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Everyone has a story. Vickie Farquharson talks about the right on bathbomb and smellies company Lush while working at its very first Gorilla Perfumes store, solely dedicated to fine perfumery, in trendy Camden Passage. Interview by Nicola Baird Note: Gorilla Perfumes is no longer open. Death, decay and renewal are…
Everyone has a story. Write what you know is advice for new writers – but Susan Oudot, bestselling author and series writer of more than 50 episodes of ITV’s Coronation Street, has used this maxim to explore her family’s memories of growing up in Milner Square just off Almeida Street. The…
Everyone has a story. Perhaps it is because Ivy Allan Freeman has been living in the US for nearly 50 years that her memories of growing up near King’s Cross – with the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobbles and later the terrifying air raids – are so astonishingly vivid. Here…
EveryTHING has a story… In a moment of spring cleaning frenzy Nicola Baird takes a week off from interviewing people who live or work in Islington – see https://islingtonfacesblog.com – to pick out the best places to revitalise your possessions. Here’s where to clean and repair clothes & chairs, bind books (even…
Andy Gardner: historian Everyone has a story. Andy Gardner, the heritage and outreach worker at Islington’s fabulous Victoriana landmark and music venue, the Union Chapel, talks about Canonbury, George Orwell’s Islington life and the Margins Project for the homeless. Interview by Nicola Baird. The Union Chapel, where Andy Gardner, 44, is heritage and outreach worker, is a…
Everyone has a story. Filmmaker and BAFTA winner Jonas Grimas grew up in Sweden but it is Islington where his career took off.   Interview by Nicola Baird. “February 1989: It was early in the morning and I was living off Essex Road. I nipped out to get milk and a newspaper.…
Anne Weyman: u3a dynamo Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Islington University of the Third Age (iu3a) has been giving retired and semi-retired Islingtonians plenty to think about and do since it was started a year ago. To help celebrate its first birthday iu3a chair, Anne Weyman, talks about the joys of iu3a – and…
Tricia Cottle: Islington Music shop owner Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  How do you introduce children to music? Many people in Islington head to Islington Music, just off Cross Street  run by Tricia Cottle. It’s well-known as the first-stop shop for all mums hoping their children’s budding interest in music will remain, but also well-visited…
Roberta Cremoncini: Estorick Director Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  Do you know this Islington art gallery? The world-famous collection of Italian Futurist art at the Estorick Collection, off Highbury Corner, attracts 1,000s of visitors, but for many it’s been thought of one of London’s best-kept secrets. Here Roberta Cremoncini talks about art, the new…
Anna Harvey: N1 Centre administrator Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.   Not so long ago Anna Harvey, 24, moved from Manchester to London. She has spent the past year at the N1 Centre (she’s the Centre Administrator). She’s the one who sorts out the big lawn in the summer and gets to invite Father…