ArchWay With Words is an annual festival featuring authors and speakers on fascinating subject matters.

Over 5 years we have featured hundreds of brilliant, entertaining people who contribute to our culture; you can see  their pictures and read more about them below. 

Our key sponsor is BODE who are developing Hill House in the centre of Archway bringing new housing, new and improved shopping and now a plan to make the square by Archway's Post Office into a city garden for all.

We also receive a grant from Islington Council's Community Festival Fund and gain support from local councillors Janet Burgess, Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Tim Nicholls and Dave Poyser as well as many council officers who work behind the scenes to ensure AWWW is delivered to Islington's residents and visitors.

The main venue for the festival is the Archway Methodist Church who are especially generous offering their Worship Centre. Their ongoing support and friendship is indispensable in this endeavour. Archway Library too are essential and valued partners, hosting free events and acting as our box office. Hargrave Hall trustees are also our treasured partners, hosting free events. 

Thank you to Reverend Tim Bradshaw, Robert Alderman and the committee of Archway Methodist Church; thank you to Cuneyt Yilmaz and the team at Archway Library; thank you to the trustees and manager of of Hargrave Hall.

The festival is made possible by a fantastic team who present the events, design and print the brochure, provide the sound and visual technical expertise, help us promote, supervise front of house and take care of our audience, all underpinned by our fantastic team of volunteers.

Thank you to Dejan Tomic, Simon Allen, Nicole Rachelle-Moore, David Wilson, Mark Hudson, Katie Granger, Aneesha Srinivisan, Aaron Fordwoh, Kieran Reilly, Caroline Walton, John O Boyle, Jan Tucker, Hak Huseyin, Engin Mehmet, Hermela Habtegrebel and Charles Moran.

AWWW is great value for money with most events only a fiver, and many 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

Check out some of the authors, events and musicians we had the pleasure of hosting at last year's festival

Will Self
Joan Bakewell
Alex Bellos

Tanika Gupta
Steve Jones

Richard Coles

Jah Wobble
Ehsan Masood
Emily Berry
Louise Millar
Ste Curran
Kayo Chingonyi
Michael de Souza
Sathnam Sanghera
Shelley Silas


Irenosen Okojie

Charlie Higson
John Healy

Suzi Quatro

Courttia Newland

Ben Okri
Michele Hanson

Roger Robinson
John Hegley  
Cecil Gutzmore
Keith Jarrett

Wanda Wyporska
Shannon Kyle
Cath Drake
Peter Daniels
Giles Palley Philips...............and a hundred more!!

Stella Duffy
Simon Singh
Penny Arcade

Salena Godden
Colin Grant
Neil McKenna

Jake Arnott
Laurie Bolger
Ifeoma Onyefulu

John Healy
Munro Price
Cath Hoffmann
Wayne Gooderham
Elisa Seagrave  
Tamar Cohen

Phill Jupitus
Viv Albertine

Chris Stringer
Sophie Scott

Paul Morley
Alice Bell

Alex Wheatle
Tim Wells
Vic Gatrell
Ed Stern
Kate Potts
Jo Bevan
The Ungewinster
Miranda Kaufmann  
Mark McCrum
Alison Winch 

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All photography on website by Justin Piperger.