At least the weather’s good: a lockdown poem from Iftikhar Latif

Ifti Latif is a local poet, who wrote a poem inspired by lockdown last summer. As the winter months take hold and people look for some positivity in the current climate, he has chosen to share his work which he hopes will ‘be something nice to think about, especially as we enter January’.

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Poet Iftikhar Latif outside Hiland Cafe where he holds his poetry slam nights

Iftikhar Latif on swapping his Oxford law degree for East End poetry slams

‘When I first started I was mainly writing about how sad I was. Now I’m also thinking there are also these other things going on, like how I’m British Bangladeshi and how I come from East London but went to a really posh university.’

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Vintage photo of hair by Rosemary and neighbouring shops

New photo exhibition encourages people to discover their high street

‘There has been, rightfully, a lot of focus on supporting local businesses during the pandemic. And I realised that more people were discovering what’s in their local area over lockdown as well as they were exploring their neighbourhoods more now.’

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Piers Gough on Roman Road

Piers Gough CBE: the Bow architect who designed Mile End’s Green Bridge

‘Even though you’re only about seven metres from the ground, you feel like you’re on top of the world. You can see Canary Wharf, you can see the park – there’s a great feeling of ownership of the East End. You think this is where I belong, this is my place’.

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