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Two Goldsmiths creative writing alumni make 2013 Granta list of best British novelists under 40

Two Goldsmiths creative writing alumni make 2013 Granta list of best British novelists under 40

Two Goldsmiths alumni have been selected by the literary magazine Granta for their list of the 20 best British novelists under 40. Ross Raisin, 34, and Evie Wyld, 33, join writers that include Zadie Smith and Adam Thirlwell on the prestigious once-a-decade list that recognizes the best young British authors…

Two arrested over murder of Catford man at party

Two arrested over murder of Catford man at party

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Catford man who was shot in the head at a party in Lambeth on Sunday.…

Lee Rourke: “I threw myself into Hackney and fell in love.”

Lee Rourke: “I threw myself into Hackney and fell in love.”

If Lee Rourke had a place, like Joyce had Dublin, or Hemingway had Paris, his would be Hackney. The borough and its surrounds have shaped and influenced both him and his work like that of few other writers in recent years. “Hackney has played a major ‘role’ in my life,”…

Brother of Eastenders actress found guilty of murder

Brother of Eastenders actress found guilty of murder

The brother of the former Eastenders’ actress Gemma McCluskie has been found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey today. Tony McCluskie, 35, was told he will serve a minimum of 20 years in jail after the jury found him guilty by an 11-1 majority. McCluskie had admitted killing his…

Eastenders star murdered following ‘sink row’

Eastenders star murdered following ‘sink row’

The brother of former Eastenders actress Gemma McCluskie, whose body was found in a canal last year, has been accused of beating her to death in an argument about an overflowing sink. Tony McCluskie, 35, from Pelter Street, Shoreditch, appeared at the Old Bailey today to stand trial for the murder…

Man named and charged following death of teenage girl in police chase collision in New Cross

Man named and charged following death of teenage girl in police chase collision in New Cross

 A man has been charged for causing the death of a thirteen-year-old girl, after the car she was travelling in was hit by another car fleeing police on Sunday night. The girl was travelling with her parents and brother in the back of a Volkswagon Polo when a Peugeot 308…

How to help the homeless this Christmas: ELL’s guide to volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters

How to help the homeless this Christmas: ELL’s guide to volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters

It’s hard to estimate exactly how many people will be spending this Christmas sleeping on the streets. The latest figures produced by Broadway, a London homelessness charity, show that 1,920 rough sleepers were seen by homeless services in the capital between September and October 2012, a rise of over a…

Moby nicked: Hoxton bar raided over cocktail

Moby nicked: Hoxton bar raided over cocktail

The Metropolitan Police raided a popular cocktail bar last week because it sold a drink flavoured by illegal whale skin. Nightjar on City Road, Hoxton, was visited by the Met’s Wildlife Unit on Monday December 3 as a result of their ‘Moby Dick’ cocktail. The cocktail contained the ingredient ‘whale…

Tributes paid as dead cyclist named

Tributes paid as dead cyclist named

The cyclist killed on Thursday morning on Commerical Road has been named as Javed Sumbal, a local sandwich courier who was working to fund his MBA. Sumbal was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 8.20am. He was on his first round of the day delivering…

Two Tower Hamlets residents killed in M1 crash

Two Tower Hamlets residents killed in M1 crash

Two men from Tower Hamlets have been named as the victims of a fatal car crash that took place on the M1 on Monday morning. Mizanur Rahman, 24, and Gulzar Ahmed, 22, both from Stepney Green, were named by friends as the driver and passenger killed in a collision near…

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