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Liz Beardsell was 12-years-old when she began keeping a diary. Twenty-six years and more than 9,000 entries later, she’s still yet to miss a day of writing.

Stoke Newington restaurant Wander is putting on a menu of Australian favourites to raise funds for the bushfire relief campaign.

After a three-year hiatus, indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club are feeling refreshed ahead of a UK tour and the release of their first album since 2014.

“Our goal is to create a world where nobody feels out of place if they’re not drinking,” says Laura Willoughby MBE, who co-founded Club Soda in 2015.

A strong, evocative debut from the Irish singer-songwriter.

Williams adds to the festive frivolity by delivering a gift that few will be searching out in years to come.

Dan Bennett didn’t expect much when he entered this year’s Bridport Prize for creative writing. In fact, he only did so as an “I-Told-You-So gesture” to the friend who pressured him in to it, so confident he was that he’d hear nothing back. His submission, Ligature, was subsequently one of three highly commended entries in the flash fiction category.

First seen fifteen years ago, Winsome Pinnock’s study of lives stalled by a suicide is slimmed down and reimagined in this touring production by Graeae.

Review: Caldera, Mare Street

Thursday, December 12, 2019

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Caldera, the newly opened Mexican eatery on Mare Street.

Yann Florio has always been a cooking prodigy. He began his training at the age of 14, was working in Luxembourg’s Michelin-starred La Pomme Canelle by 18 and was appointed head pastry chef at Corrigans, in Mayfair, when he was just 23. This journey started with some harsh words from his school teacher.

Engaging and award-winning folk trio unearth more musical nuggets of our oral history.

Edward Norton’s career has had its ups and downs, as he has steered an often fractious course through Hollywood, but you can never say he’s lacked ambition.

After a decade in Dalston, an art gallery known for its limited edition Banksy pedigree has opened a much larger space next to Regent’s Canal.

All Points East have today announced Kraftwerk as the second headline act for their 2020 event.

After two years performing in Hamilton, Tarinn Callender’s current role is the lead in Hackney Empire’s Dick Whittington panto. Here, the 24-year-old speaks of appearing opposite one of his idols and the inclusivity of his new place of work.

In any country, any city, any century, people can, and do, end up starving on the streets. Hunger is based on a semi-autobiographical novel written over 100 years ago by a Norwegian called Knut Hamsun.

Nish Kumar hosted the first of three free gigs at Dalston’s EartH last week, as Dave TV and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) join forces to champion the latter’s work. The next two shows, which are also at EartH, are on December 18 and 19.

The Street is a film that speaks of decimated communities and the price we pay for rapid gentrification. Ahead of its release this Friday, Greg Wetherall speaks to director Zed Nelson.

Tired of fitness brands that shame their customers in to exercising with ‘before and after’ images, the founders of Strong + Bendy are celebrating the beauty of their members with six giant portraits around their fresh new studio, now open in Hackney Wick.

One year after a cardiac arrest left him fighting for his life, Glenn Hoddle is planning a run of events where he’ll speak about his glittering football career in front of a live audience. The last of these shows, on January 21, takes place at Alexandra Palace.

Australian psychedelic rock outfit Tame Impala will play next year’s All Points East festival with a headline show on Saturday, May 23.

Draughts has given Londoners a cool spot to play board games since 2014. Originally based in Haggerston, the venue specialising in family favourites and retro classic games has switched to Dalston, where they’ve been settling in to a fancy new 3,000 square foot abode.

A highlights package from an incredible year for the electronica legends.

Fresh pasta and creative flavour combinations from different Italian districts are on offer at Officina 00, which opened on Old Street back in September.

Dalston has a new space for fledgling fashion, art, wellness and lifestyle brands to make a name for themselves.

You’ve (almost definitely) never seen The Little Mermaid quite like this before. As the 30th anniversary of Disney’s iconic film about Ariel and Ursula nears, the Rio Cinema is screening a drag-sing-a-long version of the movie as part of the Fringe Queer Film & Arts Fest.

The annual UK Green Film Festival is underway at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, bringing a series of movies about vital environmental topics to the silver screen until next Saturday (Nov 9).

A new hub for Mexican food and cocktails opens on Mare Street next week.

This is a gloriously happy, funny and moving play.

Casting director Lara Manwaring has begun her search for an actor to take the lead role in a BBC feature film set in Hackney. Previous acting experience isn’t necessarily required.

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