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Jennifer McDermott speaks about daughter’s death

Jennifer McDermott speaks about daughter’s death

It takes astonishing strength to bounce back and create a positive from tragedy. But it is exactly that which Jennifer McDermott has so successfully achieved. She had the courage to turn the living nightmare and pain of losing a child into work that has the potential to help thousands of…

Alastair Morgan: Seeking the truth behind brother’s death

Alastair Morgan: Seeking the truth behind brother’s death

  “It’s driven me to near insanity” Alastair Morgan confesses. For 28 years Morgan has relentlessly fought to establish the truth behind the murder of his brother, Daniel Morgan, a private investigator found with an axe in his head in a Sydenham pub car park. “That feeling of powerlessness, that…

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis is the driving force of the Stop Academies in Lewisham campaign. He is also general secretary of the Lewisham branch of the NUT and a member of its national executive. He’s a secondary school science teacher in Lewisham and will be standing as an MP for the Trade…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Natalie Bennett: ”We have only one planet”

Natalie Bennett: ”We have only one planet”

British citizens live as though not only one planet is expendable to them, but three. That is the verdict of Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, who is determined that if her party has any chance of coming into power in May, they will deliver the “radical and humane change” that…

Tom Dingley on #Outcome, LGBT and Stephen Fry

Tom Dingley on #Outcome, LGBT and Stephen Fry

“Being gay is not the full you. It is part of you,” says Tom Dingley. The fact that people can be gay, but it’s not everything about them, is something that’s very important to this young photographer. It the theme of his first major exhibition  – a series of images…

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