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The Last Word – Isabelle Capitain

Isabelle is a designer and goldsmith who specializes in handmaking fine contemporary jewellery. She has recently opened her gallery and workshop on Upland Road in East Dulwich where she shows her own work and pieces of five other designer/makers from across the UK. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in the Brockley/ Crofton Park area for the last 9 years, but my business in East Dulwich is a baby: I moved into the studio mid-March this year! (A week before lockdown, my timing isn’t great.) What brought you here? It was a jewellery shop before and I’ve known my landlords for years, even used to do some work for them. When they approached me to say they were retiring, and would I like to take over the workshop and shop it seemed like the perfect opportunity. It’s close to home too (I used to be based in Hatton Garden), so no more crowded trains for me! What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I’m very impressed by …

Local East Dulwich author releases fiction debut during lockdown

Local SE22 resident David Arrowsmith decided to grasp the opportunity afforded by the Covid-19 lockdown and finish writing, and then publish, his first work of literary fiction. Nevada Noir is a dark, atmospheric trilogy of intertwined tales of greed and temptation in the Nevada badlands. David, who works as a factual television executive producer, was inspired to write the trilogy by a trip he took with his wife before their daughter was born. Six months after driving through Nevada, Utah and California he awoke at home in East Dulwich with a vivid image in his mind, and this became the book’s first story – entitled The Last Storm. A second story (One Good Deed) soon followed. Eventually, under lockdown, he returned to his writing to complete the trilogy with the final tale – A Slow Death. He designed the paperback himself, and the cover features a photo from the road trip taken by his wife, a professional photographer. In the three dark and brooding short stories, set in and around the U.S. state of Nevada, …

Food & Drink with Suzanne James

Crunchy Fruit & Oat Crumble (serves 4) September marks the end of summer berries, but there is still time to get the last of the blackberries and there are lots of other fruits like apples, plums, grapes, figs and pears to be enjoyed too. The fruits up at the allotment are truly wonderful. Tender ripe figs, with honey nut sweetness; juicy sweet plums with a lovely tart aftertaste; and sweet seedless grapes with a slightly sharp punch. Unadulterated apples, pears and raspberries, all with a glorious freshly-picked taste. I love to wander around, looking at everyone’s allotments and am always amazed by the variety of produce, and growing methods – from perfect rows to higgledy-piddledy planting. As we move into Autumn Pumpkin, squash, kale, runner beans and leeks make their debut, lamb makes a comeback and it’s the start of the mussel season too. You should find that the shops are bursting with cheap homegrown produce this month, so choose your favorite British fruits and get making this lovely crumble recipe! 15 minutes preparation time, 15-20 minutes cooking time Ingredients 2-3 slices …

The Last Word – Ursula Mohan

Ursula Mohan started her career at 15 and has been a working actress ever since. She is delighted to be performing FLO in FLORENCE SMITH – NOW AND THEN in the gardens of Bell House. How long have you lived in the area? We moved to Dulwich in 1987. What do you most value about the area you live in? Our tree lined road and good transport links. If I am in a play it is bonus to feel safe walking home from the bus or train. We are lucky to have friendly and supportive neighbours and to be near the lovely Dulwich Park. There is also a glorious silver birch tree outside our front door. What has changed most during that time? When we first moved here Lordship Lane was a down to earth place with inexpensive property, a police station, and simple high street shops. Now it’s got coffee shops, restaurants, bars, clothes and gift shops as well as a wonderful cinema. Unrecognizable! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? When I was …

The Luna Cinema is back in Dulwich Park

The Luna Cinema’s 12th consecutive open-air film season has returned in a brand new socially spacious way! After a somewhat turbulent few months for cinema, when it appeared only drive in screens might see the light of day this year, film fans across the country (and those without cars) can now look forward to summer evenings in gorgeous settings, enjoying great films on giant screens under the stars. The Luna Cinema was founded in 2008 by George Wood with a showing of Some Like It Hot at Dulwich Park.  In fact it was the readers of SE21 and SE22 magazines who chose the very first film!  So we are delighted that we have five fantastic nights to chose from this month: 16 Sep – Joker @ 7.30pm 17 Sep – Jo Jo Rabbit @ 7.30pm 18 Sep – Rocketman @ 7.30pm 19 Sep – The Greatest Showman @ 7.30pm 20 Sep – Pretty Woman @ 7.30pm   George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, said: “As much as we have fully embraced drive in format, …