WBF17 Programme Final - page 5

We look to artists and writers to help make
sense of our world. In current times, it feels
as though we need this more than ever.
The role of the arts becomes ever more
A new partnership commences this
year with
Baillie Gifford
. They are an
organisation with real commitment to
literature and this partnership represents
an important step for our future, as does our new partnership
with leading current affairs publication
work continues to grow in its role in the festival,
and some 67 schools took part in our projects last year. This
year, our Sixth FormPanel are programming politics and poetry
events, and our ever-popular schools’ writing competition was
The Outsider
. Do look at the video on our website’s
home page which highlights this area of the festival’s work.
Wimbledon BookFest 2017 honours Wimbledon’s heritage
with new prizes and competitions. The Short Story Prize
is being relaunched at the Festival as the
Jane Gardam
Short Story Competition
. We also honour the Wimbledon
War Poet
Robert Graves
with a poetry prize running in
partnership with the University of Roehampton.
To all our friends, partners, sponsors and supporters,
thank you for helping us realise our ambition for the arts in
Wimbledon. I’ll sign off with my personal ‘events not to miss’:
poet Kayo Chingonyi, and cyber psychologist Mary Aiken.
We hope you enjoy Wimbledon BookFest 2017.
Fiona Razvi (Festival Director)
This year, BookFest is delighted to welcome
our writer-in-residence Olumide Popoola.
Olumide is a Nigerian-German writer who
lives in Merton. Her work tackles issues of
marginalised communities. She will be on site
all week responding to this year’s festival,
hosting events and running workshops.
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