Dulwich OnView magazine celebrates the people and culture of Dulwich and the surrounding areas of South East London.
The magazine came about when a group of us, who love the Dulwich area and already write, blog, take photographs and so on, met up through the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and decided to collaborate.
From East to West Dulwich and beyond we wanted to recognise the eclectic nature of life round here, the breadth of people and livelihoods, the rude health of the Arts, and the buoyant sense of community, and subvert the tired old caricatures lazily ascribed to our South London home. All our team members and contributors are volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or contribute, as a writer, photographer, filmmaker, illustrator, or interviewer then please go to our Get Involved page.
Please let us how we’re doing, by commenting on articles or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about how this magazine came about you can listen to Yang-May Ooi’s phone blog.
Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView. I’m absolutely passionate about South London and reaching out to local communities. I enjoy discovering the many extraordinary happenings around Dulwich and beyond – even with my one year old in tow! You can read about some my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog.
In my spare time, I love to read, discover London, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
Founder, Supervisor, Co-Editor and ex-Chair of the Friends Committee
I’m a teacher. I’ve worked in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 14 years, guiding, lecturing and teaching anyone from 5-100. I have run a number of education projects (in a remand home, a prison, local primary schools among others) and was the e-learning project developer, creating and running DiGit, a form of interactive interpretation using palm top computers. I have won 9 national and international awards for Dulwich Picture Gallery.
I co-founded Dulwich OnView while I was chair of the Friends and was subsequently invited to speak about this unique concept at museum conferences all over the world, culminating in winning the prestigious Best Small Museum Website award at the Museums and the Web conference in Denver, Colorado in 2010. I have been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of what I do for the Gallery and for DOV.
Founding Member, Writer and Former Co-Editor
Angie is a health blogger, web editor and freelance writer. She is passionate about women’s health and wellbeing and loves good films, good books and a good cup of tea. She blogs at Write Health and is editor of The South East London Film Clubs Network.
Founding Member and Writer
Anna is a journalist working for the BMJ publishing group. She has worked as a news reporter and arts editor for local newspapers and as science editor for medical magazines. She likes eating, writing nonsense and playing the ukelele. She blogs at www.annasayburn.com and http://bloomsburybluestocking.wordpress.com.
Steve is a writer and researcher based in East Dulwich. He’s most often to be found either in a museum or in the bar. Or even museums which have bars. Steve blogs about museums, galleries and all sorts of things at steveslack.co.uk.
Writer for Dulwich Picture Gallery
A trained journalist from Hungary, Andrea has been living in London since 2006. Working for Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Communications Team, she is curiously searching for ways to promote the Gallery’s events and activities in the local community. Apart from her passion for arts and handicrafts, she is hoping to volunteer for a medical alert charity which trains dogs to assist children with diabetes.
Lettie is a writer from south London. She writes theatre reviews, arts features and interviews with performers. She also writes and performs poetry in her spare time from her job as a Learning Officer in a museum.
Anna Maria Di Brina
Anna has worked as book editor for Publishing Houses and as freelance art journalist in Italy. Now she is bringing up her two little daughters and trying to put her finger on living in (South) London.
Founding Member and Social Media Advisor
Yang-May created the concept of Dulwich OnView as a community blog. She has an in-depth knowledge of social media and business as well as being a business writer, novelist and keen blogger. She loves making connections with people online as well as in real world settings. Yang-May blogs at FusionView.co.uk
I’m currently living in Brussels, working as a graphic designer for Eurocontrol. A frequent traveller I have previously lived in the Netherlands, South Africa and the Czech Republic, though I have a soft spot for East Dulwich after living there for 8 months. In my free time I continue to illustrate www.tahramorton.blogspot.com and have an interest in publishing, web design and online communication.
Our past regular writers and photographers
Photographer and writer
Rebecca is a wedding and portrait photographer based in south London. When not working, she loves visiting galleries and finding new places for afternoon tea or morning coffees. See Rebecca’s website for more details.
Greville Havenhand came from a teetotal family but was introduced to good (and bad) wine by Oxford dons in the 1950s. Travelling the world as a BBC documentary maker and editor he grew to appreciate the versatility of wine and wine makers. On taking early retirement he acquired his Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications. For the last ten years Greville has led wine tours to France, he regularly gives tutored wine tastings and lectures to wine societies and is a contributing editor to wineontheweb.co.uk. He is an active member of the Dulwich Wine Society.
Aquamanda, aka Amanda Greatorex
Amanda is a local musician, DJ and Dulwich mum, often found leading a class of young school children round the gallery by day, djing and singing her own ambient songs next to the Gainsborough’s at night (monthly Lates). Dj-ing includes memorable parties at the BBC from Bruce Forsythe’s 80th and Sports Relief, Design launches in the West End, to local birthday parties and weddings. She is also a Dulwich festival regular performer (Goose Green fair) and the Big Chill festival.
I’ve just started a PhD at the University of London studying collecting, collections, the country house and museum history in 19th century Britain. It is a pleasure to say I began my career in the Heritage Sector at Dulwich Picture Gallery as a Gallery Attendant. I now also have an MA in curating from the Courtauld Institute and have been an assistant curator for the Royal Collection, National Portrait Gallery, The Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. I qualified as an aerobics instructor earlier in 2009 and am teaching group exercise classes when I can.
Now a writer, Steve has also been a record company staffer, a recording engineer, a band manager, a graphic designer, a pig farmer, a fishmonger and Joan Collins’ chauffeur. His first book, Guns, Cash and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Managers was published in 2007, and London Babylon: The Beatles and the Stones in the Swinging Sixties was published in November 2009.
I am a film maker and founder of charity www.mcnltd.org. I love film. I have been making films with young people for the last couple of years. I enjoy the challenge of using comedy and documentary and finding quirky ways of reaching new audiences whether it be a screening at the BFI, a gallery or the House of Commons I like people to go home having had a engaging time.
Daniel studied Humanities and Media at Birkbeck University and continues to indulge his abiding interest in the arts. He has enjoyed writing since a young age and currently produces articles for a number of online publications, including London Photography Diary. He keeps a blog called The End of Fiction, consisting of his poetry, prose and other creative work, and is currently looking to forge a new career in the creative industries.
From Hong Kong to New Cross, London – what a culture shock! I grew up in the Far East and came over to do a degree at the Laban Centre. From my first career as a contemporary dancer/choreographer, I’ve gone on to establish my own lifestyle consultancy and I find myself here, in Dulwich, fifteen years on. Communication takes many forms and I’m really enjoying the DOV opportunity of sharing some of my thoughts and ideas with you all.
I’m a Dulwich based photographer and still fairly new to South London having arrived here via Moscow and Johannesburg (one was too hot, the other too cold). I was originally inspired as a child by my mother who landed from Switzerland with her German Dacora camera (which I still have). After 20 ‘sharp suited’ years in advertising I’ve finally donned my worn-out jeans and turned a passion into a career as a freelance photographer. As a father of three young boys I’m hoping one of them will also take up an interest in daddy’s big camera and help lug my heavy case around! http://www.lorenzophotography.co.uk/
Patrick fell in love with the villlagey feel of East Dulwich after several years in london, hopes to become a regular contributor after a very warm reception from the people at DoV.
Nigel is a committed amateur, aspirant allotment holder, and occasional tennis player. He loves music and likes to write about things that are unusual and might raise a smile.
I used to work in advertising and TV production and am now studying History of Art foundation course at Birkbeck College. I also enjoy film and am a volunteer for GalleryFilm, the Friends of DPG film society.
Founding Editor, Writer and Photographer
Angela contributed to the editorial style of DOV as one of the acting editors and collaborated in its content with interviews to local artists and coverage of local events.
‘Jane Morris’ is the pseudonym for a local counsellor. Jane has a private counselling practice in South London. Her background is in Art & Design and she has worked on City Limits magazine in the late 80s and then for a trade union, before feeling compelled to re-train as a counsellor. Her theoretical background comes from the Humanistic tradition, and is greatly influenced by Buddhism and meditation. Jane set up Buddhist meditation teaching in the Green fields at the Glastonbury festival in the 90s which is still flourishing today.
Catherine used to work for companies like eBay, the Financial Times and FHM. Now she is bringing up her daughter, Eve, and finally getting round to all the books, films, exhibitions and travelling she never managed before. “Pleasure First!”
I’m Literary Manager of the Jack Studio Theatre and a freelance writer and artist based in Brockley.
Born and raised in South London, I enjoyed a successful twenty-year career in fashion buying, working for many leading high street retailers before setting up Queen Bee Styling. As well as helping to transform my clients, my role as a personal stylist has enabled me to organise events to champion small local businesses. A long time resident, I love Dulwich, not least because I was married in the village at the beautiful Christ’s Chapel. You can email me at: email@example.com.
Ceri is a journalist and serial hobbyist who dedicates her time to music, dusty books, tattoos and crochet, and believes that a cup of tea solves everything. When she’s not chasing a story, she’s a roller derby girl with the London Rockin’ Rollers. Her aim is to always be curious.
Book Review Contributor
Dublin born Sheila has been recommending books to South London readers for nearly 18 years. During the 30 years she has been in the UK, she has worked either in publishing and bookselling, mainly in customers service & business development. Sheila is passionate about books and loves nothing better than a great story, well written which she can champion. Her aim is to get more people reading great stories and telling their friends about the book.
When not reading, she enjoys playing tennis and golf, is a keen supporter of Ireland’s rugby team and has a keen interest in art, the theatre and architecture.
Pia Helena Ormerod
Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Contributor
Pia is a journalist and writer and has lived in Dulwich for over thirty years, although she grew up in Sweden. During her career she focused on financial journalism and is now delighetd to write about music and the arts. She has also written a novel, Junk Male, available from Amazon, in which Dulwich and its Picture Gallery plays a major role – if somewhat disguised.
Writer and Contributor
After returning home to London in late 2012 from New Zealand, Jonny fell for the charms of East Dulwich – making South-East London the base for him and his fiancée. Now back, when not preparing for his wedding in August (in ED), he spends his spare time exploring everything that he’s missed about living in the ‘big city’. Jonny works as a freelance planner in advertising. With a heartfelt passion for words and writing, he fills his time as a freelance writer, social commentator and blogger: curious about culture, communication and creativity.”
Contributor and Photographer
Hi I’m Junad, I’ve lived in East Dulwich my whole life and I love it. I am a foundation student in Fine Art & Photography – I’m passionate about photography. My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, reading and baking! Check out my photography at www.instagram.com/junadproductions.
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