Archive | Pier Paolo Pasolini — Divina Mimesis: Canto VII

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Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian poet, novelist and film-maker, who died in mysterious circumstances in 1975 in an as-yet-unsolved murder case. Hailed by...

Essay | Heaney At Home by Simon Tait

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Simon Tait Heaney At Home Seamus Heaney’s brother Hugh sums him up better than anyone. “Seamus’s feet never left the ground”, he says, “and you could...

Essay | A Journey Through Silence by Georgie Knaggs

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The chat stops. We rise to our feet, step back over our benches. My foot hunts for its flip-flop. I am nine years old. It...

Feature | Inside Dennis Severs’ House

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I arrive outside the black wooden door of Dennis Severs' House, knock gently on the door, and wait under the gas lantern which hangs...

Battle of Ideas by Francesca Baker

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At this year's Battle of Ideas the opening debate concerning literature was entitled To Read or Not To Read - The Canon and the...

Essay | My London by Mark Wilkins

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Arriving in London in late September 1977 to start a law degree course, I fell irretrievably in love with London, replete with equal measures...

Spotlight III: Influx Press

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The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers...

Essay | The King of Hay-on-Wye

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A maverick anarchist, bookseller and entrepreneur, Richard Booth, who has died aged 80, transformed the small Powys town of Hay-on-Wye into a mecca for the second-hand book. His significant and colourful legacy in the book trade inspired a formula [...]

Essay | Travel Writers as Citizens of Nowhere by Cecily Blench

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At the Conservative Party Conference in 2016, shortly after the Brexit vote, the new Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech in which she said these words: ‘If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere’. She made this point while trying to address the concerns of those who voted for Brexit because of immigration [...]

Essay | Residents in a World of Ideas: Thoughts on Cafés...

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Before a trip to Vienna a few weeks ago I asked a friend where I should go. ‘It’s all cafés and art. There’s nothing...
We'll Never Have Paris, ed. Andrew Gallix, Repeater Books, May 2019

Extract | Flogging a Dead Clothes Horse by Thom Cuell

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The following is an extract from We’ll Never Have Paris edited by Andrew Gallix (3:AM Magazine) — a new collection of fiction and essays...

Archive | Coming to London II by Leonard Woolf

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The following piece was first published in The London Magazine October 1955 Volume 2 No. 10 as “Coming to London — II”, part of...

Essay | W.H. Auden: The Man Who Spoke for the Dumb...

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One of the hallmarks of a great artist is their often lugubrious disdain for their own work. The reclusive French composer Paul Dukas was self-critical to the degree that he only allowed fifteen of his works to be published. Needless to say, they have become much loved [...]

Essay | I Go Away To Talk To Myself by Sinead...

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Sinead O'Brien I Go Away To Talk To Myself A trip has the same quality a Friday has. Everything ahead. It’s like having your back against...

Archive | Apollinaire 1880-1918 by Simon Watson Taylor

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The following essay was first published in The London Magazine, November 1968, Volume 8, No. 8, with accompanying illustrations, and edited by Alan Ross...
Peas

Essay | Peas by Alice Dunn

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One of the stand-out gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show appeared to replicate the pea in its structure. ‘The Seedlip Garden’ had...

Easter Island by Fiona Brenninkmaker

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Charting the evolution of Easter Island wooden carvings from spiritual receptacle to auction treasure. Allow me to take you on a small journey to Easter...

Essay | I’ll Always Have London by Leonard Quart

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I’m off to London for the first time in a couple of years. There are friends to visit, art exhibitions and plays to see,...

Essay | Defining my Jewish Identity by Leonard Quart

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I grew up in the 1940s and '50s when the city's ethnic groups were more clearly divided and a lingering enmity between them still...

Essay | Meg Wolitzer’s #MeToo Moment by Sophie Perryer

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Meg Wolitzer must be psychic. Well before the explosive allegations against Harvey Weinstein were revealed and the #MeToo movement gathered pace, she penned The...

Essay | Living in the Country— 1 by James Stern

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I had the good fortune to live in the country until after I came of age. I could recognize and name most of the...

Spotlight V: Journals Edition | LE GUN / Hotel

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The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers...

Essay | Tony Harrison: Poetry & Class

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Patrick Maxwell Tony Harrison: Poetry & Class The use of poetry as a form of class war has arguably never had particularly significant results in much of...

Extract | Rosalind by Arifa Akbar

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"Rosalind" by Arifa Akbar, extract taken from Tales of Two Londons: Stories from a Fractured City, ed. Claire Armitstead, Arcadia Books, London, 2019. Copyright...

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