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: 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.
The Story of Dalston Cola Pearl Wise met Duncan O’Brien and Graham Walker at the Dalston Cola HQ to discover how this soft drinks company has grown from its humble beginnings at East London venue Passing Clouds (RIP) to competing with the fizzy pop heavyweights around the country.
Starting Conversations: The Menopause
This month, Jessie Lawson walked down Kingsland Road asking people what the menopause was. She ended up in Stoke Newington, where she spoke with Eileen Bellot about her project Reclaim the Menopause.
Reclaim the Menopause are starting a new round of workshops on Monday October 16th. They also run a fortnightly support group for people who can’t commit to a full 12 week programme. To find out more, visit reclaimthemenopause.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The Great Diary Project Hear about a unique archive of peoples’ history that anyone can add to – telling the stories of Londoner’s lives for future generations. East Cast contributor Celia Robbins met Irving Finkel and Stef Dickers to find out about the Great Diary Project at The Bishopsgate Institute.
This month Pearl Wise, Jonny Virgo and new recruit Sasha Edye-Lindner are joined by East London University’s creative writing organisation CityLife Storiesand this year’s winner of their short story prize, The East End Film Festivaltake over en masse with curator Andrew Simpson, Gholam director Mitra Tabrizian and Sink director Mark Gillis, Jonny digs deep at the Archaeology of Crossrailexhibition 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.
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.
A site specific theatrical event commissioned by Spitalfields Music and Shoreditch Town Hall.
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street EC1V 9LT
Fri 5 Dec 7pm, Sat 6 & Sun 7 Dec 3.30 & 7pm
Tickets £12. Booking 020 7377 1362.
‘The East End? It is a shocking place… an evil plexus of slums that hide human creeping things, where filthy men and women live on penn’orths of gin… where every citizen wears a black eye, and none ever combs his hair.’ – Arthur Morrison – ‘Tales Of Mean Streets.’
Join Bafta winning writer and stand-up tour guide Alan Gilbey for an evening in The Ditch, the East End’s dodgiest dive bar, where Ronnie and Reggie are having a knees-up with Jack The Ripper and a man who looks a bit like an elephant. But beyond the whelks and the pearly buttons, in a maze of secret rooms below the streets of Shoreditch, other stories demand to be heard.
Part celebration of East End history, part meditation on the area’s future, Tales from The Ditch brings together a large cast of local storytellers, historians and musicians to create an immersive maze of tales less told from London’s ‘little bit of rough.’
Take a peek, try a door, part a curtain, step inside. Who knows what you might discover?
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.