A Story of Child Refugees for Refugee Week

15 June – 16 July 2019:

The Basque Children – The Story of Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War 

From the Huguenots in the 17th Century to Syrians in the present day, many groups and individuals have found safety in Islington. They have escaped danger, war and hardship, political and social persecution, and have been welcomed into the Islington community. To celebrate Refugee Week 2019, Islington Museum has partnered with the Marx Memorial Library, the Islington Refugee Forum and the Basque Children Association.

This exhibition remembers the 4000 child refugees from the Basque region, who found safety in Britain after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

A far-right military coup against the elected government in Spain led to a brutal conflict. With support from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy the rebels targeted civilians. Thousands fled bombing raids on the cities of northern Spain. In 1937 the Republic asked the world to take refugee children. It will include work from the Refugee Committee of students from Hugh Myddleton school who formed in response to stories of the child refugee.

This exhibition is presented by Islington Museum in partnership with BCA’37UK (the Association for the Basque Children of the UK) and the Marx Memorial Library

Where: Islington Museum 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm, Wednesday and Sunday (and public holidays): Closed

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Day 2: Original Stories Original Voices

Tue 18 Jun  – a day of original stories and voices of all ages…

Finding a Safe Home – Under 5’s Storytelling 10.45 and 11.30am – Join Storyteller Dani for an imaginative, interactive adventure to discover the stories of the Basque Children escaping the Spanish Civil War. This event offers an engaging way into exploring stories of refugees with under 5s. Where: Islington Museum, 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB

6pm Coming out of the Black Country – Talk – Author Stanley Underhill, resident of Charterhouse in Islington gives an illustrated talk about his recent autobiography. A true and inspiring story of a man born in the 1920s into poverty, and his journey to find his true self. Where: Finsbury Library, 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB

6-9pm Key Change Community Open Mic – A friendly, inclusive open mic night in the heart of London’s Clerkenwell district. Enjoy a lively mix of musicians, singers, MC’s, comedians and storytellers! Where: St. Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1V 8AJ @keychangesmusic www.keychanges.org.uk

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WORD2019 Day 1: Words, Walks and Wisdom

6pm Refugees to Islington – Guided Walk From Hugenots in 17th century to Syrians in the 21st, many groups have sought safety in Islington. Our local tour guide will explore how Islington has been shaped by those who have come here, and the response of the borough to those who have come as refugees. [presented by Islington Library and Heritage ServicesStarts: Farringdon Station Book at: www.islingtonguidedwalks.com

7-9pm Words of Wisdom [presented by All Change] -A multitude of different local women’s voices – young and old, past and present – come together for an evening of poetry, stories and song – to share pearls of wisdom and a wealth of experience across the decades. Where: 27 Dingley Place, EC1V 8BR @allchangearts www.allchangearts.org


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WORD Associations

WORD brings arts, libraries and communities together to work creatively and to make connections, reducing isolation and loneliness. The first day of WORD2019 – Monday 17 June 2019 – is also the first day of Refugee Week 2019 and national Loneliness Aware Week 2019. WORD2019 is pleased and proud to support and celebrate these important initiatives:

Refugee Week 17 – 23 June 2019 – a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Loneliness Awareness Week 17-21 June 2019 – a campaign to reduce the stigma of loneliness by The Marmalade Trust #LetsTalkLoneliness




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WORD2019 – Count down to launch!

We’re counting down to the start of the WORD2019 FestivalSummer – which runs from Mon 17 – Sun 30 June 2019 in Islington. Pick up a WORD2019 leaflet from your local library or download it HERE

Brought to you by The WORD AssociationAll Change | Key Changes | House of Illustration | Lyrix Organix | Upswing | Islington Library & Heritage Services – a collective of arts organisations and libraries working in partnership with local communities.

WORD is a programme of innovative arts projects and events in Islington, where arts companies, libraries and communities come together to create, share and experience new and original work, providing a platform for new and often unheard voices and stories. WORD festivals are packed with inspiring activities and events for all ages. Find WORD this June indoors and outside, in the libraries, art galleries, museums, community centres, gardens and streets of Islington.



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An Honour to Celebrate!

Word is delighted and proud to congratulate Tony BrownStock and Reader Development Manager for Islington Libraries, and one of our Word Festival founders – on being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2019! The honour recognises Tony’s dedication, for over 40 years, to promoting the power of books and reading in improving people’s lives in Islington.

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#LibrariesWeek – WORD PLAY event

Saturday 13 October 2018 6-8pm

– join Word2018 partners Islington Libraries, All Change, Key Changes, Lyrix Organix – UnFOLD, House of Illustration & Universal Board Games for this special #LibrariesWeek #LateAtTheLibrary event – an intergenerational celebration of words. Featuring – live music, spoken word, poetry and gamed from exceptional artists and local people.

Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB




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