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Exciting Word2012 Festival offers free fun for all

Word2012 is a celebration of reading, writing and freedom of expression and runs for three weeks from 11-31 May in Islington. Highlights include:

 

* a "flash mob" of young people reading on Highbury Fields (12 May)

* graphic novel workshops in Islington libraries (19 May and 26 May)

* a Bollywood Punch and Judy Show in Islington's Central Library (20 May)

* tour of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium followed by a poetry workshop (26 May)

* poetry slam with celebrated poet Michael Rosen at Platform youth hub (29 May)

* Spring Ball - a tea dance with a difference - at Islington Assembly Hall (30 May)

 

Nearly all events are free but booking is important for many of them.  For full details see www.islington.gov.uk/word2012

The Word 2012 Festival has been led by Islington Council's library, heritage and art services, All Change and Free Word Centre.  Funders and sponsors include Laing O'Rourke / Strabag Joint Venture, Crossrail and Arts Council England.

Rosemary Doyle, Islington Council's head of library and heritage services, said: "We're committed to helping residents get jobs, skills and training, and reading and literacy play a vital role.

"Word2012 has something for all our residents - from a poetry tour of Emirates Stadium to making your own graphic novel, and many other activities for all ages.  I'd like to invite all residents to join the celebration."

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