Living in 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…
Everyone has a story. Meet Highbury local Robert Marco who runs the shabby-chic T-Bird bar on Blackstock Road, which is famous for its juke box and the times a less-well known Ed Sheeran did acoustic sessions in the downstairs bar. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. Robert Marco,…
Everyone has a story. Brandon Richards, 24, spent last winter at the Pilion Trust’s night shelter for young people which is based in Islington. Brandon was one of the first to join the Engage London project which is helping young adults in Islington develop media skills. Interview by City uni’s…
Everyone has a story. Here’s how Merium Bhuiyan turned her childhood passion for make-up into a business that mixes education, community work and confidence coaching.  Interview by Nicola Baird “I’m north London through and through. I’ve lived here all my life. I’m self-employed. I teach English and maths and I’m…
Everyone has a story. From 23-29 April Islington could perhaps be mistaken for Cannes as the Unrestricted View Film Festival showcases documentaries, comedies and shorts at three local venues. Here film festival director James Wren introduces the 2018 line up. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. “There are…
Everyone has a story. What shall we do to this wall? That was the question at the heart of a collaboration between art student Matthew Wang and a dozen members of Islington Age UK’s art group. The answer led to the creation of a striking photo mural at Market Road.…
Can you hear the Irish music? If it’s Saturday and you’re in Fonthill Road then it’ll be coming from the WB Yeats. Here’s a chance to meet the pub’s chef, Killian Lynch, who lives and works in Finsbury Park. Photos by Kimi Gill. Tread softly because St Patrick’s Day is…
Everyone has a story. Celebrities have all the fun – or do they? Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts and her girlfriend, Kate Holderness, talk about why they were willing to do a massive abseil for the children’s charity Barnado’s. Plus ideas for fun outings around Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.…
Everyone has a story. Who loves the canal or has been on a boat in Islington? Skipper Lorraine Fox talks about life in the City Road Basin, one of Islington’s largest outdoor spaces. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. Back in 1985 Lorraine Fox came to Islington expecting…
Everyone has a story. When did you last talk to a neighbour? For Val Henney, who works part time as a Good Neighbourhood Coordinator, neighbourliness has become a way of life. Here she explains how simple neighbourliness is helping people on the New River Green Estate and Peabody King’s Cross…
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