Wimbledon Bookfest is set to return with an array of inspiring, comical and thought-provoking speakers.

The popular literary festival will host a weekend of live events between September 11 and 13, in a bespoke open marquee on Wimbledon Common.

The festival named the ‘Last Days of Summer’ will feature a broad range of events showcasing bestselling authors for adults and children.

Comedian, writer and mental health advocate Ruby Wax comes to Wimbledon for the first event for her new book And Now for the Good News: To the Future with Love.

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Former Olympic Table Tennis player and author of Black Box Thinking and Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed will deliver the Festival’s keynote speech, as well as an event for children.

Other speakers include; journalist and podcaster, Pandora Sykes, broadcaster Jeremy Vine, comedian Andy Hamilton, and a unique performance from Lemn Sissay who will be reading from both his memoir My Name is Why and his latest poetry collection Gold from the Stone.

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Bestselling novelists David Nicholls and Jessie Burton will be in conversation about their latest books, in partnership with the London Library.

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason will talk about her musical family to celebrate the launch of her book House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons, while her son Braimah will give a violin performance.

This years event will feature some important new voices including NHS palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke and Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson.

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Mervyn King and John Kay shares valuable insights from their latest book Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future.

Fiona Razvi, Festival Director said:"We are so excited to be able to host live ‘in person’ events with such a range of interesting writers and speakers.

"We’ve worked hard to pull it together since guidance opened up on live events, but we feel the programme offers something very special for our audiences to enjoy.

"Social distancing will be in place and we’ve arranged an ‘open-air’ roof only marquee set up to ensure audiences, staff and performers all feel safe."

Events will have reduced capacities and ticketed entry to meet social distancing guidelines.

Tickets are live on sale now. 

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