BookFest Goes Digital

BookFest Goes Digital

Following the success of Last Days of Summer LIVE Weekend on Wimbledon Common last month, Wimbledon BookFest Digital will run throughout October.

The digital programme will feature recordings of the events that took place during the live festival weekend with speakers including Matthew Syed, Ruby Wax, Pandora Sykes, Jeremy Vine, Andy Hamilton, Lemn Sissay, David Nicholls, Jessie Burton, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, Rachel Clarke, Nazir Afzal, Mervyn King and John Kay and Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson with Sofia Thakur.

The Festival will also showcase new live digital events including a ‘proof party’ and a discussion with Amanda Prowse and her son Josiah Hartley on mental health, young people and the challenges they face.

BookFest’s Word Up education programme will run as usual in October and will feature events with authors Michelle Paver (primary) and Patrice Lawrence (secondary) filmed live and then digitally relayed to participating schools. For sixth formers Critical Minds, a partnership with University of Roehampton, provides invaluable information about applying to university.

In celebration of the work of black writers and Black History Month, BookFest will donate a selection of books by black authors to the library of every Merton state school. As a resource for schools, young film makers have produced a series of short interviews with authors and artists on the theme of ‘Black Britain – Hidden Histories.’

For further information on Wimbledon BookFest Digital, Word-Up or to make a donation to BookFest please visit

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