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Everyone has a story. Where to eat? Meet Elton Keka, the owner of 129hrd, a new Holloway Road neighbourhood restaurant. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Customers from around here are very foody. They know what they want and their expectations are high because they eat in good restaurants,” says Elton Keka,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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. 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…
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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