Wimbledon BookFest 5-15 October 2017 - Events are selling out BOOK NOW

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Click here to view the 2017 Events List and to BOOK TICKETS

2017 line up includes: Ali Smith, Chris Riddell, Salman Rushdie, Brian Moore, Tracy Chevalier, Anthony Horowitz, Fergal Keane, Elif Shafak, Jon Sopel, Chris Boardman, Min Kym, Jane Gardam, Nick Hytner, Alexandra Shulman, Chris Patten Evan Davis, Alan Johnson and many more......

Note: Due to popular demand we are re-running The Radical Walk on Sun 15 October Book Here

Tel booking: 020 8543 4888 (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm)

Click Here to see an online "Flip Book" version of the 2017 programme

The printed programme is available at Wimbledon Library, Waterstones Wimbledon, Wimbledon Books and Centre Court Shopping Centre Information Stand.

Festival Highlights

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NEW EVENT ADDED - June Sarpong

TV presenter June Sarpong will be bringing her new book Diversify to Wimbledon BookFest this October. Using new research from Oxford University she argues an inclusive approach to marginalised groups will help build a better society.

June is a fascinating voice to be heard and has interviewed everyone from Nelson Mandela to 50 Cent. One not to miss! BOOK HERE

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COMEDY NIGHT - Joe Lycett - limited availability

Over the years Wimbledon BookFest has hosted a range of up-and-coming comedians including Milton Jones, Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe. This year's Comedy night is headlined by Joe Lycett., who has an equally promising future. Joe Lycett will be joined by James Acaster and Suzi Ruffell. BOOK NOW before tickets sell out.

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We are looking for musicians under 19 years of age to perform at BookFest's Gig Night.

Gig Night is designed to give young artists exposure to the music industry, hosted by Radio X's John Kennedy this years Gig Night is bound to be a feast of talent!

To enter, send a demo of your music either video or audio to gignight@wimbledonbookfest.org

Deadline for entries is Saturday 15th September 2017.

Alice Tait home page


Wimbledon BookFest has events for all ages. 2017 welcomes former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Alice Tait, Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy and Football School with Alex Bellos.

Click here to view the 2017 children's event and to BOOK TICKETS

The Festival also has a programme of events for schools. For more information email: education@wimbledonbookfest.org

Salman Rushdie home page


This year's Festival opens with Ali Smith (The Festival Read) and closes with Matt Haig writer of one of 2017 most anticipated novels, How to Stop Time

Other top fiction writers include Salman Rushdie, Tracy Chevalier, Elif Shafak and Kamila Shamsie. Anthony Horowitz will launch our events at the Festival site and this year sees a welcome return for Festival favourite and BookFest patron, Penny Vincenzi.

Chris Patten home page


Chris Patten, What Future Britain? with Steve Richards and Douglas Murray, Alan Johnson, Jon Sopel and Evan Davis.

Wimbledon BookFest is partnering with leading current affairs magazine, Prospect Magazine this year, who will be co-hosting events.


2017 sees the launch of the Jane Gardam Short Story Competition. It will run in partnership with University of Roehampton and will launch at the event with Jane in conversation with Neel Mukherjee on Sun 8 Oct

BookFest in the Media

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'the brilliant annual Bookfest features an impressive array of literary figures and personalities.'
Time Out

'Wimbledon BookFest returns with its best line-up yet.' SW19 Resident
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