Comedian Seann Walsh and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernieres – who wrote the best-selling book while living in Earlsfield – are among the star names appearing at this year’s Wimbledon Bookfest.

wimbledon bookfestThe 10-day event starts on 2 October with a talk from Birdsong author and literary superstar Sebastian Faulks.

Now in its ninth year, the event has grown from 1,000 visitors to more than 15,000, including 7,500 children.

Bookfest co-founder Fiona Razvi says: “The event is about inspiring young people and getting them engaged in reading and language.”

Most of the events centre around story-telling, and big names have been booked that are already proving a sell-out.

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and with best-selling novelist Penny Vincenzi will be appearing at Cannizaro House on 8 October, while Louis de Bernieres will be in conversation during the closing gala night on 11 October.

Other events include former England rugby union player Brian Moore hosting a panel that includes legendary Aussie player Michael Lynagh and England women’s captain Katy McLean, who led her team to World Cup victory in 2014.

Bookfest turned over £200,000 last year, with all money raised being reinvested into the festival and its education work with Merton schools.

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