Call for proposals for WORD2017

Word 2012 logo developmentWORD2017 is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists and arts organisations for participatory projects for next year’s festival.

The deadline for submissions for Commissions and Co-productions is:

12 noon, Monday 16 January 2017

The deadline for submissions for Co-promotions is: 12 noon, Friday 27 January 2017

Download the guidelines and application forms here:

2017 Guidelines

Commission and/or Co-production Expression of Interest Form

Co-Promotion proposal form

Co-Promotion proposal form

For more information about Islington Reads:

Islington Reads Strategy

For information about Mental Health Resources in Islington:


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Word’s Up for another year… time for After Word

Word2016thornhillSo Word2016 has come to an end – having delivered a wonderful month of extraordinary events and performances across Islington – involving thousands of local residents of all ages and backgrounds and celebrating a wonderful mix of voices.

Thank you to all the amazing artists and arts organisations that contributed to Word2016 and to all those who took part in projects and events as participants and audiences. Keep an eye on this website and follow us on Twitter @wordislington for opportunities to enjoy words throughout the year!

SUMMER READING paul rocks da kidsAnd …AFTER WORD this summer why not get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge 2016 – taking place in all Islington Libraries

The Big Friendly Read – the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge – celebrates the 100th birthday of the great storyteller, Roald Dahl. Children aged 4-11 read six books and collect stickers that highlight the themes of Roald Dahl’s famous books, including words, invention, mischief and friendship. And if they finish all six books, they could also win a great prize!

The Challenge runs from 2 July – 18 September. For more information go to

SUMMER READING LOGOWatch out too for our programme of summer events including some great poetry workshops with the brilliant Paul Lyalls plus two family workshops at the House of Illustration. Look out too for ever-popular Safari Pete’s live animal show plus themed craft events. For more details go to

Summer Reading Challenge Champions – Aged 13-19? Why not become a Summer Reading Challenge Champion, helping younger children complete their challenge? For more details go to

Summer5Challenge – If you’re 11-16, join the Summer5Challenge. Complete 5 activities involving youth clubs, Sobell Centre, open spaces, local museums and libraries, upload your challenge selfie onto our Instagram page and you could win a major prize. For more details go to


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Day 30: Word’s Up

P5MichaelRosen Paullyalls2Thursday 30 June:

6-8pm @ Free Word Centre –

Join Word2016  for Word’s Up – a fabulous evening of perfectly performed words from some festival favourites.

The closing event for this year’s festival – hosted by Paul Lyalls with very special guest Michael Rosen and performances from Key Changes #Living Lyrics.

Celebrating five years of Word Festival in Islington.

Free Admission but booking advised – BOOK



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Day 29: Home is…

P14 home isWednesday 29 June, 6.30pm:

Apples & Snakes present Home Is…

On the same morning as the Government unleashes “Go Home” buses on the streets of London, 4 individuals from different backgrounds find themselves in a temporary detention room following what appears to be an immigration raid on a train station in which people of colour are profiled and detained indiscriminately. As they react to their predicament and to each other, their individual stories unravel a tale of subtle prejudices, displacement narratives, daily microagressions and coping mechanisms. The play ‘Ilé la wa’ which is Yoruba for ‘We are Home”, explores the concept of home and what happens when your idea of home conflicts with your reality.

The Home Is Project is a multimedia multi-arts exploration of the impact of physical, emotional and psychological displacement on people’s concepts of home. Building on stories collected from a selection of interviews and workshops recorded as part of the project, 5 acclaimed poets Tolu Agbelusi, Tshaka Campbell, Russenї Fisher, Jemilia Wisdom and Belinda Zhawi will create new poems which will be developed into new pieces of work by an array of visual artists. In addition to the poetry play, itself partly inspired by various poetic narratives from the collective, these pieces of art will be displayed in a print and video exhibition. This is a work in progress event previewing part of the play and a sample of the print and visual art works that have been produced in development of the project which will be showing in full in November 2016.

This is a work in progress event previewing part of the play and a sample of the print and visual artworks that have been produced in the development of the project which will be showing in full in November 2016. Tickets £5



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Day 28: Park Players Reminiscence

W1 Park Players class 1Tuesday 28 June, 7pm:

For Word 2016 Park Theatre has run a free 10 week theatre based course designed for those who are affected by dementia and those who care for a person affected by dementia.Weekly workshops have explored theatrical ideas, imagination, multi-sensory and other techniques for connection. The workshops have been designed to enhance wellbeing, communication (including non-verbal), playfulness, collaboration and having fun. This evening a special performance will celebrate awareness about the project. To book email:


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Day 27: Free Word of the Week

Avuncular (repeat)Monday 27 June:

Don’t forget to broaden your lexical horizons this month by spotting Free Words of the Week around the borough – or by displaying them in your own venue! There will be a new word chosen for every week of the festival tying into festival themes and the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

If you want to receive the posters to display in your workplace – email and let us know your name and where you are planning to display them. We’ll send you a weekly poster to download and print.

For more information go to:


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Day 26: Indoor and outdoor family fun

P3 The Garden Classroom Young Reader on Newington GreenSunday 26 June:

12-3pm Little Green Library @ Gillespie Park – Discover The Garden Classroom’s outdoor, pop-up Little Green Library in parks and gardens across Islington this June. Our library bike will be out and about bringing books for under- fives and their families to enjoy. Settle down and enjoy reading together or listen to a treasured tale. You might even dress up as a story character and act out your own stories. Collect stamps at each venue, get creative with our free craft activities, and become a story explorer in story trails to discover the brilliance of books at your local green space. FREE




P13 BetweenTheStacks3a2pm and 3.10pm –  Upswing bring you Between the  Stacks @ Central Library

An interactive and immersive circus theatre performance for families with young children. Created specifically for Word2016, this accessible and fun family activity draws inspiration from Upswing’s critically acclaimed show Bedtime Stories.

A soft play area of mattresses, pillows, quilts and soft toys, reminiscent of a child’s bedroom set the scene for an adventurous journey into acrobatics and storytelling.

Families will be invited to take off their shoes and learn tricks and games with the two characters show the before getting into bed and taking part in a magical adventure through the library stacks. Suitable for children aged 2-6 Book Here


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