Wimbledon Bookfest will be back on the common next month, when its Sunrise Festival brings together the usual mix of big-name authors, walks, comedy and thought-provoking events. The festival runs from 9 to 13 June 2021 and tickets are on sale now – but they’re selling fast.
- Author and columnist Caitlin Moran talks to broadcaster Razia Iqbal, in what promises to be a joyous and hilarious evening with uplifting tales of mothers, daughters and female friendship.
- Writer, journalist, and former spin doctor, Alistair Campbell reveals his own mental health journey when he shares the latest edition of his diaries.
- Award-winning broadcaster James O’Brien, returns to Bookfest to debate unconscious bias, privilege and … the right to be wrong.
- Much loved vicar, broadcaster and musician, Rev Richard Coles shares his personal story of losing his life partner and how he found the strength to move forward.
- Comedian and writer David Baddiel and journalist Sathnam Sanghera talk empire and antisemitism with broadcaster Samira Ahmed.
- Parenting columnist Lorraine Candy looks at the issues faced by today’s teens.
- Acclaimed comedian Rosie Wilby records a live edition of her podcast, the Breakup Monologues, in conversation with fellow comic Shappi Khorsandi.
- Plenty of practical sessions, from mindful pottery to a beatbox workshop.
On the bill too are novelist Esther Freud, global businesswoman Anya Hindmarch, former Labour leader Ed Miliband and comedian Frank Skinner. You can also catch 2021 Costa Prize winner Monique Roffey, adventurist Ray Mears, children’s author Michael Morpurgo, actor Robert Webb and many more.
Events take place in marquees with open sides and a socially distanced audience. The festival will be followed, later in the year, by the Sunset Festival, which will run from 15 to 19 September.
To find out more and book tickets, visit the Wimbledon Bookfest website – but you’d better be quick.