Now Then: Florence (extract)
An extract from Jessie Lawson’s podcast series, Now Then, that shares the stories of people who are over 70 years old. This is Florence’s story. Hear the full episode and more here
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson speak to Jorge Lopes Ramos from theatre and digital art company ZU-UK about their ambitious upcoming interactive audio event, Pearl discovers how Museum in a Box are combining the internet of things and museum handling collections and plays some sounds from Seeing Red an exhibition of consciousness raising posters by the feminist women’s screen print workshop See Red, Jessie introduces Eva from her Now Then podcast – giving voice to people over 80, plus live music from singer/songwriter Morgan Lorelle.
This month Pearl Wise speaks to Hackney based author Abigail Tarttelin about her newly published feminist crime thriller Dead Girls, we delve into the vaults with Nia Charpentier’s piece on pigeon whistles, Pearl reports from the opening of a community pub in Poplar commemorating World War II computer engineer Tommy Flowers, Mae-Li Evens takes us behind the scenes of Raw Materials an exhibition at Bow Arts plus live music from Jonathan Holder & The Good Thinking.
This month Pearl Wise a speaks to film director Charles Garrad about his first feature ‘Waiting For You’ premiering at The East End Film Festival, Roland Fischer from Dalston’s alternative arts space SET, Hakeem Kazem co-creator of The Batty Mama creating space for black and brown LGBTQ performance and dance and Artur Vidal + Hannah White introduce us to ‘Sonic Meditations’.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson meet Stephen Wilson founder of Hackney based recipe kit company Make Kit, Ella Hollowood curator at Rainbow Pilgrims an oral histories project around LGBTQI migrants, Danielle and Emmet explain why everyone should try Bike Polo, Jessie continues her starting conversations series by asking East Londoners about street harassment and Dutch East London based singer-songwriter Gitta De Ridder plays live in the studio.
This month Jessie Lawson and Pearl Wise are joined by Hackney based youth campaigner Matteo Bergamini founder of the platform Shout Out Uk, performer Warren Gordon-Scott from Raincrew ahead of Duckie Family Legacy celebrating LGBTQ people of colour at Richmix, Jessie gets political and asks East Londoners their views on ‘hair’, and love is in the air (sort of) with The Trilogy of Ella from the podcast Swipe Left Swipe Left and acid rock collective Future Sound Cartel perform live in the studio.
This month Pearl Wise and Jonny Virgo meet Number 90 events manager Petra Kluk ahead of a new female-centric event series and Madeleine Dunnigan from feminist glossy mag Ladybeard, Jonny reports on unsung black hero; 1948 olympic gold medalist Arthur Wint and Jessie Lawson twins the show with East Glasgow via voices from the Sigoha Project. Rising UK guitar phenomenon John Fairhurst performs live.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson introduce some of their other audio adventures with an episode with Dalston legend Newton Dunbar from Jessie’s new podcast Now Then – stories of and told by people over 70 and at the other end of the life scale; teenagers from Spotlight Radio Club discover a R-Urban Poplar, a sustainable neighbourhood hub in a local carpark, Pearl takes a tour with The Lower Clapton Tales author Carolyn Clark and revisits The Posh Club where you’ll find plenty of ooh la la and Hackney Wick based band based King Tides play live in the studio.
This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson are joined by Ed Cooke founder of Memrise tool to help you learn better and some men who are disrupting gender stereotypes via their Great Men initiative. Jessie Lawson continues her starting conversations series and asks East Londoners about The Menopause, we learn how Dalston Cola is quietly changing perceptions of fizzy pop and Celia Robbins reveals why you shouldn’t burn your diary as The Bishop Gate’s Institute’s Great Diary Project may be interested in your musings.
Studio Interview: Ed Cooke from Memrise
Jonny Virgo talks to Ed Cooke about his amazing memory and his award winning language learning app Memrise.
Studio Interview: David Brockway from The Great Men Project
Jessie Lawson stumbled upon a website called Great Men, and wanted to find out more. The Great Men Project is an organisation that delivers workshops to young men in schools with the aim of disrupting gender stereotypes. She talks to David Brockway, who runs the project.