Leading Roehampton academics to entertain at Wimbledon BookFest

A host of leading writers and academics from the University of Roehampton look set to captivate audiences for the tenth annual Wimbledon BookFest, which begins this month on Wimbledon Common.

Posted: 22 September 2016

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Fiona Razvi, Director of Wimbledon BookFest and Professor Laura Peters, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.

Wimbledon BookFest, which takes place on Wimbledon Common from 29 September to 9 October, brings together the worlds of literature, the arts and popular culture for eleven days of non-stop entertainment and has firmly established itself as one of London’s premier literary festivals. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the festival has delivered its best line-up yet, with headline speakers including Nick Clegg, Jeremy Paxman, Kate Atkinson, Deliciously Ella, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Claire Balding and Michael Morpurgo among others.

The University continues to be the exclusive lead education partner of BookFest, supporting its aim to raise awareness and excitement about the study of great literature.

Confirmed University Speakers:

  • TS Eliot Prize-winning poet David Harsent, Professor of Creative Writing at the University will lead a highly-anticipated sold-out creative writing workshop together with Fiona Sampson, Professor of Poetry and Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre.
  • Professor Laura Peters, Head of the Department for English and Creative Writing at the University and expert in Victorian literature and culture will take part in a special event discussing Marshalsea debtor’s prison. It was a place synonymous for misery in 18th century London and where Charles Dickens’ father was incarcerated.
  • Leone Ross, acclaimed novelist and Senior Lecturer at the University, will co-judge the festival’s Short Story Competition, which has had nearly 100 entries this year. 

Roehampton students benefit greatly from the partnership. Not only are students able to receive free tickets to attend selected events, but opportunities to volunteer at the festival are also available. Six brand new intern positions for Roehampton students have been created this year in the fields of journalism, film, photography and event coordination, while two students also work as paid interns to assist the organisation of the festival. This underlines Roehampton’s commitment to supporting students in getting the skills they need to become successful graduates.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival, which also includes film screenings, live music (including a David Bowie Night), workshops and the popular comedy on Wimbledon Common, headlined this year by Marcus Brigstocke.

For more information on our English and Creative Writing programmes please click here. The department is continuously ranked a top five London University for English and Creative Writing (The Guardian University Guide 2017).

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