the city talking: london, issue 01Back
The City Talking
The first issue of The City Talking: London is out now.
This is where we introduce ourselves, at the beginning. How does it go? Hand outstretched, firm, but not too tight! One shake or two? Not too formal, mind you. Might be best to wave. Or smile.
Here we go: hello! We’re new around these parts, but what a place to be. London, dear London. You’re really something special.
We are The City Talking, a free newspaper that has published monthly in Leeds since 2013. In 2015, we launched editions of the paper in Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool and York. And now we’ve come to you.
Gracing the cover of our first issue in London is Rav Matharu, a footballer-turned-fashion designer for his own clothing brand, clothsurgeon. “When I moved to London I always had the intention to start my own brand,” says Rav. “The name was born at uni; a lot of people cut patters with scissors, but I would always use a scalpel.” We meet Rav in his operating room, a white walled studio under a coffee shop in Hackney, and chat about his football career, Nas, and his evolving collection of bespoke menswear.
“It’s the exact kind of music I always wanted to make,” says Sarah Howells. Sarah is Bryde, a Brixton-based girl with an electric guitar, also one-half of pop duo Paper Aeroplanes and former member of Welsh band Jylt. We eat brunch with her in The Hoxton Hotel and chat about her new album and artistic reinvention.
The Niles Collective are from everywhere, and have come to London to make it, but mostly, to make art. They tell us about life in London and what it’s like to get together with your mates to create. We have included some of their illustrations in our pages for you to enjoy.
Sharon Wattis and Vinette Robinson are also friends who moved to the city to make it — in the West End, television and film. Sharon and Vinette came to London fifteen years ago from Leeds, shared a flat, and fell in love with the city while following their dreams. “I like to be around people that inspire me,” says Vinette.
We end our first journey to the city in a house in Islington that is decorated floor-to-ceiling with art, art that will one day take its own journey up North to the Hepworth in Wakefield, but is enjoying its time at home. Tim Sayer is a former BBC journalist and art collector who bought his first art pieces at seventeen and has been adding to his walls ever since. “I want people to see it,” says Tim. “It has always been our policy that people should be able to see it, and we have always welcomed people here to look around.” We do look around, take photographs, sit dangerously close to a centuries-old statue and hear stories — of the old days at the BBC, of the Hepworth bequest and of a true love of art.
The City Talking: London issue 01 is free. You can pick up a copy at some of the places around London that you might already love, and others you have yet to discover.