North London's Cultural Guide


Jessica Hepburn swimming the Channel

From Prince of Wales Baths to… swimming the Channel

After a decade of trying to become a mother, local writer Jessica Hepburn decided to achieve something else instead. So she swam the Channel

People dance in unison at Idler Festival

MUST DO: Idler Festival, Fenton House NW3

Oh my! Wandering minstrels, beekeeping, dancing lessons, calligraphy – and of course, street food

Shakespeare performer concealed by colourful smoke

MUST DO: Queen’s Park bookfest, open-air Shakespeare & Zabludowicz

A weekend literary festival in NW6, outdoor plays in NW1 and filmmaker Ericka Beckman in NW5


Astérix in Britain comes to Jewish Museum, Camden

New retrospective on the life and works of René Goscinny reaches NW1


Spend an evening with Alan Bennett

The literary legend stars at a fundraising night for local charity C4WS next week


‘My rackety childhood as an orphan’: Genevieve Fox on how to write memoir

The Tufnell Park author had to confront the one thing she feared most when faced with a cancer diagnosis


MUST DO: Kentish Town’s poetry HQ. Plus pop-up opera in a hospital?

Theatre, opera and poetry performance: three things to consider this weekend


Why one author thinks Hampstead is the perfect setting for a murder

Thriller writer Guy Fraser-Sampson on how the famous hilltop village inspired his latest detective series


Why it took one local man 12 years to write a novel

Musician, art curator and author Tot Taylor has just published his debut 960-page epic. We meet him


Check into the Alaskan Lonely Hearts Club

Travel writer Paul Gogarty on why you should attend his reading at Owl Bookshop on Kentish Town Road

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