Porridge & Knowledge: Joe Boyd | Sarah Bentley | Balladeste

Doors Open 10:00 to 12:00 @ St Mark's

£4-£15 online

Porridge & Knowledge Workshops & Talks

Porridge and Knowledge

Nestled in a quiet enclave in the heart of East London, Porridge & Knowledge is the Saturday morning breakfast club that brings you world-shaping speakers and spirited musicians.

Free and unlimited porridge, tea & coffee!


Joe Boyd

Producing the 60s&70s; Nick Drake & the Folk Revival

Born in Boston in 1942, he graduated from Harvard in 1964. After university, he worked as a production and tour manager for George Wein in Europe where he traveled with Muddy Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and others; and at Newport where he supervised Bob Dylan’s electric debut. In 1966, he opened UFO, London’s psychedelic ballroom.

His first record production was four tracks by “Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse” for Elektra in 1966. He went on to produce Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard & Linda Thompson, Maria Muldaur, Toots and the Maytals, REM, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Cubanismo, Taj Mahal and many others.

Sarah Bentley

Made in Hackney

The planet is sick and people are sick. How do we change people’s eating habits for the good of both – and still have a great time? Sarah Bentley, founder Made In Hackney – the UK’s only 100% plant-based eco community kitchen and cookery school, explains how they’re not only normalising but turning people on to – shock horror – 100% plant-based, yes that’s vegan, local, organic, seasonal food. Sarah Bentley founded the UK’s first 100% plant-based eco-community kitchen and cookery school – Made In Hackney – in September 2012. Sarah is a former journalist with a passion for social justice, environmentalism, activism and health. She and the project’s dedicated team and volunteers have been on the bumpy but rewarding road of running and funding the award-winning kitchen that has helped over 6000 people transition to eating healthy, affordable food that’s good for people and planet. Many of those people are from vulnerable, marginalised and low-income backgrounds.

Sarah joins us ten days before the kitchens ambitious crowdfunding campaign is due to end with a fundraising target of £45K – with a stretch target all the way up to £85K.


A collaboration between Preetha Narayanan (Violin) and Tara Franks (cello), string duo, Balladeste, explore the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments.  With traces of contemporary minimalism, Indian classical and folk, the duo creates original compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and filmic in quality – songs without words with a contemporary alt-folk twist.

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Joe Boyd

Sarah Bentley


Venue Info:
St Mark’s

St Mark’s Church, St Marks Rise
Colvestone Crescent, Dalston, London E8 2LJ

Venue Notes:
Nearest stations are Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction on the Overground (both 10 minutes walk). The entrance to St Mark’s Church sits on Colverstone Crescent just east of St Mark’s Rise, postcode E8 2LJ.

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