A Day of Play

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

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National Writing Day

Day 10: –  Tues 26 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:



















#LGBTQ+ @IslingtonLibs @IslingtonMuseum @IslingtonLHC @IslingtonsPride @ReadingFriends_

www.islingtonspride.com www.readingfriends.org.uk

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

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#Words4Word – Poetry Proverbs

Throughout  spring 2019, All Change Associate Artist – Simon Mole, joined the weekly coffee morning group at Notting Hill Genesis -The Mildmays,  creating unique poetry in response to the experience. Selected lines were chosen and applied to some brand new coffee mugs. Associate Artist – Leticia Valverdes captured some ‘mug shot‘ photos at a special Tea Ceremony, as Simon presented the mugs to the group.

Strong coffee, small cups
Biscuits, banter
Jokes, chatter
Chinwag, natter
We shoot the breeze,
We chew the fat
We blether, blather, jibber jabber,
Gossip, gabber, all of that
Tea-cup philosophy
Ad-libbed limericks
Thirsty slurps or dainty Sips
Half full or half empty, bring em quick
Where’s my coffee?! Grumble, groan
All experts in the fine art of the moan
Know a zen like calm descends
When a good old moan is shared with friends
So if all’s well, we’ll hunt far and wide
For the solitary cloud in a summer sky
And gently pick at that perfect image
‘’coz it’s not quite as blue as it could be, is it?”
We let off steam, we dream, we vent
Sit anywhere but on the fence
for this tete a tete, This Heart to heart where unexpected ideas spark
from stories shared
thoughts percolate
as cakes and treats arrive on plates
upbeat, charming, dry-witted, cynical
all reassuringly unpredictable
Chinwag, natter
Jokes, chatter
Biscuits, banter
The details matter
Cups are small, and coffee strong
A place where one and all belong.

by Simon Mole and the coffee morning group at The Mildmays -#Words4Word

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Building Bridges

Day 8: 6.30-7.30pm Word Bridges –  is a showcase of work by young refugee and migrant writers, created as part of the Royal Society of Literature’s 2019 RSL Literature Matters Awards, awarded to writer Rosemary Harris in partnership with English PEN and Salusbury World. After featuring to acclaim in the 2018 Ten Pieces Prom at the Royal Albert Hall as Brave New Voices, the teenage writers from Capital City Academy will premier new work written for this event. They will share the stage with Rosemary, and Tanaka Mhishi. Word Bridges celebrates creative writing as a bridge between boundaries, offering vital points of connection for young people making challenging journeys. Join us for an uplifting opportunity to support and applaud their work. Where: Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA Tickets £5 Presented by English Pen and Free Word

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A Festival of Festivals

Sunday 23 June 12-6pm: – Story Street & #Islington4Women ‘Speakers Corner’ at Cally Festival – Cally Festival is a huge one-day street party on the Caledonian Road with something for everyone! Enjoy the wonderful Thornhill Primary Pupil Poets,  John Hegley, Booster Cushion Theatre, pupils from St. Andrews (Barnsbury) CofE, Vittoria and Robert Blair Primary Schools and City of London Academy Highgate Secondary School at Story Street – with poet Paul Lyalls; performances from Key Changes artists; and poetry by B Project young women at a special #Islington4Women – Speakers Corner stall and the Bus Stop Dance Floor.

West Library will be opened from 1-5pm with activities for all ages 

What’s on: All day: We will have mindful colouring for all ages ‘Come and colour in the library. It helps you relax and focus using our mindfulness colouring pages’. 1pm – 3pm: Face painting. 2pm – 4pm: ‘Lego at the library’ – Imagine, Create, Learn, Enjoy – If you like Lego drop in and turn your ideas into reality!’ All ages welcome. Adults welcome with children. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.Where: Caledonian Road

@theCallyFest @islington4women @islingtonlibs

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Weekend Word Garden

This weekend, why not visit the wonderful permanent WORD GARDEN at Kings Square Gardens, Lever St. EC1. Created by older residents at St. Luke’s Community Centre in 2018, working with All Change associate artists – Carl Stevenson and Francesca Beard, and Islington Council’s Parks Team – the garden features specially designed trellis work, a games table and benches customised with poetry, with a planting scheme inspired by stories and memories of the park and local area.

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Day 5: Women Walking and Talking

Friday 21 June, 6pm: #Islington4Women Women’s Walk – Join women of all ages for a special midsummer twilight promenade, from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, along the Cally to Bingfield Park. This special event will explore the contribution women have made to the borough throughout history, including inspiring stories from the Islington Museum team. We will reclaim the Cally, as women come together to walk, talk, think, discuss and make plans for making our roads safer for our children and young people.

Start: Arsenal Hub, 56 Benwell Road N7 7BA – finish Bingfield Park N1 0BH [around 8pm]

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