ArchWay With Words is an annual festival featuring well-loved and acclaimed authors, scientists, historians, biographers, poets, comics, performers, film-makers, singers, and musicians. Between them they have sold millions of books and won shelves-full of awards and entertained people all over the world.  There are oodles of opportunities to meet experts, have fun and let your creativity blossom in writing workshops and singing opportunities.

AWWW’s debut was in 2013, commissioned by the Archway Town Centre Group (ATCG) funded by Islington Council and Word2013. In 2014 the AWWW sequel attracted some exciting sponsors who stepped in to boost Islington's funding with Bode Hill House Archway, and Essential Living on board.  

Bode are developing Hill House bringing new housing, new and improved  shopping and an attractive outside space.. Both developers have generously continued their sponsorship for AWWW2016. 

Essential Living developed Archway Tower, bringing new housing available now in the newly named 'Vantage Point'. This year there an event will take place in their communal area at the top of the building.


The main venue for the festival is the Archway Methodist Church who are especially generous offering their Worship Centre. It is warm, inviting, well equipped and accessible. Archway Library hosts free events, along with Archway Market, Hargrave Hall and St John's Church; Kogan Academy Drama School, The Hideaway Bar and The Mother Red Cap and  Archway Tavern Nightclub Kolis are also in line-up of interesting and diverse venues.  

AWWW is great value for money with most events only a fiver, and many absolutely free. Archway is a fascinating place to live with an abundance of great reasons to visit; it's a terrific setting for a story.

Stephanie Smith, Creative Director


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ArchWay With Words 2013/14/15/16

Check out some of the authors, events and musicians we had the pleasure of hosting at last year's festival

Will Self
Joan Bakewell
Alex Bellos

Tanika Gupta
Steve Jones

Richard Coles

Jah Wobble
Ehsan Masood
Emily Berry
Louise Millar
Ste Curran
Kayo Chingonyi
Michael de Souza
Sathnam Sanghera
Shelley Silas


Irenosen Okojie

Charlie Higson
John Healy

Suzi Quatro

Courttia Newland

Ben Okri
Michele Hanson

Roger Robinson
John Hegley  
Cecil Gutzmore
Keith Jarrett

Wanda Wyporska
Shannon Kyle
Cath Drake
Peter Daniels
Giles Palley Philips...............and a hundred more!!

Stella Duffy
Simon Singh
Penny Arcade

Salena Godden
Colin Grant
Neil McKenna

Jake Arnott
Laurie Bolger
Ifeoma Onyefulu

John Healy
Munro Price
Cath Hoffmann
Wayne Gooderham
Elisa Seagrave  
Tamar Cohen

Phill Jupitus
Viv Albertine

Chris Stringer
Sophie Scott

Paul Morley
Alice Bell

Alex Wheatle
Tim Wells
Vic Gatrell
Ed Stern
Kate Potts
Jo Bevan
The Ungewinster
Miranda Kaufmann  
Mark McCrum
Alison Winch 

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