Interview | Momtaza Mehri — Young People’s Laureate for London

Yesterday we spoke to artist and poet Momtaza Mehri, who has recently been announced as Young People’s Laureate for London, who will take over from poet and musician Caleb Femi in the role which was launched by Spread The Word Last Year.

Interview | Bahia Shehab: At the Corner of a Dream at the Aga Khan...

Eric BlockBahia Shehab: At the Corner of a Dream at the Aga Khan Centre GalleryThe acclaimed Egyptian-Lebanese artist, designer, educator and street art activist Bahia Shehab’s work first came to global attention when she played an active role in the...

What I’m Reading – Thomas Morris

We asked The Stinging Fly editor and short story writer Thomas Morris about the things he's reading, watching and listening to right now.ReadingDorthe Nors’s Karate Chop (some of the best stories I’ve read in years). Ottessa Mossfegh’s short...

An interview with Conor Patrick, author of Goodbye Crocodile

The London Magazine interviews Conor Patrick ahead of his debut collection, Goodbye Crocodile, being published.What was it that first got you into writing?It’s hard to say. I’ve always valued stories. I grew up around a...

Interview | Kate Mosse: Secrets of Storytelling

Kate Mosse is a multi-million, number one bestselling author who writes historical fiction combined with crime, adventure, mystery, conflict and romance. She takes the reader back to France's wars of religion and shares the...

“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...

Interview | John Hitchens on Aspects of Landscape

A major new retrospective at Southampton City Art Gallery examines the work of British artist John Hitchens – over fifty works spanning almost six decades char the artist’s journey from his descriptive style to a unique form of abstract painting. The landmark show, featuring recent work that has never been seen in public before [...]

Interview | Rahman Akar, Founder of Signature African Art

Over the last decade there has been consistent growth in interest and price for modern and contemporary African artists. While this has largely been true outside of the continent, there is now a growing class of collectors domestically operating in Africa itself. One of these collectors, Rahman Akar, has been doing so for over thirty years. In 1992 Akar founded Signature African Art, a gallery dedicated [...]

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...

Archive | Roger Blin and Beckett by Mary Benson

‘...Some were to say, “At last, a Christian play!” but I soon came to the conviction that for Beckett it was a mockery. I didn’t want to press the symbolic side. I didn’t bother the actors by saying, “Look, careful, this is very important, it means something other than it seems”. I wanted them to discover it for themselves; through the rehearsals they should give something surpassing the everyday realism of tramps — who finally are not tramps but you and me.’ [...]

Interview | Ted Hodgkinson at the Southbank Centre

We stopped by The Southbank Centre to chat with Ted Hodgkinson about the upcoming reopening of the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall.Both fantastic spaces for literature, the Southbank Centre are celebrating their reopening...

Interview | David Constantine on Writing Lived Experience, Fiction as Felt Truth and Hope...

David Constantine counts himself lucky to be having a relatively peaceful lockdown at home with his wife, Helen, in Oxford. He spends his time going for long walks and, of course, writing in his shed at the bottom of the garden amidst the birdsong. The paperback edition of Constantine’s fifth short story collection, The Dressing-Up Box, will be released later this month by Comma Press [...]

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 | Richard Hearns

The acclaimed Irish artist Richard Hearns has an upcoming exhibition entitled Journey at Cadogan Contemporary. This will be the artist’s first solo show in London and will feature a collection of abstract oil paintings...

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 | 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 | Clayton Vomero | 3OHA

Kaleidoscopic is one of the words used to describe the work of Clayton Vomero, his narratives finding their flow not in the rules of time but in the intricate routes of the mind. His...

Interview | Saul David

The fantastic historian and novelist Saul David popped by our offices to chat about his new book, Jack the Ripper, naughty royals and crime writing!His new novel The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders is available now. Interview...

Interview | Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah talks to us about his new book, Gangsta Rap, released as an Official World Book Day Book.  How would you describe yourself to our readers? Often with great difficulty, it depends on what day you...

Short Story Competition 2016 | An interview with Max Porter

With just over a month until our Short Story Competition 2016 closes, we spoke to judge Max Porter and found out about which writer never fails to inspire him, which three books he'd take if he...

Interview | Bea Colley – Southbank Centre

We stopped by the Southbank Centre to talk with Literature Programmer Bea Colley about the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room and the upcoming event: Fifty Poems from Five Decades.To...

Interview | Atiq Rahimi on dreams, minimalism and the female nude

'Depicting the body is a very political act in my culture, no matter what you do with it; even if it’s abstract. Nudity is a political act. Unveiling the body is engaging with the essential in life, the universal. The body is fundamentally the same regardless of gender. Some political regimes divide the genders along the lines of insignificant bodily differences. Politics often create a contradiction between the sexes when, in actual fact, it’s just a difference, nothing else.' [...]

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:...

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