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Lewisham’s children’s centres at risk from budget cuts

Lewisham’s children’s centres at risk from budget cuts

For many parents, raising a child can be an isolating and difficult experience. A children’s Sure Start centre can provide life-changing help, offering everything from breastfeeding advice to language classes for local families. But what if this help were to diminish or come to an end? What would happen to…

Goldsmiths home to Lewisham’s first Hackathon

  Lewisham’s first Major League Hacking (MLH) hackathon, Anvilhack, was hosted at Goldsmiths, in New Cross, on March 21-22, by the universitys’ hacking society, Hacksmiths. A hackathon typically lasts a number of days, usually a weekend, in which attendees collaboratively develop new applications for existing technologies. With the help of MLH, Hacksmiths managed to secure several high profile sponsors from the tech […]

Gavin Roberts: Mental illness is better out than in

Gavin Roberts: Mental illness is better out than in

You can tell Gavin Roberts is the artistic director behind Creative Madness in Song the moment you step into St Mary’s Church in Lewisham. He is prancing around energetically, organising the pre-show rehearsals. He keeps it tight, but not bossy, and that says a lot. He sits down in an…

Grab grub and club at East London’s street food markets

Grab grub and club at East London’s street food markets

Saturday night in East London, and a crowd of hungry pre-clubbers have gathered in a three-storey warehouse on Kingsland Road. Passing through giggling groups of smokers into a darkly lit hallway, I pay £4 at the door and make my way up the eerie staircase towards loud music and Street…

Lynn Baker: All I want is to make my daughter proud

Lynn Baker: All I want is to make my daughter proud

As a parent of a child who fought a long battle against a terminal disease, Lynn Baker knows the value of help from people in the same situation. After her youngest daughter died last year, she decided it was time to help others as a way of moving on. When…

Music producer Kat Knix reveals her ambitions

Music producer Kat Knix invited EastLondonLines to her home overlooking Broadway Market in Hackney. She spoke to us about her ambitions, and the challenges she has faced in a male dominated industry. Listen to Kat Knix’s music here. By Frida Meinking and Charlotte Solheim

Lee Hadwin: Behind the “Sleepwalking” artist

Lee Hadwin: Behind the “Sleepwalking” artist

A pencil portrait of a sultry Marilyn Monroe is the most impressive work in artist Lee Hadwin’s collection. Her flaxen head rests on a pillow as she gazes at onlookers with parted lips. The detail is precise, down to the set of her curls and the infamous mole on her…

Behind the Between Faith and Art exhibition

Behind the Between Faith and Art exhibition

The role of religion in society and art is the theme of a major new exhibition in Mile End. Between Faith and Art is the vision of curator, Synnøve Ellingsen, who has previously organised three similar exhibitions, in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, in Ramallah on the West Bank in…

Lindsey Garrett: they would “have had to drag me out”

Lindsey Garrett: they would “have had to drag me out”

It has been less than two months since Lindsey Garrett saved the New Era Estate. Since 93 families successfully rebelled against the global powers of the London housing market. And rebellion this was. The possibility that a working class community in Hoxton may be forced out of their homes dominated…

Helen Stanley: a life dedicated to theatre

Helen Stanley: a life dedicated to theatre

When roles for the primary school nativity play are being dished out, many little girls long to star as angel Gabriel. Helen Stanley was no exception. No matter what other role was offered, Stanley stuck it out as a lower-ranking angel until she finally achieved her ambition. Stanley, now 51-years-old…

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