Women

Everyone has a story. When Lynne Glover says “ We are Angel Central,” she is referring to herself and her team whose job it is to keep the shopping centre (which includes 24 retailers and eateries, O2 Academy and 10-screen Vue cinema) a place that everyone enjoys visiting. So how…
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…
Everyone has a story. Gillespie Park, tucked behind Arsenal tube, is a tranquil oasis that make it hard to believe you are in the borough with the least green space in the UK (except the City of London). And now on summer Sundays the Islington Ecology Centre also boasts a…
Everyone has a story. Park Theatre’s Creative Director Melli Bond, explains how the Script Accelerator is a unique way to get new stage work ready for an audience. Interview by Nicola Baird “Our Script Accelerator supports, discovers and encourages writers and theatre companies,” says Melli Bond discussing Park Theatre’s Script…
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. Mavis Ring (nee Devine) who was at home having lunch before afternoon classes at Laycock Primary School when the V1 bomb fell on Highbury Corner (27 June 1944) killing 26 people and injuring 150. Here Mavis, now 80 and living in Essex, shares many other memories about growing…
Everyone has a story. The combination of Egyptian heritage and Italian childhood has made Eglal Gomaa passionate about food. But it’s Italian food she loves the most, which is why she’s set up Girasole offering a taste of Italy on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story – especially new political parties. In the recent elections in London, Wales and Scotland 350,000 people voted for the newly formed Women’s Equality Party, while in London 1 in 20 voted for a WEP mayor (May 2016). Highbury’s Alison Marshall, a founding member of the Women’s…
Everyone has a story. Drama teacher Anna Scher has helped thousands of Islington kids develop their acting skills and confidence. An astonishing number of her students have gone on to become famous actors, with many taking key roles in Eastenders. So how does Anna nurture hard work and talent by running acting…
Everyone has a story. Canadian Alicia Montplaisir is able to perform her one-woman show, Walking My Heart Home – a mix of songs, poems and dance – at St Luke’s, West Holloway thanks to crowd funding, friends’ generosity and www.patreon.com fans. Interview by Nicola Baird. To be honest Alicia Montplaisir’s…