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, Jonny Virgo and new recruit Sasha Edye-Lindner are joined by East London University’s creative writing organisation CityLife Stories and this year’s winner of their short story prize, The East End Film Festival take over en masse with curator Andrew Simpson, Gholam director Mitra Tabrizian and Sink director Mark Gillis, Jonny digs deep at the Archaeology of Crossrail exhibition at Museum of Docklands and Sasha meets a women’s football team putting Hackney on the map.
This month Nia Charpentier and Pearl Wise are joined in the studio by film maker Winstan Whitter raising funds to finally finish Legacy in the Dust a documentary about the legendary 4 Aces Club in Dalston, Ken Flaherty owner of Dalston’s Doomed Gallery with Anthony Staples and Matthew Eberhard talking about their exhibition Echoes of Accra, Susie McKenna creative director of Hackney Empire, singer songwriter Rueben Hollebon plays live and Katie Naylor reports from a new venue in Hackney Wick; Grow Hackney.
This month we speak to the director the community focused Giants Theatre Company, we speak film makers Sarah Warren and Graham Bendal about their film debuts MLE and Derailed Sense at the East End Film Festival, experience some live poetry by local performer Kyronne as well as some audio insights into unemployment, coding and an interview with Torange Khonsari from Hackney Wick based art and architecture practice Public Works.
Weekly classes on various evenings
Spring is here so get outdoors at Hackney City Farm, which has various courses including mosaic and pottery classes. All ages and levels welcome, and it’s drop-in so there’s no need to book.
Classes start from £5 per session.
Hackney City Farm also offer and deliver vegetable boxes full of seasonal fruit and veggies, delivered straight to your door.
More information on the Hackney City Farm website
On this episode of EastCast we talk to Ansel Neckles about the Let’s Be Brief pop up school specialised in workshops for local businesses, Anna Maloney tells us about Hackney’s Wick’s annual arts festival Hackney Wicked, we dig out an interview with the now renowned homeless artist John Dolan and we welcome the band Ringlefinch for some live music in the studio. We have music on the show by Blues Pills, Songhoy Blues, the Range and Jacco Gardner.