Schools Events 2014

Wimbledon BookFest’s education programme throughout 2014 saw 5,000+ students across Merton participate and 44 schools get involved. It was the highest participation rate to date. 32 Merton schools submitted work to the Young Writers’ Competition, 74 students took part in the Young Film Makers course, 1657 free books were given away and 31 non-readers enjoyed books with Beyond Words.For more information on your students attending these events contact education@wimbledonbookfest.org or call the BookFest office on 020 8947 3495.

Who came in 2014: Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin ZThe popular Rasta and performance poet talked about his powerful new novel Terror Kid which tackles themes of justice and trust. Benjamin Zephaniah also writes screenplays and documentaries and is the bestselling author of Refugee Boy. The event was followed by the prize giving for the senior winners of the 2014 BookFest Young Writers’ Competition.


Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline WThe much loved author shared her exciting new story Opal Plumstead, set in set during the First World War. Jacqueline has been newly appointed Chancellor of Roehampton University, which is education partners with Wimbledon BookFest. The event was followed by the prize giving for the junior winners of the 2014 BookFest Young Writers’ Competition.



Michelle Paver

Michelle PaverThe Wimbledon author celebrated 10 years of the best-selling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series and talked about her writing, inspiration and work. Michelle is a Founding Patron of Wimbledon BookFest.


Jim Smith

Jim SmithThe talented author-illustrator shared stories of Barry Loser and his new book Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom. Jim Smith won the Roald Dahl Prize for I Am Not a Loser. The whole audience was in stitches throughout his talk!


Mo O'Hara

Mo O'HaraAs well as writing books for children Mo writes comedy sketches and performs her own material. Her Big Fat Zombie series is described as Finding Nemo meets Shaun of the Dead!


Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

The former children’s laureate brought poetry to life with his oneman show, enthusing children with his passion for books and poetry.


Andrew Lane

Andrew LaneThe lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan’s passion for the original novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his determination to create an authentic teenage Sherlock Holmes made him the perfect choice to reinvent the world’s most famous detective in this new series. He has now written seven compulsive stories.


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