Day 25: Circus Walk

Monday 25 June 6pm:  Life and Times of Joseph Grimaldi: Clerkenwell’s King of Clowns – Guided Walk – 

In this one-hour walk, guide and local historian Jiff Bayliss will tell the story of the Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), the Clerkenwell King of Clowns. Hailed as the father of modern clowning, Grimaldi became a huge celebrity and spent much of his life both performing and living in Clerkenwell. The tour will include his local home and final resting place. Book Here

Presented by Clerkenwell and Islington Guides’ Association in partnership with Islington Library and Heritage Services.

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Free Words of the Week – 4

Broaden your lexical horizons during the festival and look out for these Free Words of the Week, just outside Free Word Centre. Take a picture and join the conversation online with #FreeWordOfTheWeek or go further by putting them on display where you work! Expect to stumble upon a unique new word each week, connected to the festival’s wellbeing themes. Head over to to find out more or sign up for weekly posters.

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Day 23: Home Ground & Library2Library Walk

Saturday 23 June: 10.30am – Home Ground at Park Theatre –  Join All Change’s When Saturday Comes company of older people, artists Francesca Beard and Leticia Valverdes for an extraordinary morning of improvised story-making. Come prepared to have fun, join in and see what happens – with tea and cake for everyone – expect a magical and unique Saturday morning!




11am – 
Deeds Not WordsClerkenwell & Islington Guides’ Association in partnership with Islington Libraries presents a free guided walk for families – 100 years ago World War 1 ended and women got the right to vote. On this walk we find out why some Suffragettes went to Holloway Prison, what they did there and the song they sang. We will discover how the Cat & Mouse Library got its name and see where the ‘Jiujitsu Suffragette’ lived. Along the way we pass an old cattle market, see London’s smallest local nature reserve and learn about some of the people sent to prison during both World Wars as conscientious objectors. Starting from The Cat & Mouse Library 275, Camden Rd, N7 0JN, the walk will finish at the West Library Bridgeman Rd N1 1BD in time for you to join theIslington Reads story-telling event in nearby Thornhill Square from 12.30pm-2.30pmBooking for the guided walk is essential.Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ideal for children age 7 – 11.


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Throughout Word2018 you may have spotted a series poetic dispatches from some extraordinary voices … in person, in print, online … via Instagram and twitter … a team of poets including Paul Lyalls and Francesca Beard …have been responding and reacting … sharing their reflections and creating a body of new work and new Words4Word…follow the hashtag #Words4Word to find them!

Here’s an image from the new Word Garden – a poetry trellis created with older people at St. Luke’s Community Centre with poet Francesca Beard and artist Carl Stevenson.

….Girl stepping off a train / carrying a picture frame / see through art in the public domain / due to the rhyme scheme going to Turnpike Lane / Happy for a photo exchange / art makes the underground more humane / probably never ever see her again. – @PaulLyalls  

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Day 21: Little Explorers

Thursday 21 June 9.30am at Newington Green – Join The Garden Classroom for a Little Explorers sessions for under 5’s with their parents and carers.  Discover together the wonders of wildlife, trees, bees, flowers & plants in your local greenspace in mornings full of outdoor fun, songs, stories, nature trails and natural art and crafts. Each week, our Little Green Library will be set up so you can enjoy nature books together to help grow a love of reading. A brilliant opportunity to meet local families, get outdoors & take away ideas for nature discovery.

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Day 20: Words are Birds

Wednesday 20 June 7pm at Thornhill Primary School  – A fun night of poetry and rhymes for all the family with live performances by Word2018’s poet-in-residence Paul Lyalls and pupils from Thornhill Primary School with very special guest Adisa. £2 Donation to the school on the door.

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Day 20: Futures in the Making

Wednesday 20 June 6-7.45pm at Central Library – A free LGBTQ Creative Writing and mentorship scheme. Futures in the Making is a free creative writing workshop series (prose) for LGBTQ emerging and aspiring writers led by novelist and writer Olumide Popoola. LGBTQ writers of colour are particularly invited to apply.

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