Living in Islington

Everyone has a story. A corner of Finsbury Park, just off Blackstock Road boasts roads named after Victorian social reformers* such as Wilberforce, Romilly and Plimsoll. But it’s Plimsoll who has been a surprising inspiration for journalist Nicolette Jones. Now she’s on a mission to get homes all along Plimsoll…
Frank Turner: singer-songwriter Everyone has a story. Singer-songwriter Frank Turner with his tattoos, on-stage energy and clever songs has built up a massive indy following. Frank is based in Holloway but spends a lot of time on tour, recently finishing the UK leg of newest album “Positive Songs For Negative People” with a huge gig…
Michael & Sam Smith: dad and son at Parkrun Everyone has a story. Hackney’s Pressure Drop brewer Sam Smith and his oldest son, 10-year-old Michael, have just completed a running milestone – their 30th Parkrun round Highbury Fields. Parkrun is a British idea – regular free timed runs – which has spread around the world. So what’s motivating this dad and…
David Gibson: Islington Society Architect David Gibson moved to Islington as a student in 1965 – and is still living here. David is convinced that good planning and the design of buildings improves people’s lives, and is a committed chair of the influential Islington Society (find out more by attending the AGM on Thursday 12 November 2015). Interview by Nicola…
Olav Ernstzen: chair of Healthwatch Islington Everyone has a story. Tufnell Park barrister, and former West End stage manager, Olav Ernstzen brings theatrical flourishes and strategic thinking to his role as Healthwatch Islington chair – the organisation that ensures health and social care services are meeting the needs of Islington residents. Interview by Nicola Baird “I’m a Londoner,”…
Richard Frostick: Islington Music Centre maestro Everyone has a story. Since his first weeks as a trainee teacher at William Tyndale Primary School back in the 1980s, choral maestro and music educator Richard Frostick has been helping Islington teachers bring music into the classroom. High points include setting up Islington Music Centre and a British Council…
Tara Button: buy me once campaigner Everyone has a story. Tara Button wants MPs to bring in a simple law that stops companies making products built to break – and she’s asking us to help her by signing a 38 Degrees petition that got 8,000 signatures within a fortnight of its launch.  Can she get 100,000…
Jeremy Corbyn, MP: a tribute to the brilliant Islington North MP Everyone has a story. Jeremy Corbyn, 66, has been North Islington’s popular local MP since 1983. He lives in the borough – in Finsbury Park – and is hugely respected for the care he gives to us lot, his constituents. Here are some reasons Islington Faces Blog has found to love what…
SPONSORED Brendan Gill: car-sharing & bike-sharing fan SPONSORED: Everyone has a story. Start-up CEO Brendan Gill, 31, lives and works in Islington. Here he talks about DriveNow, a new car-sharing scheme running in Islington, Hackney and north east London. If you’re interested in trialling car-sharing see the info about the app (and special offer) below the interview.…
Hez Jamil: historical reenactor Everyone has a story. Hez Jamil has always enjoyed history, but it was thanks to Islington friends that he discovered that he really enjoyed being a 13th century mercenary fighter. Here Hez introduces his character Sala Hu Din and chats about the good times he has as a reenactor who loves to fight. Interview…