Fiona Green

Photo:Sarah foreground & me in 2000

Sarah foreground & me in 2000

Photo:1960

1960

Emil Cadoo

Photo:The shaman 2015

The shaman 2015

Fiona Green

Photo:Homeless Mary 2015

Homeless Mary 2015

Fiona Green

Photo:Julia playing the Oud 2016

Julia playing the Oud 2016

Fiona Green

Photo:Julia playing the Oud 2 : 2016

Julia playing the Oud 2 : 2016

Fiona Green

Artist

By Fiona Green

I first came to Soho aged 18 with my lover,artist William Crozier in 1961.I met artists MacBryde & Colquhoun : Freud & Auerbach (whose parents had fled German) all these artists inhabited places like the Colony Club run by Muriel Belcher, herself of french origins, & who looked a little like Piaf. Writer,Paul Potts told me about eating a bowl of spaghetti for a shilling in Soho after the war with his friend Eric Blair (George Orwell) 

Soho was noisy, colourful, & filled with small specialised shops run by many who had fled fascism in Europe : I spent a lot of time in the French House, famous for its free french connections, & I went to restaurants run by Italians,Greeks,Hungarians & French. Many famous people had come to Soho over the generations,Karl Marx & his family lived there,Casanova & Van Gogh visited : Casanova living with his mistress in nearby Soho Square where their child was born.

I left art school at 21,married & lived not far away in Fitzrovia,north of Oxford Street, & the 100 Club. My husband was a publisher & we hosted a very bohemian open house where many artists,writers & musicians came to stay as we raised our two children.The African National Congress used our house as a "safe house" to hold meetings when Mandela was in prison, & I got to love the singing & dancing that went on at our return after those meetings. 

Nowadays, the greedy developers are tearing the heart out of Soho to build the endless "luxury" flats that are killing London's unique character & drove me out of my home of 50 years in Fitzrovia. Down to Devon where I live a calmer life,painting,writing & helping asylum seekers.

 

Fitzrovia News: Fiona's Fantastic Life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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