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 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.
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.
From Fri 5 Dec
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.