You can get a quick overview of the events below, look at the programme for the full story, or pick up a printed festival brochure which you'll soon find in the library, local shops, Archway Market, restaurants, and all around Archway and North London

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Saturday September 14th

Carl Cattermole, Caitlin Davies & Erika Flowers - prisoner books benefit

Carl Cattermole presents his essential guide to life in UK prisons: ‘Prison a Survival Guide’. Author & historian Caitlin Davies presents her book: ‘Bad Girls, A History of Rebels and Renegades’. They are joined by Erika Flowers who will present her artwork inspired by her stay in Holloway.


Saturday 14th | 2.30pm | Archway Methodist Church | £5

'Andi Oliver & Hardeep Singh Kohli talk food…

Celebrated chef, restaurateur and broadcaster Andi Oliver is comikng to Archway to talk food! She’s in conversation with her old friend Hardeep Singh Kohli, fresh from splitting the sides of Edinburgh Festival audiences, about their shared passion for cooking.

A feast of foody entertainment.

Saturday 14th | 4pm | Archway Methodist Church | £10/£6

Suresh Singh: Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh

Suresh Singh tells the candid story of his father Joginder Singh who found himself in his element among the mishmash of people who inhabited Spitalfields. His son Suresh became the first Punjabi punk, playing for Spizzenergi and touring with Siouxsie & the Banshees. Enthralling biography alternates with Sikh recipes by Jagir Kaur, Suresh’s wife.

Saturday 14th | 6pm: | Archway Methodist Church | £5

Bill Paterson presents the World Premiere of Ivor Cutler’s play ‘The Fleas’

Local and national treasure Bill Paterson (Yes, young'uns, its Fleabag's dad..) is a devotee and was an old friend of Ivor Cutler. the legendary poet, songwriter and humorist. In this wonderful special and unique event, Bill will perform some of Ivor's work, including a reading of the world premiere of Ivor’s play ‘Fleas’. He’ll also furnish us with tales of this noted eccentric who was, in his own words: 'Never knowingly understood'...

Saturday 14th | 7.30pm | Nightclub Kolis above Archway Tavern | £10/£7

Sunday 15th September

Screening of ‘The Ponds’, with readings by Ava Wong Davies & Esther Freud  

The hour-long version of Patrick McClennan's magical 'The Ponds’ filmed on Hampstead Heath. Cameras filmed the year-round visitors as they swam, laughed, sang, complained, ruminated, philosophised and simply sought respite from all that life threw at them. The event will also feature readings from: 'At the Pond', capturing the reminiscences of writers who love the pond, with Ava Wong Davies and Esther Freud.

Sunday 15th | 4pm | Hargrave Hall | £7

Black Superheroes in animation with Tony Warner

Tony Warner is a historian, researcher who hosts walks, talks and films on the African history of London. He returns to AWWW with a presentation about animations and comics which feature African-themed cartoons and authentic black history. Magical Nigerian warriors, Anansi the West African Folk Hero, The story of Ogun and Oshun, Teenage black superheroes and more.

Sunday 15th | 6pm | Hargrave Hall | £5 (Under 16s free)

Mary Wild - Surrealist Cinema

In this talk, Mary will explore the overlap between the psychoanalytic method and surrealist cinema exploring works by filmmakers including Luis Buñuel, Věra Chytilová, Guy Maddin, Jan Švankmajer and Maya Deren. Mary Wild is the creator of the PROJECTIONS lecture series at Freud Museum London, applying psychoanalysis to film interpretation.

Sunday 15th | 8pm | Hargrave Hall | £5

Monday 16th September

Lisa Jewell presents: The Family Upstairs

Million copy bestselling author Lisa Jewell comes to Archway to present her her latest twisty psychological thriller: The Family Upstairs. 'In a large house in Chelsea a baby is awake in her cot. But in the kitchen....??? Two entangled families. A house with the darkest of secrets. Come and hear Lisa read from and talk about how she copes with thinking of stories that make her readers gasp aloud.

Monday 16th | 6.30pm | Archway Library | FREE

Life Drawing Theatre - The Divine Comedy

‘Life drawing theatre’ is a unique type of interactive storytelling. This performance of sonnets from The Divine Comedy, narrated by Paul McGill, will give you the opportunity to create your own storyboard of sketches whilst the actors remain in pose for several minutes at time throughout their performance. Listen and watch, then just add your own interpretation in pencil, you may surprised by the results…

A Byebyeblues event.

Monday 16th 7.15pm | Heads & Tails Hairdressers N19 3JH | £10

Tuesday 17th September

Waqas Ahmed presents: ‘The Polymath’

Every human is born with multifarious potential. Why, then, do we 'specialise' in just one? Waqas Ahmed has weaved together a narrative of history and a vision for the future that seeks to disrupt this prevailing system of unwarranted 'hyper-specialisation.' He proposes nothing less than a cultural revolution whereby everyone is encouraged to express themselves in multiple ways and fulfil their many-sided potential.

Tuesday 17th | 7.30pm | Archway Methodist Church | £5

Dead Man's Party in Victorian Garden Cemeteries

The perception of cemeteries is transforming from morbid and solemn, to celebratory and inclusive as cemeteries endeavour to become places of community, connection and joy. In this talk, Dr Romany Reagan will offer perspectives on what cemeteries meant to their communities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries – and today as spaces of ‘mortality mediation’.

Tuesday 17th | 8pm | Lost Boys Pizza | £10

A Byebyeblues event

London poetry with Joolz & Hilaire, Debra Watson, Mary Dickins & guests.

Joolz Sparkes & Hilaire bring you excerpts from ‘London Undercurrents’, with tales of Islington women, real and imagined. Their project connects women of the past to women of the present through a rich thread of poetical comment. Following is Debra Watson performing poetry from her collection ‘Laments & Incantations’ with Henni Linnea, and Mary Dickins from her first anthology about to be published by Burning Eye Books

Tuesday 17th 7.30pm | Northern Soul Bar | £5

Wednesday 18th September

A Country to Call Home Lucy Popescu, Patrice Lawrence & Sita Brahmachari

An anthology of stories, flash fiction, poetry and original artwork from some of our finest children’s writers on one of the defining issues of our time. Focusing on the fate of refugee children and young adults, there are tales of home and missing it; poems about dangerous journeys and life in refugee camps; stories about prejudice, but also stories of children’s fortitude, their dreams and aspirations.

Wednesday 18th | 6.15pm | Archway Library | FREE

Joanne Harris presents her latest novel ‘The Strawberry Thief’

The celebrated author Joanne Harris, author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), presents her latest novel 'The Strawberry Thief', which is the 4th in a series of novels telling the story of Vianne Rocher and her daughters, Anouk and Rosette in the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes. A huge treat for Archway!

Joanne will be in conversation with David Whiteman the author of: 'A Cure for Solitude' set in Prague.

Wednesday 18th | 7.15pm | Archway Methodist Church | £10/£6

Polari Pop-up with Paul Burston, Sophia Blackwell, Polis Loizou & Angela Chadwick

The fabulous LGBT literary salon Polari is on tour! Paul Burston presents ‘The Closer I Get’ - a chillingly relevant and twisty psychological thriller. Joining Paul are three writers from the Polari Prize longlists: Sophia Blackwell with her latest poetry collection The Other Woman; Poliz Loizou presents ‘Disbanded Kingdom’ following Oscar looking for love and meaning in London; and Angela Chadwick with her thriller ‘XX’ - the story of a lesbian couple who discover a new way to have a baby together.. This promises to be an evening of literary excellence and entertainment. 

Wednesday 18th | 8.15pm | Nightclub Kolis above Archway Tavern | £5

Thursday 19th September

John Healy presents his novel: 'The Metal Mountain’

In his autobiography ‘The Grass Arena’. John told the story of growing up facing beatings from his father and how he spent fifteen years as a homeless alcoholic, finally learning to play chess in prison before writing the autobiography that is now a Penguin Classic. His novel The Metal Mountain has finally been published, set in post war London. Come and hear a reading and meet the extraordinary man himself.

Thursday 19th | 6.30pm | Archway Methodist Church  | £5

Professor Lloyd Peck of the British Antarctic Survey

Professor Lloyd Peck conducts world-leading research and expeditions to the hostile, frozen continent. He leads a team of polar biologists evaluating how species have adapted to live in the coldest, driest, windiest, most isolated place on earth - a natural laboratory for studying biodiversity, evolution and unique ecosystems. This eminent zoologist will enlighten us, with interactive demonstrations and stunning video.

Thursday 19th | 8pm | Archway Methodist Church  | £5

Friday 20th September

John Hegley at Archway Children’s Library

Poet, comic and ukulele player John Hegley presents some of his wonderfully entertaining poems for children. Expect a funny, interactive event featuring animals, people, and, of course, potatoes..!

Friday 20th | 4pm | Archway Library | FREE

Overneath the Arches with John Hegley

Poet, comic, songwriter and glasses-wearer John Hegley is an AWWW favourite, embroiling Archway audiences in guillemot impressions, captivating them and cracking them up. This year he showcases a selection of his seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the seaside….dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and of course…poetatoes!

Friday 20th | 7.30pm | Nightclub Kolis above Archway Tavern | £10/£6

Anthony Joseph’s ‘Kitch’ a fictional biography of Calypso icon Lord Kitchener.

With poets Muneera Pilgrim & Michelle Yaa Asantewa

Anthony Joseph is a Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician who has been referred to as ‘the leader of the black avant garde in Britain.’ He will present ‘Kitch’, a fictional biography of calypso icon Lord Kitchener. Muneera Pilgrim is an international poet, writer and one half of the Muslim female duo Poetic Pilgrimage. She will share a selection of her poetry. Yaa Asentewa, editor of Way Wive Wordz Publishing and the author of ‘A Folkloric Biography of a Guyanese Elder’ will read excerpts from ‘Elijah’ and poems from her collection: ‘The Awakening’.

Everybody’s a writer…at Crisis Charity shop

Throughout the festival there will be a dedicated space in Crisis Charity Shop for creative writing - relaxed and friendly! Ever fancied writing? Come and be inspired by our written and visual prompts and nudges and get some ideas for stories, or write a poem or just write in a journal! Paper and pens on hand. Then on Friday 20th after closing, there will be a friendly gathering for anyone who wants to share their writing.

Plus a few nibbles…

Saturday to Friday all day; Friday 20th starts 6.30pm | Crisis Charity Shop | FREE

Saturday 21st September

Deirdre Shanahan presents: ‘Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind’

A debut novel from short story writer Deirdre Shanahan: ‘Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind’ is about becoming un-anchored, the disturbance when you're wrenched out of your environment, and the need for a home and belonging. Deirdre will read extracts and tell us about how she went about researching this captivating tale. ‘Eva takes her teenage son Torin away from petty crime and gang violence in London to the safest place she knows: her father's caravan in Ireland…’

Saturday 21st 12.30pm | Archway Library | FREE

Colin Grant presents: Homecoming - Voices of the Windrush Generation

Historian, biographer and author Colin Grant is an AWWW favourite, having presented three books to rapt AWWW audiences. His latest book draws on over 100 1st-hand interviews, archival recordings and memoirs by the women and men who came to Britain from the West Indies between the late ‘40s and early ‘60s. We hear from nurses in Manchester; bus drivers in Bristol; seamstresses in Birmingham; teachers in Croydon; dockers in Cardiff; inter-racial lovers in High Wycombe, and Carnival Queens in Leeds. These are stories of hope and regret, of triumphs and challenges, brimming with humour, anger and wisdom. Together, they reveal a rich tapestry of Caribbean British lives. Homecoming is an unforgettable portrait of a generation, which brilliantly illuminates an essential and much-misunderstood chapter of our history.

Sat 21st 2pm | Archway Methodist Church | £5

‘Hallo Robot’ - meet your new workmate and friend.

From dolls to industrial workers, Bennie Mols and Nieske Vergunst reveal the history of robots and how they have developed, how they see, feel and act. Soon they could be cleaning our homes and keeping our parents company in old age. They’ll also look at what robots learn about human speech, why evolution designs the best robots and ask if rogue robots will take over the world. They’ll also present an idea of what the future holds with ‘2100, a Robot Odyssey...’

Saturday 21st | 4.30pm | Archway Methodist Church | £7/£5

Francesca and Raoul Martinez in conversation

If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for a mental breakdown, and women over size zero are encouraged to shoot themselves, what the hell do you do if you’re, gasp … DISABLED? Whatever body you’re born into, the pressure to be normal is everywhere. But have you ever met a normal person? What the **** does normal mean anyway? AWWW presents the award-winning 'wobbly' comedian Francesca Martinez, with her funny, personal, and universal story of how she learned to stick two shaky fingers up to the crazy expectations of a world obsessed with being ‘normal’. Joining his sister is philosopher, artist and filmmaker Raoul Martinez presenting his powerful new book which questions our very understanding of the meaning of freedom. Drawing together findings and ideas from neuroscience, criminology, psychology, politics, climate science, economics, and philosophy, ‘Creating Freedom’ constructs a radical framework to make sense of the world and empower us to change it. Set to be an entertaining, thought provoking, truly memorable evening.

Saturday 21st | 6pm | Archway Methodist Church | £10/£6

Grand Finale! All-Dayer at Archway Market in Navigator Square

ARCHWAY’S GOT TALENT! (minus the judges) A day of bands, singers and poets from N19, in association with Elthorne Pride. (Want to join in? Drop us a line!) There’s also the return of PropPlay and their Dressing-Up and Prop Box, ‘Cut-Up’ Word-Play and Crafts for all ages - FREE!

Saturday 21st 12pm - 5pm | Archway Market at Navigator Square N19 3TD | FREE