Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Who runs Wimbledon BookFest

It is run by the charity Wimbledon Arts who are committed to promoting arts and culture in the area. It was set up in 2007 by Tony Kane and Fiona Razvi and is hugely supported by community partners including schools, businesses and the voluntary sector.

Q. How are events programmed?

A. Our programming team work with publishers to put a broad and diverse range of events together. The festival is borad in scope and general in nature We hold events in the fields of fiction, poetry, politics, history, current affairs, children's, general interest, sport, music and film. Wimbledon BookFest is a curated festival and unfortunately we do not have scope to programme events around unsolicited self-published work. Publishers are asked to email our team.

Q. What happens at an event?

A. Our events vary greatly, but our author events, unless otherwise stated, last for an hour. The author will give a talk, or be interviewed by an experienced interviewer or journalist. Seating is unallocated and doors generally open 30 minutes in advance of the start time (This depends on the previous event's finish time).

Q. How can I get involved?

A. BookFest relies heavily on volunteers throughout the festival. Our stewards are an integral part of the team, and if you want to join us, email If you are a writer or work in the arts and have other expert experience you'd like to input do please email us We depend on the support of the community and our judges on or writing competititions etc all give their time to the festival.

Q. I am a teacher, how can I get my school involved?

A. We have a wide variety of initiative for schools and young people from author events to film making programmes. Authors who have done school events for at BookFest include Carol Ann Duffy, Michelle Paver, Benjamin Zephaniah, David Baddiel, Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Andrew Motion and Caroline Lawrence. To find out more about our education programme book, email:


Q. Can I buy books for the authors visiting?

A. Books will be on sale in our onsite Festival Bookshop

Q. Is it just books?

A. Although we are primarily a book festival, we have lots of other events to go alongside our fantastic authors, including films, music, comedy and sports related events.

Q. Can I take pictures at an event?

A. We love social media at BookFest, and we encourage you to get on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and let us know what you're up to using the hashtag #Wimbookfest2017. However, taking photos during the event itself can be distracting for the author or panel. Most authors will gladly have their photo taken with you at the signings after the event.

Q. Are any of the events unsuitable for children?

A. We have a set calendar for children's events. We actively encourage teenagers and young people to attend the adult events, and we offer a 'Get Into BookFest' rate for Under-19s. There are however, a few events that have content of an adult nature eg comedy night and are advised for over 16s only. See our events pages or programme for more details.

Q. I can no longer attend an event, can I get a refund?

A. Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds, however, if an event sells out, we will do our best to resell your ticket and provide you with a refund.

Q. My tickets haven’t arrived, how can I get replacements?

A. The box office on site at Festival have a full list of tickets sold and will do their best to help you. Please arrive in good time before your event as the box office can get very busy.

Q. I have lost my tickets, how can I get replacements?

A. Unfortunately we can't offer duplicate tickets as seating is unallocated in our venues. Our on-site box office team will do their best to help you as they have records of all purchases.

Q. Will there be food and drink?

A. There will be a bar on the festival site to provide refreshments and Wimbledon Brewery will be providing draft beer at selected event. Bayley and Sage will be providing sandwiches and light refreshments.
There are an array of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Wimbledon Village and Town Centre.

Q. Will there be toilets onsite?

A. Yes, we will have toilets onsite, located very near to both the Big Tent and the William Morris Tent.

Q. Will there be wheelchair access at the site?

A. All the event locations are wheelchair accessible. We advise you to get in contact with prior to attending so we can put any special arrangements in place.

If there is no answer to your query, email

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