North London's Cultural Guide

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Jessica Hepburn swimming the Channel
Books

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
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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
Art

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

Books

Astérix in Britain comes to Jewish Museum, Camden

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

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Spend an evening with Alan Bennett

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

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‘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

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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

Books

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

Art

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

Books

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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