I have now finished reading Maryam Eisler’s study of the East London creative community in her book Voices (actually, it could be called Vices) which studies the range of different creative types who have inhabited East London over the last three decades. What I realised and is obvious is the extent of inward settlement and migration, all of which has given vitality to the area. But what I also began to notice is how little the existing community is referred to. Doreen Golding, a Pearly Queen, describes how ‘Most of the old white English, the Pearlies, moved out to Essex, Basildon and Southend’. Colin Rothbatt describes how one of his neighbours threw a brick over the wall during one of his all night parties. And Jack Leigh, a retired gangster, describes how ‘The ’60s and ’70s were wonderful. The Krays were in Bethnal Green and we were in Roman Road…There was a sense of belonging because we loved one another and relied on each other’. It would be interesting to know a bit more of the views of those who have been displaced.