Wimbledon BookFest 5-15 October 2017

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Booking Now Open

Click here to view the 2017 Events List and to BOOK TICKETS

2017 line up includes: Ali Smith, Chris Riddell, Salman Rushdie, Brian Moore, Tracy Chevalier, Anthony Horowitz, Fergal Keane, Elif Shafak, Jon Sopel, Chris Boardman, Rev Richard Coles, Min Kym, Jane Gardam, Nick Hytner, Alexandra Shulman, Chris Patten Evan Davis, Alan Johnson and many more......

Tel booking: 020 8543 4888 (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm)

The printed programme is out now, they are available at Wimbledon Library, Waterstones, Wimbledon, Raynes Park Library and Centre Court Shopping Centre Information Stand.

Click Here to see an online "Flip Book" version of the 2017 programme

Festival Highlights

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This year's Comedy night is headlined by Joe Lycett. Wimbledon BookFest has a tradition of showcasing comedians while their on their up and have previously hosted Milton Jones, Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe. Joe Lycett has an equally promising future. BOOK NOW before tickets sell out.

Alice Tait home page


Wimbledon BookFest has events for all ages. 2017 welcomes former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Alice Tait, Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy and Football School with Alex Bellos.

Click here to view the 2017 children's event and to BOOK TICKETS

The Festival also has a programme of events for schools. For more information email: education@wimbledonbookfest.org

Salman Rushdie home page


This year's Festival opens with Ali Smith (The Festival Read) and closes with Matt Haig writer of one of 2017 most anticipated novels, How to Stop Time

Other top fiction writers include Salman Rushdie, Tracy Chevalier, Elif Shafak and Kamila Shamsie. Anthony Horowitz will launch our events at the Festival site and this year sees a welcome return for Festival favourite and BookFest patron, Penny Vincenzi.

Chris Patten home page


Chris Patten, What Future Britain with Steve Richards and Douglas Murray, Alan Johnson, Jon Sopel and Evan Davis. The line up for our Women in Politics event at Wimbledon High school will be released over the summer.

Wimbledon BookFest is partnering with leading current affairs magazine, Prospect Magazine this year, who will be co-hosting events.


2017 sees the launch of the Jane Gardam Short Story Competition. It will run in partnership with University of Roehampton and will launch at an event with Jane in conversation with Neel Mukherjee on Sun 8 Oct

BookFest in the Media

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'the brilliant annual Bookfest features an impressive array of literary figures and personalities.'
Time Out

'Wimbledon BookFest returns with its best line-up yet.' SW19 Resident
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