Edition 18: Night

Blurry lights at night

Photo by Shehani Fernando

"Night in London is a brief period of infinite possibility" wrote the journalist and travel writer HV Morton in the 1920s, and nowhere is this truer than in Hackney, which from doors open till dawn chorus becomes an asphalt jungle for revellers, criminals, artists, lovers, all night eateries and taxi drivers.

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.

Interviews: Francesca Panetta, Andrew Dickson, Elisha Sessions, Gregg Morgan
Readings: Frank Burnet
Music: Felix Carey, Bryan Kerr, Ruaridh Law, Shane Solanki
Sound and Mix: Felix Carey
Producer: Francesca Panetta

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  1. Pete
    Posted 08/04/2010 at 15:32 | Permalink

    I love the Hackney Podcast. I would like to tweet it, post to facebook and all that gubbins, so that my friends may be enlightened by it. Any chance you could add a few share buttons? Keep up the great work!

  2. Posted 09/05/2010 at 12:12 | Permalink

    even i am from germany so i do not understand everything,
    i love it. nice atmosphere you create.
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  3. Posted 19/08/2010 at 10:10 | Permalink

    Loved the show last night, Francesca. Great venue and lovely just to listen.

  4. Posted 19/08/2010 at 16:48 | Permalink

    Thanks for coming Kieron. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Alex Lodge
    Posted 05/10/2010 at 12:02 | Permalink

    This is the first Hackney Podcast I've listened to, it's fantastic. Who did the music and sound design for this edition? Was it bespoke? It's brilliant. Reminds me of Robin Rimbaud's homage to Derek Jarman, 'The Garden Is Full Of Metal'.

    Will certainly be making this a regular listen.

  6. Posted 05/10/2010 at 22:38 | Permalink

    Thanks Alex. All credits above! Next programme on walking in Hackney. And talking of Derek Jarman, do you know Sherre DeLys's piece about his garden? You can hear it on this site along with some other great audio features: http://www.inthedarkradio.org/?page_id=1482

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    listening to this while i'm on night shift

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    I greatly enjoyed the NIGHT piece. Can you let me know the name of the band with a horn section playing in the background early in the podcast? I want to hear more of their music.

  16. Posted 01/04/2014 at 23:44 | Permalink

    Hi Francesca,
    I'm doing some illustrations based on the stories told in these podcasts for a Masters project at Central Saint Martins.. I was wondering if it was OK to use direct transcription of some of the stories told to accompany the illustrations? I can send you images of what I'm doing, if you like, to give you an idea. It's a project about characters of London and their stories, with an East London slant. 🙂 Also, I was trying to find more information on the night bookseller on Mare Street online, but can't seem to find anything. Do you (or does anyone) know if he's still around there these days? Thanks! -Rebecca Hendin

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