Wimbledon Bookfest is a charity with large volunteer input and a small team of core workers. It was founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane whose ambition was to develop the arts and cultural offering in the area. The public festival takes place in early October in a ‘pop up’ festival site on Wimbledon Common in its Baillie Gifford Big Tent and William Morris Tent.
It hosts almost 100 events in its 10 day period in October and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children enjoying the festival last year. There is a Spring Weekend which is staged in March.
When? Spring Festival March
Autumn Festival October
Where? London Borough of Wimbledon.
Website? Wimbledon BookFest
Organising Team 2017 –
2019 Spring Weekend- Lucy Worsley, Mark Urban, Gina Miller, Lara Prescott and Andrew Miller will be joining our previously announced events: Peter Frankopan, Fatima Bhutto, Julian Baggini, Tim Marshall and Roger McGough
Autumn 2018 – Pat Barker, Sebastian Faulks, Mark Watson, Alan Davies, Cathy Newman, Neil MacGregor, Lionel Shriver, Yotam Ottolenghi, Adam Rutherford, Michael Rosen, Bryony Gordon, Greg James and Billy Bragg.
2016 – Ella Woodward, Jeremy Paxman and Miriam González Durántez will be joined by a host of other big names to make BookFest 2016 the best yet. Look out for Clare Balding, Michael Morpurgo, Sir Paddy Ashdown, Lord David Owen, David Bowie Night with his biographer Paul Morley, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, beauty entrepreneur and business woman Jo Malone, and historian Ben Macintyre. Comedy and Sports Nights will both return.
2015 Line-up – Sebastian Faulks, Louis de Bernieres, Alexandra Shulman, Vince Cable, Brian Moore, Seann Walsh, Andy McNab, Steve Backshall, Boris Becker, Shirley Williams, Stella Duffy, Ben Fogle, Alison Weir, Akala and George the Poet
2014 line-up – included Ian McEwan; Alexander McCall Smith; Brian Moore; David Starkey; Paul Merton; Miles Jupp;Sophie Hanah; Andrew Roberts; Shami Charabarti; Colm Toibin; Comedy on Wimbledon Common ++
2013 featured: Michael Palin, Darcey Bussell, Kate Adie, Jung Chang, Cerys Matthews, Wayne Hemingway, Andrew Motion, Howard Goodall, John Boyne, Peter Snow, Dan Snow, Max Hastings and the headline event with James Naughtie in conversation with Roddy Doyle