features some superb short fiction, plenty of contemporary poetry, thought-provoking essays and essential reviews. Don’t forget, a TLM subscription makes the perfect Christmas present for the discerning loved one...

Faber New Poets: in conversation

Faber New Poets . Photograph © Thea Hawlin The Faber New Poets scheme, now in its fourth incarnation, provides a platform for new voices and has launched the careers of poets such as Jack Underwood, Rachael Allen, Sam Riviere and Will Burns. This year’s poets are Rachel Curzon, Elaine Beckett, Sam Buchan-Watts and Crispin Best, all of whom will have...

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...

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition by Heather Wells

The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition is your chance to see some of the world’s best International and contemporary photography.   On from the 26 April – 12 May 2013 at Somerset House in London, you will be able to view a visual representation of the world in 2012 through the eyes of the successful photographers. There are 25 categories including...

Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson

There is a danger when a poet sets out to record the ‘numinous in the everyday’, as Neil Rollinson’s most recent collection Talking Dead attempts, that they may limit themselves to merely documenting tedium and banality. The line between elevating the mundane and descending into the quotidian is a fine one, particularly in a form that allows for such...

Acciuga, 343 Kensington High Street

Edward Lucie-Smith invited The London Magazine to Acciuga, the Italian restaurant in Kensington celebrating its one-year anniversary yesterday. Acciuga means ‘anchovy’ in Italian and suddenly everywhere you notice the little fish logo on the menu and artwork on the wall. Down the road from our HQ we arrive at the not too small, not too large restaurant owned by Guglielmo Arnulfo. But...

Archive | Leaving School—XI by Ann Quin

The following piece by the post-war experimental writer Ann Quin (1936-1973) was originally published in the July 1966 issue of The London Magazine, but was last year re-published in the sublime collection of short stories and fragments The Unmapped Country (ed. Jennifer Hodgson, And Other Stories, 2018). Ann Quin Leaving School—XI Bound by perverse securities in a Convent, RC Brighton for eight...

Doors open on Friday 27th April for the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

For more information on the FREE events, workshops and seminars as well as details about the exhibition, please go to: http://www.worldphoto.org/festivals-and-events/free-events-at-world-photo-london/

Review | La Forza Del Destino at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House has brought together the best cast in the world right now for their new production of Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino. La Forza Del Destino is about Don Alvaro accidentally killing the father of his love, Leonora, with both of them escaping separately from the murderous wroth of Leonora’s brother Don Carlo Di Vargas, it...

Playing Safe | Hugo Williams

I liked not liking you much. I liked playing safe. Not being bowled over by you was part of the thrill. At the King’s Palace Hotel you couldn’t take your hands off me, you couldn’t care less how quickly or stupidly we made love, so long as it happened. So why should it ever end? I never dreamed you were serious when you put me on probation for ‘loitering without...

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...

The London Magazine Short Story Competition 2016 | Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who entered The London Magazine's Short Story Competition 2016. We were delighted to see such a large volume and high standard of entries. Judges Max Porter, Erica Wagner and Angus Cargill have made their decision, and we are very pleased to announce the winners: First place: The Match Factory by Emma Hughes Second place: I Have Called You By Your Name...

You Can’t Dukan

For Citizen-paparazzo, that is anyone in possession of a mobile phone, the photographic Middletons represent fair game. Statuesque Kate is less the object of coarse desire than polite admiration. Ideal marriage material it was said. She has the prim, faintly virginal appeal we expect of an English queen, starting with the original Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I herself. The Duchess of...

Spring offer | 20% off subscriptions

Enter the code 'SPRING20' at the checkout to receive 20% off a 12 month subscription to The London Magazine. Click here to visit the shop.

Telegraph review of Apr/May issue 'Cardus at his most lyrical'

The new issue of the London Magazine (so much more fun than the dreary London Review of Books) has an essay by David Newbold on Sir Neville Cardus, gentle music critic and cricket correspondent of the Manchester Guardian for more than 50 years. Here's Cardus on top form, writing about Franz Schubert: "We can think of him as one who...

Tickets to London History Festival

The 6th London History Festival will be taking place in Kensington on Nov 12 - 27th. Talks start at 7.00pm. Hear bestselling authors such as Charles Spencer, Adam Zamoyski, Helen Castor and David Reynolds - and join in the debates. Tickets are just £5 (and £3 concessions). For further details about the festival please see http://www.londonhistoryfestival.com/ The London Magazine has been given 10...

Macbeth

Scotland herself is the main character in this blood-soaked reimagining of Shakespeare's shortest tragedy. So enamoured is director Justin Kurzel of his Highland landscape that it becomes his focal point: a gaping maw of brutal heights and contours before the poor players. This is a cold pagan place, where the respite from war and rain is never very long. From...

Poetry | Michael O’Neill | A Tribute

Michael O’Neill (1953-2018) was a very gifted poet and a brilliant literary critic, who was Professor of English at the University of Durham, where he taught for nearly forty years. He published in the London Magazine during much of this time and was a friend of Alan Ross, who did much to encourage his poetic career. He published four...

The London Magazine Essay Competition 2017 | Winners

We are very pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural essay competition: First Place: "On Writing Ethnic Stories" by Haleh Agar Second Place: "The Fire This Time" by Max Dunbar Third Place: "The School of IKEA" by Peter Slater Our judges, Nikita Lalwani and Laurel Forster, were struck by the breadth of subjects tackled in these essays, some based in cultural or social issues, and others discussing readers...

Review | Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

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 [...]

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