10 Magical Days on Wimbledon Common
Written by the Wimbledon Bookfest Team
The Wimbledon BookFest (4-14 October) in the Baillie Gifford Big Tent on Wimbledon Common, close to the Village, is a highly anticipated fixture on the local autumn calendar featuring a vibrant mix of speakers from the worlds of literature, the arts, politics, current affairs and sport, plus live music, theatre, comedy and an expanded programme of workshops.
This year the festival welcomes literary stars such as Pat Barker, Sebastian Faulks, Lionel Shriver and Patrick Gale. The opening evening is headlined by broadcaster and bestselling author Graham Norton talking about his new novel A Keeper.
Festival highlights include chef and cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi; philosopher John Gray; legendary musician Billy Bragg in conversation with Radio X's John Kennedy; sports stars Rob Andrew, Shane Warne and Brian Moore. Debates on Russia, AI, fake news, realpolitik and climate change feature in the lively politics and current affairs strand.
An expanded comedy programme is headlined by Alan Davies, Mark Watson and Will Hislop, whilst comedian and author Adam Kay discusses This is going to Hurt, his hilarious and heart-breaking account of being a junior doctor.
Channel 4 news presenter Cathy Newman commemorates the unsung heroines who made twentieth century Britain, whilst Bryony Gordon discusses positive mental health. Leading journalists Afua Hirsch and Samira Ahmed reflect on identity and multiculturalism and their experiences of growing up and living in Wimbledon. Wimbledon entrepreneur Tricia Cusden tells the inspirational story behind her new beauty brand.
A vibrant children's programme features Michael Rosen, Francesca Simon, Sophie Kinsella, Jessie Burton and Radio 1 presenters Greg James and Chris Smith talking about their book Kid Normal.
Tickets are available from www.wimbledonbookfest.org.