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Wimbledon BookFest

03-10-2019 - 13-10-2019 All day
Merton Art Space at Wimbledon Library
Address: Wimbledon Reference Library, Wimbledon, London SW19, UK

The much loved Wimbledon BookFest Festival returns from 3 to 13 October with a jam packed and vibrant programme of talks, debates and workshops showcasing literary names, politics, current affairs, sport, film, music, children’s events, comedy and much more in the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common.

This year’s BookFest sees an extended series of workshops, themed walks on Wimbledon Common, film screenings, a supper club, gin tasting and a comedy night headlined by Adam Kay and Bridget Christie.

Some of the Festival’s headliners have been confirmed below but make sure you head over to for the extensive events schedule and tickets.

The Festival is delighted to welcome Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and novelists John Lancaster, Michelle Paver, Tracy Chevalier, Robert Harris, Alexander McCall Smith and Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri. There will be a rare chance to hear from international bestseller Patricia Cornwell. Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat will discuss her new novel The Strawberry Thief at BookFest’s Opening Event held at the Merton Art Space at Wimbledon Library.

A packed Children’s programme features Harry Hill introducing his latest children’s novel Matt Millz Stands Up!, former SAS soldier turned author Chris Ryan, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet author/illustrator team behind the hugely successful Supertato series. Dame Jacqueline Wilson talks about her highly anticipated sequel to the Tracy Beaker series We are the Beaker Girls. Mr Gum creator Andy Stanton presents his new book The Paninis of Pompeii whilst BookFest is thrilled to welcome festival favourite Chris Riddell once again. Enter the magical world of the circus with Nell Gifford, founder of Gifford’s Circus, whilst Blue Peter’s Konnie Huq introduces her hilarious collection of classic fairy tales reinvented for the twentieth century.

Additionally, the Festival’s programme features a lively politics and current affairs strand, events for history lovers, and new this year as a key strand, events exploring climate activism and related themes.  Sport fans won’t want to miss Sir Alastair Cook, England’s all-time most successful batsman in conversation with John Inverdale and Brian Moore hosting rugby stars Mark Evans and Ben Ryan. TV personality and maths enthusiast Johnny Ball tells the history of the colourful personalities and remarkable discoveries that shaped mathematics and sets the audience some challenging maths questions.

Furthermore, the Festival is delighted to welcome Sir Trevor McDonald on the publication of his autobiography ‘An Improbable Life.’  Nadiya Hussain will be discussing her heartfelt memoir Finding My Voice in the Festival’s closing event.


The Festival’s opening event takes place at the wonderful Merton Art Space at the back of Wimbledon Library.
Set on Wimbledon Common, close to Wimbledon Village, a specially commissioned Big Tent seating up to 550, an intimate William Morris themed marquee and The Robert Graves Gallery provide the focal point for the Festival.

03 – 13 October 2019

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