TLM Diary 2014

The London Magazine is launching its first ever A5 diary for the year 2014: containing everything one would need to remain part of the literary world. This diary includes a week-per-page display, famous literary quotes, vintage adverts from old issues of The London Magazine and over 30 poems from our recent contributors. This diary also includes dates for many literary festivals and other unmissable literary events. Poets included in...

I Don’t Live in a Mountainous Country by Talin Tahajian

We look up, & beyond the maple trees & the brick steeples with weathervane roosters, clouds billow as sleeping monsters. Not the sort of billowing that clouds are usually known to do, but the steep sort, ridges as bright white cliffs. In sunlight, they pile toward the soft summer moon, alive during the day. I don’t live in a mountainous country, but we look toward the...

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

By Mohammad Zahoor On 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...

The launch of The London Magazine Ebook!

We are pleased to announce that you can now enjoy The London Magazine on your kindle or ipad today! Our Feb/March issue is available for download at http://amzn.to/H3nZAY and with it you will receive a complimentary book Mycroft Holmes and the Adventure of the Silver Birches by Michael Davenport. Watch this space as the Apr/May ebook issue will be available in...

The Cult of Isaac by M. G. Stephens

THE CULT OF ISAAC We 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...

News | Nicole Flattery wins The London Magazine Prize for Debut Fiction for ‘Show Them a Good Time’

The London Magazine Prize for Debut Fiction 2020, now in its third year, has been awarded to Nicole Flattery for Show Them a Good Time, a short story collection which puts a contemporary twist on dark humour. Matthew Scott, co-editor of The London Magazine, praised the author for her keen observational approach to short fiction, commenting how “Flattery observes common events...

The Teacher by Manash Bhattacharjee

To Upal Deb He wasn’t a blackboard Framing flightless birds Not a classroom figure Offering the curriculum To rows of bored faces He sat on his bed facing The window Van Gogh Painted a bit differently Barely allowing the light To disturb a perverse air Issuing not from books Piled in honour of chaos But from his own mind Recalling amorous stories Of poets and neighbours Spiced with Marvell’s satire And Rimbaud’s censures That shook my cup...

Ibsen – by Stephen Unwin

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906): the great dramatist of the modern world  Henrik Ibsen has been much misrepresented, especially in Britain.  His contemporaries tended to see him as the master anatomist of decadence and disease, and read his plays with a mixture of guilty recognition and spluttering outrage.  Bernard Shaw in The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891) tried to claim him as a...

Interview | Sinéad Gleeson on Solidarity in Sickness, Isolation and Empathy

Jack Solloway Sinéad Gleeson on Solidarity in Sickness, Isolation and Empathy   With the UK government currently advising ‘social distancing’ and the country expecting further preventative measures against the coronavirus pandemic, Sinéad Gleeson’s debut book Constellations: Reflections from Life – a collection of essays about the body, medicine, politics and art – could not have come at a more interesting time. Shortlisted...

The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Cherry Jones returns to the role of Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by John Tiffany. This London revival of American theatre’s classic memory play may be the timely antidote we need. Like a softening dust, olive-ashen light floats among fading Victorian-style lampshades, a writing desk, a frumpy crimson settee, the trove of animal statuettes centre-front. Looming in...

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...

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...

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2019

Update: Submissions for The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2019 are now CLOSED! Over the years The London Magazine has been home to some of the most prestigious poets in its long publishing history, from John Keats to Sylvia Plath and Derek Walcott. Our annual Poetry Prize seeks out new voices in poetry, providing a platform for publication in the UK’s oldest literary...

Poetry | Ants on City Walls by Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee Ants 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...

Lifesaving by Wes Lee

Lifesaving They don’t do it anymore, breathe into the mouth to save. We had learnt it reluctantly, lined up beside a recumbent dummy, waiting to take our turn to kneel at that mouth. The simplest things disturb – at night when the fluoros shut off and the cover is pulled, the tiles swabbed – there it lies open, not even a ventriloquist’s dummy is so exposed. 'Lifesaving' won second place in...

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...

Phantom-Erotica by Vanessa Austin Locke

Erotica has enjoyed a lusty renaissance over the past twenty-four months. Or so we’re told. Ever since that book turned the world grey with envy (or nausea in these parts) thousands of column inches have been telling us that a new wave in female sexuality has been exposed. Clever marketers have been quick to jump on the trend, branding...

The Winners of The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014

We are excited to announce the winners of The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014! First Prize:  The Journey by William Bedford Second Prize:  Green by Chris Woods Third Prize:  At the Nursing Home by Leland James The winners will be announced at a champagne reception in London on the 17th September. The winning poem will be published in our next issue – October/November...

Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

Callan Wink’s debut collection of stories stands as a promising start to a fine literary career. Some of the stories included here have deservedly appeared in such prestigious magazines as Granta and The New Yorker. The opening story, the eponymous ‘Dog Run Moon’ is one of the strongest, displaying Wink’s talent for finely-managed suspense laced with powerfully evocative language....

Grey Gowrie’s party piece featured in Evening Standard

Lord Gowrie
Former Tory arts minister Lord Gowrie read from his epic 17-page poem The Andrians, just published in the London Magazine, at a party in Holborn last night.   The elegy covers his ancestor who was hung drawn and quartered because he owed money to the King, his father who was killed in the Second World War, and his father-in-law, who was...

Omnibus Clapham, 11th June 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended The London Magazine event at Omnibus in Clapham on wednesday for the official launch of Edward Lucie-Smith’s poetry eBook published by The London Magazine and available to buy on our website now:   https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/editions/making-for-the-exit-by-edward-lucie-smith/   Poetry readings on the night were given by Joe Machine, Grey Gowrie, Steven O’Brien and Edward Lucie-Smith from the latest collection.   Artwork of...

Dark Fairytale – Review of McQueen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

McQueen Theatre Royal Haymarket Limited run from 19th August Reviewed by Lauren Hepburn It's been five years since Lee McQueen took his life. The exquisite dress worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day along with the V&A's fabulous 'Savage Beauty' exhibition this year have meant that the name Alexander McQueen has become synonymous with British design. James Phillips’ play, currently enjoying a...

Event | New River Press vs The London Magazine at Burley Fisher Books

On Thursday at Burley Fisher Books in East London, The London Magazine will be collaborating on an evening of poetry and spoken word with the poetry publishers New River Press.

Exile by Manash Bhattacharjee

Exile “I rested my mouth on your memory” ~ Yannis Ritsos, from Diaries of Exile Night 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...

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