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 and Jessie Lawson meet Stephen Wilson founder of Hackney based recipe kit company Make Kit, Ella Hollowood curator at Rainbow Pilgrims an oral histories project around LGBTQI migrants, Danielle and Emmet explain why everyone should try Bike Polo, Jessie continues her starting conversations series by asking East Londoners about street harassment and Dutch East London based singer-songwriter Gitta De Ridder plays live in the studio.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson introduce some of their other audio adventures with an episode with Dalston legend Newton Dunbar from Jessie’s new podcast Now Then – stories of and told by people over 70 and at the other end of the life scale; teenagers from Spotlight Radio Club discover a R-Urban Poplar, a sustainable neighbourhood hub in a local carpark, Pearl takes a tour with The Lower Clapton Tales author Carolyn Clark and revisits The Posh Club where you’ll find plenty of ooh la la and Hackney Wick based band based King Tides play live in the studio.
Bear Mother House
Pearl Wise discovered how Hackney based organisation Xenia, which connects migrant women and English speaking women, has been working with artists Fourthland on their latest exhibition Bear Mother House.
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.