We met local author Oliver Cable in Bread and Bean. "It's one of the things I like most about Archway, that there are good independent cafes like this one or Cafe Metro.
I grew up in the Netherlands where my father worked for an international organisation. Although my parents are British we always lived abroad; it means that you're never quite sure where you belong. I got a degree in hotel management in the Hague and then did placements in Nice and Kuala Lumpur. It was interesting but it wasn't really what I wanted one to do.
I moved to London and managed to get a job on the social media team of the Financial Times. When I first arrived, I was sofa surfing and doing the usual rounds of interviews for flat-shares. One evening, on my way to view a flat, I came out of Archway tube, walked down a side street and suddenly all I could hear was birds singing. It seemed amazing in an urban area so close to Central London. I was completely won over and I've lived here ever since.
Last year I took part in National Novel Writing Month. It challenges you to write 50,000 words in 30 days and track your progress online. The result was my book Fresh Air and Empty Streets, the story of a young man reconnecting with the father he has never met.
It's interesting to watch the Archway area changing, altering the gyratory so that the giant traffic island at the top of the Holloway Road into a pedestrians square, for instance. But I hope not everything will change. I love the fact that this is an area with great character - there's nowhere else, I'm sure, that has a cat made of flowers!"
The ATCG is an independent, not for profit, constituted, accountable body for the business community in Archway. Membership is open to all businesses and employers in Archway, subject to subscription. It's working in partnership with Islington Council to create a thriving town centre at Archway which is clean, safe, accessible, with a diverse retail mix.