Wimbledon BookFest to host 15th year anniversary event

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Mark Beim

The Sunrise literary festival will be held on Wimbledon Common from June 9 – 15 and offers a mix of high-profile speakers and local talent.

Sunrise Festival comprises more than 50 events over seven days, hosting discussions with authors surrounding themes such as award-winning fiction, climate change, and the war in Ukraine.

The festival will be made up of a marquee village on the green and will include a bookshops tent for author signings, and outdoor spaces where visitors can enjoy a coffee, light refreshments or a glass of wine.

The BookFest promises to provide a return of pre-pandemic atmosphere.

There will be two main event spaces along with online partner Waterstones, bar and café Catered by Justin alongside exhibitors Côte Brasserie, Prospect Magazine and Freddie’s Flowers.

There is also the return of Wimbledon BookFest’s programme of events for schools with 5,000 students from south London and Surrey expected to visit over the five days for events.

The line-up of children’s writers include Lenny Henry, Lemn Sissay, Elle McNicoll, Jean Menzies and Simon Farnaby.

We expect 5000 students over five days

Fiona Razvi, Wimbledon BookFest’s Director said: “Wimbledon BookFest is delighted to be marking its 15th anniversary as London’s leading literary festival.

“We aim to create the space to reflect and discuss the big issues of the day, as well giving time out to enjoy and learn new things, and this is reflected in our programme for Sunrise.

“We’re also pleased to see the return of our full schools’ programme in June, for which we expect 5000 students over five days.


“100 schools in London and Surrey now take part in our creative projects every year, an activity very much at the heart of the Festival.”

Liam Hurley, Director of Strategy and External Relations at the University of Roehampton and Principal Partner of the event said: “Wimbledon BookFest provides a wide range of opportunities through both the festival, and its outreach work with local schools, on which we collaborate, to enhance educational opportunities for young people from all backgrounds.

“We look forward to supporting the festival for another summer, and are grateful for the opportunities our partnership provides to Roehampton students through valuable work placement opportunities.”

Find out more and book tickets here.

Source: Wimbledon Times

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