Wimbledon BookFest, London’s leading arts and culture festival, announces 2023 line-up with community and big ideas at its heart 

Wimbledon BookFest, London’s leading literary festival, returns for its sixteenth year this autumn with 10 days of thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining events focussed on culture, community and global connection.

A Q&A with Joy Kluver, author and creator of Murder in Merton crime writing events and workshops

Joy Kluver has written three DI Bernadette BernieNoel books ‘Last Seen’, ‘Broken Girls’ and ‘Left For Dead’ The series was shortlisted for Best New Kid on the Block (best new series) in the Dead Good Reader Awards 2022.

Mayor of London Sadiiq Khan taking selfies with school students
Mayor of London Addresses Local State School Students

Six hundred students from state schools across Merton and Wandsworth had the chance to experience undergraduate life for themselves on Wednesday 24 May – joining us on campus for our ‘Introduction to University Day’ in partnership with the University of Roehampton.

Alastair Campbell on stage with an interviewer, talking about his book But What Can I Do?
Alastair Campbell reveals his Labour slogan for the next general election at Book Tour Launch

Alastair Campbell former political adviser and co-host of the UK’s chart-topping podcast, The Rest is Politics, kick started the tour for his new book ‘But What Can I Do?’ at a packed New Wimbledon Theatre.

A large audience surrounding Nguyen Phan Que Mai smiling and holding books
Celebrating World Book Night with Vietnamese author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Wimbledon BookFest kicked off its author events for Merton libraries supported by new Arts Council England funding with a wonderful packed-out event.

headshot of Lenny Henry speaking, with his book cover behind him
World Book Day at New Wimbledon Theatre

This March, Wimbledon BookFest had tremendous fun celebrating World Book Day by hosting numerous local primary schools at New Wimbledon Theatre with a range of children’s authors: Sir Lenny Henry, A.F. Steadman and Francesca Simon author of the Horrid Henry books.

Fiona Razvi on stage in front of an audience with a microphone, in front of a Wimbledon Bookfest advert
Merton libraries receive £357,000 from Arts Council England

Merton’s libraries have been awarded Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status and will subsequently receive £357,000 of funding over the next three years to invest in cultural opportunities across the borough.

Chris Patten giving a talk on stage in front of a bookshelf
The Last Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, at Wimbledon BookFest

“It is the best of the East and the best of the West.”

Jeremy Bowen on stage with a microphone
Legendary War Journalist Jeremy Bowen speaks at Wimbledon BookFest

On Thursday 22nd September, we were proud to host former BBC Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen at the Baille Gifford Tent in conversation with Toby Mundy.