Hackney People

Meet unconventional Actor, Writer and Director Patrice Etienne on his new play Venus / Mars

Meet unconventional Actor, Writer and Director Patrice Etienne on his new play Venus / Mars

Actor, writer and director Patrice Etienne is a Hackneynite through and through. This multi-hyphenated East London boy grew up in the borough and has continued to support the community through his work with youths in the area. Patrice’s latest play, Venus / Mars about love and intimacy in 21st century London is about to open at […]








The endeavours of a thoroughly modern day Hackney Empresario

The endeavours of a thoroughly modern day Hackney Empresario

    Former life coach and trained actor Leo Lawson O’Neil was born and raised in Kentish Town but is really a Hackneyite at heart. This Renaissance man is the managing director of Creative Network Partners and founder of the creative hub;  Netil House as well as Netil Market, Netil 360, The Russet and Hackney […]








North Pole Adventurer, Hackney’s Dwayne Fields raises funds for childrens hospice

North Pole Adventurer, Hackney’s Dwayne Fields raises funds for childrens hospice

  Stoke Newington resident Dwayne Fields recently handed a cheque for £1,000 to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, the result of a fundraising drive by him.  The hospice  serves an estimated 900 life threatened and life-limited children or young people, and their families, living within the communities of North London, specifically the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, […]








Book Launch; Gifts from the Garden by Debora Robertson

Book Launch; Gifts from the Garden by Debora Robertson

  Martha Stewart move over, it’s publication day for Stoke Newington resident, writer Debora Robertson’s book  Gifts from the Garden and a talk and demonstration by Debora will be held at Stoke Newington Book Shop this evening (Thursday 20 September). Brimming with ideas from the pretty to the practical, ‘Gifts from the Garden’ contains more […]








Hackney’s Dwayne Fields celebrates Diamond Jubilee on top Ben Nevis

Hackney’s Dwayne Fields celebrates Diamond Jubilee on top Ben Nevis

  There wasn’t any pub crawling in Hackney for Dwayne Fields this holiday weekend, nor could he be found on the banks of the Thames, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen. Instead, along with climbing partner campaigner and prolific fund raiser, Lee Ferrigon, Dwayne paid his own tribute to the Queen a top […]








Exclusive: Hackney woman’s plan to revolutionize how taxi drivers study for the Knowledge

Exclusive:  Hackney woman’s plan to revolutionize how taxi drivers study for the Knowledge

Thanks to her cousin and husband, Hackney resident Davina Duggan, stumbled on to the idea of developing an App for trainee taxi drivers, and is now attempting to bring a specialist method of study into the wired 21st century. The knowledge of London, better known as the “Knowledge”, is a test anyone wanting to qualify […]








Mustafa Korel: Green Party’s Choice for Hackney Central Ward Councillor

Mustafa Korel: Green Party’s Choice for Hackney Central Ward Councillor

This originally appeared as a blog entry on the Duchess of Hackney Blog With a less than inspiring line up, in the bid for Councillor in Hackney Central ward’s May 3rd by-election,  it’s refreshing and reassuring to know that there is someone who actually lives in Hackney Central  and is not a soulless politico prototype  […]








Britain’s Got Talent: Is Pauline Pearce the ‘Hackney Heroine’, Simon Cowell’s new cash cow?

Britain’s Got Talent: Is Pauline Pearce the ‘Hackney Heroine’, Simon Cowell’s new cash cow?

The woman dubbed the Hackney Heroine, Pauline Pearce, is stretching her 15 minutes of fame in a bid to win the next Britain’s Got Talent. If you remember, Pearce gained world-wide notoriety after her profane laden tirade at rioters on Clarence Road in Clapton went viral last summer. Since then, she has been interviewed numerous […]








Dwayne Fields Launches his bid to reach the South Pole

Dwayne Fields Launches his bid to reach the South Pole

Stoke Newington resident, 29 year-old Dwayne Fields, is once again hoping to challenge the elements of another inhospitable part of the world – the South Pole. In 2010 Dwanye became the first Black Briton to walk from the most northern point of Canada to the magnetic North Pole, covering over 400 miles in 22 days […]