Holloway

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. 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. 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…
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. Despite looking after four school-aged children and having a demanding job, Islingtonian Nabila El-Ahmadi, 36, manages to be a school governor, Arsenal fan and get to her boxercise class. Interview by Nicola Baird “I was born and raised in Islington. I went to Pakeman Primary School on…
Jennifer Yong: founder Jenius Social Everyone has a story. Tucked behind Holloway Tube off Hornsey Street is a chic, airy space designed for greeting, meeting and eating. You can hire the kitchen; learn how to judge coffee like a pro; even get to grips with filleting fish. Jenius Social founder Jennifer Yong explains how her new…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  What would make a teenage tearaway change? Small Restorations boss Cass Farrell talks about how he turned his life around – thanks to his own strong work ethic and two amazing men. It ought to be a movie. Interview by Nicola Baird “You’ve got to work for…
Molly Gorell Barnes: teaching assistant/Mollypopcards Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  Do you find it hard to give a one word answer when someone asks what you do? If so you are probably under 30 years old or a freelance. Molly Gorell Barnes is a skilled greetings card designer, works hard as a special needs…
Jane Amelia Parker: designer/maker Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  How well do you know London? Not just the quickest way to get to the Angel or down to the river, but all its layers of history? Holloway local Jane Parker helps us see what’s special about London through her photos, blog and unique designs…