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The Last Word: Katharine Spence, owner of Wigwam

Katharine Spence owns Wigwam toy shop on Rosendale Road in West Dulwich, which has recently celebrated five years since opening its doors. She lives in West Dulwich with her husband and three children. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Dulwich my whole life.  I was born in Dulwich Village and currently live in West Dulwich. What do you value most about the area you live in? There is a real sense of community around where I live in West Dulwich. I love walking from my house up to Wigwam and bumping into lots of people I know, many of whom come into the shop for a chat. Where will you find me on a Saturday? First thing on a Saturday I’ll be watching my son play football for Dulwich Village.  Then I will be back at Wigwam wrapping presents for children going to parties. I always enjoy seeing what they choose for their friends. Cafe, Pub or bar? Cafe. I love a good cosy cafe to sit and have a piece of cake, especially now autumn has arrived. …

The Last Word: Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig is well known for her television and radio work as a presenter, writer and actor. She has written more than twenty fiction and non-fiction books for both children and adults. She lives in South East London with her family. She will be talking about her new children’s book, A Slice of the Moon, at Dulwich Books on November 18 at 7pm. How long have you lived in the area? I moved here last November with my wife Debbie.  She used to live in the area and always wanted to come back. What has changed most during that time? Our house.  I thought we bought a place that didn’t need doing up but Debbie has had a very different view.  I sometimes wish the people we bought it from would come back and look.  They would not recognise the place. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? We have lovely neighbours.  There is a really nice atmosphere of kindness.  I have never met so many people taking in parcels for each …

The Last Word: Sheila O’Reilly, Owner of Dulwich Books

Sheila O’Reilly is owner of Dulwich Books in West Dulwich, voted the best bookshop in UK & Ireland in 2014. In 2015, she is running the Dulwich Literary Festival on 16, 17 & 18 October in The Old Library of Dulwich College. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Books. They have been central to my life since I first starting borrowing from our local library in Dublin. Books have always spurred my imagination, given me untold number of ideas and taken me to another worlds. Do you know your neighbours? For Dulwich Books in West Dulwich we are surrounded by wonderful neighbours such Thomas’s Schoolwear, Alleyn Park Garden Centre, Jaadu Clotheswear, The Dulwich Trader and Jo Partridge hairdressers. We all know each well so are more than just business colleagues aiming to create a friendly atmosphere of shops for our local community. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Hosting hundreds of book events in Dulwich Books we are lucky enough to meet lots of famous authors such as Simon Mayo, Alan Johnson & …

The Last Word: Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella

As Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella, I programme and produce choreography for our international festival, which takes place across London each October. This year the festival runs from 15th – 31st October and we’re showing work in 19 venues, and doing several city-wide tours, including one that takes us to Brockwell Park – Walking Stories. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in East Dulwich for 11 years. I moan about it taking time to get home after seeing shows for work in town, but It’s actually the best placed I have lived in London. What brought you here? Love. My husband is from the area, and just before we got married we moved from Tufnell Park N7 to here. As a born and bred north Londoner it seemed a big move at the time, but I would never move back north now. What has changed most during that time? The number of people sitting out at tables on Lordship Lane. I walked up the road the other …

The Last Word: Marsha Phipps, owner of Cakings

Marsha Phipps, is the owner of Cakings, a cake baking and decorating company located in East Dulwich. She is also the Author of the recipe book “Surprise Cakes” out for sale this month. How long have you lived in the area? I was born in East Dulwich Hospital (when it was a fully functioning hospital) and I have lived here all of my life! What do you most value about the area you live in? What I love most about East Dulwich is the variety of restaurants on Lordship Lane. From burgers to pizza, to French cuisine to pub grub. I love to try different foods available in the area! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My second favourite thing about living in East Dulwich is the access to local parks. I can literally walk to five different green spaces from where I live. I particularly like laying in Dulwich Park in the Summer. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? The most famous person I have ever met is Pharrell Williams. …