Newington Green

Everyone has a story. How do you learn to love trees, bees or nature in a borough like Islington which has the least green space of anywhere in the country (except the City)? Step forward Marnie Rose whose passion for nature inspired her to set up The Garden Classroom specialising in…
Everybody has a story. This is the 200th interview on Islington Faces. Newington Green is sometimes called the “village that changed the world. One of its famous residents was so-called Mother of Feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) who moved here in 1784 to run a girls’ school. During this time she…
Everyone has a story. Carrots, dogs, guillemots, glasses … anything can inspire comic poet John Hegley who spent his babyhood in Newington Green. Here he reveals the bits of Islington that have played a part in his life’s work. Interview by Nicola Baird John Hegley is renowned for deadpan delivery and…
Everyone has a story. Despite looking after four school-aged children and having a demanding job, Islingtonian Nabila El-Ahmadi, 36, manages to be a school governor, Arsenal fan and get to her boxercise class. Interview by Nicola Baird “I was born and raised in Islington. I went to Pakeman Primary School on…
Alfonso Araujo: Greenhouse dreamer Everyone has a story. Close to Newington Green, on the Islington-Hackney borders an old clothing factory has been turned into a fabulous work space for hot-deskers and creatives. it also hosts Saturday markets and is opening a public cafe from May. One of the five business partners, Alfonso Araujo, takes Islington Faces…