Our patrons

Patron Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed is a British freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster at the BBC, where she has presented Radio 4's PM, The World Tonight and Sunday and Channel 4 News. She also presented two Proms for BBC Four in 2011.


Patron Sheila Hollins

Baroness Sheila Hollins

Baroness Sheila Hollins is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St. George’s University of London, and former president of BMA. Sheila is the founder, editor and lead author of the Books Beyond Words series.


Patron Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis, OBE

Martin Jarvis, OBE is one of Britain's most versatile leading actors. His distinguished career continues to encompass just about every aspect of the entertainment industry: film, television, theatre, radio and audio recording.


Patron Brian Moore

Brian Moore

Brian Moore is an English former rugby union footballer and qualified as a Rugby Football Union referee in February 2010.He is a city solicitor and columnist for The Telegraph. He is the author of several books published by Simon & Schuster, including his autobiography Beware of the Dog.


Patron Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver is the bestselling children’s author of The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, which have sold over a million copies in the UK, and Gods and Warriors. She was brought up in Wimbledon, attended Wimbledon High School, and has now returned here to write.


Patron Jane Thynne

Jane Thynne

Jane Thynne has appeared on many TV and radio programmes, including her own Radio 4 series and writes for numerous magazines. Her most recent books are The Winter Garden and Black Roses. Jane lives in Wimbledon and is married to the writer Philip Kerr.


Patron Penny Vincenzi

Penny Vincenzi

Penny Vincenzi is a bestselling author and founding patron of Wimbledon BookFest. She regularly holds a ‘Girl’s Night Out’ event with fellow bestselling authors including Shirely Corran, David Nicholls, Sophie Kinsella, and Jojo Moyes.


Patron June Whitfield

June Whitfield CBE

June Whitfield, CBE is an English actress with a long and successful career that has included musical theatre, films and numerous radio and television performances. She lives in Wimbledon and is founding patron of Wimbledon BookFest


Patron David Wood OBE

David Wood OBE

As an actor, novelist, playwright and magician, David Wood is a man of many talents. David has supported the festival from the start and his attachment and support continues to push the BookFest in new directions. David’s guests at BookFest have included Maureen Lipman, Michael Palin and Michelle Magorian.


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