In The Old Fire Station

There will be a Pop Up Cafe serving food and drinks throughout the day with film screenings, every hour on the hour, courtesy of Reel Islington.

Reel Islington Green Screenings

A showcase of Continuous Screening in the pop-up cafe from film organisation Reel Islington.

Reel Islington presents a series of screenings throughout the year including Halloween, Valentines and at the Holloway Arts Festival. Reel Islington utilises a range of experimental venues (libraries, pubs, youth clubs) alongside more conventional venues (the Odeon, Screen On The Green) to develop links between filmmakers of all ranges, whilst showing cutting-edge films to a wider audience.

Click here to view a full film listing for the day

Talks and Performances

1pm - Nameless and Unexplained (experimental live music)

An improvising quintet featuring bassoonist Sonia Paco-Rocchia, brass player Arthur Swindells, guitarist Daniel Thompson, and three members of London's avant garde performance group Vultures Quartet, Matt Chilton, Will Connor and Anthony Donovan, will be playing a set of semi ambient, modern classical and free jazz influenced instant composition and sonic exploration through the use of household items, found objects, and homemade instruments.

2pm - Glitch (comedy theatre performance)

Holloway based writer/performer Lois Tucker will be performing as her wordless alter ego Lois of the Lane in 30 minute black comedy Glitch which touches on Government surveillance, intrusive marketing and the unending joy of automated customer service systems:

Set in an imaginary near future. a lone woman traveller finds herself trapped in a holding cell during an automated security check. Rather than succumb to the situation she attempts to outwit the machine and make a bid for freedom - hopefully in one piece...

As well as other previous outings, Lois performed Glitch sporadically over a month period at the British Library as part of their Taking Liberties exhibition in 2009. Her shows are set to a continuous soundtrack consisting of voice over, music and sound effects.

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3pm - Edwardian Holloway, Talk with Local author Caitlin Davies

Come and meet local author Caitlin Davies and learn how she researched the lives of ordinary Holloway Edwardians for her new novel The Ghost of Lily Painter. From bustling department stores and packed music halls, to the shadowy world of Islington baby farmers, it’s a period full of untold stories.

Caitlin Davies is a journalist and the author or six books including Place of Reeds and Friends Like Us. She lives in Holloway.

4pm - Poetry Readings from Editors of The Long Poem Magazine

Long Poem Magazine is unique in the field of poetry journals; a young magazine, it is dedicated entirely to publishing long poems and sequences. Issue Five, our most recent issue, launched at the Barbican Library and at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, includes a previously unpublished version of the epic poem Gilgamesh, by the late Edwin Morgan. LPM welcomes translations and publishes essays and online reviews of book-length poems, as well as running seminar groups for those interested in developing their skills in writing long poems.

The Editors reading are Lucy Hamilton, Anna Robinson, Ann Vaughan-Williams and Linda Black.

Lucy Hamilton: Ten poems from Lucy’s pamphlet Sonnets for my Mother (Hearing Eye, 2009) have been translated into Arabic. In 2010 she became the first ever woman and non-Muslim to appear by live satellite recording, reading at the Havana Café in Mecca.

Anna Robinson's first collection _The Finders of London _(Enitharmon, June 2010) has been nominated for 'The Big Red Read' by the London Borough of Redbridge. She is the poetry editor for ‘Not Shut Up’, a magazine of prisoners’ creative writing.

Ann Vaughan-Williams lived in Uganda until she was fourteen. Her collection Warming the Stones arose from this experience. She was a psychiatric social worker and runs a writing group for people with mental health issues.

Linda Black won the 2006 New Writing Ventures Poetry Award. The beating of wings (Hearing Eye 2006) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. She received an Arts Council Writer’s Award in 2007. Inventory, was published by Shearsman in 2008, and Root is forthcoming this year.

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