Interview: comedian Rosie Wilby on gays, gentrification and getting over unrequited love

Posted on February 25th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. No Comments

Olivia Garner meets Rosie Wilby, Funny Women finalist, Radio 4 regular and Croydon LGBT month star

Hi Rosie! Firstly, to start off, can you tell us a little about your show, Nineties Woman?

Well, it’s a show that I took to the Edinburgh Fringe last summer and it combines a bit of comedy, multimedia and storytelling.

The show was inspired when a couple of years … Read More »



An afternoon at the bichon frise dog re-homing party

Posted on September 8th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. No Comments

45 wagging tails charm Olivia Garner at the Bichon Frise rehoming event in South Croydon

On Saturday 23rd August in St Matthew’s Church, Croydon, there was a party. It had balloons, cakes, party games and 45 white, fluffy, wagging tails. It was the second annual ‘bichon party’ held by the Croydon branch of the Bichon Frise Rescue society.

Bichon Frise Rescue UK is an official … Read More »



Review of LeeFest 2014: the little music festival that could

Posted on July 24th, by Olivia Garner in Culture. 2 comments

LeeFest is Croydon’s music festival down the road, and its reputation is growing. Olivia Garner reports from the party frontline

Many haven’t heard of LeeFest, the South London Music Festival. It’s a home-grown independent festival that takes place on Higham’s Hill Farm on the outskirts of New Addington each year. However, these three days of paint-covered madness are definitely on the up- and-up.

It took place … Read More »



How Chromolocomotion was made in Croydon, and what public art might do for our borough

Posted on July 2nd, by Olivia Garner in Culture. 1 Comment

Just don’t mention Tetris! Olivia Garner meets the creator of the artwork making a big impact at St Pancras International station, and discovers how it came to be manufactured very close to home

Every morning since April 2014, commuters at St Pancras International station on Euston Road in Central London have been immersed in a beautiful spectrum of coloured light. It’s all thanks to Scottish artist David … Read More »