East London Voices
The University of East London Community - one human story at a time.
Read stories from within the East London community
Tonight I decided to make chai and watch the sun go down. From the balcony of my 9th floor tower block in East London...
Allison was the fourth born out of her five siblings and was brought up in Hackney, East London.
I started gymnastics around the age of 10. But I didn’t get good at it or focused on athletics properly until I was 17 and studying my undergrad.
Although I was born in London, I grew up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Barbados. To move was a decision my mum made.
I decided to do Accounting and Finance because I've always wanted to travel and meet new people and you need a lot of capital to do that.
I am a visionary and an activist. I work within the creative industry as an art director. A lot of my work is inspired by tribalism.
"Each year the world goes through a cycle of regeneration, shedding its frosty past and shrugging on fresh blossoms. It appears effortless."
Painting transports me to a different world. As the business owner for Trinity Arts Studios, I run two galleries and art studios.
The lockdown strangely has been a busy time of finding new ways to connect with family, friends and work.
I make live performance, and most recently a cabaret show at Soho Theatre with learning disabled and neurodivergent actors on disability hate crime.
I have never experienced that kind of euphoria. People were clapping and jumping up and down. It was a unique feeling.
Sport excites me. I see it as my opportunity to be the best and I also feel most myself. I find with sports I always pick it up really easily.
It was The Big Sea by Langston Hughes that dared me to dream of escaping the gang and drug problems of my inner city 'hood' to travel the world.
It gives me hope to see how these young people want to change the world. This is the generation that will be able to make these changes.
Running isn't a magic pill. It doesn't solve all the world's problems (if only) but it can help manage some of the feelings around them.
Sian Trimble Davey
My mum worked full-time and looked after us. I remember being so proud of her, I still am.
"Being gay is one thing but being openly gay is dangerous. My mother and I didn't speak for a year. It was one of the hardest points in my life"
The biggest thing for me about lockdown is not being able to go to the theatre. I've booked a musical 'SIX' for December and I hope it goes ahead.