holloway road

Everyone has a story. For 30 years Bachulal Chotai has been mending watches and repairing jewellery at his unique shop on Holloway Road, just opposite Cycle Surgery and Central Library. He plans to retire soon – so this might be his very last interview as a shopkeeper. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. For his 26th birthday Ben Foster – known as Frosty – celebrated by running a special Open Mic at the Steam Passage Tavern on Upper Street. Now he’d like you to join the next Open Mic session, as audience or performer, on Monday 4 July at 7pm.…
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…
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…
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…
Everyone has a story. Holloway-based artist Garry Kennard – the man who mixed up art and neuroscience for anyone to enjoy at the Winchester Festivals – was born in 1948 at home in a council flat off Upper Street. He’s spent years away from Islington but now he’s back painting,…
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…
Everyone has a story. The golden days of pubs may be over but Islington is lucky – some of the new landlords, like Ade Clarke at The Lamb Beer & Liquor know how to mix music, real ale and people to create pubs that make you feel just like a…
Ulises Diaz: Flamenco heart in Archway Everyone has a story. This blog’s 2nd guest post is by Joanna Bevan who works with Here To Islington. Here she interviews her housemate,  musician, Ulises Diaz, about his Flamenco heart and Islington soul. Find out how to contribute a guest post (or nominate a person to be interviewed) on…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Christopher Curtis is well-known in Islington. Find him selling local history and classic football prints and photographs on his Chapel Market stall or join him for a tour of Highbury Corner and Holloway Road for a walk around Joe Orton’s world. Interview by Nicola Baird “I was two…