Saturday October 22nd
A Curious History of Ordinary Life, From Stone Age to Phone Age – Greg Jenner
Every day, we take part in rituals that are millennia old. Greg Jenner’s witty and illuminating book reveals their astonishing origins and development. Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? Jenner scoured Roman rubbish bins, Egyptian tombs and Victorian sewers to bring us a smorgasbord of historical delights, and reveals how we got from huddling around an open fire in animal skins to becoming the smartphone-wielding metropolitans we are today.
£6/£2 | Archway Methodist Church 1pm
an oustandingly interesting year in the history of England…Rebecca Rideal 1666
Come and see historian Rebecca Rideal’s captivating, illustrated talk on her original archival research which takes on a thrilling journey through the year that saw not only the Great Plague, the Dutch War and the Great Fire of London, but also Newton’s discovery of Gravity, the completion of Milton’s Paradise Lost and Christopher Wren’s revolutionary architectural ideas. ‘With flare and style, "1666" exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history
£6/£2 | Archway Methodist Church 2.30pm
Cosmogramma: Afro-Futurist Science Fiction Short Stories
– Courttia Newland
Tales of revenant apocalypse, of performers that practice body augmentation, space exploration as futuristic colonialism…Courttia Newland presents his new collection, influenced by the peoples and cultures of the African diaspora, and the concepts in Afro-Futurism. Following the theme of his previous work, each story relates to music; the title is inspired by Flying Lotus who himself was inspired by Sun-Ra, the big band jazz Godfather of Afro-Futurism. Come and hear how this master storyteller explores these compelling themes.
£6 | Archway Methodist Church 4.30pm
My name is leon – kit de Waal
A deeply touching and illuminating novel set in 1981 has caused a major stir in the world of fiction. ‘Leon’ is a mixed race boy who loves his new, white, baby brother, Jake. When his mum’s illness leads to them being fostered, it’s soon clear that Jake will be adopted in a flash, but Leon will not. Kit de Waal speaks about telling a story through the eyes of a 9 year old boy, and the personal insights she brought to bear on the book.
£6 | Archway Methodist Church 7pm
Arts & Fun Day At Archway Market
'TAKE YOUR CUE!' – CREATIVE WRITING
Come and ‘Take Your Cue!’...from playwright Diane Samuels and her Writing ‘Prompts’ - terrific little bits of concentrated inspiration designed to help you put pen to paper…
FREE | Archway Market 12 - 4
ARCHWAY TALES – MUSIC AND DRAMA WORKSHOP
Join us to share your ‘Archway Tales’ in a day of Music and Drama Workshops. What do you feel about Archway? Together we’ll give life to our collective stories. Come and play!
FREE | St John's Church 12 - 4
CUT-UP TECHNIQUE & WORLD TOMBOLA – CREATIVE WRITING FOR ALL AGES
We do this every year - it’s great fun, and a really good way to get your authory juices flowing! Bag yourself a bag of words, and then arrange them, as you please! We’ll have a Word Tombola for the young ones, and a giant display that’ll grow all day!
FREE |Archway Market 12-4
MAESTRO PLAYS HIS SITAR – HEAR ONE OF THE GREATEST INSTRUMENTALISTS INDIA HAS PRODUCED – BALUJU SHRIVASTAV
Baluji was not guided by gurus, as the traditional system assumes sight, and Baluji is totally blind. His uncommon talent, courage and hard work have led to an outstanding career performing with musicians such as Stevie Wonder, producing 5 albums and writing music for film and TV. He is a member of the paraorchestra who performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic games. Here he talks about his upbringing in Uttar Pradesh, and plays Sitar.
Free | St John’s Church 2.30pm
The much loved speciality stalls at Archway’s weekly market and an especially massive ‘Word On The Street’ bookstall, with quality 2nd hand books and half price new children’s books
Additional stalls throughout the day will feature crafts, and arts information.
MICK TWISTER telling stories five lines at a time!
Mick Twister is an unusual historian...he presents the stories of the past in the form of limericks. He’s been reporting on current affairs in limericks as @twitmericks on a daily basis since 2011 and his next book: A Right Royal History in Limericks is out next year. Come and hear his history of the world - 5 lines at a time!
Free Archway Library 3.30pm