North London's Cultural Guide

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Mark Waddell: the street sign poet on how Kentish Town inspires him

The NW5 poet and performer renowned for his street signs, free poem-takeaways and live poems has a new book out

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The fascinating history of Camden Town’s record shops

An exclusive extract from Garth Cartwright and Quintina Valero’s new book of the capital’s vinyl emporiums

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When American literature came to Grove Terrace NW5

Dr Katie McGettigan peers into Kentish Town’s Victorian literary past

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7 North London bookshops we’re pleased to step inside again

From second-hand to brand spanking new, it’s heart-warming to see all these back up and running

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Ricky Gervais managed my band in the 1990s

Andy Macleod on the tragic tale of a Kentish Town band who didn’t become rich or famous – but had a manager who did

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Page-turners! 12 local novels for lockdown

From soapy classics and domestic dramas to crime romps and LGBTQ thrillers, these enjoyable reads all have an NW connection

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Two Metres: a photo book documenting the pandemic in Camden

Kenwood Ladies Pond photographer Ruth Corney on her thought-provoking portrait of how Covid affected the local community

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Take a literary tour of these inspiring local blue plaques

Freelance reporter Jennifer Rigby plots a self-guided north London city hike with a purpose

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Why Little Green Street features in Joanna Briscoe’s The Seduction

The acclaimed NW5-based author of Sleep With Me on how the locations in her new novel don’t stray far from home

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The fascinating tale of Angler’s Lane – and the River Fleet

Author Travis Elborough’s new book explores forgotten corners of cities across the globe

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