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Note – all the interviews are free to read on this blog. You can also read the first 30 interviews in an e-book, Islington Faces 2013, available here.

Theatre reviews from the Park Theatre, N4 here.

Anyone on the A-Z list marked with a * , **, *** , ^, ^^ or ^^^, or +, ++ by their name is not yet included in an e-publication.


*A Abu Kalbin: newspaper seller (10/10/13)

***Faisal Ahmed Mian, Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Association senior instructor (8/9/14)

++Farida Ahmed, graduate with PhD ambition (2/8/17)

+++Gilbert Alaskadi, pro body builder and trainer (10/2/18)

^^^Muhammad Ali, maths tutor (14/9/16)

^Alfonso Araujo, Greenhouse Dreamer (29/4/15)

^Mark Aston, Islington Museum & Local History Centre Manager (24/9/14)

^^Jackie Badger: saw the Beatles play Finsbury Park (28/10/15)

+John Bailey: university beekeeper (8/3/17)

Nicola Baird: your interviewer – guest interview by Sarah Graham (4/2/13)

*Peter Ball, auctioneer (3/7/13)

Alan Banks, milkman/spaceship driver (19/10/12)

Charles Baron, born 1920 in Islington & still visiting the borough (18/11/15)

^^Csaba Miklos Beck, postman (15/7/15)

Tony Bedwell, Highbury Barn pub manager (19/2/14)

++Dominic Bennet, furniture restorer (20/9/17)

Zannthie Bennett, King’s Cross dynamo ¬†(21/03/13)

+++Gabby Best & Will Brown, on stage at the Pleasance (7/11/17)

+++Merium Bhuiyan, CakeFace make-up (23/5/18)

*Jez & Melli Bond from the Park Theatre see Hazel, Park Theatre dog (30/12/13)

^^^Melli Bond: Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator opens 2016 (27/7/16)

+Paul’s Emporium, Islington antiques (22/2/17)

*Zrinka Bralo, tough spirit (15/5/13)

+Mikhail Braunhofer, Pop Coffee at Whittington Hospital (15/3/17)

*Miles Brown, garage boss (30/10/13)

^Peter Buckoke, beekeeper (10/6/15)

Suleyman Bulbul,  shopkeeper (4/9/12)

+Lisa Burrell, St Luke’s Community Centre communications manager (13/12/16)

Diane Burridge, local activist (7/3/13)

*Martin Burton, circus founder (29/04/13)

*Tim Bushe, architect and hedge cutter (23/5/13)

^^Tara Button, buy me once campaigner (9/9/15)

***Kate Calvert, Archway community star (30/7/14)

^James Cambridge, photographer 0f Islington past and present (25/3/15)

^^Perdita & Honor Cargill, authors of Waiting for Callback (23/2/16)

**Alex Carter, puppets at Little Angel Theatre (5/2/14)

*Clara Macedo Cabral, cultural explorer (10/7/13)

***Castellers of London, rehearsing (2/5/18)

^Barry Causton, events manager (5/11/14)

^^^Mr Chotai, watch repairs on Holloway Road (28/9/16)

^Ade Clarke, landlord at the Lamb Beer & Liquor (13/5/15)

+++Sam Clarke, Prisoners Abroad fundraiser (18/10/17)

+Ray Coggin, taxi driver (21/12/16)

*Stephen Coles, vicar of St Thomas’ (31/7/13)

^Anna Colquhoun, culinary anthropologist (17/9/14)  also see 5 recipes from Islington Faces (22/3/17)

^^Jeremy Corbyn, a tribute to the brilliant Islington North MP (2/9/15)

**Tricia Cottle, Islington Music shop owner (28/5/14)

**Roberta Cremoncini, Estorick director (14/5/14)

^^GUEST POST Laurie Cunningham: football from Market Road to Real Madrid (6/1/16)

+Roz Currie, Islington Museum curator (2/11/16)

*Christopher Curtis, Highbury Corner history man (30/1/14)

^^^Jonathan Davis, artist and studio manager (25/5/16)

^^Caroline Dent, Death Cafe co-ordinator (15/10/15)

**Ulises Diaz, Flamenco heart in Archway (5/3/14)

Simon Dolin, hair salon owner (17/4/13)

+Jan Dorling, Islington Boat Club (19/4/17)

+Dr Michael Eades, Being Human Festival (17/5/17)

*Barry Edwards, Islington’s Mayor 2013-14 (2/10/13)

^Nabila El Ahmadi, multi-tasking mum (27/5/15)

Yehia El-Nemer, Oasis cafe (27/9/12)

^^Olav Ernstzen, chair of Healthwatch Islington (30/9/15)

^Chris Evans, social entrepreneur at Blighty (18/3/15)

^^^Barry Ferns, Angel Comedy (17/6/16)

+John Finn, tour guide trainer (8/2/17)

***Paulo Fino, web designer (20/8/14)

+++Barry Forshaw, Canonbury Bookshop in the 1970s (4/4/18)

^^Ivy Allan Freeman, Islington memories from 1933 (22/7/15)

Freightliners Farm, country life in the city (31/10/12)

^^Vickie Farquharson, trainee manager at Gorilla Perfumery (11/11/15)

^Cass Farrell, Small Restorations boss (8/10/14)

+++Lorraine Fox, Skipper (17/1/18)

^^^Ben “Frosty” Foster open mic organiser (29/6/16)

Tina de Freitas, ice cream van lady (17/7/13)

^^Richard Frostick, Islington Music Centre maestro (23/9/15)

^Andy Gardner, historian (14/1/15)

^^Oonagh Gay, inspiring London walks (27/1/16)

^^^Charlie George Arsenal legend (21/9/16)

^^David Gibson, Islington Society (21/10/15)

^^ SPONSORED: Brendan Gill, car sharing and bike sharing fan (5/8/15)

+Kimi Gill, photographer (25/4/17)

^Ed Gillespie, Futerra co-founder (2/12/14)

Lynne Glover, Angel Central shopping centre (17/8/16)

*Chris Godfrey, butcher (18/12/13)

^^^Eglal Gomaa, Italian food deli owner (1/6/16)

^Simon Goode, architect (16/2/15)

^Valerie Goode, ethical fashion at Kitty Ferreira (1/7/15)

David Goodman, tapas chef (20/12/12)

Molly Gorell-Barnes, teaching assistant & Mollypop cards (6/8/14)

***Georgina Gray, Bikram Highbury & Islington owner (2/7/14)

+++Giselle Green, editor Constructive Voices (20/2/18)

^^^Richard Greening, Islington Mayor 2015-16 (30/3/16)

++Andrew Greer & Robert Shrubsall, church organists (5/9/17)

+++Andy Grieve, air quality analyst (6/12/17)

*Roy Griffiths, carpenter/artist  (15/8/13)

^Jonas Grimas, film director (5/1/15)

**Hugh Grover, estate agent (2/4/14)

***Peter Gruner:11 years on the Islington Tribune (23/12/15)

+Ilario Guidu, from prisoner to life coach (5/4/17)

Sai Gulam Bi, grandmother (28/7/12)

*Dominic Haddock, opera producer (7/1/14)

+Joe Hagland, remembers N7 in the 1950s (5/01/17)

+++Yemi Hailemariam #freeandytsege (1/11/17)

^^^Benali Hamdache, Green Party coordinator (12/10/16)

+David Hammond, Islington childhood memories (1/3/17) and on instagram @islingtonfaces all February 2017

+John Henry Hammond, from soldier to pacifist (31/5/17) – guest post by David Hammond

*Anna Harvey, N1 Centre administrator (6/11/13)

^John Harvey, J&J Motors (11/3/15)

*Steve Hatt, fishmonger (18/9/13)

Sharon Hayes, animal nurse (11/9/12)

***Michael Hayle, house detective (3/9/14)

*Hazel, park theatre dog (30/12.13)

**Sybille Hazward, fitness trainer (12/2/14)

^^^John Hegley, poet performer (12/5/16)

+++Val Henney, offering Help on Your Doorstep (10/1/19)

+*Kate Holderness & Adele Roberts, charity abseil (28/2/18)

^Chloe Holmes, Elizabeth House Centre Director (8/4/15)

*Katherine Horsham, community mobiliser (22/1/14)

+Clarissa Hulse, textile designer (10/1/17)

+Jean Hughes, recycling and waste minimisation officer (9/11/16)

***Lizzie Hunt, islington giving week (7/5/14)

+++Islington Faces celebration (11/10/17)

^Islington Park Street: community living under threat (8/6/15) (guest post)

^^^Simon Izod, cycle tour leader (2/3/16)

JK, from Accra to Archway (18/1/13)

^^Hez Jamil, historical reenactor (29/7/15)

*Sue Jandy, volunteer (11/6/13)

+Joey Jarossi, YATI acting coach (10/5/17)

^^Nick Jobbings, illustrator (17/5/15)

^^^Elizabeth Jones, Talking News Islington (19/10/16) also see 5 recipes from Islington Faces (17/3/17)

^^Nicolette Jones, plimsolls for #plimsollday (13/1/16)

***Hannah Kalmanowitz, Stuart Low Trust manager (27/8/14)

Duramaney Kamara, actor (4/5/16)

^^Mark Kebble, editor Angel magazine (16/12/15)

++Elton Keka, restaurant manager (27/9/17)

^^Garry Kennard, artist, writer and mountaineer (16/9/15)

+Carole Kenrick, scientist & inventor in residence at Gillespie School (3/5/17)

+++Helen Kersley, Islington Giving (31/1/18)

*Cemal Kilnic, shopkeeper (7/8/13)

***Eddie King & Michael Phillips, friends (18/6/14)

Charlie Kiss, activist  (12/3/14)

^Judith Kleinman, musician and Alexander technique trainer (15/10/14)

++Mr & Mrs Raj Kotecha, Udderlicious ice cream (20/6/17)

+Sofia Larrinua, cookery school manager (29/3/17)

^Stephanie Leonard, community organiser (22/4/15)

***James Lemon, illustrator (25/6/14)

Mrs Sau Li, DIY supremo at Mix (30/11/12)

^^^Mathy Lisika-Minsende, creative mentor (16/3/16)

*Joan Lock, crime writer (10/9/13)

Lollypop people: Jane, Ronnie, Nora & Pauline (5/12/12)

**Karen Liebenguth: life coach (21/5/14)

*Elia Luyando: ballet mistress (11/12/13)

+++ Killian Lynch, chef at WBYeats (14/3/18) Photos by Kimi Gill

*Minerva: tailor (27/11/13)

*Robbie MacGregor: pavement & farm artist (30/5/13)

^^^Cate Mackenzie: love coach (13/4/16)

**Cyril Mann: painter & sculptor (9/4/14)

^^^Kass Mann: musical poet & even organiser (7/9/16)

*Nina Marcangelo: Alfredo’s cafe family (24/7/13)

^^Malcolm Marjoram: historian & family history buff (17/2/16)

***Alison Marshall: women’s equality party activist (18/5/16)

***Louis Masai: artist  (30/4/14)

^^Maxence Masurier: wine seller (10/2/2016)

Lucy Mathen: opening people’s eyes (14/2/13)

++Sarah Matthias, author (7/6/17)

^Paul Matz: founder Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association (4/3/15)

+Pete May, football writer (15/11/16)

David Mayers, butcher (5/10/12)

++Anna McCracken, dog walker (30/8/17)

^Abu Mensah, deputy young mayor (24/6/15)

Saira Mian in 5 recipes from Islington Faces (17/3/17)

**Danny Michelson, La Fromagerie owner (15/4/14)

^^^Alicia Montplaisir, fairy spirit & singer-songwriter (20/4/16)

^Simon Moore, architect turned Highbury Arts Club boss (8/7/15)

**Chris Morris, tattoo artist (26/3/14)

^Ian Morris, Map gift shop co-owner (10/12/14)

+Gladys Muchamore, Arsenal WW2 memories under the West Stand (30/11/16)

++Dhevdhas Nair, musician (23/08/17)

^^^Angela Neustatter, writer (23/3/16)

^^Colin O’Brien, photographer (2/12/15)

Joan O’Donovan, charity shop manager (9/8/12)

*** Ola: mum and kids go camping at Freighliners Farm (4/6/14)

*James Olivo, dancer (26/6/13)

^Jessica O’Neill, behind the PhD (19/11/14)

Jet Osman, 3D artist (24/1/13)

^^Susan Oudot, Corrie writer with a passion for Milner Square (7/10/15)

Chris P, canal enthusiast (27/2/13)

Ron Pace, horseman (18/7/12) – this is the first interview

^Andy Parker, musician & painter (11/2/15)

***Jane Amelia Parker, designer/maker (16/7/14)

++Ray Parlour & the sweet gum tree (14/6/17)

^Subhash & Urvashi Patel: Five Boys Natural Health Store (3/2/15)

^^^Priti Pedersen: Sunday Cafe in Gillespie Park (3/8/16) also see 5 recipes from Islington Faces (17/3/17)

^^^Charlie Perdios, behind the scenes at Anthony Pepe (5/7/16)

*Dieter Perry, press photographer (17/10/13)

Jake Perkins, estate agent  (22/11/12)

+Holly Peterson, Gothic Valley WI (1/2/17) also see 5 recipes from Islington Faces (17/3/17)

***Michael Phillips & Eddie King, friends (18/6/14)

***Linda Plater, village of Islington (Canada) co-ordinator (12/8/14)

^Stevey Porter and Kieran Wilson: Route1audio (17/12/14)

^Pete Prodromou, crocodile catcher specialist (26/11/14)

^Aaron Resch, ramen restauranteur (29/10/14)

+Heidi Rice, romantic novelist (14/2/17)

+++Brandon Richards, finding his design feet (6/6/18) Interview by Catriona Beck. Photo by Hugh Gary Photography

+Eloise Rigby, The Pantry Underwear (12/4/17)

^^^Mavis Ring, the day the V1 bomb fell on Highbury Corner 27 June 1944 (23/6/16)

Ben River, singer songwriter (19/6/13)

+*Adele Roberts & Kate Holderness, charity abseil (28/2/18)

+++Polly Robbins, Space4 manager (3/1/18)

+++Rosie Roksoph, street artist (13/12/17)

^^^Bert Roman, making Islington dance (12/7/16)

^^^Marnie Rose: The Garden Classroom founder & CEO (10/8/16)

^^^Michael Ross, Happy to Help playwright (11/6/16)

+++ Derek Rothera and Brian Thompson, antique and art dealers (30/5/18) Photos by Kimi Gill

*Caroline Russell, road safety campaigner (20/11/13)

Teresa Robertson, unique house painter (28/3/13)

^^^Nann du Sautoy, Islington Foodbank volunteer (24/8/16)

^^ Tim Sayer & Annemarie Norton, art lovers (3/2/16)

+ Russell Selway, cycle shop assistant manager (6/12/16)

*Manuel and Stella Saavedra, puttin’ on the Ritz (22/8/13)

Jenny Scarbrough (9/11/12) contributes to Blackstock-road-in-the-1870s-robbers-trout-fishing-and-aristocrats

Scarbrough family, from postcard collecting to Jedward superfans (12/10/12)

Anna Scher MBE, drama teacher (27/4/16)

Matt Segal, manager Frederick’s (9/7/14)

^Chris Setz, tree champion (14/4/15)

Ian Shacklock: CAMRA, canals & campaigning (13/3/13)

++Roshni Shah: 8 Plates supper club (13/9/17) Photos by Kimi Gill.

Matthew Sherwood, fisherman (6/5/15)

++Robert Shrubsall & Andrew Greer, church organists (6/9/17)

+++Raquel Siganporia, solicitor (25/1/18)

+++Natalie Simpkin, The Great Health Clinic (15/11/17)

Angela Sinclair-Loutit, pioneer spirit (22/9/12)

***Samir Singh, Arsenal in the Community (11/6/14)

^Lemn Sissay, poet (2/6/15)

*Stanley Smart: mechanic and poet (7/5/13)

^^Michael & Sam Smith: dad and son at Parkun (4/11/15)

*Corinna Snashall: planning a gap year (25/9/13)

***Hanisha Solomon, singer (22.7/14)

Viren Soma, tennis coach (8/4/13)

Alex Smith, heritage assistant (12/12/12)

Edward Smith, chess player (16/9/12)

**Stephanie Smith, Archway Market founder and manager (23/4/14)

^^Dan Spanner, Spanner Big Band at the Gunners pub (20/1/16)

Helena Spurr, foodie, chef and cafe owner (15/11/12)

++Chris Stuchbery, Big Issue London Regional Manager (19/7/17) Photos by Kimi Gill

*Ros Tankard, WW2 memories (4/12/13)

^Peter Theoklitou, owner Coffee Works Project, see Coffee Music Project in Islington (31/3/15)

^^ Peter Theoklitou, owner coffee Works Project (30/12/15)

+++Brian Thompson and Derek Rothera, antique and art dealers (30/5/18)

**Pauline Tiffen, fair trade guru (26/2/14)

^^Silver Tiger, walk through Islington (26/8/15)

+Jack Tomkins, The Daily Grind barista (26/10/16)

+Jessica Tompkinson & Alan Parker, discovery with three ( 23/11/16)

*Sarah Toner, ballet teacher (23/11/13)

*Piers Torday, children’s novelist (24/4/13)

^Carlos Torres, filmmaker and photographer (21/1/15)

^^^Jane Tuely, landscape architect (6/4/16)

^^Frank Turner, singer-songwriter (9/12/15)

*Pat Tuson, urban nature photographer (29/8/13)

Unbelievable Mr X, film blogger (16/1/14)

^Hedera Vetch, wildlife gardener (29/12/14)

^^^Costa Violaris, C&A Drycleaners (9/3/16)

+++Michael Waldron, conductor (29/11/17) photos by Kimi Gill

^John Walters, Pearly King of Finsbury (23/10/14)

+++Matthew Wang, art student (28/3/18)

^^^Gordon Warrell,musical mechanic (5/10/16)

^John Webber, and Max PAT dog team (20/5/15)

^^^ Roberta Wedge, champion for Mary on the Green statue (19/7/16) this is the 200th interview

^Anne Weyman, Islington u3a dynamo (1/10/14)

^^Jerry White, author of Campbell Bunk: the worst street in Islington (19/8/15)

Charles Williams, made in Islington (21/2/13)

^^Simon Wilson, young entrepreneur from dellvo.com (25/11/15)

Jon Winder, play guru (26/10/12)

++David Wingrove, Science Fiction writer (5/7/17)

++Paul Wood, London street tree author (28/6/17) PHOTOS by Kimi Gill

*Marco Wouters, flower seller  (5/6/13)

+++James Wren, film festival director (11/4/18) Photos by Kimi Gill

^Jennifer Yong, founder Jenius Social (27/1/15)

++Paul A Young, chocolatier (26/7/17)

+Zabou, street artist (25/5/17)

**SPONSORED POST: Rachel Zatz, traveller and Airbnb host (19/3/14)

++Kevin Zhang, Peking opera (4/10/17)

Mary Wollstonecraft - street art by Stewy, see www.stewy.eu Prints are for sale to help raise money for a Mary Wollstonecraft memorial, see www.maryonthegreenorg

Mary Wollstonecraft – street art by Stewy, see www.stewy.eu Prints are for sale to help raise money for a Mary Wollstonecraft memorial, see www.maryonthegreen.org