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Everyone has a story. The combination of Egyptian heritage and Italian childhood has made Eglal Gomaa passionate about food. But it’s Italian food she loves the most, which is why she’s set up Girasole offering a taste of Italy on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. Urban planner and architect Jonathan Davis may still think about the built environment but he’s switched the focus of his work from creating buildings to producing contemplative paintings to sooth the urban soul at a new Seven Sisters workspace for creatives, The Lumen Studio. Interview by…
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…
Olav Ernstzen: chair of Healthwatch Islington Everyone has a story. Tufnell Park barrister, and former West End stage manager, Olav Ernstzen brings theatrical flourishes and strategic thinking to his role as Healthwatch Islington chair – the organisation that ensures health and social care services are meeting the needs of Islington residents. Interview by Nicola Baird “I’m a Londoner,”…
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. The golden days of pubs may be over but Islington is lucky – some of the new landlords, like Ade Clarke at The Lamb Beer & Liquor know how to mix music, real ale and people to create pubs that make you feel just like a…
Andy Parker: musician & painter Everyone has a story. Is it strange to have been born in Covent Garden and become a landscape artist? Probably not if your major influence is Turner whose home was round the corner… just over 200 years earlier. Andy Parker, who’s lived in Islington since 1980, talks about early morning painting trips,…
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…
Carlos Torres: film maker & photographer Everyone has a story. Film maker Carlos Torres reckons living in Islington will give him the film making opportunities he needs to develop his career.  Interview by Nicola Baird. Spaniard Carlos Torres has been in the UK for three years but is happy to call Islington – and more specifically Archway – his home. Carlos is…