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Jonathan Davis: artist & studio manager

Everyone has a story. Urban planner and architect Jonathan Davis may still think about the built environment but he’s switched the focus of his work from creating buildings to producing contemplative paintings to sooth the urban soul at a new Seven Sisters workspace for creatives, The Lumen Studio. Interview by…

John Hegley: poet performer

Everyone has a story. Carrots, dogs, guillemots, glasses … anything can inspire comic poet John Hegley who spent his babyhood in Newington Green. Here he reveals the bits of Islington that have played a part in his life’s work. Interview by Nicola Baird John Hegley is renowned for deadpan delivery and…

Duramaney Kamara: actor in Boy

‘Boy’ at the Almeida is a ground-breaking show about what it feels like coming of age in austerity Britain. The play, written by Leo Butler, has a 27-strong cast of which 16 are making their stage debut, including an 18-year-old student from Islington, Duramaney Kamara. Interview by Nicola Baird Duramaney Kamara…

Anna Scher MBE: drama teacher

Everyone has a story. Drama teacher Anna Scher has helped thousands of Islington kids develop their acting skills and confidence. An astonishing number of her students have gone on to become famous actors, with many taking key roles in Eastenders. So how does Anna nurture hard work and talent by running acting…

Alicia Montplaisir: fairy spirit and singer-songwriter

Everyone has a story. Canadian Alicia Montplaisir is able to perform her one-woman show, Walking My Heart Home – a mix of songs, poems and dance – at St Luke’s, West Holloway thanks to crowd funding, friends’ generosity and www.patreon.com fans. Interview by Nicola Baird. To be honest Alicia Montplaisir’s…

Cate Mackenzie: love coach

Flame-haired Cate Mackenzie makes finding love a lot of fun. From May she’s running more How To Flirt workshops at a pub near Angel. Or you can be a bit more daring and join a session with her to learn how to love better. Like the best of stories it…

Jane Tuely: landscape architect

Everyone has a story. Jane Tuely has lived in Islington since the early 1960s, when she first rented a room at 22 Packington Street, but she was brought up a long way from the city, in a very isolated part of rural Kent “at the bottom of a hill on the…

Richard Greening: Mayor of Islington 2015-16

Since 2002 Richard Green, has been one of three councillors representing Highbury West ward. For much of that time he’s also been working in local government. And now he’s also Islington’s Mayor – what’s motivating him? Interview by Nicola Baird Richard Greening may not play an instrument but music has had a…

Angela Neustatter: writer

Everyone has a story. Journalist and author Angela Neustatter talks about the joys of sharing a home with her extended family. Interview by Nicola Baird For years Angela Neustatter has lived in Islington writing talked-about features for newspapers. She ran the Guardian fashion pages while living off Highbury Fields, and…

Mathy Lisika-Minsende: creative mentor

Everyone has a story. Multi-lingual extrovert Mathy Lisika-Minsende is a master of confidence boosting storytelling – she uses this and practical skills to help people unhappy in their jobs develop the courage to do something they really want. Nicola Baird finds out more Mathy Lisika-Minsende was living off Holloway Road…
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