Hackney People

Dwayne’s Fields of Dreams

Dwayne’s Fields of Dreams

In 2010 Stoke Newington resident, Dwayne Fields 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 (of which 16 days was a race) across snow and frozen ocean, when he competed in the Peary and Hansen Race with […]

Hackney’s young Parliamentarian – Rhasan Brunner

Hackney’s young Parliamentarian – Rhasan Brunner

He is young, articulate and dedicated to social inclusion.  His aspiration is to get all young people, all over the UK involved in helping their local communities – as he believes this will prevent many from falling into crime.  He held office as the Vice Chair of Hackney Youth Parliament (HYP) in 2008, finally taking […]

A conversation with Hoxton based composer Stuart Wood

A conversation with Hoxton based composer Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is a Hackney-based composer who not only scored the notorious ‘Go Compare’ television adverts but also devised and wrote the original Music Hall piece ‘Frank’s Closet’, which drew crowds to Hoxton Hall last year. In his studio, in Hoxton Works, he talked of his career and how he finds Hackney as a creative […]

Hive Book Review: London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp

Hive Book Review: London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp

Stuart Derrick reviews, Stoke Newington resident and Birkbeck College Lecturer,  Jonathan Kemp’s first novel. First time novelist Kemp’s book is an intriguing look at the homosexual experience through the prism of male prostitution over the past 100 years. Episodic in structure, it flits between the lives of three men living in London in different times. […]