Nicola Baird

Paul Boorman: Islington antiques

Everyone has a story. Paul’s Emporium on York Way is the perfect Islington antique shop to find well-made, affordable and witty items for friends or to decorate your home. But do people still buy old things? Interview by Nicola Baird Paul’s Emporium is a treasure trove of signs, records, masks, shop fittings,…

Heidi Rice: romantic novelist

Everyone has a story. In February everyone’s thoughts turn to love… but for best-selling novelist Heidi Rice, every day has romantic power. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day Q&A with the author of ‘Bedding Bad Boys’, ‘The Mile High Club’ and ‘So Now You’re Back’. Interview by Nicola Baird Long time Highbury…

John Finn: tour guide trainer

Everyone has a story. Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association (CIGA) has been around since 1988 and has currently has close to 120 qualified members ready to dazzle you with Islington’s history. Meet the chairman of CIGA, who is also the CIGA course director at the University of Westminster, Londoner John…

Holly Peterson: Gothic Valley WI

Everyone has a story. “Imagine Holloway Road is a river and the roads that feed into it are tributaries. That’s Gothic Valley,” says Holly Peterson, founding President of the newest branch of the Women’s Institute in Islington, Gothic Valley WI. Interview by Nicola Baird “I’d been in the WI when I…

Sheona Josiah & Zi Liang: artists

Everyone has a story. It was Drovers Centre regular Sheona Josiah’s colourful clothes that made Central St Martin’s art student Zi Liang want to join forces on a new artistic project. Here’s what happened. This interview, by Nicola Baird, was originally published in Get Together magazine. On paper Sheona Josiah,…

Maria North: sibling poet

How do you stay in touch with your family when meet-ups are rare, or impossible? Email and Skype can work well, but Maria North and her three sisters went a step further – they challenged each other to write poems. Five years later, and many emails, they’ve published a book,…

Clarissa Hulse: textile designer

Everyone has a story. Textile designer Clarissa Hulse explains how Islington’s plants and trees inspire her best selling lines of bedlinen, cushion covers, bags and scarves, from the studio where they are created, just off Highbury Fields, N5. Interview by Nicola Baird “If I’m filling the world with stuff I want…

Joe Hagland: remembers N7 in the 1950s

Everyone has a story. Here longtime Islington resident, Joe Hagland talks about pubs, railways, film stars and family life on Caledonian Road back in the 1950s. Interview by Nicola Baird Joe Hagland has been a regular at Age UK Islington events for years initially as a volunteer. The Hagland family…

2016 summing up & thanks from Islington Faces

By the end of 2016 there were 222 interviews on Islington Faces so it’s obvious that everyone really does have a story. I’m always asked which is my favourite interview – but that’s impossible, as whoever I’m focussing on is always my fave. All the interviews are free to read,…

Ray Coggin: taxi driver

Everyone has a story – but taxi drivers surely have the most. Meet Black Cab driver Ray Coggin – who can talk about traffic and the stars he’s met in the back of his cab just as lucidly as London’s history. Here he gives Islington Faces a special tour of Islington…
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