Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen likes big books. Each one of his critically acclaimed works are weighty door-stoppers but their tangible size in no way matches the scale of what lies within. Those who have already read The Corrections and Freedom will know how Franzen novels work: interrogative writing on State power, injustice and secrecy is his trademark. In prior novels, Franzen has...

9 of Europe’s Best Bookshops

A good bookshop can be many different things - a haven from the world, a counter-cultural space, and a meeting point for friends, as well as somewhere, to, you know, buy books. It's perhaps for this reason that despite the numerous death knells that have been called over the last 50 or so years, physical spaces to buy books...

A Very London Issue – My London

A Very London Issue
The London Magazine have launched a new series of articles, in which a variety of writers will describe what living in London – or visiting it – means to them. Our first contributor was until recently the Parliamentary sketch writer for the Daily Telegraph. You can read Andrew Gimson’s ‘My London’ in our latest issue (August/September 2013 released this Thursday!). His...

Exclusive Amazon Local Deal: Six Month Subscription to The London Magazine

Exclusive to Amazon Local, The London Magazine is offering a six month subscription plus a bonus gift issue from the ‘noughties’, all for only £14. Valid to new subscribers only, this fantastic deal includes three issues with your subscription as well as online access to the magazine dating back to 2010. The voucher is valid for a limited time only, so...

Interview | Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is an author and literary critic. Her book Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations was named one of the 'Best Books of 2017' by The Brooklyn Rail, with her collection Dark Horse: Poems (C&R Press, 2018) receiving a notable review in Publishers Weekly. Darling currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, as an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles...

‘Tales of Survival’ by Davis Deen Launch!

The London Magazine is excited to announce the launch of Davis Deen’s story and poetry eBook collection, Tales of Survival – Caribbean stories and poems. The debut collection features a compilation of 12 short stories and poems, giving tribute to the Caribbean oral tradition, enabling you a feel of life and culture in the tropical green islands. This will be the...

Essay Competition 2017

This competition is now closed. 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 inaugural Essay Competition, we hope to find the most exciting new essays to reaffirm and develop the magazine’s...

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

  Paterson is at his best when writing about heartbreak. “The Six,” this reviewer’s favourite piece in 40 Sonnets, speaks of a guitar picked up and played ‘like a novice / or like Orpheus,’ through which the player, reasons out the things he’d say to her and the song he plays is sad, because it’s now too late, and joyous, as somewhere the...

Interview | Elizabeth Eade at HIX ART

HIX ART is currently presenting I know you are but what am I, the first major solo exhibition by acclaimed British artist Elizabeth Eade. In this new series of installations, Eade playfully and powerfully continues her exploration of a range of social and political issues. In 2018, Eade won the celebrated HIX Award, judged by the likes of Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk, with her piece Die Liste — a ten-metre-long handwritten list documenting the deaths [...]

An interview with Bernard O’Donoghue

Bernard O’Donoghue was born in 1945 in Cullen, Co Cork. His latest collection, The Seasons of Cullen Church, returns with a compelling and simple diction to that place and time. He has published six collections of poetry, including Gunpowder, which won the 1995 Whitbread Prize for Poetry, and Farmers Cross (2011). He lives in Oxford, where he is an...

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 Southern Universities Short Story Competition Winners Announcement

We delighted to announce the winning entries of The Southern Universities Short Story Competition   In no particular order: • The Coach’s Wife by Michael J. Vowles • Stray Dog by Michael J. Vowles • Signed, Harry Goldstein by Sam McNeilly • Sugar Rush by Richard Axtell • Edgware Road by Jacqui Pack • Mother Long Dead by Harry Gallon • On January by Harry Gallon • Red Axe...

Pearl by Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage’s new translation of the fourteenth-century poem Pearl follows his energetic 2008 translation of the same anonymous poet’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which enjoyed great popularity and critical acclaim. Those hoping to find in Pearl a sequel to Gawain’s rollicking quest will search in vain, for the colloquialisms that tickled the ear in the Gawain translation...

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?...

The London Magazine Collyer Bristow Prize for Debut Fiction

The London Magazine is very pleased to announce a brand new literary award in partnership with Collyer Bristow: The London Magazine and Collyer Bristow Prize for a Debut Work of Fiction 2018 Celebrating exceptional literary fiction, this event will award a stand-out debut work of fiction published in the UK between January 1st 2017 and December 31st 2017. The judging panel will...

2018 Essay Competition | Judges’ Interview Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer

We had a quick conversation with the judges of our 2018 Essay Writing Competition — Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer — about their writing, big names in non-fiction today, and any tips they might have for essayists entering our competition. About our judges: Nicola Griffith is an award-winning novelist and essayist, who has been published in a number of journals,...

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...

Hockney in L.A. by Robert Wennersten

To celebrate the opening of David Hockney's exhibition 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life at the Royal Academy, we've republished an interview with Hockney, which originally appeared in The London Magazine's August/September Issue, Vol. 13 No. 3, in 1973. Within this lengthy interview, Robert Wennersten talks to Hockney about success, teaching in his early career, and the artwork that hung on his walls...

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 [...]

The London Magazine Diary

To celebrate the latest news at The London Magazine Editions, we are excited to announce the forthcoming release of our first Diary. The diary features a comprehensive list of literary festivals in the coming year, and in addition to this, a myriad of poetry from the likes of Hugo Williams, Moniza Alvi and Christopher Reid to name a few, as well as...

The London Magazine’s Young Poets Competition Announcement

The London Magazine is delighted to announce the winners of our first Young Poets Competition. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this competition. The winners: 1st Place: 'Translated' by Olivia Hanks 2nd Place: 'Cleft in Ullswater' by Charlie La Fosse 3rd Place: 'Night Ride Home' by Sean Hewitt   The winners will be invited to our October Party at the Cock n’...

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...

Towpath by Neil Burns

I The Lagan - a muddy silt river - Barrel of roll-tide, ribs of clean branches Poke up water jutting. On the towpath I glean a warm wet clap of newly Sprung rain. Smell old tide’s bones, As gulls glew; I rivet along cycling. II I watch my middle-distance - A dark bird shape-shifts, A feather-fine-fat-belly tightening to A fistful of coal. Getting blacker Quickly, then on into the water, Length of...

O Brittania Where Art Thou? An interview with Mohammad Zahoor

by Steven O’Brien This interview originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Mohammad Zahoor is a Ukraine-based British businessman and publisher of the Kyiv post. He is dedicated to preserving the newspaper’s independence and has been keen to champion non-partisan investigative journalism in Ukraine throughout the current crisis. Mr Zahoor’s views on the conflict have been covered by the Financial Times. He is also...

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