Word Up! Projects for Schools


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Wimbledon BookFest believes in the power of reading to transform lives and that everyone should have access.

Every year the Festival enables over 10,000 school children from 100+ London schools to take part in projects run by Wimbledon BookFest focused around literacy.

Word Up Projects & Initiatives :

  • Our 2022 Schools Programme
    This year we are running a number of events as part of our Sunriss 2022 June festival including Sir Lenny Henry, Simon Farnaby, Jacqueline Wilson and more. Click here for more details.
  • Young Writers' Competition
    Run annually for junior and senior schools across South London & Surrey. CLICK HEREfor the 2021 Competition winners.

  • Author Events
    In-person & digitally streamed author events at Festival and World Book Day. Watch our past events on catchup HERE

  • Young Writers Academy
    A programme run in partnership with Univeristy of Roehampton supporting young people choosing writing as a career.
  • Workshops
    Promoting writing & creativity.

  • Free Books
    We are committed to all children having access to books and reading. In 2021 over 6,000 books have been gifted to children funded by the Festival.

  • Film Making Initiatives
    Story telling takes place in all forms. Our 2020 Hidden Histories Project: Short films was made by young film makers with promoting individuals from Black British history.CLICK HERE

  • Volunteering & work experience
    For 6th formers, offering great oportunities for young people starting their career journey.


Schools from 9 London Boroughs currently take part in BookFest projects.
Merton, Croydon, Sutton, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Lewisham, Kingston, Hammersmith & Fulham and Richmond as well as Surrey,

For more information on Word Up education projects CLICK HERE



Sign up to our our education emails contact Laura Byrne, at education@wimbledonbookfest.org


The Education Programme is supported through grants and school sponsorship ,

It orks closely with Lead Education Partner, University of Roehampton, partners with Merton Council and is further supported by school sponsors and the Taylor Family Foundation.