Wimbledon BookFest Author Events for Schools 2022

Wimbledon BookFest works with over 100 London schools. Teachers can email: Laura Byrne at education@wimbledonbookfest.org Click Here for more information on our Word Up Schools Programme.

Events for Schools at the Sunrise Festival on Wimbledon Common – Sunset 2022


TimPeakeSchoolsEvents.jpg Tim Peake - The Cosmic Diary of our Incredible Universe - Years 5,6 and 7
Wednesday 12 October 2022, 1.30-2.30pm

New Wimbledon Theatre
Ticket price £12.50 (includes a copy of The Cosmic Diary of our Incredible Universe HB: £12.99)

Hear from a real-life astronaut!

Told through the fascinating 'diary' of the Universe, this stunning book answers all the really big questions about how our incredible universe came to be.

This event offers a fabulous opportunity to meet and hear from a real-life astronaut and ask the big questions Like, how are stars made? What will we find in a black hole? Which fruit can create antimatter? What even is antimatter? Put on your seatbelts and blast into space with your guide, astronaut Tim Peake (and a host of expert STEM characters) in this fascinating adventure through space, time and the diary of our truly incredible universe. A wonderful opportunity to encourage reading.


Kiran.jpg Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Tom de Freston - Years 5-6
Friday 23 Sept 2022, 10.30-11.30am


Baillie Gifford Big Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Leila and the Blue Fox (Hb: £12.99)

Hear from the bestselling, award-winning writer and illustrator team of Julia and the Shark about their wonderful and captivating new book.

In this magical event, travel on a breath-taking journey across the sea with Leila and Fox based on the true story of an Arctic fox who walked from Norway to Canada in 76 days. This compelling, emotional and beautifully illustrated story is the perfect event for 9+ readers taking them on a thrilling literary journey navigating a world that is vast, wild and wondrous. Themes of adventure, nature, resilience, friendship and re-discovery will keep students enthralled and inspired.


Patience.jpg Patience Agabi - Years 6-7
Friday 23 Sept 2022, 10.30-11.30am

Robert Graves Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of The Infinite (Pb: £6.99)

The lyrical poet and author Patience Agabi introduces The Leap Cycle series a mind-bending, time-twisting adventure for readers in association with Renaissance One.

This is a time-travelling tale about Leaplings, children born on the 29th of February, who are very rare. Rarer still are Leaplings with ‘The Gift’; the ability to leap through time. Elle has The Gift, and she’s going to have to use it – in a fight to save the world as she knows it. Themes of fun, time travel, rhythmic prose, adventure, friendship to strike a chord with readers in a fun and inspiring way.


Carnival.jpg Carnival of the Animals: Michael Morpurgo & the Kanneh-Mason Family - Years 3-4
Friday 23 Sept 2022, 1.30-2.30pm

Baillie Gifford Big Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Carnival of the Animals (RRP: £14.99)

A storytelling and musical event from the award-winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo and immensely talented Kanneh-Mason family.

A magical and enthralling event of storytelling, poems and music celebrating with heart and humour the creatures with whom we share our planet. Join Michael Morpurgo at this event with a strong eco message that will also ignite a love of poetry & music in young readers. Above all it is a celebration of the natural world in verse; a book to treasure and to inspire and all set to music in a wondrous way. Themes of nature, wonder, fun, music and poetry will captivate our young audience.


Mann.jpg Manjeet Mann - Writing Workshop - Years 7/8
Friday 23 Sept 2022, 1.30-2.30pm

Robert Graves Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of The Crossing (Pb: £6.99)

An event with the Carnegie Medal shortlisted author of Run, Rebel, and winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2021 and the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. Manjeet Mann is a multi-award winning children's author, actress, playwright and screenwriter.

At this event Mann talks about her novel Run. Rebel and the trailblazing new novel The Crossing and also provides tips and guides on how to write yourself. Run, Rebel is a fantastic verse novel that thunders with rhythm, heart and soul - perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Elizabeth Acevedo and Rupi Kaur. This new novel, The Crossing, is about two teenagers from opposite worlds and is a profound story of hope, grief, and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis.

An uplifting event not to miss with one of the brightest new talents!



Aisling Fowler - Years 6/7/8
Monday 26 Sept 2022, 10.30-11.30am

Baillie Gifford Big Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Fireborn (Pb:: £7.99)

The first in the Fireborn series marks the launch of a thrilling new children’s adventure trilogy.

Set in the snowy northern forests of a prehistoric world, Fireborn is a thrilling and magical tale with the perfect balance of high adventure, breathless action and eerie wonder that will inspire all to be more fearless! It is by turns exciting, funny and heart wrenchingly sad. Pupils who attend will be immersed in an epic world with themes of heroism, adventure, drama, and wonder. This is an interactive event in which the students will get the chance to create their own fantasy worlds and monsters.


Katya.jpg Katya Balen - Years 5 and 6
Monday 26 Sept 2022, 10.30-11.30am

Robert Graves Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of October, October (Pb: £7.99)

The 2022 Carnegie winning author Katya Balen comes to BookFest with her life-affirming novel which follows a young girl as she fights to be herself in the whirling chaos of the world beyond the woods.

A classic in the making for anyone who ever longed to be wild. Join October, who lives in the woods with her dad, and travel with her through the changes and adventures that occur when she turns 11 years old. Written in Balen's heart-stoppingly beautiful style, October, October is a feast for the senses and the soul, filled with the woodsmoke smell of crisp autumn mornings, perfect for fans of David Almond & Lisa Thompson. Themes of family, adventure, nature, mystery and love will guarantee an inspiring morning for any child.

Hannah.jpg Hannah Gold - Years 3-4
Monday 26 Sept 2022, 1.30-2.30pm

Robert Graves Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of The Last Bear (Pb: £7.99)

Join the Winner of the 2022 Blue Peter Award & Waterstones Children’s Book Prize on this magical Polar adventure.

Imagine making friends with a polar bear? There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to the Arctic for 6 months. But one night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life.

This moving story will win the hearts of all students and show them that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference. This is a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a bear’s. Themes of compassion, nature, adventure and resilience will guarantee an uplifting and informative event for all children.


Anthony.jpg Anthony McGowan - Years 5-6

Monday 26 Sept 2022, 1.30-2.30pm

Bailie Gifford Big Tent, Wimbledon Common
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Dogs of the Deadlands (Pb: £7.99)

The former Carnegie award-winning author returns with a breath-taking new novel set in the shadows of Chernobyl - a ruined 1980s nuclear plant.

Dogs of the Deadlands is a heart-wrenching tale of the bond between humans and animals, and of escaping and being left behind. From the award-winning author of The Truth of Things series we follow the story of Natasha and those learning to survive post Chernobyl. But will the dogs survive without humans? And can humans live without them? A devastating yet uplifting and exciting tale of courage, companionship and hope. Themes of compassion, adventure, endurance and resilience will guarantee a moving and unforgettable event for all - a must-see!


Noel.jpg Noel Fitzpatrick - Years 2,3,4
Thursday 29 Sept 2022, 10.00-11.00am

New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Vetman (Pb: £7.99)

Join Channel 4's SUPERVET with his hilarious first book for children full of adventure and animal fun galore!

Meet Vetman, Imogen, Findlay and a whole cast of incredible bionic animals as they save animal companions everywhere from the evil plans of The Man With No Name - just in time! An amazing wildlife caper for any young reader to enjoy and the perfect escapade for animal lovers and adventure seekers. With themes of fun, resilience, animals and bravery-we dare any attending child not to be caught up in this thrilling event.


Maggie.jpg Maggie Aderin-Pocock - Years 3-4
Thursday 29 Sept 2022, 12.00-1pm

New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Am I Made of Stardust? (Hb: £12.99)

We invite your students to join BBC presenter and renowned space scientist on an epic journey through the Solar System.

Am I Made of Stardust? answers a range of children’s questions about space from how the universe began, how long it would take to fly to a star and what astronauts eat for dinner. Written in Maggie’s hugely engaging style and accompanied by incredible images from Nasa and eye-popping illustrations from Chilen Ecija, the event promises to reinvigorate the subject of space. Themes of space, science and astronomy and wonder!

MG.jpg MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman - Years 4-5
Thursday 29 Sept 2022, 2-3.00pm

New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon Broadway, SW19
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of The Arctic Railway Assassin (Pb: £7.99)

The bestselling, prize-winning Adventures on Trains series embarks on a thrilling Adventure, as Harrison Beck & Uncle Nat climb aboard the night train to Narvik, travelling to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights.

The Arctic Railway Assassin can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the Adventures on Trains series. It’s like Murder on the Orient Express only better! Themes of fun, hope, travel, entertainment and spirit will guarantee an amazing and thrilling experience to make children want to read on to see what happens next – all aboard for some frosty fun.

David.jpg David Almond - Author Event and Young Writers’ Competition Prize-Giving
Years 6-7

Friday 30 Sept 2022, 10-11.30am

New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Bone Music (Pb: £7.99)

From the bestselling, award-winning David Almond comes a rich and wise tale of self-discovery. David is widely recognised as one of the best children’s writers of today.

Tying in with this years’ writing competition theme for schools, The Tree, Bone Music is a timely masterpiece that explores the connections between the past and the present, between civilisation and wilderness. At its heart is the unforgettable Sylvia Carr, who moves from city to the forest and is 'rewilded'. David says: ‘All stories are acts of hope and of re-creation, moves against the forces of destruction that surround us all. Bone Music is an optimistic book for young people, written in the belief that together we can create a better world.’ Themes of hope, joy, adventure, music, fearlessness and friendship join to create an optimistic event to make children want to read the rest of David Almond’s legendary books. An event not to be missed.

This event will be followed by the 2022 Young Writers’ Competition prize-giving – The Tree.
(Author event: 1 hour).


Sita.jpg Artichoke Hearts: From Page to Stage
Sita Brahmachari, Sudha Bhuchar & actors - Years 5,6,7,8
Friday 30 Sept 2022, 1.30-2.45pm

New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG
Tickets: £12.50 includes a copy of Artichoke Hearts (pb: £7.99)

An exclusive chance to see early scenes acted on stage from the forthcoming theatrical adaptation of Artichoke Hearts.

Come along and see multi-award-winning writer Sita Brahmachari and hear all about her famed novel Artichoke Hearts, and her extraordinary life as an author, together with the talented playwright and actor Sudha Bhuchar who is adapting the book for theatre. This event is launching an exciting new project with theatre production company Bhuchar Boulevard. Sita is the writer of the award-winning novel Artichoke Hearts – (voted by the Guardian as one of the top books celebrating diversity for young people), which explores themes of secrecy, injustice, friendship and culture.

Wimbledon BookFest is currently supporting the early development of Artichoke Hearts for theatre. Early this year, six local schools have taken part in workshops supported by Wimbledon BookFest.