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The Last Word – Sara-Jane MaCabe

Over at SE22 magazine, we interview local photographer Sara-Jane MaCabe and gave her The Last Word! Hi I’m Sara-Jane; I have been a baby, child and family photographer for 8 years making beautiful memories for local families. I have also recently launched my headshot and brand photography business helping local business owners to capture the story of their brand, attract their perfect clients and grow their business.    How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? Almost 9 years. I had spent many years living in Crawley but after returning from a secondment in Oslo, Norway (in my previous career as an accountant!) I decided that I wanted to move into London. My friend lived here and I loved the area so decided to make it my home! What’s your favourite place for a night out? I do love the House of Tippler for their amazing cocktails. Food-wise I would choose Dulwich Tandoori or Yama Momo. Lordship Lane is missing somewhere to go dancing though! Coffee or tea? Where? I am …

The Last Word – Nicola Johnson

We caught up with Nicola Johnson, one half of the duo behind the The Great Big SE4 and SE23 Raffle.   Nicola had The Last Word in the May issue of SE23. I’m Nicola Johnson, a lawyer and mum of 2 teens living in Honor Oak. I’m currently running The Great Big SE4 & SE23 Raffle with Amanda Pearce, another local mum who I originally got to know through Twitter and the SE23 Mums Facebook group. We were inspired to start the raffle, which aims to support local independent businesses during the Covid-19 crisis, by Victoria Rennison’s efforts in East Dulwich, and I knew that Amanda would be the perfect person to partner with to make an SE4/SE23 raffle a success. How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? I moved to Honor Oak from East Dulwich on New Year’s Eve 2001, whilst pregnant with my first child. I was a bit nervous about making the short move from an area I loved to one that I wasn’t at all familiar with …

The Last Word: Claudia McKenzie, General Manager of Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen

 Claudia McKenzie, General Manager of local Herne Hill Restaurant, Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen has an affinity for the Dulwich area, having gone to one of the Dulwich secondary schools and living close by.  How long have you known the area? A lady never tells her age but let’s just say decades… I used to feed the ducks in Dulwich Park as a child, walked through Dulwich Village almost daily as a schoolgirl and spent many a Thursday evening with my friend gossiping about her divorce at our favourite Italian of old, Porcini’s on Croxted Road. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My car. Try as I might to drive less, I’m way too dependent on it. As the weather gets warmer, I’m going to try and leave the car at home and take the bus, which I love doing and walk more. Coffee or tea? Where? Coffee AND tea! When I co-work, I drag my laptop to Volcano Coffee Works on Park Hall Road. The aroma of the coffee releases my creativity.  …

The Last Word: Maya Berthou, Head Chef at Babette

Maya is the Head Chef at Babette in Nunhead, SE15. How long have you lived in the area? I moved to South London from Brittany 15 years ago.  Since then I have lived in Herne Hill, Brixton, East Dulwich and now just near Peckham Rye Park. What brought you here? I moved to London to learn English at first, then I just loved the city and stayed. When I arrived in East Dulwich I was hoping to be a full time artist, so I looked for part-time work. Six months later I got an opportunity to open a pop-up restaurant on North Cross Road (Pretty Tapas).  After two months our chef burnt his hand badly so I stepped in and found I loved cooking.  After working at House of Tippler with Tim Oakley, I applied for Head Chef at Babette. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Well, I live on East Dulwich Road by a 24/7, knowing by job title you will understand why this shop is the most valuable to me! …

The Last Word: Laura Hepworth, conceptual artist

Laura Hepworth is a Conceptual Artist; her work explores process through themes of creativity and connection. Laura recently made her sixth London appearance in her exhibition ‘Land Over Sea’ with local ceramicist Katie Iacovou at the Jeannie Avent Gallery on Northcross Road, East Dulwich. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in South East London my entire life. I grew up in Honor Oak Park but I have recently moved in with my partner of nine years in East Dulwich. What do you value most about the area/street you live in? As a local independent artist living in the heart of South East London, I find myself surrounded by an unbelievable and ever-growing mass of community spirit. From local artists to small businesses, there is a connectivity each one of us has and by helping each other, we help ourselves to grow. That is the reason Dulwich makes for such a vibrant place to live. Do you belong to any groups? First Friday, a wonderful networking group run by Marketing Consultant and …