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 | 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 | James Shapiro on cinematic storytelling and ‘Shakespeare in a Divided America’

My first exposure to Shakespeare wasn’t until the age of fourteen, at high school in Brooklyn. We were assigned Romeo and Juliet and set off on what felt to me like a ‘death march’ through the play. I hated it, didn’t even get the dirty bits my classmates sniggered at, and swore I’d never study Shakespeare again. I never did at university. What changed everything for me was seeing the plays performed [...]

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)....

Interview | Richard Baker on winning the 2019 HIX Award

This year’s HIX Award attracted more than 600 entrants and, as founder Mark Hix admits, it was very tough trying to pick a winner from the final fifteen. After much deliberation, the judges of...

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...

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 | GeorgII Uvs | Full Circle: The Beauty of Inevitability

Driven by scientific pursuit and artistic imagination, the acclaimed Russian artist GeorgII Uvs pioneered a new approach to abstract art in which he developed a technique in painting with ultraviolet reactive pigments. Jemima Walter...

The London Magazine Podcast | Episode 4 | A Discovery of Ancient Literature

We were recently contacted by Reverend Christian Mitchell of the church of Heathfield in rural Sussex, who had made a remarkable discovery. In one of the rectories attached to an old church in the...

Interview with Reif Larsen

American novelist Reif Larsen is the author of New York Times bestseller The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. The book, tracing the great trajectory of twelve year old genius cartographer T.S. was also...

An interview with Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson MBE is a poet and writer, published in thirty-seven languages, who has received international prizes in the US, India, Macedonia and Bosnia. A Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society of...

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 | George Salis: Sea Above, Sun Below

Author George Salis has just published his first novel with River Boat Books. Sea Above, Sun Below is described as containing the following elements: ‘Upside-down lightning, a group of uncouth skydivers, resurrections, a mother's body overtaken by a garden, aquatic telepathy, and a peeling snake-priest’. Read on to get a taste of this oneiric world [...]

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 with Louise Brealey on ‘Constellations’

Following its critically acclaimed run on Broadway, Nick Payne’s award-winning play Constellations is coming back to London. Directed by Michael Longhurst and starring Louise Brealey alongside Joe Armstrong, the Royal Court’s UK tour of...

An interview with Patricia McCarthy

We spoke to Patricia McCarthy, one of the judges for our Poetry Prize 2017, who gave a bit of advice on entering this year's competition.As well as editing the poetry journal Agenda, you’ve also had...

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...

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...

Interview | Lucy Pearson, The Literary Edit

Lucy Pearson runs The Literary Edit book blog and @the_litedit on Instagram. She has over 11,000 followers and has been blogging since 2012, and most recently won The London Book Fair's Blogger of the...

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,...

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...

Interview | Jane Draycott on sound poetry, translation and poetic process

'It’s dark in here and forest green: Britannica, sixteen oak trees in a London living room, / the little girl, my mother, in the bookcase glass. / Italy, Ithaca, Izmail, Japan, each page a mainsail, / turning, HMS Discovery – none of the rivers of southern Italy is of any great importance.' - Jane Draycott, ‘Italy to Lord’. British poet Jane Draycott is interested in sound poetry and collaboration. Her translation of the Middle English poem Pearl won the Stephen Spender Prize [...]

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 with Selina Nwulu – Young Poet Laureate for London

Yesterday, Selina Nwulu was chosen from 6 young poets to be the new Young Poet Laureate for London. Supported by Foundation for FutureLondon and London's Writer Development Agency Spread the Word, this year-long role offers...

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