TLM Issue

Difficult Cup

  after Wu Hao’s Duke Cups The china cup is frilled at the rim like tired lace and all over it ceramic tentacles extend to whisper if you drink me that way I’ll poke your eye out, you can’t quite press your fingers here your lips – like walking a mountain ridge at night with [...]

The Invisibility of Beauty

The 56th Biennale di Venezia (various artists and venues until 22 November 2015) Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisited (New Edition), Sarah Quill, Ashgate, 2015, 256pp. £30 (hardback) Death in Venice, Benjamin Britten, Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 23 June 2015 Venice is a city of ceilings and the Scuola Grande dei Carmini in Dorsodoro, deliciously decorated [...]

Van Gogh: Art and Suicide

Fading Ad

Girl in the Blue Pool

  I am years back and full of echoes. Chlorine, urine, raucous cuff of voices on broken surface. A boy on the edge rowdily teeters and you, knees flexed, arms back are on the pulse of your stroke. Suppose it is you, now, in the pink bikini, close to making five hundred metres as the [...]

An excerpt from Beyond Elsewhere

Gobha nan Glasan/The Locksmith

Installing Time

The Canal

The Quest for Meaning


Twofold Bay

The Kid from Kogarah Grows Up 

Edmund Spenser’s Pictures

Becoming Who We Are: Concluding Thoughts

Growing Up a Flaneur

Metaphors of a Troubled Mind

China’s Swinburne: the Enigma of Shao Xunmei’s Life and Art

My London

Henry Eliot is a writer. Since 2011 he has run the map-magazine Curiocity with Matt Lloyd-Rose, available in bookshops across London and online at, and they are currently creating a book of unusual city maps to be published by Penguin in 2016. This is the 13th article in our regular series “My London”. [...]

The Children of a Demon-Queen

No Longer Impregnable

Let the Mountain Sing its Own Song

Love and Judgement

L’Amore dei Tre Re, Italo Montemezzi, Opera Holland Park, July 22nd – August 1st. In early 1939, with the threat of war intensifying, the Italian composer Italo Montemezzi (1875-1952) decided to move his family to America, eventually settling in Beverly Hills. He left behind two houses, one in Milan, the other in Vigasio, near Verona. [...]

Jane Austen, Illustrated