Archive | Why I Write — Joan Didion

First published in the June/July 1977 of The London Magazine (Vol. 17, No. 2)  Of course I stole the title from George Orwell. One reason I stole it was that I like the sound of the words: Why I Write. There you have three short unambiguous words that share a sound, and the sound they share is this: I I I In many ways writing is...

The Rat by Hannah Lowe

The landlady watches herself in the living room mirror, phone held to her ear. In the blurred morning light her face looks young again, almost. She flicks her pale fringe from one side to the other. ‘Yes, well let’s hope it’s mice’, she says into the receiver. If only the tenant would hope too.In the mirror she sees Mossi...

An interview with Patricia McCarthy

We spoke to Patricia McCarthy, one of the judges for our Poetry Prize 2017, who gave a bit of advice on entering this year's competition.As well as editing the poetry journal Agenda, you’ve also had many of your own collections published, including two titles due to be released this year alone (Rockabye from Worple Press and Shot Silks from Waterloo...

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...

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?...

News | The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year

Adam Weymouth was announced as the winner of The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award last night, at a reception at The London Library in St. James' Square. The annual prize seeks to reward the best work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by British and Irish authors under the age of 35, and is...

Review | 2019 Bienalsur

What happens when a bold new take on the Biennale comes face-to-face with a new national cultural movement?  For those of us tired of art world hype and cynical glitz the 2019 Bienalsur provided reassurance that humanity may not be doomed after all.Bienalsur is the Southern Hemisphere’s Biennale.  The 2019 Bienalsur, its second, opened in Buenos Aires this week. ...

Archive | ‘A Message’ from T. S. Eliot

"What we need is the magazine which will boldly assume the existence of a public interested in serious literature, and eager to be kept in touch with current literature and with criticism of that literature by the most exacting standards."

The Wheelbarrow by V. S. Pritchett

In August 1960 The London Magazine published V. S. Pritchett’s short story ‘The Wheelbarrow’ alongside four poems by Derek Walcott and reviews by Louis MacNeice, Roy Fuller and Frank Kermode. Pritchett, himself an avid short story writer, professed that to write a short story 'is exquisitely difficult’ yet - as his word choice suggests - it was also one...

Essay| Shetland Norn by Simon Tait

Shetland is a quiet, self-possessed nation of 22,000 whose population still considers itself to be more Norse than British. They like celebrations, foys they call them, but the big one comes on the last Tuesday of January, a midwinter relief when male Shetlanders dress up as Vikings, process through the capital, Lerwick – or Lerook in the vernacular -...

The Atheist’s Burden

michel houellebecq
Submission, Michel Houellebecq, William Heinemann, 256pp, ISBN 1785150243 £12.91(French edition) Soumission Flammarion ISBN 2081354802'Rats will most probably outlive mankind; their social system, in any case, is far more solid’. Although it features a third of the way into Submission, this is the kind of sentence that could have come from the conclusion to Michel Houellebecq’s previous book The Map and...

Short Story Competition 2017 | Winners

The London Magazine are pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Short Story Competition. 1st Place - Solitaire by Theo Greenblatt 2nd Place - Asma by Dur e Aziz Amna 3rd Place - Sylvia Plath watches us sleep, but we don’t mind by Victoria Richards  ShortlistJoseph K was not on Facebook by Rhys TimsonQueen Victoria by Campaspe Lloyd-JacobA Place of Grace by Frank DullaghanSweet...

Physical by Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection Physical opens with an epitaph taken from one of the often overlooked novels of Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D., the Imagiste poet and protégé of Ezra Pound. You are trembling. It’s the way I crooked my elbow, you know, this way - it’s nothing - This is a collection which is refreshingly open about its literary inheritances...

Poetry Prize | An interview with Rebecca Perry

Ahead of our Poetry Prize, which closes 30th June, we spoke to judge Rebecca Perry about prizes, publication and what she'll be looking for from this year's entries.Rebecca, It’s lovely to have you as a judge, particularly as your 2012 pamphlet little armoured was published by Seren after winning the Poetry Wales Purple Moose Poetry Prize. What was your reaction to winning the Prize...

Short Story Competition Prize Giving Ceremony 2018 – House of Commons

On Tuesday 13th March 2018 The London Magazine awarded the winners of the Short Story Competition 2018 during a drinks reception on the House of Commons Terrace Pavillion. The prizes were presented by author Daisy Dunn, who spoke alongside Special Editorial Assistant Grey Gowrie, Nigel Evans MP and Editor Steven O'Brien.We would like to thank all applicants to the Short Story Competition 2018. The quality of...

Interview | Roubi L’Roubi | Saatchi Gallery | Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School

An interview with Roubi L’Roubi, co-curator of Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School, a new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

Gay Taylor. ‘A Prison, A Paradise’ by Elisabeth Russell Taylor

I cannot account for what it was that induced me to stop at a stall in the Farringdon Road and hand over twenty p for a book the condition of which was derelict, the author of which I had never heard. I buy second-hand books regularly, but not ones stained, annotated and with the dedication page torn so that...

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

Upon viewing Jackson Pollock’s 1951 solo show in which he debuted his now famed ‘black paintings’, friend and fellow painter Alfonso Ossorio commented that the pieces, ‘demand alertness and total involvement…Without the intricacy of colour and surface pattern…they reawaken in us the sense of personal struggle and its collective roots’.With the departure of Pollock’s usual colourful, textured and lyrical...

2016 by James Stradner

The clouds have swum down from the sky and rolled onto their backs in the streets, begging for someone to rub their fluffy belliesA day is as deep as a person and I fit perfectly I wander inMy eyes flutter about drinking from fountains, puddles and gutters I stare perfectly round boreholes into the surfaces of hoursNow I'm not there, I've just...

Donald Trump – America’s First Oligarch-in-Chief

By Mohammad ZahoorOn 20th January this year Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. In the eyes of millions both internationally and at home in America the spectacle of such a man becoming head of state in the world’s most powerful country was nothing short of astonishing. There was widespread alarm at how this had...

Forthcoming from TLM Editions | Fractals by Sudeep Sen

We are pleased to announce that the next publication from TLM Editions will be Fractals, the new collection by Sudeep Sen. 'Poised, elegantly constructed poems which provide calm spaces for the reader to inhabit.' - Carol Ann DuffyFractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 by Sudeep Sen UK: The London Magazine Editions, 2016 Pages 390 | Price £19.99 | ISBN 978-0-9926061-8-3 'One of international...

Poetry Prize 2017 Ceremony

On November 2nd 2017 The London Magazine celebrated the winners of the Poetry Prize 2017 with a drinks reception held at Collyer Bristow Gallery. The prizes were presented by Grey Gowrie (Special Editorial Advisor for the London Magazine) and Steven O’Brien (Editor of The London Magazine).Champagne flowed as Steven O’Brien gave a speech praising the winners, quoting E.E. Cummings:...

Essay Competition 2018 — Winners Announced!

First of all, a huge, huge thank you to everybody who shared and entered this year's essay prize! Though it was only the second time we have ran the competition, we were confident of unearthing some more brilliant writers in light of last year's winner Haleh Agar, who took the prize with her excellent essay On Writing Ethnic Stories. After much...

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. [...]

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