The Author

This webpage is dedicated to tracking and interpreting a series of messages I have found on white walls in Barnsbury, North London over the last few years. They are all written in what I believe to be the handwriting of a single person. I have named this person The Author.

I first came across The Author's work on this wall in Gibson Square:

I noticed a series of four messages on the wall in Autumn 2017. From left to right, they read:

GOD CHEATED.

Appeared: Between April 2015 and May 2017, according to Street View data.

GOD LIED TO DIDO

Appeared: Between April 2015 and May 2017, according to Street View data.

Notes: 'Dido' may refer to the Dido of Greek legend, or the singer-songwriter Dido, who once lived in nearby Lonsdale Square, according to this Islington Tribune article.

BRITISH ART IS GOOD.

Appeared: Between April 2015 and May 2017, according to Street View data.

WET CHECK
MARK & CAROL THATCHER

Appeared: Between April 2015 and May 2017, according to Street View data.

Notes: A 2006 Wiktionary entry and a 2009 Urban Dictionary page offer competing definitions of 'wet check'. Mark and Carol Thatcher are the children of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Further messages were later added, one by one, in the following relative positions:

Use Revisionist Theory
Use Revisionist Theory.

Appeared: Between 25 August 2017, when this Instagram video was posted, showing the absence of the message, and 16 November 2017, when I observed it.

Notes: This was the first message to be written in blue pen, twice, and in title case, rather than upper case.

DIDO LIED TO MATT

Appeared: Between 16 November 2017, when I observed its absence, and 25 January 2018, when I observed it.

The Gibson Square wall was repainted at some point between 25 January 2018, when I last observed the above six messages, and April 2018, when Street View data shows their absence.

There have been no further messages added to the wall since then.

However, at the top of nearby Richmond Avenue, more writing appeared on this low wall:

I first noticed a series of three messages on this wall in Spring 2018. From left to right, they read:

There Is So

Appeared: Between April 2015, when Street View captured this image and 1 April 2018, when I observed it.

Notes: This may have been an aborted attempt to write 'There Is Something Wrong', the third message in this series.

Everything
Is Wrong.

Appeared: Between April 2015, when Street View captured this image and 1 April 2018, when I observed it.

Notes: Both this message and the next one were decorated with smudges of dark green paint.

There Is
Something
Wrong.

Appeared: Between April 2015, when Street View captured this image and 1 April 2018, when I observed it.

The Richmond Avenue wall was repainted at some point between 1 April 2018, when I observed the messages, and 7 April 2019, when I observed their absence.

My colleague informed me of additional writing on a wall at the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Hemingford Road:

I observed just one message on this wall, reading:

West London
Is Easy.

Appeared: Between January 2018 and April 2018, according to Street View data.

Notes: The uneven paint job of the wall suggests other writing may have been covered up in the past, though no other messages are visible in any Street View images.

The Hemingford Road wall was repainted at some point between 29 June 2018, when my colleague observed the message, and 9 April 2019, when I observed its absence.

I decided to map the three locations at which I had observed The Author's messages:

I immediately noticed that the three locations formed an almost perfect latitudinal line, approximately 51.5387° north of the equator.

I decided to walk the length of this line, as it passes through Barnsbury, to look for further messages.

Just off Richmond Avenue, on Dowrey Street, I found the faint remnants of a series of messages that had been painted over.

Unfortunately, Street View has no record of how these messages looked before the wall was repainted.

From left to right, they appear to have read:

WORLD
PEACE
[?]
Ble [?]

Appeared: At some point prior to 19 April 2019, when I observed the remnants of the message. (Street View images are not sharp enough to gauge the presence or absence of these remnants.)

Sexy [?]
Al [?]
Im [?]
W [?] u
W

Appeared: At some point prior to 19 April 2019, when I observed the remnants of the message. (Street View images are not sharp enough to gauge the presence or absence of these remnants.)

PROSECUT [?] H
Amen
Amen
Amen R
[?]
Amen

Appeared: At some point prior to 19 April 2019, when I observed the remnants of the message. (Street View images are not sharp enough to gauge the presence or absence of these remnants.)

Nearby, on Lonsdale Square, I observed further writing on this wall:

This message was constructed in the form of a 3 x 5 grid of letters:

WW4
HRH
QE2
[or QEZ?]
ROI
GAY.

Appeared: Between May 2017 and April 2018, according to Street View data.

Notes: The singer Dido, possibly referenced in one of the Gibson Square messages, once lived in Lonsdale Square, according to this Islington Tribune article.

The Lonsdale Square wall was repainted at some point between 19 April 2019, when I observed the grid, and 1 May 2019, when I observed its absence.

An updated map of The Author's messages now shows five points along a roughly latitudinal line:

I will continue to update this webpage with further developments.

If you have any information about The Author, or have spotted additional messages along the 51.5387° parallel or elsewhere, please contact info@whoistheauthor.com