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May 18, 2019

Liz Vater has spent the past decade bringing storytellers to Stoke Newington, celebrating feminism and political dissent.

Now, the Local Buyers Club is telling her story.

Liz is the brains and energy behind Stoke Newington Literary Festival, which was hailed by one critic as having: “thrown its pretensions in the skip” and by another as: “the coolest literary festival of the summer.”

But for Liz, who...

May 15, 2019

A quarter of a century has passed since the first women were ordained to the priesthood by the Church of England.

Revd Dilly Baker, now the Rector at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Newington, played a key role in the campaign – appearing regularly in the media.

Her memories of that landmark day are as clear as ever and she took time to tell her story to the Local Buyers Club.

Dilly’s first foray into work...

May 9, 2019

(Credit: @ketones6000 & @blankwallscollective) 

The starkest wake-up call on climate change the UK has ever known has been delivered in recent weeks.

We’ve entered a period of abrupt climate change. At a recent rally schoolgirl Greta Thunberg said: “We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with up to 200 species going extinct every single day.”

Last week the UK declared an Environment and Cl...

May 1, 2019

 (Marvin Berglas, left, founder of Marvin's Magic and Richard Clark)

The world’s first magic café is expanding into retail.

The Twisted Fork in Stoke Newington is launching a magic shop on 4th May, offering tricks, magic sets, gadgets, optical illusions and more. The café will continue to run as usual.

Founder Richard Clark, who also runs an agency finding magicians for events, said the plan had alwa...

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