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On Storytelling: London Stories project is looking for participants

Have you had the experience of coming to live in London from another part of the UK or Europe, or another part of the world? Or do you have a story to tell about a friend or family member who came to live in London – whether recently or in the distant past – and how that has had an impact on your life?

The Battersea Arts Centre team is looking for people from all backgrounds and of all ages to participate in a new project on the theme of migration to London. It will culminate in a festival in November in which members of the public will tell their personal stories to small audiences, in different rooms across it’s beautiful South London building.

No experience of performance is necessary, this opportunity is open to everyone. Whether you’ve moved to London for work, to study, or seek refuge from war – if you have a story to tell, then they want to hear it.  More details and an application form are online here.

Our Neighbourhood: in praise of the Leytonstone Arts Trail

Was brilliant to attend the Leytonstone  Arts Trail this year – we spent a few days exploring wonderful exhibitions in some of the area’s most creative neighbourhood locations.

It featured the work of more than 150 artists, with exhibitions, open studios and community events around Leytonstone.

The team there are doing a fantastic job at building a new community of really creative and artistic people. Worth checking out the trail’s website to see what’s going on.

image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Martine Charalambou
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Martine Charalambou
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Sue Mcqueen
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Sue Mcqueen

On Food: Oval Space Appoints A New Chef In Residence

Not content with being London’s best club (IMO) for sunsets, tunes and vibes - the Oval Space team have now appointed a new chef in residence.

Israeli chef Oded Oren is the man taking over Oval Space’s wicked al fresco space.  I spent a few years living in Bethnal Green, and the venue is a tropical plant-filled  suntrap, with an Instagram-ready view looking out across Bethnal Green’s vast decommissioned gasworks. The team are upgrading and transforming the outdoor terrace for 2016 with a new roof, living walls and wooden seating.

Saturday night at Oval Space

Anyway, back to the food. Oded Oren has previously hosted a supper club at the National Gallery, held residencies at the brilliant F.Cooke pie and jellied eels shop on Broadway Market and The Common Cafe. Throughout his summer-long residency he is going to be showcasing his signature Mediterranean food with an Israeli twist.

Dishes will include sea bream tartar with roasted tomatoes and avocado; grilled cauliflower steak with labneh and preserved lemons; beef prime rib with salsa verde; monkfish tail with summer tomatoes salsa; and pavlova with summer berries. Oded’s food is based on natural flavours and light seasoning, using fresh herbs and olive oil to compliment the main ingredients.

Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space

More information on Oval Space’s website here.