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The London Magazine - August / September 2013

Authors: Steven O'Brien

Published by The London Magazine

ISBN: 22842-0024-6005

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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 TS 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:

Edward Lucie-Smith – the revered art critic writes on Guerrilla art focusing on the work of the rising East-London artist Charming Baker, who has sell-out shows in London and now Hollywood.

Andrew Gimson – The first in the My London series, asking writers what living in – or visiting London means to them. A witty account of London from the former Parliamentary sketch writer for the Daily Telegraph seen through the eyes of a London cyclist.

Tom Sutcliffe – reviews two Opera productions he saw at this years Glyndebourne Festival including Ariadne auf Naxos and Hippolyte et Aricie.
Featured in this issue:

Two touching short stories including, ‘All the Wonders’ by Stephen May (shortlisted for a Costa Book Award) and ‘Be Still the River’ by Conor Patrick (whose short story collection is available to buy now in paperback and/or ebook produced under The London Magazine Editions)

by Delhi-born poet Manash Bhattacharjee; two poems each by successful poets Peter Robinson and Peter Rawlings; a poem by recent Creative writing graduate Clare Dussek; Ghayth Armanazi’s profoundly moving poem ‘Syria’; and ‘Concrete Overcoat’ a poem with violent undertones by Katrina Naomi.

Alan Blackwood on London inspired music and the Proms 2013.
John-Blashford Snell, one of the most respected explorers of today follows the nineteenth-century, legendary explorer that is Dr. David Livingstone.
Eamonn Gearon on the history of the Arab Revolutions and reviewing the vast number of books to be written on the subject Thomas Orság-Land on the Revolution in Hungary from first-hand experience.
Ian Parks memoir piece entitled ‘Ella’ Michael Thomas discusses Roland Blythe’s provincial novel Akenfield.
Marina Vaizey explores the relationship between painting and music, inspired by the current Vermeer and Music exhibition on at the National Gallery.

Malcolm Forbes praises the work of the underrated writer James Salter, aka Mr New York.
Terry Kelly analyses and reviews the lyrics and poetic lines in Paul Muldoon and Matthew Sweeney’s new poetry books.
Horatio Morpurgo reviews Philip Hoare’s book The Sea Inside discussing the mysteriousness of the ocean and our interaction with the natural world.
Andrew Nash reviews Madama Butterfly amongst other productions at the Opera Holland Park.
Martin Ryle on Selected prose and drama of B.S. Johnson, recently brought out by Picador.
Paul Williamson writes on the Stockholm festival O/Modernt and the work of the French Composer Jean-Phillipe Rameau.

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