ArchWay With Words returns with Part Three - a 9 day odyssey of fiction, science, comedy, history, poetry, biography, puppets, singing... AWWW director Stephanie Smith has pulled together another illustrious line-up of ‘superstar authors and spellbinding speakers’. There’s headliners galore with national treasures Joan Bakewell and Phill Jupitus, the hugely popular and cool historical novelists Jake Arnott and Tracy Chevalier and Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri.
As usual AWWW showcases the prodigious local talent with writers Esther Freud, Joanna Briscoe, Matt Baylis, Caitlin Davies, Penny Hancock and Heather Reyes all speaking on the first day. There’s another terrific showing for science featuring Simon Singh returning with his original Enigma Machine, Professor Peck of the Antarctic Survey talking about polar biology and the Professor and stand-up comic Sophie Scott on the ‘Science of Laughter’.
This year’s Spoken Word offer features the hottest London talent and is spectacularly headlined with a rare performance from Linton Kwesi Johnson. Biography is well represented too with talks on Alexander McQueen and John Peel, and special interest subjects include cryptic crossword clue cracking, the ‘London Sound Survey’ and experts on the history of protest in the Capital, and London’s best swimming spots.
We hear from playwrights Tanika Gupta and Diane Samuels, with the latter undertaking a huge creative writing project that will culminate on the 2nd weekend at Archway Market, in a whole day of word-related fun with storytelling, a performance from a sitar maestro, PropPlay Theatre and three booksellers on hand to assist with your reading needs.
The finale is headed by legendary New York performance artist and recent Fringe First winner Penny Arcade, in a session with punk pioneer Viv Albertine, and a party to follow!
With 35 events in all, this is another spectacular feast for your mind from AWWW.
AWWW2015 takes place from October 10th - 18th in Archway Methodist Church, Hargrave Hall, Kogan Academy drama school, the nightclub above the Tavern and the Library. Tickets and the full programme are available at archwaywithwords.com and this year Archway Library will be the very conveniently located box office. Brochures can soon be found in shops, restaurants and venues.