Wimbledon’s celebrated Bookfest returns this month with its inaugural Spring Weekend – a brand new festival of inspiring talks, discussions, comedy and chat taking place at King’s College School and Southside House.
Running from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March, the Spring Weekend includes sessions with leading contemporary writers and thinkers – from historian Lucy Worsley to Poet Roger McGough.
Some of the highlights include:
Michael Fuller – Britain’s first black police chief constable talks race, identity and belonging with Trevor Phillips, founding chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Gina Miller was the lead claimant in the 2016 constitutional legal case against the UK Government over triggering Article 50. She gives her own extraordinary account of how it feels to stand up for your beliefs, no matter the cost.
Novelist Sadie Jones is best known for her critically-acclaimed debut, The Outcast, which won the Costa First Novel Award and was dramatised by the BBC. She’ll be taking about her new book, The Snakes, with BBC journalist Kirsty Lang
Literary agent, Peter Straus and CEO of Faber & Faber, Stephen Page will be asking the question What makes a great book?, in a discussion exploring the secrets behind the compelling stories which shape the national zeitgeist.
TV doctor Chris van Tulleken returns to his alma mater, Kings College, to present his Not for the Squeamish Science Show with plenty of laughs, screams and a peak at his old school report.
Lucy Worsley, historian, TV presenter and Chief Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, looks at the life of Queen Victoria. Following Victoria through 24 significant events, from her birth to her husband’s death, it’s a chance to get up close and personal with one of our most iconic monarchs.
Legendary Mersey Beat poet Roger McGough reads from his exuberant new collection joinedupwriting, which takes in everything from forgotten friendships to global politics.
To find out more about these and many other events, visit the Bookfest website.
The autumn festival on Wimbledon Common will take place 3 to 13 October 2019.