We’re currently in the thick of the sixth annual outing of Archway’s acclaimed homegrown arts festival. For the last few days top writers, scientists, historians and entertainers have been sharing their creative musings with crowds of (north) Londoners – and they’re not done yet.
Tonight (Wed 26th), comedian, writer and national treasure, Meera Syal will be in conversation with her lifelong friend, Tanika Gupta (Archway Methodist Church £8/£7). On Thursday, punk pioneer Viv Albertine will be discussing her second memoir, To Throw Away Unopened (Archway Methodist Church, £8). And there’s also a free event in which Paul Burston, curator and host of the award-winning and wildly popular LGBT+ literary salon Polari, comes to Archway to talk about his first crime novel, The Black Path (The Oak & Pastor pub).
Meanwhile Saturday sees the launch of a new local history project called Archway Re/Visited, showcasing pictures and stories of old Archway, and combines them with recorded interviews with local folk. There will be guided walks and (lots more) talks, including one covering the history of the Irish in London (Archway Methodist Chrurch, £4). Plus Christie Watson presents her new book about her twenty year career as a nurse.
Also on Saturday there are creative goings on at Archway Market; limerick-making with the hilarious Mick Twister, ‘cut-up’ technique poetry and a well stocked dressing up and prop box. It’s not solely for the ankle biters, honest. There’ll be musicians, street performers, oh and free cheese tastings on hand too.
And of course, this is followed by the AWWW ritual sing-a-long to Wuthering Heights (at 5pm). Guess we’ll see you and Heathcliff on the wily, windy moors of um… Archway Market.
Main image: Wuthering Heights flashmob, AWWW