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Everyone has a story. Not everyone is aware that Islington is one of the most unequal places in the country. Here Helen Kersley explains what this means, and how Islington Giving is trying to turn this situation around by supporting local community organisations and bringing local residents, businesses, voluntary groups…
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…
Everyone has a story. For the past 70 years Islingtonians have turned to The Great Health Clinic, on the edge of the Marquess Estate, when they’ve overdone their training or just feel sore. Here Natalie Simpkin talks about this family-run Islington business. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill.…
Everyone has a story. Street artist Zabou is back working in Islington. Here she explains the joys of spray paint. Interview by Nicola Baird. “It’s a challenge every time when you paint a wall. Not everything is going to go right,” says Zabou. She smiles and then corrects herself: “In…
‘Boy’ at the Almeida is a ground-breaking show about what it feels like coming of age in austerity Britain. The play, written by Leo Butler, has a 27-strong cast of which 16 are making their stage debut, including an 18-year-old student from Islington, Duramaney Kamara. Interview by Nicola Baird Duramaney Kamara…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  In 1895 Steve Hatt’s great grandfather, Mr William Morris, opened a fish shop on Essex Road, which he ran until 1920. Amazingly four generations of the same family have now run this famously good fishmongers. Meet the man at the helm today, Mr Hatt.  Interview by Nicola…
Roy Griffiths: carpenter artist Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. If class, career and cancer can make or break a life then the experiences of furniture maker and shop owner Roy Griffiths shows how to turn adversity into advantage. Plus quick detours around the swinging ‘60s, art and Zen Buddhism. Interview by Nicola Baird “I was a war…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Opened in 1920 Alfredo’s cafĂ© was an Islington landmark for years, sited at the end of an 18th century terrace at 4-6 Essex Road. It was probably best known as a fabulous working man’s cafĂ© (then reborn as the S&M cafĂ©, now Meat). But it…
Everyone has a story. Criterion Auctions offer the best theatre in London. Fact. Every Essex Road sale is the place to spot anxious sellers and determined buyers. You’ll see bargain hunters muttering prayers to the gods of good luck. There are dealers who know the price of everything. And then…