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The London Magazine - October / November 2013

Published by The London Magazine

ISBN: 9770024608599

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The London Magazine has been responsible for publishing some of the most significant literature in British history. From Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats to T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas and Doris Lessing, today it remains at the forefront with the best contemporary writing. Its writers on art have included John Richardson, Alan Bowness, Edward Lucie-Smith and Mel Gooding and it has featured original work by Graham Sutherland, Prunella Clough, Maggie Hambling and Frank Auerbach.


Inside this issue, exclusive work from:

Rowan Williams – the former Archbishop of Canterbury eloquently reviews Grey Gowrie’s latest poetry collection The Italian Visitor.

Christopher Reid – The acclaimed poet writes the second in the My London series, asking writers what living in – or visiting London means to them.

Shaun Traynor – examines the poetic technique of Sebastian Barker, the former Editor of The London Magazine


Featured in this issue:


Two unique short stories including, ‘Hunting the Jaguar’ by Avril Joy (who is a guest judge on The London Magazine’s short story competition) and ‘The Balm of Oranges’ by Margot Stedman.


From the winners of The London Magazine’s Young Poets Competition including the winning poem ‘Translated’ by Olivia Hanks, Charlie La Fosses’s poem ‘Cleft in Ullswater’ awarded second place and Seán Hewitt’s poem ‘Night Ride Home’ awarded third place. Poems also from Norman Buller, Paul Deaton, James Simpson and Rowan Middleton.



Peter Abbs writes in depth on the philosophy of Albert Camus                   

John-Blashford Snell, one of the most respected explorers of today writes about his ghostly encounters…

Michael Binyon on St Helena and the modernisation that is happening in this remote, colonised island

Edward Lucie-Smith on going digital in the publishing world and his new iBook 100 London Artists with Zavier Ellis

Tony Roberts on Abraham Lincoln featuring lines from his powerful oratory


Geoffrey Heptonstall reviews three new poetry collections including Emily Berry’s Dear Boy, Alan Morrison’s Blaze: a Vanishing and Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer’s Airmail.

George Hull reviews the life and work of J. M. Coetzee after the release of his new book The Childhood of Jesus earlier this year.

Terry Kelly on Ian Hamilton’s Collected Poems

Stephen Thomson on W. G Sebald after the release of A Place in the Country

Paul Williamson writes about the Centenary of The Rite of Spring

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