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Deliciously Ella, Jeremy Paxman & Miriam Gonzaléz Durántez

Ella Woodward, Jeremy Paxman and Miriam González Durántez will be joined by a host of other big names to make BookFest 2016 the best yet. Look out for Clare Balding, Michael Morpurgo, Sir Paddy Ashdown, Lord David Owen, David Bowie Night with his biographer Paul Morley, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, beauty entrepreneur and business woman Jo Malone, and historian Ben Macintyre. Comedy and Sports Nights will both return.

Tickets will be on sale to Friends via the website from 5 July and on General Release from 19 July.

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Theme: The Anniversary. Word count: 250

Celebrate Wimbledon BookFest's 10th anniversary by entering the Short Story Competition and writing about The Anniversary

The Wimbledon BookFest Short Story Competition is a wonderful way for writers of all abilities to have their work read by a panel of first class judges, if shortlisted read during Wimbledon BookFest and published in the BookFest's Collection of Short Stories.

This year's judging panel comprises: Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard Theatre Critic and author, Sian Hughes, short story writer and journalist, Leone Ross, novelist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton and Jane Thynne, author and Patron of Wimbledon BookFest. The theme is The Anniversary - we await your inspriation!

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WBD2016 yellow rightupWorld Book Day gifts for Merton schools from Wimbledon BookFest

To celebrate World Book and the 10th anniversary of the festival Wimbledon BookFest is presenting all primary and secondary schools in Merton with a selection of classic books for children. The books will be given out during the festival when events inspired by Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and Shakespeare will be running.

BookFest's education programme involves schools from Merton and Wandsworth.
In 2015, 43 schools and an estimated 9,000 children and young people, took part in our varied programme of activities.