Review | Whip-Hot & Grippy by Heather Phillipson

Whip-Hot & Grippy begins with a hyphen and ends with a personal statement, with the intervening 126 pages featuring advertising-speak, sex scenes, terrorism, broadcast media, consumption-anxiety, protest, and human-animal relations. Ian Macmillan described Phillipson’s debut Instant Flex 718 as a ’bucket of water in the face’, and Whip-Hot & Grippy — with its psychedelic cover of a cat ambiguously...

Review | Skylon Deeply Savoury on the South Bank

I hardly ever go across the river to the south side. I cannot stand the man-boys ruckling along on their skateboards. Yet go we did, over the footbridge just outside Embankment tube station, on a dull Friday morning. The skaters were not getting any younger and the hipsters still show no sign of giving up their promenade.We were off...

Poetry | Ants on City Walls by Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

Manash Firaq BhattacharjeeAnts on City Walls Think Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes. ~ T.S. Eliot, Gerontion Here we are, in the cruellest month, to choose Our future, marked on our finger. Will we survive the lie? The fate of truth hangs in balance. What we Choose for us, we choose for others. The...

Feature | Inside Dennis Severs’ House

I arrive outside the black wooden door of Dennis Severs' House, knock gently on the door, and wait under the gas lantern which hangs outside. I had been told that visiting the red brick Georgian house at 18 Folgate was an experience like no other, that it was constructed in pieces over decades until it became a living, breathing...

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 QuinLeaving School—XI Bound by perverse securities in a Convent, RC Brighton for eight...

News | The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses 2019

Last night the winners of The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses were announced, with this year’s announcement signalling a re-structuring of the award to honour more than one writer and literary work. The prize, started in 2017, aims to promote the work of publishers with fewer than five members of staff. It holds a number of influential...

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...

Extract | Twenty Theatres to See Before you Die by Amber Massie-Blomfield

Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die by Amber Massie-Blomfield is a love letter to Britain's theatres — a beautiful paean to the nation's radical, nonconformist performance spaces, which was published last year by the excellent Penned in the Margins. Below is a passage from the book about the Minack Theatre in St Ives, Cornwall.The Minack Theatre, Cornwall. An implausible...

Poetry | Joan Howson’s Cottage by Michael Henry

Michael HenryJoan 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...

News | Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019 — The People’s Forest + Interview

The People's Forest — a literary strand to Waltham Forest's programme as the first ever London Borough of Culture this year — has recently been announced, which is to be curated by arts consultant and events curator Kirsteen McNish, and Luke Turner, co-founder of the website The Quietus and writer of Out of the Woods. Through a series of...

Review | How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s at Goldsmiths CCA

How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s opens at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art on the 15th March, showing until 26th May, before moving to De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex in June. The Chicago Imagists were a group of artists in the 1960s and 70s that moved against the New York scene, employing a new visual narrative...

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...

Review | Don McCullin at Tate Britain

We live in an era in which we see more images than ever before in human history. When we see these images, in newspapers or magazines for instance, it is easy to immediately consign these images to the historical moment that they depict. In this way it is difficult to learn from history, as the relevance of what is...

The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018 — Winner’s Announced!

After an overwhelming response to this year's shortlist, our judges Samuel Fisher, Layla Benitez-James and Harry Mount have arrived at a decision for this year's winners.1st Place: Igbo Boys by Chuck Nwoke2nd Place: Steer The Dark Skies Blue by Niamh MacCabe3rd Place: The Prisoner by Tammye HufFull ShortlistIgbo Boys - Chuck Nwoke Niamh MacCabe - Steer The Dark Skies Blue The Prisoner...

Review | Leminscate by Chris Viner

Leminscate, Chris Viner, Unsolicited Press, 2017, pp. 72 The 6th isn’t busy. Six days since the attack And inside the Monoprix The aisles of life still reel along, refrigerated and stacked. I drum my fingers on the green pine And scan the shelves for a bottle of wine — “The 6th Arrondissement” The collection Lemniscate opens abruptly in the days after 2015 Paris attacks, and the...

Review | Abuse II, The Uncanny by Alessio Bolzoni

At first you see the bodies and ask yourself why – that is how the story begins, how the narrative unravels, how you are made to look beyond.Photographer Alessio Bolzoni, who has undertaken campaigns for prestigious brands alongside his artistic practice, embraces his experimental side in Abuse II, The Uncanny, the second volume in a project he started in...

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...

Review | Diane Arbus & Kader Attia at the Hayward Gallery

From the very conception of artistic expression, artists have engaged with the notion of self and the formation of identity. The work of Kader Attia questions the dominance of western hegemonic models in the creation of national culture. Contrasted with the photographs of Diane Arbus, shown on the upper floor as part of a combined ticket, the Hayward Gallery...

Review | Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears at White Cube

A Fortnight of Tears is a major new exhibition of works by acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin. The show features features a large selection of pieces, across a wide variety of media. Upon entering into the stark space of the White Cube, one is immediately confronted by fifty self portraits of Emin. The photographs, taken during the artist’s battle with...

Archive | Breakfast with Borges by Andrew Graham-Yooll

First published in The London Magazine March 1983, Vol.22, No.12Jorge Luis Borges entered the Pedmonte Restaurant on Avenida de Mayo with the stiff steps of the unseeing; his face jutting forward to sense what the eyes could not see. It was August 23. Borges was eating out to mark his eighty-third birthday. The eating-house, traditional to politicians and the intelligentsia of...

Kenneth Womack | The Making of Penny Lane

The following is an extract from Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years: 1966-2016) by Kenneth Womack, published by Orphans Publishing, 2018.  Republished in The London Magazine with permission. ...By January 1967, record-company brass on both sides of the Atlantic were clamoring for new Beatles product posthaste. And their concerns naturally cascaded around manager Brian...

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...

Review | Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth at Royal Academy

In a contemporary art world dominated by video art (as shown by the 2018 Turner Prize) Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth presents a new approach to the medium, through the utilisation of drawings by the High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti. Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth displays the large scale video works of Bill Viola alongside the...

Art News | Zurab Tsereteli: Larger Than Life at the Saatchi Gallery

This month sees the first major UK retrospective of Georgian-Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli’s work, whose work will be on display at the Saatchi Gallery.Born in 1934 in Tbilisi, Georgia, the 85 year old Tsereteli will be displaying sculpture, paintings and enamel works from his early career until the present day, augmented with video archive footage that documents his life and...

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