Education Programme at Wimbledon BookFest

Wimbledon BookFest has two sides to its work - its public Festival in October and its year round Word Up Education Programme with local schools.
Watch this short film about Wimbledon BookFest's Education work.

The 2018 author programme included Chris Riddell, Katherine Rundell, Reggie Yates, David Almond, Tom Fletcher, Nadiya Hussain and Morris Gleitzman.

Teachers can email Laura Byrne, education events manager at for more information.

Events Author & Writers

Author events are run for primary and secondary schools as motivators to encourage literacy. These range from picture book authors and illustrators to storytellers, poets and novelists. Older students have visits from journalists, politicians and screenwriters and writing workshops. Authors have ranged from Benjamin Zephaniah, Carol Ann Duffy, Sir John Major and George the Poet to Michael Rosen, David Baddiel, Jacqueline Wilson and Steve Backshall.

To celebrate World Book Day 2019, BookFest is putting on events with Dermot O'Leary, Tom Fletcher and Frank Cottrell Boyce at New Wimbledon Theatre.

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Gifted Books Initiative

Reading is regularly cited as one of the greatest contributory factors to social mobility. Every year between 1-2000 free books are given to children with a deprived socio-economic demographic and little engagement in reading.

Young Writers' Competition

Wimbledon BookFest's annual competition attracts entries from 40+ local schools every year who are inspired to write creative stories and poems. The top entries are published as part of a collection of stories and poems to encourage young people's creativity. The 2019 comptition will be launched in March 2019.


Through a partnership with educational film specialists Chocolate Films students attend workshops teaching filmmaking skills. Students are introduced to careers in the creative industries and taught how to tell stories through film. Films are then publically screened at the Festival. The Take Ten Project allows students to work with professional film makers to make documentary portraits of today's Londoner. This project is funded by the Wimbledon Foundation


BookFest runs an event with the reading charity, Beanstalk to help recruit adult reading volunteers into schools. This year we are working with the Ursuline High School to provide 6th form volunteers readers into primary schools.

Book Clubs in Schools

BookFest has launched a partnership which focuses with Book Clubs in Schools on peer to peer reading and support. This year we will be hosting an event with the writer Alex Wheatle.


Running inter-school debates at BookFest on current affairs and political issues. It works with professional partners such as Debating Matters and hosts the Merton heats of this national competition at Wimbledon High School.

Beyond Words

BookFest partners with charity, Beyond Words, to run books groups in the library for non-readers. Young people with learning difficulties are invited to sessions.

Student Panel

Sixth formers from local schools make up a panel that meets regularly to develop the festival's events to attract and engage a younger audience. Events have included performance poetry, a gig night, the future of journalism and the politics of gender. Find out more.

Stewarding & Volunteering

Wimbledon BookFest offers opportunities for sixth formers in local schools to steward at the festival. Find out more.

The Education Programme at Wimbledon BookFest is funded through grants and school sponsorship and works closely with our Lead Education Partner, University of Roehampton. TWM Solicitors are our Lead Education Sponsors.

Education grants from: Mishcon de Reya, Wimbledon Foundation, Taylor Family Foundation & The Young's Trust.


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pic: young pupils engrossed at an author event, Sir John Major with students from his alma mater, Rutlish


Here are some of the amazing films made as part of Wimbledon BookFest's film projects:

All ten films, plus an introduction are in the playlist below. They will play sequentially by default, but you can navigate to a specific video after clicking PLAYLIST in the top left hand corner.

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Wimbledon BookFest has an ongoing relationship with the Wimbledon Foundation partnering on projects in the community.

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