National Writing Day 2020 #247challenge


To celebrate National Writing Day 2020, All Change’s company of older people undertook the #247challenge on Zoom with artist Francesca Beard to write a 24 word story in 7 minutes beginning ‘One Day…

One day when walking around the Emirates, I saw a toddler kicking a football. His mother applauded him. Will he really be a star? – Ann

One day in 1953 when I was in the army, I came home on leave and I met June, my future and my wife. – John

One day last week I had a lovely surprise, a visit from my son and daughter-in-law. Good to have a long chat. And haircut. – June

One day I will, God willing, have time to realise a dream. To de-clutter all unnecessary memorabilia collected which was thought to be necessary. – Maria

One day I opened my window and saw a bird perched on my balcony When it saw me it started singing a beautiful melody. – Dina

One day, I learnt to float in the deep end. Stop, too dangerous! Wrong. Deep water is strong. Deep water will hold you up. – Daphne

One day the sun was shining. Went for a walk in the park with friends. Stopped in the park for coffee and cake too! – Rachel

One day I hope to see that place. The people are traditional, the landscape authentic. One day I’ll get there to achieve my desire. – Pauline

One day feeling low, I walked out the door with head bent. A bird I heard in song, its delightful tune lifted my mood. – Eula

One day I was lost in space and then came re-stimulation. A kind word, gesture, movement, togetherness, a held heart and then I’m back. – Tony

One day I feel the ground through the pavement, push up against my shoes as one foot then the next propels my body forwards. – Roger

One day we emerged, all changed, to discover a changed world, emerging from its shattered shell. That day was our first spent home together. – Francesca

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National Writing Day – #247 Silver Threads Wednesday 24 June

11am -1pm Older residents aged 60+ are invited to join Francesca Beard to take part this #247 challenge online creative workshop for National Writing Day 2020. As we emerge from lockdown, the power of words to give voice and agency to our stories couldn’t be more pertinent. The challenge is intended as a moment of unity, of freedom and – most importantly – of fun where anyone who wants to be involved – can enjoy writing together and take a moment to express themselves.To book email:

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Citizens of Empire – Monday 22 June

Photo by Leticia Valverdes

Windrush Day 2020
All Change presents
Citizens of Empire
a poem by Eula Harrison.

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A family treat: Don’t Worry Little Crab – Sunday 21 June

11am Little Angel Theatre presents Don’t Worry Little Crab  –
Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a rockpool. Today, they’re going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water… Oh. The waves! They’re ENORMOUS. Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?

This puppetry adaptation of Chris Haughton’s picture book has been created by Folded Feather during the lockdown in association with Little Angel Theatre. (Available until 30 Sep)

Every week day at midday on Youtube Little Angel Theatre are releasing daily video stories too, told by their talented team of performers. Enjoy classics such as Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, and discover lesser-known tales. Each story is accompanied by a craft activity, so you can recreate the characters as puppets using simple materials you’ll find at home.

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Lockdown Your Aerial – Saturday 20 June

Lyrix Organix presents a special episode of Lockdown Your Aerial in collaboration with #Word2020. We invite our partners Key Changes (music & mental health, StickzN15) and House of Illustration (Grace Attlee) for guest slots with special guest Inua Ellams reading The Good Immigrant.
Hosted by Dan Tsu

Lyrix Organix launches LOCKDOWN YOUR AERIAL – now 23 episodes of flooding light into lockdown. A live stream series of multi-artist shows for 90 golden minutes. Every Wednesday and Saturday 3pm GMT.

Supporting artists, not-for-profit and free to view. Treat yourself.

The team behind Rum Shack (Glastonbury Festival) and UK Beatbox Championships have assembled a carousel of super hero musicians, rappers and poets – live streaming micro-concerts and micro-masterclasses (‘Eureka Moments’) – from their bedroom into yours. Let’s spread a little joy and respite, wherever you are in this new, crazy, locked down world.

Curated by Hobbit, Dan Tsu + special guests.

Lyrix Organix aims to highlight the plight of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. Run by volunteers, fuelled by love, supporting our NHS heroes by Staying at Home


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#WellConnected – Thursday 18 June

Thursday 18 June 4-6pm
Music Industry Session with Bass 6
Key Changes
shares some of Word2020’s commitment to creative disruption by parachuting smooth-tongued beatbox champ Bass 6 and Islington peoples’ poet Paul Lyalls into its Music Industry session for musicians with mental health experience over two consecutive weeks. Expect interactive word play and lyrical dexterity plus open mic from Key Changes’ artists.”
Free to attend for all musicians who have mental health experience by advance registration to: 
Thursday 18 June 4pm
B Creative Zoom workshop
All Change invites young women aged 16-25 to join artists Cecilia Knapp – poetry/writing & Marysa Dowling – photography for a ZOOM arts activism workshop exploring KINDNESS . Book your place:

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WORD2020 #WellConnected 17-30 June 2020

17-30 June 2020 – the Word Association brings you WORD2020 –
a special lockdown festival celebrating original voices, sharing stories and connecting communities.

Details of events and activities will be shared over the coming weeks, here and on Instagram.

WORD2020 features amazing online and offline lockdown activities from:
All Change, House of Illustration, Lyrix Organix, Key Changes, Little Angel Theatre, Arsenal FC, Company 3, Free Word and more… including:
– live online performances, workshops and Q&As for all ages
– podcasts and recordings of music and poetry by artists and communities of all ages 
– Illustrated Instagram poetry
– an online Grandads, Dads and Lads workshop with Arsenal 
– gifts of poetry and stories delivered to isolated older people at home

WORD2020 brings communities and artists together, creating a platform for new voices and ideas, promoting wellbeing, making connections and reducing isolation.

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Day 12: Grandads, Dads & Lads

Saturday 12 October 11am-1pm: All Change and Arsenal in the Community invite grandads, dads and lads (age 4-11) to join poet Paul Lyalls for a celebration of all things Arsenal FC. Follow in the footsteps of Nick Hornby and share your stories and experiences of being a fan of the beautiful game in a fun filled poetry workshop for all generations. Daughters are welcome too -along with the lads – but they must bring along dad or grandad! Free entry but booking essential – call All Change on 020 7689 4646. Where: Emirates Stadium N5 1BU

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Day 9: A Passenger’s Story: Generation Windrush

Friday 11 October – 9.45am & 11am N4 Library –  performances for schools – Celebrating over 70 years since the ship first docked at Tilbury, the story of the Empire Windrush marks the foundations of multicultural Britain. Meet Grace or Jakob, both passengers on board the ship from the Caribbean, as they embark on the voyage of a lifetime. Performed by Bigfoot Arts Education. Invitation Only – to Islington Schools #BlackHistoryMonth

Social: @bhmUK @IslingtonLibs @IslingtonMuseum @IslingtonLHC

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Day 8: #WorldMentalHealthDay

Thursday 10 October – 3 special activities and events:

Morning – A4D Sensory Storytelling through Illustration The first of a series of weekly morning workshops with Arts4Dementia [running from 10 Oct – 28 Nov 2019] for people living with early-stage dementia and their companions. Explore techniques.
Be inspired by the exhibitions. Develop skills.
Surprise yourself by what you can create. No experience necessary!   To register, call 020 7239 4954 Where: House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH @illustrationHQ@HOIeducation@Arts4Dementia




Community of Fire – pop up exhibition 12-2pm: Join the Community of Fire with All Change Associate Artists Francesca Beard and Leticia Valverdes, Islington Pause Project and a group of local women they work with – for this powerful event. Sharing original poetry and photography. Exploring the everyday and the extraordinary.  Where: Autograph ABP, Rivington Place EC2A 3BA @PauseOrg @AutographABP


Key Changes: World Mental Health Day Talent Show – 6-9pm: A unique annual event presenting a beguiling, inspiring and wildly diverse array of music, spoken word and comedy from artists with lived experience of mental health issues from North London and beyond. Where: St. Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street EC1V 8AJ


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