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 speaks to Jenny Richards from cross-cultural music makers The Grand Union Orchestra, creative director Rebecca Rowntree founder of event and podcast This Way Up – celebrating diversity in creative business, Jessie Lawson feature another episode from Now Then her series of stories from the over 70’s and Peal discovers why a Marconi receiver has ended up in an East London pub. Live music from East London/Cambridge based trio Carolyn’s Fingers.
This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson were joined by Jonathan Donovan from the No Place Like Home Project – a series of photographs and interviews with people in places they call home. Jonny talked to Australian food writer Lani Kingston about her new book about our city’s biggest addiction London Coffee published by Hoxton Mini Press. Pearl discovered how Hackney based organisation Xenia, which connects migrant women and English speaking women, has been working with artists Forthland on their latest exhibition Bear Mother House. In her next episode of starting conversations, Jessie asked people on Ridley Road how they define sex, and finally Hackney based singer songwriter, poet A-Mens performed live in the studio.
This month is a jubilant celebration of women with Pearl Wise and Katie Haylor joined in the studio by Maggie Pinhorn from Alternative Arts explaining why there’s a need for East London’s Women’s History Month, Katie meets Rachel Smith from Walthamstow Wetlands, Pearl Wise finds out how Magic Me connects women of different generations through their collaborative performance ‘Decorum’ and she meets Ellie Tsatsou and Gelly Siganou two women shining a light on Greek photography via their Whitelight platform and finally ‘Joanna’ Virgo talks to singer-songwriter Sofia B before she plays live in the studio and explains why Take Her Name the campaign in support of females in the music industry is on the agenda.
This month Pearl Wise, Katie Haylor and Jonny Virgo are joined in the studio by Sam Berkson aka Angry Sam a poet, writer, educator and the man behind the slam poetry event Hammer and Tongue, artist Rosalind Fowler tells us about her current installation at the Barbican and her residency at the William Morris Gallery, we find out about the CityLife prize for fiction and explore whether ‘marriage today is an unnecessary life sentence’ recorded live at the Bookclub’s Popaganda event and hear the introduction of Jonny Virgo‘s City of Conspiracy.
This month Nia Charpentier and Pearl Wise welcome members of the cast of Knife Edge- the latest Big House Theatre Production. Their musical director Louise Wellby also tells about her own music based projects. Also in the studio is illustrator Steven Wilson and Ligaya Salazar, creative director of East London’s Comic Art Festival. We also hear about Phytology a secret garden in Bethnal Green and hear a few personal arrival to London stories from Something to Declare.
On this month’s East Cast, the show that starts in East London but goes will beyond the postcode; Pearl Wise, Ana Xavier and Julia Lorke hear from the controversial poet and author Salena Godden, report from Music Hackspace a hub for music experimentation and exploration, discover the Experience of Colour a new contemporary Italian art exhibition at the Estorick Collection explore the notion that masculine identity as a feminist issue recoded live at Shoreditch Bookclub and are joined by local yet international musician Anna Zed for a live acoustic session.
In this month’s action packed show Nia Charpentier, Pearl Wise and Julia Lorke are joined by Meriel Jeater, curator at the Museum of London to talk about an upcoming exhibition about the great fire of London, we speak to Cressida Brown and the cast of her current play Re:Home, duo Georgia Fair join us in the studio for a live acoustic session, we hear about the Festival of the Imagination and we hear from Somalian born Nafisa about her arrival to London.
This month we talk to Ruth Rogers founder of The Canvas Cafe, the first ‘Happy Cafe’ in London, we hear from live music promoter Rami Radi about his new label Laid Bare Records, listen to the wonderfully calm songs of Chris Belson performing live in the studio, listen to an arrival to London story from a new audio series about migration, Nia gets fit at helps the community at GoodGym and we hear from Popaganda about selfie culture. All of that in one jam packed hour! Featuring Nia Charpentier, Danielle Manning, Pearl Wise and Ana Xavier
For our May edition we hear from the global audio platform for the under 25s, Podium.me, discover how garden jumble trails bring people together, find out why a man left his high-powered job to make jam, and talk to a 1970s inspired barber. American musician Robert Chaney performs a live session in the studio.
The April edition of EastCast discovers how The Art of Dining create a unique supper experience, we talk to Claire Martin the co-director of Mill Co about the spaces they manage across London, meet the photographers/founders of the guide book series London Independent Store Guides, get to know more about an independent film festival Shorts on Tap and speak to Ryan Buckstein – Chief Cultural Engineer of the Ace Hotel Group.. and music from The Marbles Jackson and Lail Arad.