Dave Ferris: neighbourhood worker who led collective action and fostered a community spirit

By Nick Bailey, Helen Haigh, and Mairi Mills Dave Ferris (left) with partner Adrian Dowson. Dave Ferris, who died in April, was a community worker at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre for more than two decades, and was highly regarded by his colleagues and the management of the organisation. Generous in spirit, and genuinely democratic, it …

Backing Into Light, by Colin Spencer – Review

Reviewed by Sebastian Wayneflete The latest publication by Goodge-Street-based Quartet Books has an unexpected intimate connection to the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre. Backing Into Light is the first volume of the autobiography of Colin Spencer. Many will know Spencer from his many years as a campaigning food columnist for the Guardian or for his much-treasured vegetarian …