Wimbledon BookFest “Last Days of Summer” Live Festival Weekend!

Wimbledon BookFest “Last Days of Summer” Live Festival Weekend!

Posted by Janie Smith | 27 August 2020 | Arts & Culture, News, Out & About, What's On, Wimbledon Gent, Wimbledon Kids

Wimbledon BookFest, London’s leading community based literary festival will hold The Last Days of Summer LIVE Weekend Festival on 12-14 September in a bespoke, open marquee on Wimbledon Common. The festival will be showcasing inspirational speakers and best selling adult and children’s authors.

Former Olympic Table Tennis player and author of Black Box Thinking and Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed will deliver the Festival’s keynote speech, as well as an event for children.

Comedian, writer and mental health advocate Ruby Wax comes to Wimbledon for the first event for her new book And Now for the Good News: To the Future with Love.

Other speakers include journalist and podcaster, Pandora Sykes; broadcaster Jeremy Vine; comedian Andy Hamilton with his remarkable new book Longhand and a unique performance from Lemn Sissay who will be reading from both his memoir My Name is Why and his latest poetry collection Gold from the Stone.

Bestselling novelists David Nicholls and Jessie Burton will be in conversation about their latest books, in partnership with the London Library.

BookFest is delighted to present some important new voices including NHS palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke and Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson.

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason will talk about her musical family to celebrate the launch of her book House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons, while her son Braimah will give a violin performance.

Mervyn King and John Kay shares valuable insights from their latest book Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future.

Test your general knowledge in Encyclopedia Britannica’s fun family quiz for all ages!

When: 12-14 September 2020
Where: Wimbledon Common
Book Tickets: www.wimbledonbookfest.org/Events/2020EventsCalendar
More Information: www.wimbledonbookfest.org

Events will have reduced capacities and ticketed entry to ensure that the festival is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Many of the events will be digitally streamed.

‘We are so excited to be able to host live ‘in person’ events with such a range of interesting writers and speakers. We’ve worked hard to pull it together since guidance opened up on live events, but we feel the programme offers something very special for our audiences to enjoy. Social distancing will be in place and we’ve arranged an ‘open air’ roof only marquee set up to ensure audiences, staff and performers all feel safe.’
– Fiona Razvi, Festival Director

For those unable to attend in person Fiona Razvi, the festival director, promises that the events will be filmed and digitally relayed. Given the that arts and culture have suffered so much this year, Fiona is proud to be offering a ray of hope for the future.

BookFest’s Word Up education programme will run as usual in October and will feature 10 events with authors filmed live and then digitally relayed to participating schools. 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 schools (5 for primary and 10 for secondary schools.)

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