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with actor Samuel West & refugee Gulwali Passarlay

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Gulwali Passarlay arrived in Britain as a 12-year-old child following a harrowing journey across Europe from Afghanistan that he described in his acclaimed book The Lightless Sky.

On 25 April 2016 at the Wimbledon Odean, he discussed his book, his new life in the UK, his future plans, and the light his experience throws on today's European refugee crisis in a wide-ranging conversation with the actor and director Samuel West.

There is a gallery of photographs of the occassion here

The event was a partnership between Wimbledon BookFest and Merton Welcomes Refugees.


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Wimbledon BookFest takes place on a festival site in the beautiful setting of Wimbledon Common in the autumn. Events are currently being programmed for our 10 year anniverary festival and the full line up will be on sale in July. Tickets will be available online.

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WBD2016 yellow rightupWorld Book Day gifts for Merton schools from Wimbledon BookFest

To celebrate World Book and the 10th anniversary of the festival Wimbledon BookFest is presenting all primary and secondary schools in Merton with a selection of classic books for children. The books will be given out during the festival when events inspired by Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and Shakespeare will be running.

BookFest's education programme involves schools from Merton and Wandsworth.
In 2015, 43 schools and an estimated 9,000 children and young people, took part in our varied programme of activities.