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ArchWay With Words is an annual festival featuring brilliant speakers on fascinating subjects, free creative activities and an all day event at Archway Market.

The main venue for the festival is the Archway Methodist Church located on Navigator Square next to Archway tube.

Archway Library host free events and act as AWWW box office for paper tickets on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

Hargrave Hall Community Centre are our third venue, and then we also venture into the Oak & Pastor and Northern Soul Bar on Junction Road.

We partner with Archway Market to host an all day event in Navigator Square.

Our key sponsor is BODE who are developing Hill House in the centre of Archway bringing new housing, new and improved shopping and a city garden for all.

We receive a grant from Islington's Community Festival Fund, gain generous support from local businesses Absolute Print and Archway Market. 

Heartfelt thanks are due to many people for making AWWW happen:

Thank you to Reverend Timothy Bradshaw, Robert Alderman and the committee of the Archway Methodist Church for being so generous with their Worship Centre, and for their time, assistance and kindness in this endeavour. Thank you to Sam the caretaker.

Thank you to Cuneyt Yilmaz, Jane Wright, Tony Brown and all the team at Archway Library for hosting free events and for their time and kind assistance.

 Thank you to Jan Tucker, Geoff Burton, Alwyn Mclennan and trustees of Hargrave Hall for their generosity and warm welcome.

Thank you to Islington Council and councillors Janet Burgess, Tim Nicholls, Kaya Comer-Schwartz and David Poyser for their contributions, and Islington council officers Aroha Rangi, Angeles Gordo, Barry Causton, Hermela Haptegebrel and Conor Cusack for their constant, efficient, warm and invaluable assistance.

Thank you to Aaron Fordwoh for his superb skills as AWWW production assistant, to David Wilson for taking care of sound and vision, and to Dejan Tomic who designs the marvellous brochure.

Thank you to Justin Piperger for his fantastic photography.

Thank you Charles Moran and all at Bode who are redeveloping Hill House and creating new shopping and a City Garden to Archway. They are our most steadfast and treasured backers. We could not do it without them.  

Thank you from the bottom of my toes especially to Hak Huseyin & Engin Mehmet from Absolute Print - they are absolute sweeties, the very heart of Archway and dear and valued friends to the festival and to Archway in general!

AWWW is great value for money with many events absolutely free. Archway is a fascinating place to live with an abundance of great reasons to visit; it's a terrific setting for a story. I hope you have a great festival!

Stephanie Smith, Creative Director


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ArchWay With Words 2013/14/15/16/17

Check out some of the Speakers we Have had the pleasure of hosting at Previous festivals...

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Will Self, Harriet Walter, Ben Okri, Simon Singh, Salena Godden, Stella Duffy, Viv Albertine, Suzi Quatro, Phill Jupitus, Helen Czerski, Jah Wobble, Tracy Chevalier, Alex Bellos, Courttia Newland, Esther Freud, Sunny Singh, Rebecca Rideal, Irenosen Okojie, Kit De Waal, Em Harri, Sarah Hesketh, Andrew Wilson, Tina Seskis, Rastamouse, Giles Paley-Philips, Dame Joan Bakewell, Michele Hanson, Alex Wheatle, Patrice Lawrence, Charlotte Mendelson, Darren Chetty, Wei Ming Kam, Kieran Yates, Joanna Briscoe, Tim Wells, Lisa Jewell, Vic Gatrell, Roger Robinson, Michele Hanson, Professor Steve Jones, Chris Stringer, Charlie Higson, Sarah Westwood, Lucy Popescu, Rosie Wilby, Kate Shortt, Really Big Pants, Spud & Yam, Candy Gourlay, ...and more than a hundred others...

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All photography on website by Justin Piperger.