Interview | Charlie Godet Thomas

Floating above your head a radiant yellow weather vane in the shape of a speech bubble, turning with the wind, dripping with rain. A changeable sign that moves with the times, pointing to nothing...

Interview | Sculptor Guy Portelli on ‘Wight Spirit, 1968-70’ and the Isle of Wight...

This summer sees Portelli also take on the role of curator for Masterpiece Art Gallery’s major exhibition Wight Spirit, 1968-70. History has been somewhat unkind to the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival. Its riotous atmosphere which saw over 600,000 people descend on Afton Down led Parliament to ban large open-air gatherings in the Isle of Wight County Council Act of 1971. But the festival remains a cultural landmark: it saw legends such as Jimi Hendrix [...]

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 | 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 | 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 [...]

Interview | Johnnie Cooper | throe on throe

A new exhibition at Saatchi Gallery sees a major survey by the acclaimed British artist Johnnie Cooper. Spanning two galleries, throe on throe comprises over 50 paintings and sculptures from the 1970’s – a time when Cooper...

Interview | Gryphon Rue on Calder Stories

Calder Stories at the Centro Botín, Spain, is a major exhibition spanning five decades of Alexander Calder’s career, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organised in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York. The exhibition,...

News | Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019 — The People’s Forest + Interview

The People's Forest — a literary strand to Waltham Forest's programme as the first ever London Borough of Culture this year — has recently been announced, which is to be curated by arts consultant...

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 [...]

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 | Sinéad Gleeson on solidarity in sickness, isolation and empathy

Jack SollowaySinéad Gleeson on solidarity in sickness, isolation and empathy  With the UK government currently advising ‘social distancing’ and the country expecting further preventative measures against the coronavirus pandemic, Sinéad Gleeson’s debut book Constellations: Reflections...

Poetry Prize | An interview with Andrew McMillan

Ahead of our Poetry Prize, which opens 1st May, we caught up with one of our two esteemed judges to get his perspective on prizes, publication and what he'll be looking for from this...

Short Story Competition 2016 | An interview with Erica Wagner

With just over a month until our Short Story Competition 2016 closes, we spoke to one of the judges, Erica Wagner, and found out that Emily Dickinson inspires her creative process. She also told us what three...

Interview | Jude Christian – Nanjing at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

We stopped by The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe to talk to Jude Christian about her play Nanjing. Nanjing is part of The Globe's Refugee Week 2018 and is playing from Friday 22nd June - Sunday...

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 [...]

Poetry Prize | An interview with Rebecca Perry

Ahead of our Poetry Prize, which closes 30th June, we spoke to judge Rebecca Perry about prizes, publication and what she'll be looking for from this year's entries.Rebecca, It’s lovely to have you as a judge,...

Interview | Curator Amanda Bradley | Counterpoint – Stanley Spencer and his Contemporaries

Known for his eccentricity and convention-defying style, Stanley Spencer’s majestic work is beyond definition. The upcoming exhibition, Counterpoint – Stanley Spencer and his Contemporaries, layers the work of the renowned artist with his contemporaries,...

An Interview with David Henry Hwang

The London Magazine interviews David H. Hwang, as his Obie Award-winning Pulitzer prize finalist play Yellow Face comes to Finsbury's new 'Park Theatre', showing now until the 16th June 2013.How did you get into playwriting? Was...

Interview | Cyril de Commarque: Artificialis at Saatchi Gallery

The acclaimed French artist Cyril de Commarque has created an ambitious and powerful multimedia installation that invites us to contemplate notions of legacy and transition, now on exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The artist’s latest project is the result of a special commission by Saatchi – for its Artist-In-Residency programme – with a brief to respond [...]

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 | 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 | Trate | Emotive Brutes

Canadian artist Trate is causing a stir in London’s art world, and this will intensify next year when he holds his first U.K show. Digby Warde-Aldam tracked him down to his east end...

Interview | Alka Bagri on the Bagri Foundation ahead of ‘Tantra’ at the British...

For the last thirty years, the Bagri Foundation has quietly supported projects that promote Asian culture in the UK. While some of its partnerships are high-profile — it is the lead donor of the British Museum’s blockbuster Tantra exhibition — it also supports a variety of smaller projects for the visual arts, literature, music, dance, performance and lectures, and is now expanding its activities into other territories [...]

2018 Essay Competition | Judges’ Interview Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer

We had a quick conversation with the judges of our 2018 Essay Writing Competition — Nicola Griffith and Pico Iyer — about their writing, big names in non-fiction today, and any tips they might...

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