Interview | Nathalie Boobis, Director: Deptford X

Eric BlockInterview: Nathalie Boobis, Director of Deptford XThis year Deptford X, London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival, celebrates its 21st birthday with its largest programme to date (25 October – 3 November 2019)....

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...

The London Magazine Podcast – Episode 2 – An Interview with Katie Hale

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Interview | Michael Cisco on Weird Fiction, Cheerful Nihilism and Sex in Literature 

Michael Cisco has been hailed by China Miéville as being 'of a different kind and league from almost anyone writing today'. He is best known for his first novel The Divinity Student, winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel of 1999. His novel The Great Lover was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel of the Year, and declared the Best Weird Novel of 2011 by the Weird Fiction Review. His work has attracted attention in [...]

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...

Interview with Caleb Femi – Young People’s Laureate for London

Caleb Femi, a 26 year old teacher and poet from Peckham, has been chosen to be the new Young People's Laureate for London. Femi will work with Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency,...

Interview | At the Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet with Michael Joseph

'Beggars Banquet is the album that changed everything for the Rolling Stones,' the band state on their official website, rollingstones.com, 'the band truly came into their own, and the Rolling Stones' music of today...

Interview | ‘The party that never stops’: Sarah Lucas on The Colony Room Club,...

I was with Damien Hirst and Angus Fairhurst (I imagine) and we popped in. It was dingy, green and crowded. Also smoky. Ian Board was behind the bar insulting people and swearing as they came in. I thought he was horrible. Someone said, ‘He’s alright when you get to know him.’ I thought, I’ll bear that in mind. I didn’t go back for a long while. By that time Ian was dead. He was still there in the form of his sculpted head which contained his ashes. Michael Wojas said that you can roll a pinch up [...]

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 | 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 [...]

Interview | Karen Ashton, founder of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale

 This Sunday, the Art Car Boot Fair Pulls Back In To VauxhallBack to its roots in the heart of South London, this year’s Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair will pull up in Vauxhall on...

Interview| Barry Miles, founder of the International Times

This week sees the opening of the exhibition The British Underground Press of the Sixties, at A22 Gallery, Clerkenwell, featuring the covers of every countercultural publication from the 1960s. The show is curated by...

‘Just Books and Language’ – Interview with Abel Cutillas by Heather Wells

‘Just Books and Language’ – Interview with Abel Cutillas, co-owner of Llibreria Calders, Sant Antoni, Barcelona by Heather WellsBernat Puigtobella walks me to the Calders bookshop in the trendy neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, Barcelona....

“We live in the age of the beautiful book” – interview with Chris Riddell

Writer, illustrator and current Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is becoming an increasingly familiar name to stumble upon in the literary world. He has collaborated on projects with Neil Gaiman, Russell Brand and is an...

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 [...]

Friends of TLM | An Interview with Rachel Hurd-Wood

The first in our new interview series - Friends of The London MagazineRachel Hurd-Wood is an actress and writer who has been published in The London Magazine with both poetry and an essay....

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

Editor of The Stinging Fly, one of Ireland's top literary magazines, Thomas Morris is no stranger to reading and writing short fiction. In the final countdown to the deadline for our short story competition we spoke...

Interview | Amy Sackville

Back in March at the London Book Fair earlier this year, Vanessa Wheeler sat down with the author Amy Sackville to ask her about her writing techniques, and the release of her third novel, Painter...

An interview with Southbank Centre Literature Festival’s Ted Hodgkinson

This October, Southbank Centre will host its 10th Literature Festival, ‘Living in Future Times’. Beginning with a reading of H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine, the Festival will trace paths of thought from the worlds of...

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 | ‘I Dreamt of Writing about Heartbreak and Love’: Skye Jackson in Conversation...

Another poet who is never far from me is Frank O'Hara. I don't think I'd be a poet if not for his influence when I first began writing years ago. I love O'Hara's ability to paint a scene - he wrote with such a delicious intimacy and an eye for the small moments that make up a life. I'm very drawn to his voice. When I read his poetry, I feel like I'm having a warm conversation with a very close friend. He gives you the room to breathe and listen. So Lunch Poems is pretty much [...]

Interview | Radu Oreian: ‘Microscripts and Melted Matters’

As I wandered through the pacific silence of Nosco Gallery, London, I came across the universe of Radu Oreian's art – and ‘universe’ really is the proper word for it. His works are often massive both in scale and scope. The longer you look, the more you’ll find of the following: sea creatures, bodily fluids, thumb prints, flush plasma, veins and arteries, infinity in pointillism – even nostalgia for your childhood dreams. ‘Microscripts and Melted Matters’ represents a contemporary [...]

An interview with Paul Benney

If you walk along one of the leafy roads from Hackney Downs and turn down a little side street, you may just find yourself at an old printworks. Now known as Hackney Down Studios,...

Interview | Elise Ansel: yes I said Yes at Cadogan Contemporary

As arguably the biggest week in the London art-world calendar sets in, there is a striking exhibition on display at Cadogan Contemporary in which the acclaimed American artist Elise Ansel reclaims female identity from the old master paintings [...]

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