islington interviews

For the past 10 years Mary Stevens, now 38, has lived at Highbury Barn and coped brilliantly with all sorts of life changes from full time commuting, job hunting and becoming a mum. All that time she was fully involved in community activities such as school governor, babysitting circle and…
Everyone has a story. Meet Highbury local Robert Marco who runs the shabby-chic T-Bird bar on Blackstock Road, which is famous for its juke box and the times a less-well known Ed Sheeran did acoustic sessions in the downstairs bar. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. Robert Marco,…
Everyone has a story. Former corporate lawyer Isatu Funna explains how childhood memories of her grandmother and Sierra Leone beaches led her to open Dar Leone, in Angel, selling a globally inspired range of interior and lifestyle products. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill “Dar Leone is inspired…
Everyone has a story. Magazines are thriving at magCulture – the shop, website, design studio and mag masterclass hub – on the Clerkenwell/Angel border run by graphic designer and mega mag fan Jeremy Leslie. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photo by Kimi Gill  Back in the ‘80s, magazines were an essential…
Everyone has a story. Many of what might now be called Cyprus’ forgotten refugees of the 1960s settled in north Islington. This interview with Antonagis Andreou reveals many of the hardships the community faced arriving in London. GUEST POST and interview by Engage London’s Meagan Walker, which was originally published…
Everyone has a story. Brandon Richards, 24, spent last winter at the Pilion Trust’s night shelter for young people which is based in Islington. Brandon was one of the first to join the Engage London project which is helping young adults in Islington develop media skills. Interview by City uni’s…
Everyone has a story. If you love handmade, oak furniture visit the Millinery Works, an historic industrial building on Southgate Road, now used by Brian Thompson and Derek Rothera as a showroom for their Arts & Crafts furniture. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Camden Passage used to…
Everyone has a story. Here’s how Merium Bhuiyan turned her childhood passion for make-up into a business that mixes education, community work and confidence coaching.  Interview by Nicola Baird “I’m north London through and through. I’ve lived here all my life. I’m self-employed. I teach English and maths and I’m…
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. 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…
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