Under the Hood

The writer Madeleine L’Engle said stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.

We couldn’t agree more, and think it’s particularly the case when it comes to stories of the hood—Morningside stories, of the people who make this community so unique.

Here at Crave, we’ve been musing for years about how to make Morningside a better place to live. One of the ways we’ve come up with is to lift the lid on the people of Morningside to share their stories—to help people get to know the diversity and coolness of the people of the ‘hood. If L’Engle is right, and stories make us more human, then sharing each other’s stories will help us all connect to some other parts of the neighbourhood.

We have a broad idea of what constitutes a fellow Morningsider. They either have to live, work or spend considerable time in the neighbourhood. We used to think it was only residents that made up the people of the ‘hood, but over the years we have come to realise there are a wide range of people who contribute to the culture of a neighbourhood. Anyone who has a connection to Morningside can contribute to it being a better place to live.

So, we have created this ‘Under the Hood’ series to help get the stories of the people of Morningside out and to help us all feel part of the larger story. Our goal is to build a library of 50 or more stories on local people (residents, workers, friends of Crave) by the end of the year.

David Williams is heading up the project. David is a writer who specialises in storytelling. He has been associated with Crave for many years and used to publish the local news magazine, The Gardens. He also co-wrote Message To My Girl with Dr Jared Noel (one of the Crave Collective).

David is conducting one-hour interviews with nominated people and producing a brief article—some of the stories will be developed into larger feature articles.

We will release one story per week of a different person and would love your suggestions on interesting and diverse people to interview. All participants have the opportunity to review their story before it goes public.

We are super pumped about this initiative and the way it promises to bring us all closer together.

Your fellow neighbours,


The Crave Collective


Stories from Morningside