London's Leading Literary Festival

2023 Festival Highlights:
Alexander McCall Smith
Annie Macmanus
Ben Okri
Janina Ramirez
Kate Mosse
Katherine Rundell
Mikaela Loach
Mohsin Hamid
Paterson Joseph
Philippa Gregory
Sebastian Faulks
Rick Stein
'One of the UK's most important literary festivals' - Evening Standard
Festival of Arts and Culture
17-31 October 2024
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Wimbledon BookFest’s autumn festival will take place 17-31 October 2024.
We will also be running events throughout the year at King’s Arts in June (King’s College School, Wimbledon), New Wimbledon Theatre, Merton Libraries and Polka Theatre.

We hope to announce a rescheduled date for this event shortly.

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Wimbledon BookFest
17-31 Oct 2024

Digital Recordings Advent Calendar 2023

Every day in December, up until Christmas, we’ll be sharing a new audio recording or video from the latest edition of Wimbledon BookFest. Check back regularly to see them all!
Sun 03 Dec

Afua Hirsch

Sat 02 Dec

Annie Macmanus

Fri 01 Dec

Alexander McCall Smith

Wimbledon BookFest on ITV

Wimbledon BookFest is featured in the ITV documentary Sir Lenny Henry: One of a Kind
Over a million viewers tuned in to watch the documentary looking back on the amazing achievements of the actor and writer’s life on Thurs 26 Oct.
It’s available to watch on ITVx and features Lenny’s appearance for BookFest at New Wimbledon Theatre for World Book Day 2023.

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Your support is more important than ever!

Wimbledon BookFest is a charity and we need your support. Any donation helps us continue our work and be here for the community and bring you brilliant events for 2024!

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Schools Events

Every year more than 10,000 children from schools across south London attend events or take part in projects focused on literacy and run by Wimbledon BookFest. School events this autumn include David Walliams, Cressida Cowell, George the Poet, Nikita Gil, SF Said and Katherine Rundell. For the full line-up click here.

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2023 Programme

Click here to download the full line-up of our autumn 2023 programme of events.

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Merton Big Read 2023

This year we’re running our first Merton Big Read with Merton libraries. We want as many people to read Mohsin Hamid’s engaging story The Last White Man. Borrow the book and register as a reader for a chance to win £100! The Big Read runs until December.

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Our Sponsors

Trust Magazine

Trust is a free award-winning magazine that is published twice a year. It offers an insight into our investment trusts, and features interviews with fund managers and celebrated authors. It is one of our generous sponsors.

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