Nicola Baird

5 recipes from Islington Faces

Everyone has a story but some also have a significant dish they love to cook. Here are some tasty recipe ideas collected from some special friends of Islington Faces by Nicola Baird. What will you try? (FYI: noodles, peanut sauce and spicy tofu as seen in the pic are not listed here, sorry!). TREAT…

Mikhail Braunhofer: Pop Coffee at the Whittington

If you believe that good food is a key part of good health then meet gardener and chef, Mikhail Braunhofer, who runs the coffee and hot meal spot, Pop Coffee, by the Whittington Hospital. Interview by Nicola Baird It’s clear that Mikhail Braunhofer, who is just finishing his second winter running Pop…

John Bailey: university beekeeper

Everyone has a story. Head of Sustainability at the University of London, John Bailey, talks about ways to capture the public’s imagination via bees and the joys of cycling through Islington on the way to Russell Square. Interview by Nicola Baird “Bees are fun and engaging and can help people…

David Hammond: Islington childhood memories

Everyone has a story. During February 2017 Islington Faces instagram account @islingtonfaces shares the story of David Hammond who lived at 212 Liverpool Road until he was 13 years old (from 1949-1961) until his family moved to a new house in Essex – with an indoor bathroom. Interview by Nicola…

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,…
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