Wimbledon Bookfest 2012 – 6th – 14th October 2012

Line-up announced for Wimbledon Bookfest 2012 > Sebastian Faulks, Will Young, James Naughtie, Sir John Major, Kate Mosse, Michael Rosen, Jack Straw and Tom Watson to headline

The programme for the sixth annual Wimbledon Bookfest has been announced andpromises to be the most exciting line-up yet. Confirmed headliners include international bestseller Sebastian Faulks who willbe in conversation with Bookfest regular James Naughtie; and pop icon Will Young who will share stories from his new autobiography Funny Peculiar.

The festival will be centred around a specially commissioned 6500 square foot Big Tent on Wimbledon Common, as well as various other partner venues in the town including the Polka Theatre.

Other highlights of the programme include:

  • Former local schoolboy John Major and his personal history of music halls in a special pre-festival event on Saturday 29th September at The Polka Theatre
  • Jack Straw discussing his memoirs Last Man Standing
  • Tom Watson providing a unique view of the Leveson inquiry and unpicking the hacking scandal with journalist Samira Ahmed
  • English rugby legend Brian Moore talking frankly about his life and career with broadcaster John Inverdale
  • Cressida Cowell presenting the Young Writers awards
  • International bestseller Kate Mosse providing an insight into the eagerly awaited final book in the Langudoc trilogy Citadel
  • Novelist JoJo Moyes discussing love and loss with novelist and festival patron Penny Vincenzi
  • The Fabulous Baker Brothers cooking up a storm
  • Dame Margaret Drabble looking back at a career spanning over 40 years
  • Journalist Patrick Bishop examining the history of the Royal Air Force Coronation Street actress
  • Denise Welch and Bafta nominated writer Jonathan Harvey in conversation
  • Celebrated actor John Sessions and guitar virtuoso José Maria Gallardo del Rey in an evening of words and music in honour of Miguel de Cervantes

Tickets can be booked online at www.wimbledonbookfest.org/booking.html



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