Nicola Baird: “I don’t think I’d have stayed in London if I wasn’t living in Islington.”

Hello – I’m Nicola Baird, the writer of Islington Faces – interviews with people who live or work in Islington. For more about me see here.

I’ve lived in Islington since leaving university (back in 1986), although obviously I’ve left the borough occasionally…

I started life as a country-girl, and I don’t think I would have stayed in London if I wasn’t living in Islington. The rich mix of people, the fascinating characters, the pocket parks and fantastic public transport (I love the 19 and the 4 buses) all make Islington hard to better. There are a few other reasons now too:

  • Both my daughters were born in Islington
  • I got married here
  • I work from home mostly, so use a huge number of Islington shops and services (from shoe repair to doorstep milk delivery).

I may love recognising Islington Faces and places, but what do other people think about Islington residents, and what are they thinking about?

How is life spent in a place where there is such a mix of the very wealthy, the squeezed middle and the disadvantaged?  So many people really know Islington well – it’s where their family comes from. But others know a different Islington; still others are the people who work here. And what about the people who come back here at the end of a long day to crash out? This blog helps us all find new bits of Islington as well as endorsement – if needed – for the bits we know or love.

I’ve long been an admirer of the story-telling on Spitalfields Life by the Gentle Author – who writes an interview (with amazing photos) every single day about Spitalfields in a quite brilliant blog (and book). This is my attempt to do something similar – a blog post once a week on Islington Faces. Because everyone has a story.

To contact me with suggestions (particularly who to interview) please email nicolabaird DOT green AT gmail DOT com

Hope you enjoy watching this video by Carlos Torres. It’s a 4 min taster of the people you’ll meet on this blog who were brave enough to join me on stage at the King’s Head Theatre for Islington Faces Live in October, 2014.

If you are looking for FAMOUS people – past and present – who’ve lived or worked in Islington there is a great list on Islington Council’s site, see here.

Many thanks for reading this page, do consider following the blog won’t you? 

How happy can you be in Islington?
In spring 2015 an amusing online quiz (see this click bait) was doing the rounds in a bid to help people define their personality and then match it to the best place to live. I couldn’t resist.

Turns out that I’m enjoying 75 per cent life satisfaction in Islington. Seems a good result to me (and sorry Stafford, but I’m not sure you are the place I really want to live). Tragically it seems I am a bit too old, and a lot too poor to be a “proper” average Islingtonian! Not sure I’ve met anyone who is the perfect Islington match yet: and that’s what I love about living here. We’re stereotypes who can’t be stereotyped… So, are you going to do the quiz?

Try this link if you want to have a go matching person to place.

Where in Britain would you be happiest? Try the quiz here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31816926


3 Responses to “About”

  1. Lola July 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    I love it!

  2. nicola baird blogs May 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    From Twitter: Saphia
    Love connecting with islington lovers like myself. Lived here 7 years. #islington #love #keep connected! ❤️

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