Tag Archives: Hackney

A Tale of Two Theatres


Seven years of neighbourly patronage of  The Arcola Theatre recently led to my first Radio 4 documentary commission. A Tale of Two Theatres was broadcast on 3rd April and will be aired again on the BBC World Service on 13th May. Here’s a taste of how artistic director Mehmet Ergen’s work in Hackney is only half the story, as he lifts the curtain on the politics of performance in Turkey, in the wake of Taksim Square.


Heard it here first: Hackney Hear sound app launches

A combination of radio artistry and technical wizardry unlocks a storied patch of east London: my profile of the Hackney Hear sound app for the Hackney Citizen.

After the Riots

Having made the headlines as a riot hot-spot on Monday 8th August, Hackney’s Clarence Road made reparation for the damage done to businesses and wellbeing with a vibrant show of community spirit.

I wrote about the street tea party a week on from the trouble in the Hackney Citizen.






Four days later I was back in Clarence Road to report the reopening of the Convenience Store, otherwise known as Siva’s shop, 11 days after it was ransacked.






Shopkeeper Siva Kandiah & daughter with Meg Hillier MP

Free Marketeer

Ashley Parsons of the Chatsworth Road Traders and Residents Association spoke to me about the rebirth of the street market for Amelia’s Magazine.