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PAGES, by Heather Wells, Production Manager


… is a newly-launched online book retailer that encourages and inspires independent thought.

They offer a very selective choice of books by independent and self-publishers, not just literary but books on architecture and cookery too, so as to offer you a wide range of brilliantly written and illustrated books that you may not necessarily find at the big book retailer.

With less choice than a large retail store, more focus is on the selection they offer and I notice a nicely illustrated book, re-issued by Slightly Foxed paperbacks called My Grandmothers and I written by Diana Holman-Hunt (and yes she is related to the Pre-Raphaelite artist, William Holman-Hunt who was her Grandfather). This is just one of many delights you can find at PAGES.

As well as sell books, PAGES also has an ongoing blog that aims to be a vibrant and interactive online community that drives real conversation about books from fiction to fashion to politics. With a strong social media and blog presence, PAGES aims to be the online meeting place for those who love books. I’m assuming if you’re reading this … that you do!





Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Preview and Ceremony by Heather Wells, Production Manager


I arrive at Somerset House in the blistering sunshine, passing the Courtauld Gallery currently exhibiting Picasso’s early paintings and arrive at the West Wing Galleries to the right of the courtyard where I have been invited to the preview of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

I am greeted by the event organisers and a lot of other people with swanky, high-tech cameras. Photos are being taken before we have even got into the exhibition. I feel on display.

As one tour finishes, another one starts. Michael Benson, from Candlestar Ltd and curator of the Exhibition gives a short introduction and points out three shortlisted photographers who will be joining us on the tour, and so we embark.

In the intimate exhibition space of the West Wing Galleries – formerly a tax office – the white light rooms couldn’t have a more diverse display of international photography. The rooms are divided into categories including professional and open competition entries. Photographs everywhere ‘familiar yet strange.’

The photographs that stood out were Jens Juul’s ‘Six Degrees of Copenhagen’, a series of black and white photos worked on the basis that the individual he snaps on camera will then suggest someone in their circle of family or friends who can then be photographed by him and so on. The result is a striking connection between figures that you wouldn’t necessary expect to be associated with each other.

The concept behind Alice Pavesi Fiori’s photographs intrigued me; the way that we all have expectations for our lives, whether that be to have a baby, get married, be promoted or even for something less life-changing, and the misty haze in these melancholic shots capture the waiting that we do everyday all the time for those expectations to be met. Ernest Goh’s photographs of chickens also provided for amusing viewing!

Alice Pavesi, Italy, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

The walls in one room are entirely dedicated to William Eggleston, winner of the Outstanding contribution to photography. The all-American photos look eerily still. Through a rather speedy tour, I knew I would need to revisit each of the rooms.

The tour had ended and we were left to disperse ourselves, where I stumbled across Lin Chun Chung’s photo and literally gasped. My brain was going: How is this image made possible?! The image shows a bull-runner who is practically doing the splits as they try to reign in two running bulls – which are going in opposite directions –grasping the bull’s by their tails. It turns out the Taiwan photographer won first place for it in the National Award category. A woman had noticed my astounded reaction for she came up to me and asked me if I like the picture? I said ‘yes, it was really the only photograph that has forced me to draw breath.’ She then replied ‘Well, this is his image’ whilst pointing at a man I had not noticed behind me. I was so excited by this coincidence that I continued to voice my feelings to him of how impressed I was. It was then that I realised he didn’t speak English and the woman then translated my words of praise. When I asked how he managed to capture the image, the woman replied that Lin Chun Chung travelled in the sweltering heat to witness this annual, cultural festival held in a village in Indonesia and waited most part of the day to capture it. From my perspective, and no doubt from his and many others, it was well worth the, in hindsight, rather short wait.

As the clock fast-forwards to 7pm, I am now changed into a peplum dress ready for the official awards ceremony announcing all the winners of the Sony World Photography Exhibition Awards. Strolling down a red carpet outside the Hilton hotel in Park Lane, this is a glitzy and glam event.

All of the photographers are here to receive their trophy and have been shipped in from all over the world. A staggering 10,000 (approx) entries this year has made the Sony awards one of the largest and most well-recognised photography awards in the world and competition is fierce.

It was Andrea Gjestvang from Norway who won the prestigious L’Iris d’Or Award for her series of photographs depicting the young survivors of the Utoeya massacre in July 2011.

There are too many to mention, but one thing is for sure; photographs, like art have the capacity to give us a new perspective from a world that is our own, so that it appears ‘familiar but strange.’

Ernest-Goh, Singapore, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards


Cityread London by Heather Wells, Production Manager


Cityread London is a campaign working closely with libraries to spread a love of books and reading to the widest possible audience throughout our capital.

This year, Cityread have chosen Sebastian Faulk’s novel A Week in December (recently reviewed by our Editor – Steven O’Brien on the TLM Book Club), which follows the lives of seven main characters across seven days in London amidst  the financial crash of 2007. The book explores themes including terrorism, reality TV and drug addiction. These themes in the novel are the starting point for Cityread’s events taking place during the April month. They want as many people, from the most far-reaching and unexpected corners to engage with literature: united by one book.

Bringing stories to life, Cityread has organised guided walks through the city such as the financial area – St Paul’s, The Bank of England, Millennium Bridge and the Stock Exchange, which can be booked in advance on the Cityread website:


There are events taking place in most Boroughs, so be sure to take a look what’s happening in your area. Learn about the London Underground or join the Open Reading Group.



Sebastian Faulks will be in conversation tonight at The British Library as part of Cityread, but the tickets have now all been sold out.

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition by Heather Wells

The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition is your chance to see some of the world’s best International and contemporary photography.
On from the 26 April – 12 May 2013 at Somerset House in London, you will be able to view a visual representation of the world in 2012 through the eyes of the successful photographers. There are 25 categories including fashion, wildlife, travel, landscape, portraits as well as current affairs, so there is something for everyone.
The Sony World Photography Award is recognised as one of the leading world photography competitions, celebrating the art of photography for the newest, most talented of photographers.
The exhibition is open on Friday 26th April, after the winners have been announced the day before at an awards ceremony in London.
The opening weekend will also coincide with World Photo London, one the UK’s most dynamic celebrations of photography.

Running from 26-28 April 2013, experts from across the photographic industry will give insights into the world of photography through a series of six PhotoTALKS covering street photography, photojournalism, fine art and much more.

The exhibition will also feature the winning and commended titles of the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for photography and moving image publications.

Fore furthur details visit:


North London Literary Festival by Heather Wells


Several prize-winning authors and publishers will be in Hendon on the 26th and 27th March to attend a free two-day literary festival held at Middlesex University. The festival is hoping to engage lovers of literature in the local community with authors such as Andrew Simms and Lucy Caldwell with Faber in attendance. James Herbert OBE was due to appear at the festival, but having suddenly passed away, Middlesex University is to pay tribute to his life and work on the evening of Wednesday 27th.

Faber will give a talk on ‘how to get published’ with invaluable advise on the best way of doing this in todays market. There will also be a discussion entitled the ‘Small Publishing Forum’, ever-needed when trying to find your place in the fast changing world of print.

As well as this there will be a vibrant poetry slam – described as ‘a verbal battle between poets’. All this and more is on offer at this years North London Literary Festival.

The event is organised by students of the University and will be situated on the campus at  Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT.

To find out more information, please visit their website:



Quirky Day Out in London


For a slightly different outing, why not visit The Cartoon Museum?

The museum is currently exhibiting work by the great cartoonist Wally Fawkes (TROG) who has had a professional career as a cartoonist for sixty-two years. In this time he produced many cartoons for British newspapers including The Sunday Telegraph and Daily Mail as well as many political cartoons for the New StatesmanSpectator, the Observer and Private Eye. 

Wally is particularly well-known for his caricatures of famous faces including Francis Bacon, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Brigitte Bardot and The Queen.

The museum is also showing cartoons by Humphrey Lyttleton, Wally’s close friend, fellow jazz musician and cartoonist.

Trog, Flook – and Humph too! runs from:

7 January 2013 – 28 April 2013


Trog (Wally Fawkes), Queen Elizabeth II (2002)





Facilitate Global Event


“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” Einstein.



Facilitate Global 

Evening Dinner on 10 April 2013


A deeply personal and profoundly transformational journey: from ideology to humanism.

Keynote speakers: Professor IIan Pappe and Miko Peled

Welcome and Introductions: Soraya Boyd- Founder and CEO of Facilitate Global.

To book please email info@facilitateglobal.org

(Places are limited. Please book early)

Both Professor IIan Pappe and Miko Peled have courageously challenged Israel’s narrative from within. They have inspired a new generation of activists to believe in justice and to seek peace between Israel and Palestine.

 IIan Pappe: Peace between Israelis and Palestinians must involve “the three As: acknowledgement, acceptance and accountability”. Lecture in Australia, 2012.

 Miko Peled “… the truth lay in the personal story not in the national narrative”, The General’s Son (Just World Books, 2012, ISBN 978-1935982159). 

TLM Young Poets Competition 2013


Please note. This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Due to the volume of submissions, it has taken us a little while longer to judge. The winners will now be in the October/November issue. Please stay tuned for more details.

The London Magazine is delighted to announce our first Young Poets Competition, open to anyone aged between 16-30 from anywhere around the world!
Enter the chance to win a prize fund of:

First Prize £300

Second Prize £200

Third Prize: £100

As well as being published in our August/September issue.

The London Magazine has always published the best poetry from around the world, by both unpublished and established writers and are pleased announce our expert panel of judges:

Helen Dunmore
Helen Dunmore won The National Poetry Competition, along with the Orange Prize for her fiction and has been shortlisted for the T. S Eliot Prize, along with numerous other awards.

Carrie Etter
Carrie Etter is an American Poet. Her poetry has featured in numerous literary journals. Her first collection, The Tethers (Seren, 2009), won The London New Poetry Award. She is currently senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Max Wallis
Max Wallis has been widely published in magazines and journals. Between October 2010 and March 2011 he took part in the Barbican Centre’s prestigious Young Poets Scheme. He is currently working on a debut novel and a full collection of poetry.

Submission details

  • Entries will be accepted from the 1st March 2013.
  • The closing date for entries is 30th April 2013.
  • Entry fee is:

£4.50 for first poem

£2.50 for each additional poem


  • There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.
  • The poems can be written on any subject or theme.
  • Entrants must be aged between 16 – 30.

Entry format

  • Entries must be in English.
  • Postal entries must be single-sided, typed, with pages numbered and securely fastened with a staple. Each entry must be on a new sheet.
  • The filename of email entries must be the author followed by the title of the story. It must be either a .doc, pdf or .txt file.
  • Entries must be labelled clearly with your name, address and email address on the front page.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please make sure to keep a copy.
  • No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
  • Please ensure that you use the correct postage.
  • Please include a completed entry form with your submissions
  • Postal entries should be marked ‘Young Poets Competition’ and sent to:

The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate

  • Email submissions should be sent to: competition@thelondonmagazine.org
  • Please include in the subject line your name, the competition and the title of the poem.
  • Postal entries must be received by 30th April 2013.
  • Please attach a completed entry form with your submissions


  • The London Magazine will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning stories (including runners up) in the magazine and online.

Payment details

  •  Fees are payable by PayPal, credit/debit card, cheque or postal order.
  • Cheques must be in pounds and should be payable to The London Magazine with your name and address on the back.
  • Credit card payments can be accepted by telephone.
  • Receipt of entry will be received by email regardless of the manner of sending.


  • The winning entries will be notified by post.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every entry. Only the winning entries will be notified.

Young Poets Entry Form

National Literacy Trust Fun Run


The National Literacy Trust is hosting a charity fun-run with a Where’s Wally theme. In a bid to    raise one-million to continue to raise literacy levels across the country, taking part in the run can make this happen.

The five or ten kilometre run (or walk) takes place in Victoria Park, London on Sunday 24th March 2013.

Entry costs £20 and will include an official  Where’s Wally costume!

Help to support their motto that: If you can read, you can succeed.

For more details visit:



Steven O'Brien reading at the Society Club, Sat 23rd Feb


Join Steven O’Brien, David Constantine, Ian Duhlig and Katrina Naomi for a night of short story readings, conversation and wine with the Word Factory.

Saturday, 23rd February
6-8pm at: The Society Club
12 Ingestre Place, Soho, W1F OJF
£10 on the door

'He who folds the trouser', TLM's mention in the Londoner's Diary


Presenting the London Magazine literary prize to Sophie Hampton at the House of Commons, former arts minister Lord Gowrie told of a woman in Edna O’Brien’s novel, The Love Object, who was having an affair with a married man.

“She was infuriated by his habit of folding his trousers too precisely before getting into bed with her,” said Gowrie, teasing host Jeremy Bradshaw. “I expect you are a trouser folder, Jeremy.”

Gowrie later told me the man in question was John Freeman, 97,  last surviving member of the Attlee government, former New Statesman editor, British ambassador in Washington, BBC Face to Face interviewer and TV boss. He is a good friend of O’Brien, one of the judges of the London Magazine competition



TLM Short Story Competition, Winner Announcement


The 2012 London Magazine short Story competition prizes were awarded at a champagne reception on the House of Commons terrace on Tuesday 22nd January. The first prize of £500 went to Sophie Hampton. Mary O’Shea and Neil Herrington were awarded second and third prizes respectively. The judges for the competition were Edna O’Brien, Cathy Galvin and Alison Macleod.

The competition was sponsored by Newsmax. Ken Chandler the editor in chief of the magazine flew from New York to award the prizes.

Our winter reception has become a fixture of the in the literary life of London. Lord Risby, Steven O’Brien and Grey Gowrie each spoke about the current dynamism of the arts in Britain.

The Good Old Days!
























Grey Gowrie's party piece featured in Evening Standard


Former Tory arts minister Lord Gowrie read from his epic 17-page poem The Andrians, just published in the London Magazine, at a party in Holborn last night.

The elegy covers his ancestor who was hung drawn and quartered because he owed money to the King, his father who was killed in the Second World War, and his father-in-law, who was strung up after trying to kill Hitler. A brilliant poem but perhaps too much for a drinks party?

The London Magazine Short Story Competition


The London Magazine Short Story Competition is now closed.

We are thrilled at the response to our first competition and would like to thank all those who took the trouble to send in their writing.

Our judging panel are very much looking forward to reading through all the stories and making their selections.

The winners will be notified in writing by 8 January 2013 and formally announced in a presentation ceremony at The London Magazine Winter Party at the House of Commons on 22 January 2013. Good luck to everyone who entered.

Also, make sure to keep an eye out for our future competitions!

TLM Short Story Competition – Enter Today!


The London Magazine is delighted to announce its short story competition.

With a prize fund of £1,000, the chance to be published in the magazine and the winners announced at the House of Commons, this is the perfect opportunity for writers across the globe to get noticed.
The judging panel comprises Cathy Galvin, Alison MacLeod, Derwent May and the editor of The London Magazine, Steven O’Brien.

We are now open for entries, which must be received by 31 October (26 October for postal entries). The entry fee is £15.

For more information and details about how to enter the competition, please click here.

TLM Short Story Competition featured in the New Statesman, Sept 2012


The London Magazine has announced a competition to find the best short stories in English from around the globe.

The competition will be judged by a panel of novelists, journalists and editors, including Cathy Galvin, the founder of The Story Salon and Alison MacLeod, author of the novel The Changeling. There is to be a prize fund of £1000, a prestigious award ceremony and the opportunity to be published in the magazine – both in print and online.

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical. With a history stretching back to 1732, it has published a wide range of writers over the years, from Wordsworth and Shelley through to T S Eliot and Evelyn Waugh. Recent decades have seen the magazine publish stories and poems by writers such as William Boyd, Nadine Gordimer and Derek Walcott. The magazine is committed to continuing this tradition by discovering and promoting the foremost writers of the future.

“This year The London Magazine is celebrating its two hundred and eightieth anniversary. The short story competition is part of the magazine’s imperative to promote and showcase the best new writing,” said Steven O’Brien, the magazine’s editor.

The closing date is 26 October 2012 for postal entries and 31 October 2012 for email entries. The winners will be announced at The London MagazineWinter Party at the House of Commons on 22 January 2013.


The London Magazine at Two Hundred and Eighty. By Steven O'Brien, Editor


To read Steven O’Brien’s latest article featured on Middle East Online, visit: http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=53837

The London Magazine's Spring Party


Photographs from our latest Spring Party are online now under our events section.

A literary celebration, Words in the Park festival


We are excited to announce the Words in the Park festival which we will be attending from the 18th-20th May in Holland Park.

Some of the UK’s finest living novelists are set to appear at the festival alongside broadcasters, historians, philosophers, fashion and design icons, foodies, actors and politicians in a packed programme.

Audiences will be entertained, inspired and stimulated in the heart of one of London’s most stunning and historic parks at what is hoped will become an annual event. 
 Festival goers can hear crime veteran P.D. James (Baroness James of Holland Park) in conversation with friend and fellow writer Penelope Lively, laugh at the hilarious life observations of actress Maureen Lipman, join John McCarthy on a journey into the complex Middle East as he discusses his travels in Palestine with Sandi Toksvig, be inspired as A.S. Byatt looks back on her best-loved novels with Jonathan Derbyshire, Culture Editor of the New Statesman, and revel in the foodie tales of Sophie Dahl and Mary McCartney, who will be launching her debut cook book ‘Food’.

Some of West London’s most famous faces will be speaking at the festival: political legend Tony Benn will be in conversation with young author and agitator Owen Jones, and writer Jung Chang, in conversation with critic Maya Jaggi, will reflect on China in the 21 years since the publication of her global phenomenon ‘Wild Swans’.

The line up continues with Jeremy Paxman, Andrew Marr, AA.Gill, John Bercow, Matthew Flinders, Jimmy Carr, Lindsey Hilsum and Nick Cohen plus many more.

The festival will also offer audiences the chance to meet fellow literary enthusiasts, wander the beautiful park, enjoy excellent food and wine, browse the festival bookshop and meet the authors at book signings.

For full programme details:


Booking via Opera Holland Park, www.operahollandandpark.com and telephone box office: 0300 999 1000

Doors open on Friday 27th April for the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition


For more information on the FREE events, workshops and seminars as well as details about the exhibition, please go to:


Not to be missed! The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition


We are excited to be attending the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House which opens the exhibition from the 27th April to the 20th May. As well as the photography exhibition, there will be workshops, seminars and many free events which are not to be missed!


Our April/May ebook issue is now available!


In just a couple of clicks you can download our latest issue for your Kindle or ipad.

Simply go to: http://amzn.to/I9QYba

This eBook edition also includes the complimentary novella Raffles: The Gentleman Thief by Richard Foreman.

Raffles, the famous cricketer and amateur cracksman, is an original adventure. Harry “Bunny” Manders, Raffles’ biographer and accomplice, recounts the tale of the time they broke into the bookshop, Hatchard’s of Piccadilly. Their mission? To steal a letter, formally owned by one Rene d’Aramis, which if published could compromise a prominent member of the government.

Yet, even more intriguing than their employment is their employer – a certain Mr Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker Street. How will the master criminal fare against the legendary detective?

In this stunning re-creation of the classic Raffles stories, Richard Foreman brings one of the most famous characters in literature vividly back to life.

This brilliant novella will be enjoyed by anyone who has read the original Raffles stories, as well as by fans of Sherlock Holmes, and historical fiction.

It has been widely praised.

‘A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!’ – David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries

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