Take 10 Filmmaking Project with Schools
BookFest teamed up with Chocolate Films to give local students the opportunity to learn filmmaking skills as part of the 1000londoners.com project profiling today's Londoner. The students from Raynes Park High, Ursuline High, Wimbledon College, Graveney, Raynes Park High, St Mark's, Southfields Academy and RR6 worked with professional filmmakers and made films that will be screened at Wimbledon BookFest this year and as part of an exhibition taking place at the AELTC this October.
The films will be released on 1000londoners.com later in the year.
BookFest Trek for Beanstalk
BookFest team raising money for literacy
This November Wimbledon BookFest director, Fiona Razvi and her daughter Lillie will be joining the literacy charity Beanstalk on a trek in Nepal to raise money for the UK based charity. The trip includes a 4 day trek in the Helambu region as well as project work in a school in Thimbu who are still recovering from last year's earthquake. All money raise goes to Beanstalk and their work providing literacy volunteers into schools.
BookFest In the Press
'a stellar line-up of celebrity writers and literary stars.' SW Resident
SW19 Resident magazine's feature in their September edition including festival highlights and interviews with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Deliciously Ella and Andy Hamilton.
July 2016 NEWS
Short Story Competition - The Anniversary - Deadline 31 July 2016
The annual Wimbledon BookFest Short Story Competition is a wonderful way for writers of all abilities to have their work read by a panel of first class judges. If shortlisted you'll read at Wimbledon BookFest in October and be published in the BookFest's Collection of Short Stories. This year's theme is The Anniversary.The Evening Stanard's Theatre Critic, Henry Hitchings joins short story writer and journalist Sian Hughes, novelist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton Leone Ross and author and BookFest Patron Jane Thynne on the new short story judging panel.
In partnership with University of Roehampton
The word limit is 250 and the deadline is 31 July. For further details visit here.
April 2016 NEWS
Samuel West in conversation with Gulwali Passarlay
The actor and director Samuel West will interview the author Gulwali Passarlay about his book The Lightless Sky which depicts his journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan to Britain.7pm, 25 April, £6 (plus booking fee) Wimbledon Odeon. This event is in partnership with Merton Welcomes Refugees
March 2016 NEWS
BookFest at House of Commons
Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond is hosting an evening reception on 23 March 2016 at the Terrace in the House of Commons to celebrate Wimbledon BookFest's 10th anniversary. The event will mark the work of the Festival’s partners and supporters, its Founding Chair, Tony Kane and 10 years of promoting the arts, culture and education in Wimbledon and the Borough of Merton.
2016 Young Writers Competition Now Open
Marvellous Mischief, Rivals or Mistaken Identity are the themes set to inpsire the 2016 cohort of Young Writers. Children from all Merton Primaries and Secondaries are invited to enter BookFest's Young Writers Competition. Younger children are asked to conjure Marvellous Mischief in a category inspired by Roald Dahl's 100th anniversary. For the older age group, students are invited to consider Rivals or Mistaken Identity to coincide with Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. Deadline: 13th May
In 2015, an estimated 4,000 students entered and 36 schools had their work published in the Young Writers Competition anthology.
World Book Day Gifts 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. Primary schools will receive collections of Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and Shakespeare while secondary schools will receive a selection of Penguin Classics for children. Festival Director Fiona Razvi says, "We are delighted to be partnering with Penguin in this initiative and hope that it helps to unlock a lifelong love of reading in children." The books will be given out during the festival when events inspired by Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and Shakespeare will be running.
JANUARY 2016 NEWS
BookFest celebrates 10 years
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Wimbledon BookFest. Festival Director Fiona Razvi says, "We are so proud of how BookFest has grown in 10 years and how the Wimbledon Community has really embraced it. We are working on ensuring that BookFest 2016 is the best yet with an exciting and stimulating programme."
Toby Mundy new Chair of BookFest
Toby Mundy, CEO and founder of Atlantic Books, Prize Director of the Samuel Johnson Prize and founder of the Toby Mundy Agency is Wimbledon BookFest's new Chair of Trustees. He joined the board in 2014 and is looking forward to working with the festival team in its 10th anniversary year. Toby takes over from out going Chair and founder Tony Kane who stepped down after many years of brilliant service.
Friends give positive feedback
Thanks to all the BookFest Friends who responded to a recent survey about BookFest 2015. Questions varied from ticket pricing to variety of speakers with respondents giving many helpful suggestions. Certain figures stood out including the 86% of respondents who 'very much enjoyed' the festival, the 48% who would like to see more fiction authors in 2016 and the 30% who would like more food and drink on site. The BookFest team will carefully analyse the results and try to incorporate the helpful feedback.