Animation in collaboration with Shehani Fernando, based on Edition 18: Night.
Our iPhone app Hackney Hear is now on iTunes.
There are more details on our Hackney Hear web site but a quick reminder for those who haven't been following us. The app triggers sound via your GPS. It works anywhere in London Fields or Broadway Market (London, E8) and it's free! Just download, put on your headphones, and explore the area – either stopping to hear more of each story or moving on to hear something new.
We've commissioned some of the borough's artists to write pieces specially for us and you'll hear our Hackney Podcast regulars too:
This Hackney Podcast gives you a sample of some of the stories you'll hear, but if you live in London, or are visiting, we really recommend you download Hackney Hear and give it a go on-site as it's really a different experience!
Hackney Hear was nominated for a TechCon Award by the Radio Academy (just beaten by the BBC) and the judges said it had "potential to really change the game in the radio industry." We think they're right. This technology means for the first time you can integrate sound and place and play with non-linear storytelling: the walker decides the narrative of the documentary. If you're a fan of the Hackney Podcast we know that we don't need to convert you to the wonderful world of audio, but this app really proves why sound is such a strong tool for the imagination - as you wander the area your eyes are wide open, but the sounds and stories are taking you to different eras, and your mind to different places.
If you don't live here, we encourage you to visit our official Olympic borough and try Hackney Hear to learn the stories behind the closed doors! But if you can't make it, you can at least have a listen to some of the stories here in this, our 22nd Edition.
Wild Hackney is a docu-drama taking you through an imaginary landscape of the Lee Valley after the seawater has risen.
Made in response to the canal and the surrounding ancient flood plains, the piece takes as inspiration the Victorian Gothic novel After London by Richard Jefferies. Written in 1885, the book imagines London reverting to nature after a flood, with only a few survivors roaming the marshland.
Using field recordings of the area, the feature moves through scenes of a future Hackney combinging elements of documentary and fiction to reflect on the allure of urban ruin.
The Third Wave of Coffee is pouring its way in to Hackney. Cafes such as the Penny University, Mouse & De Lotz and the Counter Cafe pride themselves in their artisan beverages, meticulously measuring the temperature of the milk and the pressure of their carefully ground beans. But while this demand for the artisan cup might be a 21st-century phenomenon, coffee has a role in Hackney life that goes back to the age of the Enlightenment. Dr Matt Green takes us into the world of the 18th-century Hackney coffee house, a bustling social space but also a hub of news information. The substance they drank may have been served from cauldrons and tasted like soot, but this was the place for journalists to find stories on finance or religious dissent.
In the latest and most extensive in a series of themed editions, the Hackney Podcast brings you a night in the life of this 24-hour borough through the words of its inhabitants, as we meet Mare Street's moonlight bookseller, skirt the edges of a Dalston stabbing, rescue a lost and disillusioned party-goer, feast on a Turkish spread at Somine, trail a Homerton rubbish truck, and greet dawn with the street traders of Broadway Market. Along the way we hear readings from HV Morton and commentary from Night Haunts author Sukhdev Sandhu, helping to reveal some of the strange allurement of the dark unknown.
This Sony Award-winning programme looks at water and how it fits into the lives of people in Hackney. Author and psycho-geographer Iain Sinclair follows the route of Hackney Brook, a subterranean ghost river which runs from Highbury to Hackney Wick and still makes its presence felt in ways both immediate and oblique. Then to Clissold Leisure Centre for Wet Sounds, a new music event in which electro-acoustic composers Francisco Lopez, Stefano Tedesco, Tom Haines and Leafcutter John serenade their floating audience through speakers both above and below the water. Read More
Francesca Panetta joins John Hopkins - the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Project Sponsor for Parklands and Public Realm - for a tour of the site in East London. This will be London's first major park since Victorian times, and is intended as a contemporary take on the great British landscape and garden tradition. The 100 hectare parkland will accomodate an 80,000 capacity stadium, a velodrome, a Zaha Hadid-designed aquatic centre and a media centre for 20,000 journalists. How sustainable is the development and what will be its legacy for Hackney? Read More
Recorded at London Fields between 04:00 and 04:30 on Thursday 21st May.
London Fields East Side from 00:00 to 03:32, Lansdown Drive (crows) from 03:32 to 04:10.
Edits in the recording are indicated by tape generated sounds at 02:27 and 03:32.
Richard Shed, creator of the Here Hook, is our guide to some of the borough’s interior design workshops including Studio F1, where we meet Simon Maidment, Gitta Gschwendtner and Sam Johnson. Sheridan Coakley, director and founder of manufacturer and retailer SCP, describes recent trends in British design and how the industry will be affected by recession. Meg Hillier, Home Office minister and MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, talks to Francesca Panetta about immigration and English language learning. And we end with a glimpse into the kitchen of the F Cooke pie shop, established over 100 years ago. Bob Cooke shows us how they make their pies. Read More
Off Broadway’s cocktail consultant Benji reveals his method for the perfect Martini. Jennette Arnold, Chair of the London Assembly, explains how she and the rest of the Assembly hold Mayor Boris Johnson to account, and why the Dalston regeneration scheme may have to reconsider their goals and think about new partners.
Francesca Panetta attends the premiere of Legacy in the Dust, a film charting the history of the Four Aces in Dalston. She talks to the club’s founder Newton Dunbar, singer Winston Reedy and the film’s director Winstan Whitter. As construction is underway to redevelop the site into a major transport interchange, we hear the views of OPEN chairman Bill Parry-Davies and Hackney mayor Jules Pipe. Our resident philosopher James Wilson offers his thoughts on healthcare and quality of life in Hackney, and we end up on board a British Waterways maintenance boat in the company of Alan Farmer and Colin Wright. Read More
Francesca Panetta reports from the first Hackney Wicked, a festival showcasing emerging artists and galleries in Hackney Wick. We join Hashley Brown of the London Review of Breakfasts for some Turkish menemen at Cafe Alizza on Kingsland High Street. The council's Cabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability Sophie Linden is questioned on green issues by our dedicated Environmental Advisor, Duncan Clark. Finally, with all eyes on the US presidential race, Jane Howe of the Broadway Bookshop recommends some American literature, from John Updike and Philip Roth to Jonathan Safran Foer and Don DeLillo. Read More
After a lesson in brake tuning at bicycle cafe Lock 7 and a bell-themed sonic adventure along the Regent’s Canal, we conclude with an architectural tour of one of London’s key post-war social housing developments, Woodberry Down, with the Twentieth Century Society’s Suzanne Waters. To join other walks like this visit the Hackney Society. Read More
Francesca Panetta invites Hashley Brown of the London Review of Breakfasts to sample an alternative Full English at Little Georgia at its new home in Goldsmith’s Row, Haggerston - never before have baked beans come under such close scrutiny. She drops in on Ridley Road market where she meets some aggrieved stall holders, and questions Hackney mayor Jules Pipe on market regulation. We end up at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston in the company of arts correspondent Andrew Dickson who reviews their latest production, Torn by Femi Oguns. Read More