Mave Fellowes – Q&A

Odeline is quite an unusual character, what was your inspiration for her?I am intrigued by prickly, antisocial characters, especially cantankerous young people. I saw a very bad children's magician once at a Christmas party....

Interview | Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a poet, educator, curator, editor and investigator of missing sounds, who is a founding member of Chill Pill as well as the Keats House Poets Forum, and whose work has appeared in publications...

An Interview with Frieda Hughes

We caught up with Frieda Hughes, one of this year's Poetry Prize 2017 judges. Although this prize has now closed, Frieda will begin reading your entries in the coming weeks. In this interview, she...

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...

Interview | Sophie Collins, Mark Ford and Les Robinson

We had a quick chat with the judges of our 2018 Poetry Prize - Sophie Collins, Mark Ford and Les Robinson - to give our readers insight into their work and all things poetry! Can...

A Love Letter to London and Ideas Becoming Reality, An Interview with Martin Roth

I’m wondering what you think of London’s cultural significance in 2013.If you make this interview just about London, it will be like a love letter in the end. I have a great affection for...

Interview | Jonathan Simons on Analog Sea, Neo-Romanticism and ‘the contemplative gap’

'The discomfort of boredom is never something human beings have liked, but reality and nature and the lack of technology, and the rudimentary qualities of technology, pushed back on us. The friction that we want to eradicate is defined by boredom and old age and sickness and death, and we need these things to be human, and we need these things to have interesting, vital arts and letters as well.'

Interview | Quentin Blake: Anthology of Readers

Best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s books — including Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amongst others — Quentin Blake's latest exhibition, Anthology of Readers, turns his eye to book-lovers [...]

Interview | Dima Alzayat on Alligator: stories of displacement, cultural myth and inter-generational trauma

Human beings are naturally drawn to a good story and that’s regardless of the medium, whether that’s writing or film or something else. I think fiction can help readers see ways of living and thinking that differ from how they live and think, and, at the very least, this can make them more open to or understanding of difference. For me, a good story puts the reader in someone else’s shoes and taps into a reader’s own experiences and emotions in order to connect them [...]

Interview | Ilana Manolson | Chance Encounters

Inspired by the fluidity and evolution of nature, the acclaimed Canadian American artist Ilana Manolson expresses both a personal and abstract interpretation of the natural world in her paintings. Her first London exhibition, Chance...

The London Magazine Podcast | Episode 3 | Dr Matthew Green

Welcome to episode 3 of The London Magazine podcast!This month, we spoke to Dr Matthew Green, author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time, who spoke to us about the birth of magazine culture...

Short Story Competition: A word from the Judges

With just a few weeks left till the end of our annual Short Story Competition we spoke to the Judges to find out exactly what the short story means to them. First we spoke to writer and...

An interview with Camille Ralphs

Hurst Street Press publisher Shoshana Kessler speaks to poet Camille Ralphs about her recent poetry publication Malkin.SK: I recently read Leo Mercer’s essay on free spelling (‘Free Spelling and the Textual Vernacular: On Poetry...

Interview | Chris McCabe: Poems from the Edge of Extinction

Chris McCabe is the National Poetry Librarian. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and his works include numerous poetry collections, including Speculatrix (2014) and The Triumph of Cancer (2018). His new poetry anthology Poems from the Edge of Extinction, published by Chambers this year, collects poems from endangered languages [...]

Interview | ‘Stories don’t protect us, but they do prepare us’ – Kirsty Logan...

Here's the thing: I like to be a queer writer. Being a writer is a part of my identity; being queer is a part of my identity. I don't know that they're the most important parts – but they're important to me. Every writer wants their work to be read on many different levels. I want people to read my books and enjoy the stories – just on a surface level – and to be swept up in the narrative and transported somewhere else for a while. I'd also love it if readers enjoyed the language [...]

Interview | Cecilia Brunson Projects Founder on I Am Awake by Feliciano Centurión

Eric BlockCecilia Brunson Projects Founder on I Am Awake by Feliciano CenturiónCecilia Brunson opened her eponymous Bermondsey-based gallery in 2015, providing a much needed European platform for historical and contemporary Latin American artists. A champion...

Interview | Emily Henry on ‘Beach Read’ and Writing Romance

January Andrews has lost her faith in happy endings after suddenly losing her father and uncovering ugly truths about her parents’ marriage at his funeral. Moving into her father’s recently discovered beach house, the narrative follows a blossoming relationship between January and her neighbour and fellow writer, Augustus Everett, as they evolve from writing partners, to friends, to lovers. A perfect balance of drama, humour and romance, Beach Read is a heartfelt [...]

An Interview with Calisi Press

In recent months Ferrante Fever has been catching. If you haven’t already heard of the anonymous Italian female author who’s achieved international acclaim, the entire finished series of her famed Neapolitan novels awaits you:...

Interview | Lara Williams on Supper Club, Feasting and Taking Up Space

Roberta takes up cooking to avoid succumbing to loneliness at university; the start passion that later develops into her co-hosting secret dinner parties filled with food, alcohol, drugs, sex, and petty crimes with a group of defiant young women, known as the Supper Club. Hungry women gather to gorge themselves, to free themselves. And as their bodies expand, so do their desires. Winner of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2019 and best books of the year in Vogue [...]

Interview | Leo Dixon on Death in Venice at the Royal Opera House

Stuart MartinLeo Dixon on Death in Venice at the Royal Opera House At only 23 years old, British dancer Leo Dixon has already begun an impressive career at the Royal Ballet. Not content with conquering the...

Mave Fellowes on London and the inspiration behind her novel

I spent my twenties in a top floor flat in North-West London. From its rickety balcony you could watch the sun set over a particular urban view. In the distance, planes descending on Heathrow....

Interview | Roubi L’Roubi | Saatchi Gallery | Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from...

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.

Essay | Diary of a Pembridge Poet: June 1976 – March 1977 by Chris...

On 17th June 1976, Robert Greacen, Northern Irish poet and colleague of Chris Rice at a private language school in Holland Park, hosted the first of his poetry workshops from his flat in Pembridge Crescent, Notting Hill Gate. As the junior member at that first meeting, Chris kept a diary of the group’s comings and goings, and continued to do so for the next six years. The extracts below trace a ten-month period from the first meeting in a small flat in Notting Hill Gate to the group’s first public reading in Sloane Square [...]

Interview | Andrew Kötting at St Leonards International Film Festival

St Leonard's International Film Festival Blackmarket VIP, George St, Hastings 19-21th JanuaryHUBUBINTHEBAOBABS - 1987 33 minutes HOI POLLOI 1990 - 10 minutes SMART ALEK 1993 - 18 minutes JAUNT 1995 - 5 minutes DONKEYHEAD 1998 - 4minutes KINGDOMPROTISTA 2000 – 6 minutes ME 1999 - 5minutesIn the seaside town of Hastings, in an old, old street in the...

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