Angela Maynard is the founder of Botany independent plant and lifestyle store in Hackney

Angela Maynard
Angela Maynard, in her shop Botany in east London CREDIT: CLARA MOLDEN

Botany was founded in 2014 by Angela Maynard, after a 12-year career in Product Development for various British brands. Botany is an independent plant & lifestyle store situated on Chatsworth Road in the heart of Hackney’s creative community. Her shop’s ethos: We believe that good, useful, ethical design and considered surroundings make for a beautiful and balanced life.

Angela Maynard
image by Kate Berry for Botany Shop

Angela Maynard grew up in a flat in central London.

We rarely went on trips to the countryside. I spent a lot of time in Regent’s Park after school. I was also surrounded by plants because of my grandmother. She was Greek Cypriot and she lived in a tiny, tiny flat. She used to have plants outside and inside, she’d take care of the little garden in our square. It was very important to her.”

Botany, 5 Chatsworth Road, London E5 0LH (botanyshop.co.uk)

Clara Rose Thornton – Island People

Clara Rose Thornton – Island People talk in Dublin

The Caribbean is home to rum, reggae and ganja but also to fundamentalist Christians, devout Hindu and Muslims, and is a beguiling, charming region of fascinating, diverse islands, gelled together by the horrors of slavery and the redemption of liberation movements. From Cuba, to Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti, the Caribbean is an extraordinary melting pot of cultures, language and stories. Joshua Jelly Schapiro’s brilliant book “Island People” captures the magic of the place.

Come hear about this extraordinary corner of the globe, due South West across the Ocean from us, with one of the world’s experts on the Island People.

Clara Rose Thornton
Clara Rose Thornton

In conversation with Clara Rose Thornton. Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist and radio and television broadcaster whose work focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, history, and place.

Clara Rose Thornton will speak over three days at the Dalkey Book Festival in Dublin.  Described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world”, takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Costa winners.

Clara Rose Thornton

The charm of this festival is undoubtedly the intimate nature of the numerous events, which take place in pubs, cafes, shops, schools and the local town hall as well as the medieval graveyard , the secret garden marquee and the Masonic Lodge. Dalkey is the kind of place where you will casually bump into some of the world’s greatest writers, in the parks, pubs and cafes of this compact town.

To get a feel for the festival’s vibe, click here for a collection of Festival videos.


 

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Muslim Sudanese-Australian engineer speaks in Dublin

Yassmin Abdel-Magied asks Can you be a good Muslim and a feminist?

Yassmin Abdel-Magied will speak over three days at the Dalkey Book Festival in Dublin.  Described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world”, takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Costa winners.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

The charm of this festival is undoubtedly the intimate nature of the numerous events, which take place in pubs, cafes, shops, schools and the local town hall as well as the medieval graveyard , the secret garden marquee and the Masonic Lodge. Dalkey is the kind of place where you will casually bump into some of the world’s greatest writers, in the parks, pubs and cafes of this compact town.

To get a feel for the festival’s vibe, click here for a collection of Festival videos.

Yassmin Abdel Magied
Yassmin Abdel Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Muslim Sudanese-Australian engineer, author, television and radio presenter and activist. Founder and chair of an organisation based in Australia, Youth Without Borders, she is also a mechanical engineer with a passion for boxing and motor sport. Debut author at 24 with the coming-of-age memoir, Yassmin’s Story, the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from diverse backgrounds. Writer, engineer, social activist and petrol head – it’s all going on!

Can you be a good Muslim and a feminist?

16 June, 2017

Town Hall – 20:30

Yassmin Abdel-Magied in coversation

18 June, 2017

Heritage Centre – 13:00

Free Speech & Cultural Appropriation

18 June, 2017

Town Hall – 14:30