Wimbledon BookFest Announces Sunrise Festival Programme

Now in its 15th year, Wimbledon BookFest comes to Wimbledon Common in June for the first part of this year’s festival. And the line up has just been announced…

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Wimbledon BookFest has announced the programme for its Sunrise Festival, taking places in June.

The Sunrise Festival programme takes places between June 9-15, and pulls together a diverse mix of high-profile speakers, rising stars and local talent.

The programme boasts more than 50 events which focus on climate changes, the war in Ukraine and fiction.

Programme highlights include an in-conversation with Julian Barnes, author of Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending, about his latest novel, Elizabeth Finch; a talk with Arifa AkbarMona Arshi and Nikesh Shukla, three writers longlisted for the2022 Jhalak Prize which recognises British writers of colour; and Prisoners of Geography author Tim Marshall offers his analysis of the  invasion of Ukraine.   

War journalists Martin Bell and Christine Lamb look at lessons learned from past wars and the impact of conflict on women, while royal biographer Tina Brown will challenge perceptions of the Royal Family in an event full of powerful revelations, nuanced details and insight. 

Chefs and food writers Melissa Hemsley and Anthony Warnerask how we can eat well without harming our planet, and Justin Webb, the longest serving presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme, discusses his memoir The Gift of a Radio and his life as a journalist. 

There’s also comedy and children’s events, an onsite bookshop,  as well as places to grab some food and drinks.

Wimbledon BookFest’s Sunrise Festival takes place June 9-15 at Wimbledon Common. For the full line up and tickets, visit wimbledonbookfest.org.