Nicola Baird

Sam Clarke: Prisoners Abroad fundraiser

Everyone has a story. At the back of a Fonthill Road fashion emporium, Prisoners Abroad tackles the isolation of British nationals imprisoned overseas, while also helping their families here combat the stigma and any anxieties they may face. Here employee, Sam Clarke, reveals just what that means. Interview by Nicola…

Islington Faces: treasured interviews

Everyone has a story. At Islington Faces’ party to celebrate the 250th interview there were many familiar faces… writes Nicola Baird. Photos from Kimi Gill (& Emily Finch) “Some of Islington’s most familiar faces gathered on Monday (4 October 2017) to celebrate” wrote Emily Finch in the Islington Tribune. She…

Kevin Zhang: Peking opera

 Everyone has a story. Will you be shouting ‘hao’ (bravo) when the China National Peking Opera Company performs A River All Red and The Phoenix Returns Home at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 21-25 October? Here Kevin Zhang from Sinolink, which has brought the show to London, talks Peking opera. Q&A by Nicola…

Elton Keka: restaurant manager

Everyone has a story. Where to eat? Meet Elton Keka, the owner of 129hrd, a new Holloway Road neighbourhood restaurant. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Customers from around here are very foody. They know what they want and their expectations are high because they eat in good restaurants,” says Elton Keka,…

Dominic Bennet: furniture restorer

Everyone has a story. Who do you turn to when a much-loved chair breaks – head to (a) Islington Waste Centre or (b) find a furniture restorer? If your instinct is to save and repair stuff then you need to meet local cabinet maker and furniture restorer Dominic Bennet. Interview…

Roshni Shah: 8 Plates supper club

Everyone has a story. Five courses and a cocktail are the supper club treat offered each month by passionate cook Roshni Shah, who loves to blend Indian and Middle Eastern flavours. And now she’s celebrating a year of her 8 Plates supper club. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi…

Robert Shrubsall & Andrew Greer: St Thomas’ church organ

Over a cup of tea, two of St Thomas’ super-musical organists, Robert Shrubsall and Andrew Greer, explain why they’ve launched the St Thomas’ Organ fund to raise £80,000 for essential repairs. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. A few years before St Thomas’ parish church opened its arched…

Anna McCracken: dog walker

 Everyone has a story. There’s something delightful about seeing dog walkers. Meet Anna McCracken, who runs It’s A Dog’s Life. Every week she walks dogs more than 135km (83 miles) around Islington. Q&A by Nicola Baird.  Q: Where do you live? I’ve lived in Islington for five years now, I…

Dhevdhas Nair: musician

Everyone has a story. Islington in the 1970s was famous for its squats and creativity. Musician – and jazz pianist – Dhevdhas Nair remembers it well. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill  Dhevdhas Nair, known to his friends as Dhev, grew up in Islington with his mother. They…

Farida Ahmed: graduate with PhD plans

Everyone has a story. If your dream is to do a PhD and become a professor, but no one in your family has ever gone to university, then meeting Michelle Obama while at EGA Secondary School, and being given a scholarship to do a Masters at Kings College London are…
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