Post by: James Sutton

Edgar Allen Poe


World Poetry Day: 8 famous poets with roots to Hackney

21 Mar , 2017  

From hidden connections with Shakespeare and Marlowe right up to the present day, Hackney has a long and proud history of producing poets. To celebrate World Poetry Day this Tuesday, we’re taking a look at the borough’s literary stars.   Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) The American poet and writer of short stories was a […]


LD50 Gallery and the rise of far-right art

20 Mar , 2017  

It’s not every day that art inspires protests. These days you’re more likely to see protest art inside the gallery, with the Tate Modern, the William Morris, and the Victoria Miro all getting in on the act over the last year. But things haven’t exactly been every-day on the Hackney art scene of late. Dalston’s […]


6 Hackney women who made history

8 Mar , 2017  

Wednesday is International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s contributions to society. Let’s look back at six Hackney women from history who really made a difference.   Hannah Woolley (1622 – c.1675) Hannah Woolley came from a family of nurses and midwives, and spent most of her life in Hackney. After she was widowed in […]



Single review: Flyte carves out a niche for intelligent pop with ‘Victoria Falls’

8 Mar , 2017  

4 out of 5 stars Will, Sam, Jon and Nick – better known as Hackney-based indie-poppers Flyte – have just landed back in London, having spent the last five weeks recording their debut album in Australia. The album may not have landed yet, but they have just graced us with their second single of the year […]

Events in Hackney


Things to do in Hackney this week

7 Mar , 2017  

Unsure what to do think week? Here are some of the best events in Hackney.


Wild cats running out of lives

26 Oct , 2016  

A colony of cats in Hoxton is facing an uncertain future, with developers planning to demolish their current home.    Around 16 feral cats live in a disused factory off Hackney Road in Hoxton, and have been there for at least a decade.    The cats now face eviction, as Regal Homes – a luxury […]


Hackney bird swarm creates ‘disgusting’ health risk

18 Oct , 2016  

An unknown individual is creating a potential health risk outside a primary school in Haggerston by leaving food out on the street, encouraging pigeons and gulls to descend on the area. Randal Cremer Primary School on Ormsby Street confirmed that it recently received complaints about the bird problem from members of staff. Receptionist Pat Bower […]


Exhibition on teenage bedrooms reveals a private space

6 Oct , 2016  

An exhibition at a Hackney museum takes a peek inside the closely guarded space that is a teenager’s bedroom. Curated by Carey Newson, a PhD student at Queen Mary University, the exhibition opened 4 October at the Geffrye Museum of the Home in Hoxton. In this exploration of the hidden meanings of modern teenage bedrooms […]