Nanjiba Recommends: Wonder by R.J Palacio

R.J. (Raquel Jaramillo) Palacio lives in New York with her husband, two sons and two dogs. For more than twenty years she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years…

Dani’s Dilemma #4: What Are Friends For?

What are friends for? Friends are meant to support you every step of the way. They are those that tell you if your hair is a mess and cheer you up when your crush completely disowns you. However, what would you do when someone you thought was your best friend betrays you? The term best…

Daranee Dispatches: April!

Daranee is back to keep you updated on what’s been happening here at CEN8Gold! Despite the fact that our hard working volunteers have been busy with their end of term assignments, we’ve managed to get quite a bit done this month! The CEN8Gold family continues to grow, as we welcomed our 70th volunteer, Hermela, who has…

Nanjiba Recommends: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  Jerry Spinelli grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren. Spinelli began writing aged 16 after his high school football team won a big game. He went home and wrote a poem…

Ellie Asks – Rachel Deacon, Artist.

This month we got the chance to chat to Rachel Deacon, a professional painter. An alumna from Chelsea College of Art, Rachel has been exhibiting constantly in London since her graduation in 1991, and has seen her work sold worldwide. She recently completed her third show at the Catto Gallery since she debuted in 2012. What’s your…

Where Are They Now? – Rachel Mayes

What did you study? I studied BA Design (before later switching to a different part-time course). What did you do as a CEN8 volunteer? I was involved in the morning arts and music activities for CEN8Kids (known as Studio8 in my time) as well as working behind the scenes on various promotional content (including the 2015…

Dani’s Dilemma #3: What’s the Big Hassle Over Harassment?

What’s the big hassle over harassment? Harassment is a serious recurring issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Girls are constantly targeted. I have come across so many people that have been harassed or groped, including myself. However, the issue is constantly neglected and smirked at. I understand that issues such as Brexit have dominated…

Nanjiba Recommends: Shadow Web by N.M Browne

N.M Browne was born in Burnley, Lancs (England) and lived not too far from Pendle Hill – the haunt of witches and all manner of strangeness. Her parents were both Welsh and teachers, and her father was also a painter. This background inspired a fascination with all things Celtic and an interest in how earlier…

The Chopping Block Gallery Presents: Goldsmiths Artists

With: HOW NOW BROWN COW In collaboration with Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Society Situated under the railway arches in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Peckham, The Chopping Block Gallery is positioned in the heart of an artistic buzz, and you often find yourself surrounded by young creatives – be it art students or…

Ellie Asks – Fabio Forin, Photographer.

What is a typical day for you? To be honest I haven’t got a “typical day” really as I can’t say I have already established a workable business with my photography and, at some degree, I believe that’s a good thing as it gives me creative freedom. Beside the commissioned work, I always try to…