Wimbledon BookFest 2015
Programming has started to secure the biggest names in publishing and the arts. Wimbledon Common authorities are keen to welcome back The Big Tent and William Morris tent to one of London’s finest open spaces. Festival Director Fiona Razvi said, “Following initial meetings with publishing houses there is already a real buzz around the 2015 BookFest. Headline acts will be unveiled in the spring.”
BookFest 2014 with over 8,000 tickets sold and over 50 events from leading authors and performers, was the most successful BookFest to date. It also broke even! Largely run by local volunteers, plans for a surplus in 2015 will be ploughed back into the festival to support its educational and charitable aims.
2015 Young Writers’ Competition for Schools. Through the Looking Glass is the inspiration that the judging panel have set for this year’s Young Writers’ Competition. To be launched on 5 March, World Book Day, students across Merton will be invited to submit short stories or poems inspired by the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland.
Short Story Competition
2015 Short Story Competition in partnership with the University of Roehampton. Open to everyone, the short story competition will this year be inspired by the theme, “Putting on a brave face.” Details of how to enter will be announced on 5 March, World Book Day.
Young Adult Panel
A group of 16 young people from six Wimbledon sixth forms has been established to develop BookFest’s Young Adult strand. The group will suggest writers and authors to appear at the festival, approach relevant publishers and agents, and be involved in the staging of the event. Festival Director Fiona Razvi says, “BookFest is delighted to be working with a group of such enthusiastic young adults. Education is at the core of BookFest and we are determined to ensure Wimbledon’s Young Adults become a vital and growing part of BooKFest 2015 and beyond.”