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Writers to battle it out in Literary Death Match

Writers to battle it out in Literary Death Match

The Book Club will tonight play host to Literary Death Match, a competitive event in which emerging writers must perform their work in seven minutes. The premise of Literary Death Match, which will kick off at 8:00pm this evening, is simple: give four writers the chance to read out an…

Borough’s first same-sex marriage makes history

Borough’s first same-sex marriage makes history

A Hackney councillor and his partner made history this week by becoming the borough’s first same-sex couple to turn their civil partnership into a marriage. Philip Glanville, councillor for Hoxton West and cabinet member for housing, married Giles McCray, an artist, just after midnight on Wednesday at a ceremony in…

“Quietway” cycle routes to open in London next year

“Quietway” cycle routes to open in London next year

Hackney is set to have one of London’s first “quietway,” cycle routes that will open in May next year. The first two routes of the project will run through Hackney, linking Camden and Waltham Forest. Construction for the quietways will begin early next year as part of a £123 million…

Unidentified dead body found in children’s playground

Unidentified dead body found in children’s playground

The dead body of a man was found today in a children’s playground in Stoke Newington, although it is not known if there are any suspicious circumstances. Police are making inquiries to identify the man, who was found in the playground at Allens Gardens, a popular green space off Bethune…

Increase in Hackney Green Party membership

Increase in Hackney Green Party membership

Membership of the Hackney Green Party has increased by almost 100 per cent this year. In January, Hackney Greens had 194 members; the latest figure is 380. The numbers were released along with the announcement of Green party candidates for Hackney. Charlotte George will be campaigning for Hackney South and…

Patients ten times less likely to survive cardiac arrest in Hackney than in other London areas, report suggests

Patients ten times less likely to survive cardiac arrest in Hackney than in other London areas, report suggests

Patients are ten times less likely to survive a cardiac arrest in Hackney than they are in parts of central and greater London, a report has suggested. The London Ambulance Service’s 2014 Cardiac Arrest Report listed City and Hackney’s Ambulance Complex survival rate as just 4.8 per cent. This figure…

Hackney Downs Studios to offer new business workspace

Hackney Downs Studios to offer new business workspace

From florists and filmmakers, to a brewery and bookbinders, more than 100 businesses have already made a home of Hackney’s centre for creative collaboration. Now even more companies will have the opportunity to join its vibrant community. Forty new workspaces are set to launch early in 2015 as Hackney Downs…

Cat café gets the cream with top mentions on Twitter

Cat café gets the cream with top mentions on Twitter

London’s first “Cat Café” has been named as the most talked about dining venue on Twitter, beating other glamorous eateries. Relish, a new broadband provider for London, has published its first “Twitter Impact Index,” revealing the rapidly growing popularity of urban festivals. Bethnal Green’s Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium boasted 9,001…

Man accused of murder of daughter and ex-partner

Man accused of murder of daughter and ex-partner

A man slit the throat of his 22-month old daughter and killed his ex partner using a machete, hammer and screwdriver after she discovered he was married to another woman, an Old Bailey jury heard. Fifty-three -year-old Roland McKoy is charged with the murder of 45-year-old Valerie Forde and their daughter…

Olympic Park to be turned into culture and education hub

Olympic Park to be turned into culture and education hub

More than £140 million will drive plans to transform the site of the 2012 Olympics into a “cultural hub,” creating upwards of 3,000 jobs, the Treasury announced this week. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which straddles Hackney and Tower Hamlets, will become home to cultural and educational centre “Olympicopolis.” The project…

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