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10 March, 2017 — By Gabe Evans

Chef Karime Hawat teaching at Central Street Cookery School

CHEF Karime Hawat led a women only class to at St Luke’s Community Centre Central Street Cookery School on Wednesday in celebration of International Women’s Day. Karime has cooked all over the world, in Brazil, across America in Dallas and California, and in many a Michelin-starred restaurants including Nobu here in London. Now a personal trainer, she mostly uses her culinary skills to teach community classes at the Central Street School and in local refuge kitchens. “For me, right now, it’s really important,” she says. “I don’t want to cook just for cooking’s sake any more. Teaching classes for the community I feel that I’m doing something for someone else as well.” The Wednesday class was opened up to all ages with about 20 women getting stuck in to the spirit of sisterhood. “No worry about diets or calories!” said Sofia Larrinua, the cookery school manager.

Mystery unravelled in Finsbury Library

FINSBURY Library in St John Street, home to many mysteries, this month celebrates its 50th anniversary. Those partial to a thriller may have noticed the posters across the tube – at Euston in particular – for Patricia Cornwell’s new book, Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert, an “exposé” of one of the world’s most chilling serial killers. The Local History Centre at Finsbury Library is home to a Walter Sickert collection – the artist lived and worked in Islington in from 1924 to 1934 – which was visited and used by Patricia Cornwell herself while researching her latest book and she hoped to uncover evidence supporting her claim that Sickert was in fact the Ripper. “It was quite exciting her being there for that reason,” said Mark Aston, local history manager. “Though I’m not sure I’m convinced.” For details of upcoming events celebrating the library’s 50th birthday visit

Loud Futures for the Copenhagen Youth Project

Mikey Bharj and actor Moses at the Copenhagen Youth Project

CALLY locals packed into the Copenhagen Youth Project last Thursday for the launch of their much-anticipated new music studio in partnership with Loud Futures. The evening was complete with live performances from some project veterans, including spoken word poet Samuel King, a Q&A with Mikey Bharj, comedian and events presenter from Loud Futures, music industry workshops and a lavish spread cooked up by the CYP boys. “Music has always been a big part of our project,” said Steve Griffith, project director. “We have various cohorts of young people at the project – those already motivated, those not sure which way they’re going and others who are struggling with their environment. The studio can provide something for all those young people”. Inspired by the successes of former members, Nathaniel Williams, who has developed his own label, Alpha Music, and Tomte Anabraba, the young man behind London Living – a creative youth platform – music projects have flourished at the club over the past few years. The studio was made available by Loud Futures, who work to harness creativity and music in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and will be used for open and closed sessions with CYP set to offer a range of workshops. Look out for a number of exciting events coming up this year. For more information visit

Great food and great support at the Rose Bowl’s annual Dinner and Gala Auction

Chloe Olden with Emily Thornberry at the Rose Bowl’s fundraising dinner

“THIS year outshone them all,” declared Canonbury local Liz Cramer at the Friends of the Rose Bowl’s annual fundraising Dinner and Gala Auction last Wednesday held at Frederick’s restaurant in Camden Passage. A much-loved youth club on the Marquess / New River estate, the Rose Bowl provides crucial support for marginalised young people in the area, helping them to achieve their potential. As a charity which is largely maintained by funds raised from Canonbury neighbours, the annual Dinner and Auction is a significant highlight of the year. Joined by local MP Emily Thornberry, trustees bid generously for auction lots for restaurant meals and theatre tickets for two. Chloe Olden, a young person at the club, told the room why it was so important to her: “It really touches me to know that there are so many people within the Canonbury area that genuinely care for the young people growing up around them,” she said.”
Chairwoman Jane Simmonds added: “It was heart-warming to see how many local businesses and personal friends generously gave prizes for the auction. I am not sure what the grand total will be but to raise nearly £16,000 on the auction items is stunning.”
Guests also sponsored £2,500 towards the cost of the Summer Holiday Programme and young people from the club raised an amazing £600 selling raffle tickets.


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