islington interviews

Everyone has a story. Who do you turn to when a much-loved chair breaks – head to (a) Islington Waste Centre or (b) find a furniture restorer? If your instinct is to save and repair stuff then you need to meet local cabinet maker and furniture restorer Dominic Bennet. Interview…
Everyone has a story. Five courses and a cocktail are the supper club treat offered each month by passionate cook Roshni Shah, who loves to blend Indian and Middle Eastern flavours. And now she’s celebrating a year of her 8 Plates supper club. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi…
Over a cup of tea, two of St Thomas’ super-musical organists, Robert Shrubsall and Andrew Greer, explain why they’ve launched the St Thomas’ Organ fund to raise ÂŁ80,000 for essential repairs. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. A few years before St Thomas’ parish church opened its arched…
 Everyone has a story. There’s something delightful about seeing dog walkers. Meet Anna McCracken, who runs It’s A Dog’s Life. Every week she walks dogs more than 135km (83 miles) around Islington. Q&A by Nicola Baird.  Q: Where do you live? I’ve lived in Islington for five years now, I…
Everyone has a story. Islington in the 1970s was famous for its squats and creativity. Musician – and jazz pianist – Dhevdhas Nair remembers it well. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill  Dhevdhas Nair, known to his friends as Dhev, grew up in Islington with his mother. They…
Everyone has a story. If your dream is to do a PhD and become a professor, but no one in your family has ever gone to university, then meeting Michelle Obama while at EGA Secondary School, and being given a scholarship to do a Masters at Kings College London are…
Everyone has a story. For beautiful handmade chocolates there’s no better place than the bilberry-coloured shop on Camden Passage. Meet the owner and super–creative artisanal chocolate maker, Paul A Young, who gave Londoners the salted caramel, award-winning brownies, intense dairy-free hot chocolate and also makes incredible-flavoured truffles. Interview by Nicola…
Everyone has a story. Islington’s connection with the Big Issue goes back years. Right now there are two Big Issue offices in Finsbury Park. London Regional Manager Chris Stuchbery, who works at 222 Seven Sisters Road, talks about his job and explains why we all need to buy a Big…
Everyone has a story. The relaunch of the iconic Chung Kuo science fiction series takes place in June at Waterstone’s in Islington. Here author David Wingrove talks influences and Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Photography. Science fiction fans are sure to know the Chung Kuo series…
Everyone has a story. Paul Wood – by profession a web designer, by passion a dendrologist – doesn’t just love trees he’s also written a fascinating book about London’s Street Trees. Read on to find out which Islington trees he loves and even join him for an Islington Faces tree…