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.
Starting Conversations: Sex
In the fourth episode of Starting Conversations, Jessie Lawson walked down Ridley Road Market and asked passers by how they defined sex. Then she went home and chatted to her flat mate about how, sometimes, other people’s ideas of sex can impact negatively on her.
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 Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Sasha Edye-Lindner are joined by Kasia Uscinska and Viv Ellis from Nasty Women, an event celebrating female artists in support of women’s rights. Jessie Lawson continues her series of starting conversations and talks to random East Londoners about masturbation, we hear about a collaborative exhibition with residents from the Wedlock Barn Estate in Hoxton – Permissible Notations Of, Oliver Meek executive director of Dalston’s Rio Cinema explains why the cinema is such an important part of local heritage and singer-songwriter Phil Cosby plays live in the studio ahead his Blue Daze EP release.
EastCast explores the arts, culture and community nurtured in East London but resonating way beyond. This month Jonny Virgo and Pearl Wise are joined by Roxi Jahanshani and Asma Shah from You Make It an organisation enabling young unemployed women to pursue their goals, influential transmedia creator and CEO of story gaming platform Conducttr Rob Pratten and and cross-media artist SG Milner ahead of his The Night Is Over, Applaud exhibition. New contributor Celia Robbins takes us on The Ancestors Trail in Epping Forest and Jessie Lawson investigates why ‘that time of the month’ is still taboo.
This month Pearl Wise and Jonny Virgo are joined by Fatos Ustek curator of Art Night, an exciting new contemporary free art event in July and filmmaker Gavin Boyter explaining why he decided to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End and then write the book Downhill From Here. Jonny reports on ‘The Queen of Carnival’ Claudia Jones activist, journalist instigator of the Notting Hill Carnival in 1959, Jess Lawson investigates the pitfalls of ‘Right to Rent’ and Hip Hop/spoken word artist Shay D brings a taste of her unique sound live in the studio.
This month Pearl Wise, Jonny Virgo and Katie Haylor are joined in the studio by members of City Impro ahead of The Shoreditch Imrov Festival, further theatrics with members of the cast of Brixton Rock, The Big House Theatre’s latest production and Georgia Whitakar Hughes explains how The Migrants Connections Festival in will connect local residents with migrants. Jonny Virgo looks back at the horrors of the New Cross Fire in the 80’s and Pearl Wise goes to Legs to meet outspoken chef Magnus Reid.
This month Pearl Wise, Katie Haylor and Jonny Virgo are joined in the studio by Luke from the Holdin’ Court hip hop collective, Danielle Celeste introduces oral histories of the East End’s Afro Caribbean community, Aradhna Tayal explains why the RadioTech Conference is a must, Katie reports from the feminist network Reclaim The Night, the Last Dance is saved for immersive production company Reuben Feels, all with a sprinkling of music performed live in the studio by emerging young jazz talent from Jazz New Blood.