Education Programme @ Wimbledon BookFest

Wimbledon BookFest has two sides to its work - its public Festival in October and its year round education programme with schools.
Watch this short film about Wimbledon BookFest's Education work.

Author Event Programme for schools at festival
Special Secondary Events - Macbeth for GCSE & Politics Question Time for Sixth Formers

Events Author & Writers

Author events are run for primary and secondary schools as motivators to encourage literacy. These range from picture book authors and illustrators to storytellers, poets and novelists. Older students have visits from journalists, politicians and screenwriters and writing workshops. Authors have ranged from Benjamin Zephaniah, Carol Ann Duffy, Sir John Major and George the Poet to Michael Rosen, David Baddiel, Jacqueline Wilson and Steve Backshall. 2017 Author Events

Free Books Initiative

In 2016 over 2,500 free books were given to children with a deprived socio-economic demographic and little engagement in reading.

Young Writers' Competition

BookFest's annual competition attracts entries from 40+ local schools every year who are inspired to write creative stories and poems. This year's competition is themed The Outsider.The top entries are published as part of a collection of stories and poems to encourage young people's creativity.


Through a partnership with educational film specialists Chocolate Films students attend workshops teaching filmmaking skills. Students are introduced to careers in the creative industries and taught how to tell stories through film. Films are then publically screened at the Festival. 2016 saw the launch Take Ten Project making documentary portraits of today's Londoners funded by the Wimbledon Foundation which continues in 2017 with Century: an intergenerational project.


BookFest runs an event with the reading charity, Beanstalk to help recruit adult reading volunteers into schools. This year we are working with the Ursuline High School to provide 6th form volunteers readers into primary schools.

Book Clubs in Schools

BookFest has launched a partnership which focuses with Book Clubs in Schools on peer to peer reading and support. This year we will be hosting an event with the writer Alex Wheatle.


Running inter-school debates at BookFest on current affairs and political issues. It works with professional partners such as Debating Matters and hosts the Merton heats of this national competition at Wimbledon High School.

Beyond Words

BookFest partners with charity, Beyond Words, to run books groups in the library for non-readers. Young people with learning difficulties are invited to sessions.

Student Panel

Sixth formers from local schools make up a panel that meets regularly to develop the festival's events to attract and engage a younger audience. Events have included performance poetry, a gig night, the future of journalism and the politics of gender.Find out more

Stewarding & Volunteering

Wimbledon BookFest offers opportunities for sixth formers in local schools to steward at the festival. Find out more

The Education Programme @ Wimbledon BookFest is funded through grants and school sponsorship and works closely with our lead education partner, University of Roehampton. TWM Solicitors are our Lead Education Sponsors.

Education grants from: Mishcon de Reya, Wimbledon Foundation, Taylor Family Foundation & The Young's Trust.

Boy primary educationJohn Major with Rutlish boys

pic: young pupils engrossed at an author event, Sir John Major with students from his alma mater, Rutlish

Here are some of the amazing films made as part of BookFest's film projects:

Toy Soldiers (Ursuline):

Duck (Raynes Park):

The Writings on the Wall (Ricards):

Dirty Work (Rutlish):

The Party (St. Marks):

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