Interview | AnnaLeaClelia Tunesi on ‘Archaeology Goes Pop’

Eric Block AnnaLeaClelia Tunesi on 'Archaeology Goes Pop' In her latest exhibition ‘Archaeology Goes Pop’, Italian ceramicist AnnaLeaClelia Tunesi’s vivid pots stand out for the way they bring together both brightly coloured modernity, and her ancient,...

Interview | Kwame Asafo-Adjei on Developing Movement

Lucy MorrisKwame Asafo-Adjei on Developing Movement Kwame Asafo-Adjei is a dancer and choreographer who fuses hip-hop with his personal experiences and background. Kwame is also the Artistic Director for company 'Spoken Movement', who take elements...

Interview | Rob Auton on Comedy, Ivor Cutler and Saving Money

Lucy MorrisRob Auton on Comedy, Ivor Cutler and Saving Money Branded 'the Fringe's comedian laureate' by the British Comedy Guide, award-winning comedian and podcaster Rob Auton is going on tour with his critically acclaimed show,...

Interview | Akademy: The Intellectual Members Circle

The London MagazineAkademy: The Intellectual Members Circle Akademy is a private intellectual members’ circle which champions the world’s finest academics, creatives, artists, sports players, and business thought leaders through an exclusive calendar of carefully curated...

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 | Athena Art Foundation

As people who look at great pre-modern art every day for both work and pleasure, we are passionate about enabling others to discover what it has to offer. It is encouraging to see the huge appetite for high-quality digital content about art over the past year, but it has also highlighted three issues. The first is the sheer volume of material being uploaded to museum websites, Instagram and YouTube that no individual has the time to sift through. The second is that [...]

Interview | Esen Kaya on ‘Making Paradise’ at The Aga Khan Centre Gallery

The London MagazineEsen Kaya on Making Paradise at The Aga Khan Centre Gallery Making Paradise, a group exhibition currently on view on at The Aga Khan Centre Gallery, explores the concept of Eden through art...

Interview | Richard Barnett on Wittgenstein, War and the ‘Shadow of Silence’

Reading Ray Monk’s magnificent biography of Wittgenstein, I came across a letter to his nephew, written some time in the thirties, in which he said that ‘[the war] saved my life; I don’t know what I’d have done without it.’ To find a philosopher as perceptive and as unillusioned as Wittgenstein saying that the war had saved his life – and then to find he’d worked out much of the Tractatus while serving as a forward artillery observer, about the most dangerous posting anywhere in the war – stopped me dead [...]

Interview | Nicky Wynne on St Paul’s ‘Remember Me’ Project

‘Remember Me’ was first set up by St Paul’s Cathedral in May 2020. The online memorial commemorates those who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and was put in place to support the bereft. The online platform received such a positive response that it was decided there would be a physical memorial at the Cathedral, so that visitors from everywhere, of all faiths and none, could attend to reflect and mourn at a place dedicated to remembering [...]

Interview | Jean Mattern on his Inspirations, Latest Work, and ‘Great Literature’

Erik MartinyJean Mattern on his Inspirations, Latest Work, and 'Great Literature' Jean Mattern is the French author of seven novels published by Sabine Wespieser and Gallimard. He works as the foreign literature editor at the...

Interview | John Maxwell O’Brien on Writing his Debut Novel ‘Aloysius the Great’

Try as I may to masquerade as an Irishman, I am most certainly a New Yorker and an American. But my grandfather was born in a pub in Kilcullen, County Kildare, and that explains a great deal in and of itself. My father reminded us with monotonous regularity that we were direct descendants of Brian Boru, King of Munster and high king of Ireland. Perhaps that’s why he often referred to us as a royal pain in the ass. I did visit Ireland in 1968, kissed the stone at Blarney, and the damn thing kissed me back! [...]

Interview | Chris Power on Russian Espionage, the Callousness of Writers, and How ‘Fiction...

It goes through that strange, transformative process, where you’re taking the real and grafting fictional elements onto it, and it starts to occupy a space where the two become entangled. Or, if you like, the fiction colonises the reality. It takes over. I spent so long writing and re-writing those scenes that the fictional elements, and the people who didn’t exist but who I put in those places, take on their own reality that they get in the way of your memories [...]

Interview | Christopher Wilton-Steer on Photographing the Living History of the Silk Road

In 2019, travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer spent four months retracing the Silk Road, the historic trade route. Over a period of four months, he travelled 40,000 km overland by car, bus, train, ferry, horse and camel, traversing sixteen countries. He began his journey from London’s King’s Cross, where the show is staged (8th April 2021 until 16th June). The exhibition, which is sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation and presented in partnership with King’s Cross [...]

Interview | Elyssa Sykes-Smith: London Live’s ‘Next Big Thing’

The London MagazineElyssa Sykes-Smith: London Live's 'Next Big Thing' Australian artist Elyssa Sykes-Smith is one of the ten winners of London Live’s Next Big Thing competition. As one of the winners, she has been commissioned...

Interview | Caleb Femi on Poor, ‘Bartering’ Poetry and the Mythos of the South...

Architectural philosophy and design were central to my approach in writing the collection. I’ve always been preoccupied with how the built environment affects or shapes the lives of human beings, specifically looking at materials likes concrete, the rigidness of them but also the flexibility or propensity of it to become flexible, depending on who is looking and interacting with it. And in that way, there was something new that needed to be built. I say this [...]

Interview | Jorge Coll on Spanish Landscapes at Colnaghi

The London MagazineJorge Coll on Spanish Landscapes at ColnaghiColnaghi is recognised as one of the world’s most important art dealerships in the Old Masters and antiquities markets. The renowned gallery has three spaces in...

Interview | Richard Zarzi on Love, Icons and Spiritualism

Richard Zarzi is considered one of the world's most prominent pop artists working today, having celebrated many icons in his work, including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Chanel and Marilyn Monroe. His work created by projecting images onto a canvas screen, which he further instates with bold light and texture using a mixture of acrylics, resins and diamond dust. The result is a celebration of the icons' charisma and beauty through an his distinctive signature style [...]

Interview | Ben Schott on writing ‘racy’ scenes, the element of surprise and Jeeves...

Ben Schott was best known for the hugely popular Schott’s Miscellany series until 2018, when he became a novelist. Described as his homage to the works of P. G. Wodehouse, Schott’s Jeeves and The King of Clubs was published with the blessing of the Wodehouse estate and received rapturous reviews. Schott keeps Bertie and Jeeves in their 1930s setting, but brings a faster pace, detailed endnotes, and a twist of espionage to satisfy the modern reader [...]

Interview | Artist Eileen Cooper on ‘Nights at the Circus’, a personal interpretation

The London Magazine'Nights at the Circus, a personal interpretation': Eileen Cooper on her illustration of Angela Carter's novelThe characters of Angela Carter’s seminal novel, Nights at the Circus, have been brought to life by...

‘Why I’m pleased humour isn’t taken seriously as an art form’ — an interview...

Novel writing and comic strips are two different worlds, hence the difference in signature between Fabcaro and Fabrice Caro, though of course you find a bit of my style in both. I have two distinct approaches to writing. I’d even say that one is the opposite of the other: my comic strips are elliptical, focused on immediate effects and humour in particular. I’m down to the bone, so to speak. My desire to write novels came from a certain frustration with regard to words [...]

Interview | Seán Hewitt on Tongues of Fire, the Androgynous Lyric and ‘Pre-elegy’

I’m not actually a fan of Wordsworth. Of all the grand Romantic poets, I love John Clare. What I balk at with Wordsworth might be something that I’m concerned about in my own writing. We do this a lot. I say I don’t like people that are perhaps similar to me. Or I recognise a tendency in myself for the Wordsworthian, which is something I try to hold back on. Perhaps when I read Wordsworth it makes me cringe because I recognise my own tendencies to want [...]

Interview | ‘Our societies tend to reduce Islam to its political dimension’ – Sophie...

My aesthetic approach is primarily poetic and doesn’t really fit into ‘-ist’ suffixes. But I would be lying if I denied my intentions. One of those is providing models of strong women with intimate, sensual and intellectual responses to life. Another is to offer a different perspective of the Orient, and particularly of Islam. Because of the radicalism and terrorism that confront us [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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