islington interviews

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. How nice is it to see the Subterranean Flowers stall outside Angel tube? Here flower seller Erguz Behloul talks about flowers, his Islington customers and future plans. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Emerging from the Northern line at Angel, one of the first…
Everyone has a story. From 23-29 April Islington could perhaps be mistaken for Cannes as the Unrestricted View Film Festival showcases documentaries, comedies and shorts at three local venues. Here film festival director James Wren introduces the 2018 line up. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. “There are…
Everyone has a story. A writer and journalist on crime fiction and thrillers, Barry Forshaw’s first job in London was selling books at Canonbury Bookshop, 268 Upper Street, now Harvey Jones Kitchens (opposite Euphorium). Here he recalls the amazing people and places of 1970s Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Every…
Everyone has a story. What shall we do to this wall? That was the question at the heart of a collaboration between art student Matthew Wang and a dozen members of Islington Age UK’s art group. The answer led to the creation of a striking photo mural at Market Road.…
Can you hear the Irish music? If it’s Saturday and you’re in Fonthill Road then it’ll be coming from the WB Yeats. Here’s a chance to meet the pub’s chef, Killian Lynch, who lives and works in Finsbury Park. Photos by Kimi Gill. Tread softly because St Patrick’s Day is…
Everyone has a story, so around international women’s day 2018 it’s a good excuse to share the stories of fantastic women from Islington. On the blog we’ve shared stories of women helping out at food banks; running supper clubs, businesses and neighbourhood support teams and many more. So for 2018, here are five+…
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,…
Everyone has a story. Here’s how a young Chad boy fell in love with body building, thanks to Muscle & Fitness magazine, and went on to become a champion. Meet Gilbert Alaskadi, now running Oxygen Fitness Universe, a private gym close to Holloway tube. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by…
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…
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