About Wimbledon BookFest

Wimbledon Bookfest is a charity with large volunteer input and a small team of core workers. It was founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane whose ambition was to develop the arts and cultural offering in the area. The public festival takes place in early October in a 'pop up' festival site on Wimbledon Common in its Baillie Gifford Big Tent and William Morris Tent.

It hosts almost 100 events in its 10 day period and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children enjoying the festival last year.

Any money raised is ploughed back into the festival and its education work with local schools. 67 primary and secondary schools took part in Wimbledon BookFest 2016. Central to BookFest is the desire to bring literature to the heart of the community and the community to the heart of literature.

Festival Trustees
Toby Mundy (chair), Leah De Silva, Kate Harbinson, Margaret Lewisohn, Mandy Mallen, Alan Hobbs, Gemma Malley, Fiona Razvi (Festival Director), Kate Straus, Susan Woodman, Marina Vokos

Programming Team:
Jennifer Cox, Mandy Mallen, Emma Dowson, Liz Hughes, Siobhan May, Fiona Razvi, Kate Straus, Marina Vokos

Kevin Smith and Cherry Goddard

IT [Website & Social Media]
Nick Browne & Paul Fright, Coraider Services Ltd.

Young Writers’ Judges:
Ian Kinane (chair), Lindsey Barraclough, Julian Butler, Jennifer Cox, Peter Glanville, Tina Ingram, Gemma Malley, Maggie Nightingale, Margaret Reeve, David Steedman, Charlotte White.

John Stone and Nick Gregan

Box Office Managed by
Polka Theatre

Technical Management
Matt Turner, Clownfish

Wimbledon Bookfest Office
The Bookfest Office is kindly funded by Marcus Beale Architects

Lead Sponsors