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The Last Word – Hazel Springall, Village Books

I bought the bookshop (Village Books in Dulwich Village) with Julian Toland, my now retired business partner 20 years ago. After years of working for Waterstone’s I wanted the chance to run my own shop. I knew little about Dulwich at the time but now I live here and I love it – it’s a wonderful place to bring up a child. I enjoy my job every bit as much as when we first bought the shop – to spend your day talking about great books and meeting some wonderful writers is a privilege, although my favourite part of the job is finding the book that’s going to make a child love books. How long have you lived here? 16 years What brought you here? A baby – When our daughter was born I realised that a baby in Wimbledon and a bookshop in Dulwich was going to cause stresses, so like many families we moved here for the schools What I value most about the street I live in: I love the sense of …

The Last Word – Anne Lynch, Painter

I am a painter originally from Edinburgh but I have lived in London since 1973. I now live in Brockley close to Hilly Fields. I have a wonderful studio in my garden and exhibit regularly in lots of groups shown Britain, Europe and USA. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived here for 19 years and did not know of the area until I saw my flat. What brought you here? I was searching for a larger two-bedroom property with good light and in a quiet area. I was immediately attracted to the large Victorian houses and the amount of greenery in all the streets.   Also most of the streets are very wide. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I most value two things one, that I have enough space to have a studio in my garden and two the quietness of this area the space it offers, lots of trees and its wonderful park Hilly Fields at the bottom of the road. The park is …

The Last Word: Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is appearing at Alleyn’s School on Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm to chat about her most recent smash, This Must Be the Place – a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world. As the author of seven fabulous books, including The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instructions for a Heatwave, shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award this is an event not to miss. Ticket are £10  Book tickets online at www.village-books.co.uk or pop into the bookshop on Calton Ave, in Dulwich Village. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? When I was around seventeen or eighteen, I was in Edinburgh one evening at the time of the Festival. I was sitting on the steps of a closed cafe in the Old Town when a man walked up the steps, to try the locked door. I say ‘walked’ when actually it was more of a glide, a float, a human glissando: something in the quality of …

The Last Word: Mayoni Gooneratne, Surgeon

I’m Mayoni Gooneratne: a surgeon, mum of 3 young children and wife to the lovely Daniel Byrne who is a graphic designer and makes ‘Faunart’. I’ve recently created ‘The Clinic by Dr Mayoni’ on Honor Oak Park with a team of hardworking, enthusiastic therapists, receptionists and clinic manager. My aim is to bring safe yet effective aesthetics and beauty to southeast London. How long have you lived in the area? We moved to Forest Hill after we got married 6 ½ years ago now. What brought you here? My husband lived in East Dulwich when I met him and it seemed like the natural place to move to after a short stint in East London. What has changed most during that time? Forest Hill has certainly become more gentrified and busier since the extension of the Overground. I think it just feels a bit more fun going out locally now. Dartmouth Road is packed full of amazing shops and cafes. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My latte from Provender on Honor Oak …

The Last Word: Lucy Cardell, The Little Hero Company

Lucy Cardell grew up in the Middle East and North London before moving South! She set up The Little Hero Company 2 years ago, inspired by her first son aspiring to be Superhero’s all the time, flying around the sitting room. So Superhero Training classes were born, running locally for kids aged 2 and a half to 6 years, plus doing parties based around any kids favourite Little Hero of the moment!! How long have you lived in the area? 9 years. My husband introduced me to the area before we got married, as he grew up in Beckenham and went to Alleyns School. What do you most value about the area you live in? I can walk out my front door and be in the hubbub of Lordship Lane bumping into friends and shopkeepers I have got to know over the years. It just all feels so easy! What’s the one the thing you couldn’t do without? My own Little Hero’s… made up of hubbie and two cheeky little boys – they all keep …