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25 June 2013

Hackney people noted and knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

HACKNEY-born actor and former resident Tony Robinson has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Tony Robinson as Baldrick in Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie
19 June 2013

Stoke Newington author wins Carnegie Medal for children's fiction

STOKE Newington author Sally Gardner has joined a prestigious list including C S Lewis, Arthur Ransome and Terry Pratchett in winning this year’s Carnegie Medal for children’s fiction.

Stoke Newington resident Sally Gardner has won the Carnegie Medal
29 April 2013

Chart-toppers Rudimental release album inspired by growing up in Hackney

THE past year has been a whirlwind for Hackney foursome Rudimental – and with their second number one, ‘Waiting All Night’, under their belts it’s not set to quieten down anytime soon.

Rudimental credit growing up in Hackney as inspiration for the debut album Home
18 April 2013

Actor Adam Deacon 'feels blessed to come from Hackney'

IF you’re walking anywhere in Hackney with Adam Deacon, add half an hour to your journey time. Everywhere the actor, director and rapper goes he is mobbed by young people waving smart phones, desperate for a photo with the Hackney-born star.

Photo of Adam Deacon
26 March 2013

Architect David Adjaye poised to create Hackney Central fashion hub

DAVID Adjaye has a vision for Hackney Central: he would like it to be a fashion hub for residents and international visitors alike, where jobs go to local people and businesses work together to improve the area.

Architect David Adjaye will create a £100million shopping outlet in Hackney
14 March 2013

Singer Kate Nash takes new musical direction with latest album Girl Talk

HACKNEY girl Kate Nash is back with a new album and a huge national tour – but unless you’ve been keeping a close eye on her over the past couple of years, you might not recognise her.

Hackney singer Kate Nash returns with a new album
14 January 2013

Fashion guru earns MBE in New Year honours list

FASHION label guru Rosie Wolfenden features among the many Hackney luminaries named on the 2013 New Year honours list.

Tatty Devine co-founder Rosie Wolfenden earns an MBE for services to fashion
19 November 2012

'My Brother the Devil' director puts Hackney on the international stage

LUSH, green leaves clash against the blue and white panelling of Homerton flats; clear skies look beautifully saturated; an over-the-shoulder shot on top of an estate shows the borough’s night-time sprawl and urban mystery. In some ways, feature film My Brother the Devil feels like a love letter to Hackney.

Writer, director, producer and Hackney resident Sally El-Hosani, who shot My Brother the Devil in the borough
6 November 2012

Milliner Piers Atkinson gets inspiration from 'walking down the street in Hackney'

WALKING into milliner Piers Atkinson’s Hackney Downs studio is like entering one of Roald Dahl’s fantastical sweet shops.

Milliner Piers Atkinson at his Hackney Downs studio
25 October 2012

The Geffrye Museum's director on the changing face of Hackney

MORE and more visitors are coming to the borough, according to a long-standing museum director who can remember very different times.

David Dewing has been director of Geffrye Museum for more than 20 years
8 October 2012

New show from Hackney playwright Hywel John

IT used to be 'salt of the earth', but now one hate-filled word, above all others, is used to describe Jade Goody, NDubz, footballers and countless others from working class backgrounds. Chavs.

Hywel John has written his take on the similarities between classes
25 September 2012

David Mossman: 'Put the music first and the rest will take care of itself'

IN between the half-full wine glasses, flickering candles, classic décor, and diminutive tables, drift the notes of some of the best jazz performers in the world.

Dave Mossman admits the Vortex was never meant to be a jazz club
10 September 2012

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Hackney has some of the best food in London

HARDEEP Singh Kohli has packed a lot into his 43 years: he's a comedian, TV presenter, radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist. But his first love is most definitely food.

Hardeep Singh Kohli plans to open a Dalston restaurant
24 July 2012

His greatest fight to date

MICHAEL Watson is laughing. With thick belly laughs and full-sized chuckles, he jokes and feigns punches with members at Hackney charity Headway East London. Those distressing live TV images from 21 September 1991 at White Hart Lane seem like a lifetime away.

Michael Watson beat the odds on the road to recovery
25 June 2012

Rattling the sabre

MAVERICK Sabre bounces across the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend stage with the confidence of a veteran performer, drawing in the crowds with a combination of soulful dubstep, eerie folk, hip hop, rhythm and blues and East London stage banter.

Michael Stafford, aka Maverick Sabre, owns the stage at Hackney Weekend
22 June 2012

Leaving an impression

AS Rihanna struts on to the stage at the close of the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, the event director Jason Carter will feel an overwhelming sense of achievement.

Jason Carter is the man behind the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend and Academy
18 June 2012

Racking up gold medals

SHARON Jones-Barnes is a para-badminton champion and award-winning coach for residents and injured UK soldiers returning from Iraq – quite a resume for someone who only started playing the game seriously four years ago.

Para-badminton champion and award-winning coach, Sharon Jones-Barnes
4 June 2012

She's got the X Factor

LEONA Lewis is even more beautiful in real life than she is on screen. With a glossy mane of hair, perfectly manicured nails and impeccable make-up, the Hackney singer could make any girl feel intimidated. But she’s so nice I find myself unashamedly bonding with the former X Factor winner over being a fellow geek. 

Leona Lewis takes her role as an Ambassador for the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend seriously
30 May 2012

Her kind of place

BETWEEN the nationwide concerts, interviews, and guest spots on TV shows, only in the hectic life of Paloma Faith could a tour of Germany be ‘restful’.

Hackney-bred Paoloma Faith is unashamedly proud of the borough
28 May 2012

Naked ambition

WHEN Hackney boy Phillips Idowu won silver at the Beijing Olympics, he may have been disappointed, but everyone watching was sure we’d be seeing a lot more of this talented triple jumper.

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu is looking forward to London 2012
15 May 2012

From Holly Street to Hollywood

AT the time of our interview, actor Idris Elba is in London reprising his role as the brilliant but troubled detective ‘Luther’, for the second series of the hit BBC drama of the same name.

Hackney-born Idris Elba believes education is the key to achievement
10 May 2012

The East End queen

MANY celebrities spend their whole lives trying to escape their past. Not Barbara Windsor. She is proud of her roots, in fact, she’s built a successful career on them, and has never lost touch with the places and people that helped make her a national treasure.

Actress Barbara Windsor still loves visiting Hackney
7 May 2012

A rebel with applause

SAT in his local shop, Palm 2 in Lower Clapton, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay watches the lunchtime hustle and bustle unfold. Chatting to the shopkeepers and customers, while sipping his ‘usual’ coffee, Lemn seems very much at home.

Lemn Sissay was the first of five poets commissioned to write about the Olympic Park
1 May 2012

A cupboard full of ideas

WHAT'S it like putting your work, with all its intimate aspects and introspection, up for critical consumption?

Author Yvvette Edwards said she was honoured to be listed for the Booker prize

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