Working in Islington

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Everyone has a story. Former corporate lawyer Isatu Funna explains how childhood memories of her grandmother and Sierra Leone beaches led her to open Dar Leone, in Angel, selling a globally inspired range of interior and lifestyle products. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill “Dar Leone is inspired…
Everyone has a story. Magazines are thriving at magCulture – the shop, website, design studio and mag masterclass hub – on the Clerkenwell/Angel border run by graphic designer and mega mag fan Jeremy Leslie. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photo by Kimi Gill  Back in the ‘80s, magazines were an essential…
Everyone has a story. If you love handmade, oak furniture visit the Millinery Works, an historic industrial building on Southgate Road, now used by Brian Thompson and Derek Rothera as a showroom for their Arts & Crafts furniture. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Camden Passage used to…
Everyone has a story. Building human towers – a 250-year-old Catalan tradition – is thriving just near Arsenal’s Emirates stadium. Interview with founder Marc Pujol and President Anne D’Hermy, by Nicola Baird.  Red shirts, white trousers, black faixa wrapped around the waist are the uniform of the Castellers of London.…
Everyone has a story. Are things getting better? Or is the world a much worse place? Here’s how NCVO-based Giselle Green is helping charities and social enterprises find Constructive Voices to share their solutions. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Anyone working in NCVO’s building by Regents Canal,…