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Dalston folk singer Sam Lee spent years learning songs from elders in Gypsy and Traveller communities. He tells Emma Bartholomew about his project to promote the spiritual genre of folk singing

Yared Markos tells Emma Bartholomew how he set up a stall selling coffee shipped over from his native Ethiopia, and about his new Bradbury Street cafe

​Ridley Road trader Beatrice Awigo tells Emma Bartholomew the touching story of how she came to set up an orphanage in Togo

Protestants in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets are "hugely excited" by the announcement of a new bishop of Stepney today.

Courtney Brown tells Emma Bartholomew how the abandonment he felt by his own dad led him to set up youth mentoring charity Father 2 Father in South Hackney

​If you ever hear the haunting sound of bagpipes coming from Haggerston Park, chances are it's Connor Sandford playing. He tells Emma Bartholomew about his roots - which surprisingly aren't Scottish

Photographer Kriss Lee sits dowm with Emma Bartholomew to chat about his career as a tour manager for the famous - and not-so-famous - before settling down in Clapton

Irene Sinclair reflects on her life as she celebrates her 110th birthday. Emma Bartholomew speaks to the remarkable lady who might well be Hackney's oldest resident.

Rev Rosemia Brown was in the Gazette last week after vowing to sleep rough in Westminster. She tells Emma Bartholomew about her journey from the Seychelles - and working in the old 'murder mile'

The man leading a campaign to protect Finsbury Park from a growing number of music festivals and events says he got his passion from his father - Michael Palin.



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