Live music from Jazz New Blood
Live music by Rosie Frater-Taylor (guitar and vocals) and Roella Oloro (piano) from Jazz New Blood.
London Coffee with Lani Kingston
Jonny Virgo met up with Australian food writer Lani Kingston to talk about her new book – London Coffee – which delves into the history of coffee in London.
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.
Studio Interview: Jonathan Donovan
Jessie Lawson talks to Jonathan Donovan about his audio-visual project No Place Like Home.
Studio interview and live session with A-Mens
Jonny Virgo talked all things Lauren Hill to Michael Jackson with East London based solo artist A-Mens, then A-Mens and his friend Hydie Humble lit up the studio with his new track Symptoms of the System.
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 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.
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 Simon Cole from Hackney tours, author and scientist Ian Green to talk about new Hackney inspired sci-fi release, Katie talks to Catherine Howell curator of a next exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood about the magic of board games, Pearl discovers new gallery dedicated to fine art made in East London and furniture restorer/singer-songwriter Ady Johnson performs Americana inspired folk live in the studio.
On this month’s show we experience some live improvised comedy from City Impro, hear from Touretteshero, a project celebrating Tourettes without self pity or mockery, Felix Bechtolsheimer from Curse of Lono plays some live country and blues, Malcolm Kaye tells us his story about growing up in Stepney and we explore the mysterious world of Data.