2021 Activity Update
In 2021 we held two Covid-safe LIVE in-person summer festivals on Wimbledon Common – Sunrise in June and Sunset in September
Watch the Sunrise Highlights HERE
Author events for schools were included at the Festival – and are available to view HERE.
Writing projects and community work are still running throughout the year . The Robert Graves Poetry Prize will run in 2022.
The University of Roehampton is our key education partner and sponsor.
Wimbledon BookFest is committed to diversity and inclusion in the work it produces and the way it operates as an organisation. We promote a range of work and encourage black and ethnic minority authors in the work we do. We partner with a variety of partners to achieve this. As an organisation we continually work to ensure that the values we subscribe to run through the projects we run and the audiences we reach.
Wimbledon BookFest is a not for profit charity promoting arts, culture and education.
Our aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of:
An annual public festival of author events based on Wimbledon Common
Educational projects for schools & young people in Merton & South London (9 London Boroughs)
Pre-pandemic the public festival took place in early October in a ‘pop up’ festival site on Wimbledon Common with 100+ events running over the 10 day period. It attracts audiences of 20,000 per year.
The festival’s education work is at the heart of its work and it is committed to creating and developing cultural opportunities for all, through its year-round programme with South London schools.
10,000 school children from more than 100 schools take part in projects every year.
The Word Up! education programme includes author events, writing workshops , competitions, volunteering, performance opportunities and film-making. More information can be found HERE
Funding & Finance:
Wimbledon BookFest is a community arts organisation and has a small team of core workers and volunteer input. The festival is funded by ticket sales, grants sponsors, gifts and donations. Our aim is to cover our costs year to year with any surplus raised put back into the festival’s education work with local schools. It does not have large reserves.
The pandemic has reduced the organisation’s income hugely with reduced ticket income and it is working to increase its income through supporter programmes for its future and sustainability. In 2021 it received Arts Council England Recovery support which enabled it to deliver its Sunrise & Sunset Festivals and work with schools.
If you can please do support us. We rely on sponsors, grants and our Friends to keep going. DONATE
Partnership are key to delivery and we work with national and international partners in the public, voluntary and commercial sector.
Our lead partner is University of Roehampton. We also partner regularly with Merton Schools & Libraries, New Wimbledon Theatre, Polka Theatre, Tara Arts, Attic Theatre, Buchar Boulevard, Wimbledon Film Club, Merton Chamber of Commerce, Wimbledon International Music Festival and Merton Music Foundation.
We are members of the British Arts Festival Association and Inclusive Minds (diversity in children’s publishing).