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Wimbledon BookFest announces programme for Sunrise Festival

April 19, 2022
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In its 15th anniversary year, Wimbledon BookFest announces programme for Sunrise Festival -the first of two multi-day events on Wimbledon Common this summer 

Wimbledon BookFest is marking 15 years as London’s leading literary festival, and as a significant arts provider in the locality. It was also one of the few literary festivals to continue to safely deliver in-person events throughout the pandemic. 

In 2022,Wimbledon BookFest will stage two multi-day festivals: Sunrise Festival (9– 15 June 2022) and Sunset Festival (22 – 25 September). Each will feature BookFest’s characteristic mix of high-profile speakers alongside diverse rising stars and local talent.  

With a lifting of Covid restrictions, Wimbledon BookFest’s offer is fast returning to 2019levels, and the marquee village on Wimbledon Common takes an exciting new format to offer an enhanced experience for audiences. In addition to its two main event spaces, the site will include a bookshops tent for author signings, and outdoors spaces where visitors can enjoy a coffee, light refreshments or a glass of wine. On-site partners this year includes Festival bookseller Waterstones and official bar and cafe partner Catered by Justin alongside exhibitors Côte Brasserie, Prospect Magazine and Freddie’s Flowers.   

Sunrise Festival comprises more than 50 events over 7 days, with award-winning fiction, climate change, and the war in Ukraine being dominant themes. June also sees the return of Wimbledon BookFest’s programme of events for schools - 5000 students from south London and Surrey are expected to visit over 5 days for events with a stellar-line up of children's writers including Lenny Henry, Lemn SissayElle McNicoll, Jean Menzies and Simon Farnaby.  

For more information visit: https://www.wimbledonbookfest.org/