Never the Bride: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Crash of Wedding Symbols

Symbols matter. There’s a serious bit of state theatre going on this weekend apparently (Hackney Tours is too busy being out on the street to follow the media) and it’s all about reinforcing the ancient (feudal?) concept of monarchy. Apparently we’re paying for an elaborate spectacle that is designed to reassure us that being Subjects…

Hackney Tours Tomorrow’s World

It’s apt that the exhibition Tomorrow’s World at Atom Gallery on Green Lanes– opening tomorrow, naturally – should explore ideas of Utopia and Dystopia so close to Newington Green. This is where

Really Discover East London!

Radical History Lover? Curious Local? Love Photography? Something for Everyone… It’s been a busy summer, so you may have missed the Hampstead Heath walk for Hackney Council or the literary adventure that was our trip to a Margate book festival in the guise of Half Day Holidays. I took some Wickers around Hackney Wick to…

Mary Wollstonecraft: Celebrating Heroines of Hackney on IWD

The most amazing woman you never heard of? Single mum; war correspondent; businesswoman; writer; educator; activist; political radical; patriarchy-smasher: if you’ve read “In Search of Mary” by Newington Green resident Bee Rowlatt you’ll know that Mary Wollstonecraft was a woman ahead of her time (and still is? Discuss…).

WALKS THIS WEEKEND: RADICAL STOKEY OR CONNECT WITH CLAPTON

two walk weekend coming up again… At 2pm on Saturday you can join Hackney North & Stoke Newington Labour Party for a fundraising edition of the Subversive Stoke Newington walk. Find out why it’s the ‘Village that Changed the World’ (Facebook event link here or book on Eventbrite here). Then at 10.30am on Sunday you can…

Feminist Stoke Newington – Or Is It? Special IWD 2015 Guided Walk

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2015 WALK Special fundraising edition of the ‘Feminist (Or Is It?) Stoke Newington‘ guided walk (see here for usual walk): Sun 8th March; meet 10.30am main gates of Abney Park cemetery N16; cost £8 with 50% of proceeds to fund for Mary  Wollstonecraft statue in Newington Green (see here); just turn up….

Typical: nothing for months then three events come at once…

Radio silence is broken. Apologies for the silence. Or apologies for breaking it, depending on your point of view…?Hackney Tours has news of three great events coming up for you in the next few weeks, so please read on. Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon! You can also stay up to date…

October Walks & Runs with Hackney Tours

Autumn is upon us, judging by those clouds outside. All the more reason to get out and enjoy the changing of the seasons as the leaves turn brown and thoughts turn to Halloween, Bonfire Night and our other rituals marking the passing of time. As mounting research shows, it’s good to be amongst nature; you’ve…

Good Gym: Extreme Shovel Action In Stoke Newington

Hackney is a hotbed of history and October’s first trot for the Good Gym community volunteer crew took 15 keen runners to a corner of Stoke Newington that has seen plenty of action even before we arrived. On our 7.2km round trip we ran up from the usual Arch Gallery start – via Regent’s Canal,…

Good Gym: Mission Possible 2

On Monday I got another chance to lead a Good Gym mission, this time on my own turf in Hackney where I lead my walking/running/cycling tours. With 12 volunteers we headed north from Bethnal Green and up to N16

International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month walk: Feminism, Fame & Infamy: From Mary Wollstonecraft to Occupy – How Hackney Women Have Shaped Our World

SPECIAL ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’ & ‘WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH’ WALK: FEMINISM, FAME & INFAMY: FROM MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT TO OCCUPY – HOW HACKNEY WOMEN HAVE SHAPED OUR WORLD Sun 4th March, 2pm Stoke Newington Rail Stn N16 2hrs; ends near Dalston; £9 (£7 concs). Please book if you can! Special version ending with a short tour of…