We’re counting down to the start of the WORD2019Festival – Autumn – which runs from Thu 3- Sat 12 October 2019 in Islington. Pick up a WORD2019 leaflet from your local library or download it here: WORD2019FestivalLeaflet
WORD is a year-round 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. It provides a platform for new and often unheard voices and stories, promoting wellbeing, and reducing isolation and loneliness by bringing communities together to share stories. WORD festivals are packed with inspiring activities and events for all ages. Launching on National Poetry Day 2019 – find WORD this October indoors and outside, in the libraries, art galleries, museums, community centres, gardens and streets of Islington.
As June 2019 ends, so WORD2019 – Summerfestival draws to a close. This past fortnight has been a wonderful whirlwind of WORDS, delivered through poetry, stories, songs, performance and illustration – with contributions from local people and artists of all ages and backgrounds.
This year, you don’t have to wait long for more … as for the first time, WORD2019 returns for a special weeklong festival marking #LibrariesWeek from 7-12 October 2019, presented by the #WORDAssociation. Look out for events and activities for all ages, including #LibraryLive,#LateAtTheLibrary and #WORDPLAY events.
Sunday 30 June, 11am-1pm: BSL Family Workshop – Quentin’s Inky Characters at House of Illustration. Explore our galleries and learn new illustration techniques using both British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English with artist and educator Christopher Sacre. Draw, create and socialise with other families in this hands-on workshop tailored for children aged 5-10 and their parents and carers.Both hearing and Deaf families are welcome. In this month’s workshop, we’ll be creating our very own inky characters from a variety of objects, materials and inks, inspired by the iconic style of Quentin Blake: From the Studio.
Saturday 29 June, 2-3.30pm: ReCreate – join All ChangeAssociate Artists – Fran Lobo, musician and Paul Lyalls, poet, and a host of other young families at Finsbury Library for a magical afternoon of music, singing, stories and poetry for families and children under 5. Drinks and snacks provided.#LibraryLive ReCreate is designed by young families for young families. Where: Finsbury Library 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB
Friday 28 June, 11am-12pm: #Generations2 – pop-up interactive poetry and photography presented by All Change’scompany of older people, working with artists Leticia Valverdes and Francesca Beard. Find us by the fountains in front of Central St Martins in Kings Cross.
Day 11: Thu 27 June – 10-11.30am, Finding a Safe Home – Under 5s Messy Play Inspired by the stories of refugees, discover how the Basque children celebrated their culturefar from home. Bring old clothes and an apron.Where: Islington Museum, 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB. Presented by Islington Library and Heritage Services
6.30-9pm: WORD PLAY – a fabulous evening of perfectly performed words and sensational sounds from some WORD festival favourites including poet Paul Lyalls and artists from Key Changes, Lyrix Organix and All Change. Where: 27 Dingley Place, EC1V 8BR. Presented by the #WORDAssociation
Day 10: –Tues26 June marks an annual celebration of writing designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power. #NationalWritingDay www.nationalwritingday.org.uk
As part of Reading Friends in Islington Libraries, older LGBTQ+ have been getting together, exploring Islington Pride Archive and looking at newspaper articles and images to create their own unique pieces of creative writing and zine of their work. For WORD2019 – the images below will be shared on social media:
6.30pm – Hermino Martinez one of the ‘Basque children’ tells his story – one of the child refugees from the Spanish Civil War, remembers his experiences. Where: Islington Local History Centre, 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB
Presented by Islington Library and Heritage Services