Jane Austen bank note campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez on casting a pox on the patriarchy

Caroline Criado-Perez

Caroline Criado-Perez - Credit: Archant

Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist and women’s equality activist perhaps best known for her successful campaign to make Jane Austen the face of the £10 bank note. She has lived in Gospel Oak since 2005.

What brought you to Gospel Oak?

I moved here by accident really. I couldn’t afford Camden, so looked a bit further north. I’ve never looked back — and now can’t imagine why I ever thought living in Camden would be anything other than hell.

What’s the best memory you have of the area?

I have thousands of wonderful memories of walking and running with Poppy, my small excitable dog, on the Heath. These will soon probably be superseded by the CHVRCHES gig at The Dome in September.

How has Gospel Oak changed since you moved into the area?

All the chicken shops have turned into chi-chi coffee shops —which I must admit I prefer.

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What is the area’s best kept secret?

I can’t tell you that, the secret would be ruined.

What would you change about Gospel Oak?

Nothing. I love it and can’t imagine living anywhere else in London. Maybe if it were a bit cheaper.

If you were editor of the Ham&High for a day, what local issue would you champion?

Make the entire area dog friendly.

What makes you smile on your way home?

Walking through College Lane. It’s so gorgeous and hidden away.

How would you spend your perfect Sunday in Gospel Oak?

Lazing around on the heath with Poppy and friends.

What tips would you give to somebody moving to the area?

Walk for more than five minutes on entering the Heath and suddenly the whole space is your own.

Where in the world would you twin with Gospel Oak?

Buenos Aires — I’m assuming twinning means I get free flights there.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

I haven’t met him yet, but I’m recording a radio show with Philip Pullman in September and I can’t imagine anyone topping that.

If you had to write your own epitaph what would it say?

She cast a pox on the patriarchy