Finsbury Park

Everyone has a story. “Happy to Help”, an acerbic new comedy about how we’ve become a nation of shop assistants, opens at the Park Theatre on June 14. Its writer, Michael Ross talks about the challenges of getting a play on to the stage. Interview by Nicola Baird The same week…
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. Urban planner and architect Jonathan Davis may still think about the built environment but he’s switched the focus of his work from creating buildings to producing contemplative paintings to sooth the urban soul at a new Seven Sisters workspace for creatives, The Lumen Studio. Interview by…
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. Carrots, dogs, guillemots, glasses … anything can inspire comic poet John Hegley who spent his babyhood in Newington Green. Here he reveals the bits of Islington that have played a part in his life’s work. Interview by Nicola Baird John Hegley is renowned for deadpan delivery and…
Everyone has a story. Journalist Peter Gruner knows Islington better than most of us despite never having lived here. After 11 years on the Islington Tribune (the Trib) he retired in May. Now he’s enjoying visits back to the borough as well as trips around the UK with his wife…
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…
Jerry White: author of Campbell Bunk the worst street in London Everyone has a story. Professor Jerry White is one of London’s leading social historians. He started his career inspecting homes in Islington after taking a job as a Public Health Inspector for Islington Council back in the 1970s. Jerry has written many history books about London including Islington’s most notorious…
Csaba Miklos Beck: postman Everyone has a story. Islington Faces joins Csaba Miklos Beck, the cheerful postman on the St Thomas’ round (near Finsbury Park), and finds out what a postman is thinking as he puts the post through our letterboxes. Interview by Nicola Baird “My name, Csaba*, is typically Hungarian, but my last name sounds…
Nick Jobbings: illustrator Everyone has a story. Meet Nick Jobbings who started his career learning how to draw and create buildings, but after switching to illustration has a portfolio that includes graphic novels and the white walls of Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I came to London from Leeds in 2005. I’d fallen in…