Can I talk to you about.. Periods? Jessie Lawson set herself a challenge. Walk from Dalston to Clapton and stop as many people as she could on the street and asked them to talk to her about periods. Then she ended up at her mum’s boat, so chatted to her mum about periods too.
The Ancestor’s Trail
Celia Robbins discovers a unique event taking place in Epping Forest later this month. The Ancestor’s Trail is a walk that’s inspired by science. It’s all about evolution and the tree of life – with added music, poetry and dance. If you’d like to join the walkers on Saturday 29th, you can find all the details about starting points, and register at ancestorstrail.org.uk.
Studio interview with Simon Milner
Pearl Wise talks to artist Simon Milner about his upcoming show The Night Is Over, Applaud! at Doomed Gallery in Dalston. Doomed Gallery 65 Ridley Road Private view 27th July 6pm – 9pm Open 29th & 30th July 11am – 7pm
We talk to Asma Shah and Roxi Johanshahi from east London based company ‘You Make It’, who are on a mission totally transform local young women’s lives, also with them is Sherin Adam, a You Make It graduate is here to tell us how the scheme worked for her.
EastCastexplores 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 platformConducttr Rob Pratten and and cross-media artist SG Milner ahead of his The Night Is Over, Applaudexhibition. 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.
Studio Interview: East End Film Festival Pearl Wise speaks to Andrew Simpson, founder and curator of the East End Film Festival about this year’s programme, Mark Gillis director of his feature debut Sink, and photographer Mitra Tabrizian director of her feature debut Golham.
Studio Interview: CityLife Stories
We learn about East London University’s CityLife Stories with project administrator Sam and Rebecca Hawkins winner of this year’s City Life prize for Fiction by young writers with her short story ‘London Calling’
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.