The story of Arthur Wint
As part of his Black History series, Jonny Virgo interviews some Olympians from London 1948 to uncover the story of the original Usain Bolt, Jamaican athlete and fighter pilot Arthur Wint.
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.
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.
Queen of Carnival: Claudia Jones
Jonny Virgo delves into the life of Claudia Jones: journalist, activist and one of the conceivers of the Notting Hill Carnival.
Live studio session with Sofia B
Jonny Virgo talks to young singer-songwriter Sofia B about studying at Berkley and coming out and the ‘Take Her Name’ campaign.
Aftermath of the New Cross Fire Tragedy
A few years ago Jonny Virgo started making a series of black history documentaries for a mysterious gentleman he met online. Around this time of year he’s always reminded of a particular event, that marked a turning point in race relations in the UK. On 18th January 1981 a fire ripped through a house on New Cross Road in South East London, killing many of the young, black revellers who were partying there.
Studio interview with Sam Berkson
Jonny Virgo interviews poet, writer, educator, activist and Hammer and Tongue promoter Sam Berkson aka Angry Sam. He reads an extract from his book ‘Settled Wonderers‘ published by Influx Press.