Nicola Baird

Mr & Mrs Raj Kotecha: Udderlicious ice cream

Everyone has a story. For most kids running an ice cream shop would be a dream come true. So what’s it like when you do it for real? The grown-up pair who run Udderlicious, Raj and Raj Kotecha, clearly love the job. Raj (Mr) explains more to Nicola Baird. Photos…

Ray Parlour and the sweet gum tree

Every tree has a story. To mark World Environment Day 2017 (on 5 June) Arsenal FC and Octopus Energy joined with the United Nations Environment Programme to plant a sweet gum tree outside Emirates Stadium to help tackle air pollution in Islington and demonstrate their commitment to a greener future. Edits…

Sarah Matthias: author

When Highbury local Sarah Matthias isn’t busy as membership secretary of the Islington Choral Society she’s writing books. Here she talks about life in Islington and the inspiration for her latest novel, ‘A Berlin Love Song’. Interview by Nicola Baird & photos by Kimi Gill A Berlin Love Song follows the story of Lili,…

John Henry Hammond: from soldier to pacifist

Everyone has a story. David Hammond has shared his memories growing up at 212 Liverpool Road in the 1950s on Islington Faces. Now he’s collected his father John’s war memories. John Hammond (1913-1994) was born and bred Islington. He won medals for bravery but the experience of WW2 turned him into…

Zabou: street artist

Everyone has a story. Street artist Zabou is back working in Islington. Here she explains the joys of spray paint. Interview by Nicola Baird. “It’s a challenge every time when you paint a wall. Not everything is going to go right,” says Zabou. She smiles and then corrects herself: “In…

Dr Michael Eades: Being Human Festival

Everyone has a story. Meet Dr Michael Eades, the university researcher who helped set up, and still curates, the UK’s only festival of the humanities, Being Human (held in November). Interview by Nicola Baird Dr Michael Eades, 36, has the longest job title yet seen by Islington Faces. He’s Public Engagement…

Joey Jarossi: YATI acting coach

Everyone has a story. If you want to change your life dramatically then you need to head to YATI – the Young Actors Theatre Islington – where Joey Jarossi teaches drama to 3-16 year olds. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Photography. “I grew up at YATI and now…

Carole Kenrick: scientist & inventor-in-residence at Gillespie Primary School’s Lab_13

Everyone has a story. Did you want to fly a rocket to the moon when you were small? Do your kids ask you how to get there and then draw the family holidaying in space? And wouldn’t it be nice to have an inventor at school to help point you…

Kimi Gill: photographer

Everyone has a story. Kimi Gill has both lived and worked in Islington and now she’s offered to use her brilliant photography skills to pep up the photos on Islington Faces. Please enjoy this interview and here’s looking forward to a fab collaboration. Interview by Nicola Baird “Because I move…

Jan Dorling: Islington Boat Club

Everyone has a story. Islington Boat Club office manager, Jan Dorling, explains why Islington keeps on celebrating the legacy of campaigner Crystal Hale (10 December 1915 – 26 November 1999) and invites us to a very special party on Sunday 23 April 2017 at Islington Boat Club. Interview by Nicola Baird.…
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