Nicola Baird

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…

Paul A Young: chocolatier

Everyone has a story. For beautiful handmade chocolates there’s no better place than the bilberry-coloured shop on Camden Passage. Meet the owner and super–creative artisanal chocolate maker, Paul A Young, who gave Londoners the salted caramel, award-winning brownies, intense dairy-free hot chocolate and also makes incredible-flavoured truffles. Interview by Nicola…

Chris Stuchbery: Big Issue London Regional Manager

Everyone has a story. Islington’s connection with the Big Issue goes back years. Right now there are two Big Issue offices in Finsbury Park. London Regional Manager Chris Stuchbery, who works at 222 Seven Sisters Road, talks about his job and explains why we all need to buy a Big…

David Wingrove: Science Fiction writer

Everyone has a story. The relaunch of the iconic Chung Kuo science fiction series takes place in June at Waterstone’s in Islington. Here author David Wingrove talks influences and Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Photography. Science fiction fans are sure to know the Chung Kuo series…

Paul Wood: London street tree author

Everyone has a story. Paul Wood – by profession a web designer, by passion a dendrologist – doesn’t just love trees he’s also written a fascinating book about London’s Street Trees. Read on to find out which Islington trees he loves and even join him for an Islington Faces tree…

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…
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