Roehampton academics to take stage at Wimbledon BookFest

Academics will speak and perform at Wimbledon BookFest this October for the third year running.

Posted: 28 September 2017

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Professor Paul O'Prey will give the annual Robert Graves Society lecture

Wimbledon BookFest, taking place from 5-15th October, celebrates arts and culture on Wimbledon Common. This year's line-up includes literary names such as Salman Rushdie and Tracy Chevalier, sporting figures Judy Murray, Brain Moore and Chris Boardman, and an array of political speakers including John Sopel and Alan Johnson.

As the festival's lead Education Partner, academics from the University of Roehampton will be taking part in BookFest, holding lectures, chairing talks and interviewing authors.

• Paul O'Prey CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University and Professor in Modern Literature, will give the annual Robert Graves society lecture entitled 'Love, War and Wimbledon'.
• Dr Ian Kinane will interview Tracy Chevalier and Louis de Bernières. Dr Kinane is also Chair of judges for BookFest's 2017 Young Writers competition.
• Dr Andy Kesson will bring a group of actors to perform a Macbeth workshop for GCSE and Sixth Form students currently studying the play.
• Dr Louise Lee will discuss Dickens and Food with author Pen Volger.
• Judith Bryan will chair a 'Black Britain' event with Miranda Kaufmann and June Sarpong.

This partnership benefits Roehampton students, from free tickets to volunteering and paid work opportunities, including a six month internship at the BookFest office, underling the University's commitment to supporting students in their careers and gaining relevant work experience.

To see Roehampton's leading academics, and other events including comedy with Joe Lycett and James Acaster, former Vogue Editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, visit www.wimbledonbookfest.org.


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