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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After Word …

Summer Reading Challenge and Holiday Events in Islington Libraries

There will be pranks galore and a ton of fun at your local library this summer. Mischief Makers is the theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge. Children taking part will follow clues to explore their colourful collector’s map of Beanotown, meeting Dennis, Gnasher and friends along the way. As children read library books, they collect special stickers to help them find the mysterious buried treasure! Mischief Makers celebrates adventure, friendship, reading and fun and is a must for all children who want to live in the moment and be themselves. And, if they finish all 6 books, they could also win one of our great prizes! The Challenge runs from 7 July – 23 September. For more information go to or ask in the library.

Watch out too for our programme of summer events including live animal shows from Animal Man Nick and Ranger Stu, plus comic illustration workshops, theatre shows on the Reading Challenge theme and some really mischievous craft activities!

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Summer Reading Challenge Champions – Aged 13-19? Why not become a Summer Reading Challenge Champion, helping younger children complete their challenge? Complete 8 hours work and get a guaranteed £10 Love2Shop voucher! For more details, go to

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Day 30: Clowns, Wizards and Storytellers – and Songwriters

Saturday 30 June 11am: Clowns, Wizards and Storytellers – A Guided Walk for Families – Clerkenwell & Islington Guides’ Association in partnership with Islington Libraries presents a free guided walk for families as part of Islington Reads – 2018 Year of Reading. Explore Islington’s links to Harry Potter, Joey the Clown and Charles Dickens. Meet Islington’s oldest resident and some important freedom fighters and hear about some abominable deeds in a burial ground. Will you be able to tell fact from fiction? Starting at 11am at Finsbury Library, 245, St John’s St, EC1V 4NB the walk will finish at Lewis Carroll Library, 166 Copenhagen St, N1 0ST in time for you to join anIslington Reads story telling event in nearby Edwards Square from 12.30 – 2.30pm. Ideal for children age 7 – 11 Booking for the guided walk is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.





12-2pm – Lyrical at 27 Dingley Place ECV 8BR – A music writing project designed by young women for young women aged 16-25 from All Change. Develop your songwriting and music production skills. Create and perform your own original material. Work with professional artists, musicians and producers. If you like to sing, write lyrics or want to learn how – then this is the project for you! #Islington4Women

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Day 29: Word’s Up – finale

Friday 29 June 7pm: Word’s Up! – a fabulous evening of perfectly performed words and top tunes from some Word festival favourites. The closing event for this year’s festival – features spoken word and music from Key Changes #LivingLyrics artists, Lyrix Organix and House of Illustration Stereo/Type – Unfold young poets, songs from Fran Lobo and an exclusive Word2018 performance from special guest Hussain Manawer. Celebrating – and Book Ending this year’s festivities. Please note – we have limited capacity for this event – bookings are on a first come first served basisBook Here.

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Day 28 & 29: A is for Adventure… for young families

Thursday 28 June – 2pm & 4pm and Friday 29 June – 11am & 1pm – at Finsbury Library – the Circus in libraries adventure continues! Upswing return to Word Festival with a new circus storytelling experience – A is for Adventure created with the All Change’s Inspire! young parents group.

Join them on an immersive adventure through Finsbury Library and explore the hidden stories found within the bookshelves. A chance for all ages to have fun together, play and experience your local library like never before. Created by the makers of award winning family show, Bedtime Stories. Suitable for ages 3+.



… and today is also the final Word2018 Little Explorers session for Under-5s and their parents and carers at Newington Green – from 9.30-11am – but don’t worry these lovely sessions from The Garden Classroom continue on Thursday mornings in July, and at King Square Gardens too on Fridays 9.30-11am!




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Day 27: Write to Lunch & Summer Ball

Wednesday 27 June 1-2pm – Write to Lunch at Free Word: Free Word and Arvon are offering a FREE lunchtime writing workshop to mark the second year of #NationalWritingDay. The workshop will be led by a critically acclaimed guest writer, and is open to everyone in the Islington community and beyond. Always had the desire to write? Reached a block in your writing? Or already have a poem, play or novel in the works? No matter your experience, this lunchtime workshop will offer practical solutions and inspiring discussions to help you rethink your creative process. Just bring a pen, paper and don’t forget your lunch!





2-5pm Summer Ball at Islington Assembly Hall – Join Cubitt for the annual Summer Ball on this year’s theme ‘Welcome to the Future’. Witness our 2018 future-themed performances, join in with dancing, sharing stories, art exhibitions, making workshops and more! As always accompanied by an abundance of tea, cake and conversation. This year’s event also sees the premiere of ‘Stereo/Type’ a game created by older people in collaboration with young people – a partnership between House of Illustration and Lyrix Organix.



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