Nicola Baird

Joan Williams: chiropodist

Everyone has a story. Chiropodist Joan Williams began her career looking at teeth but yearning for the bright lights of the stage. But for the past five years this funny, caring woman has switched her attention to full time foot care. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Joan…

Home is Islington

Home means so many different things to us all. It can be a place of safety or a fuzzy childhood memory. The strangest triggers can bring memories of our first homes flooding back.  Here six Islington residents talk about settling down. These interviews by Nicola Baird were originally written in…

Suad Ahmed: Health Improvement officer

Everyone has a story. Health Improvement Officer Suad Ahmed moved from Somalia to the UK aged four and has spent her adult life in Islington. Here she discusses ways to make healthy eating as fun – and beneficial – as child’s play for Islington families. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos…

Jack Rickards: allotment gardener

Everyone has a story. Goodbye to artist, thinker and champion allotment gardener Jack Rickards who is moving with his wife Lucy, also a painter and skilled potter, to Cornwall. Interview by Nicola Baird “It will be lovely for drawing and painting and Lucy is going to be working with a…

INVITATION to plan an Islington Faces exhibition 2019

Everyone has a story. You are invited to share ideas about how to make Islington Faces’ upcoming exhibition at Islington Museum in 2019 successful. Meetings are on Thursdays at the Blackstock Kitchen, 136 Blackstock Road (Sep 25, Oct 4, 11, 18 & 25). First meeting is this Thursday, 25 September, 11am-12noon. Islington…

Robert Stuhldreer: dog trainer

Everyone has a story. Meet dog trainer Robert Stuhldreer whose dogs you’ve probably seen starring at the Almedia theatre, in West End shows, in ads and films. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. You’d think it would be hard for a man and his five dogs to go…

Liz McAllister: farm manager

Everyone has a story. Here’s hoping you already know that Islington has its very own farm, Freightliners Farm. It’s a place for city people to get up close and personal with animals, and come to terms with anxiety and loneliness. Find out more from farm manager Liz McAllister. Interview by…

Rosie Markwick: paddleboarder

Everyone has a story. Stand up paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world – and you can learn it in Islington thanks to SUP queen, Rosie Markwick. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill “I live with my two best friends from school in Canonbury on Essex…

Mohammed Kozbar: chairman Finsbury Park mosque

Everyone has a story. Chairman of the trustees of Finsbury Park mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, discusses the many ways the mosque interacts with the local community and the Muslims who worship there. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. Come out of Finsbury Park tube and the first significant landmark…

Mary Stevens: leaving Islington

For the past 10 years Mary Stevens, now 38, has lived at Highbury Barn and coped brilliantly with all sorts of life changes from full time commuting, job hunting and becoming a mum. All that time she was fully involved in community activities such as school governor, babysitting circle and…