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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…
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,…
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…
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,…
Everyone has a story. West Ham author, blogger and football writer, Pete May, moved to the heart of Arsenal country in 1993. While living in Islington he’s written four books about West Ham United. Here’s how living so close to Highbury and the Emirates inspires him. Interview by Nicola Baird (btw reader,…
Everyone has a story. Have you seen the little tuk tuk tucked into the corner of Christchurch Vicarage by Church Path on Highbury Fields? If not you have a treat in store – The Daily Grind’s artisan coffee made by former Highbury Grove student Jack Tomkins. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. If you want to see Arsenal’s famous 1971 FA Cup goal scorer, Charlie George, at his best then book yourself on to his Legends Tour of the Emirates stadium. Interview by Nicola Baird Taking a Legends Tour of Arsenal is not cheap, but it’s a generous…
Everyone has a story. Private tutor Muhammad Ali, working from his Romilly Road home, talks about his love of maths, physics and Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.   Muhammad Ali doesn’t just share a famous name with the great boxer, they also share a birthday (17 January). But that’s where…
Everyone has a story. In the first four months of 2016 more than 1,000 people needed to use Islington Foodbank. Volunteer Nann du Sautoy explains how it works, and why people increasingly need emergency bags of food in order to eat for the next three to four days. Interview by…
Everyone has a story. Gillespie Park, tucked behind Arsenal tube, is a tranquil oasis that make it hard to believe you are in the borough with the least green space in the UK (except the City of London). And now on summer Sundays the Islington Ecology Centre also boasts a…
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