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Ben Fogle, Andy McNab, Vince Cable and Boris Becker to speak at Wimbledon BookFest

The ninth annual Wimbledon BookFest is back this autumn bringing the worlds of literature, the arts, popular culture, film and sport to Wimbledon Common for 10 days in October.

Posted: 20 July 2015

image for news story Ben Fogle, Andy McNab, Vince Cable and Boris Becker to speak at Wimbledon BookFest
Ben Fogle, Boris Becker, Vince Cable and John Inverdale will be among the speakers at this year's Wimbledon BookFest which is supported by the University.

The University has supported the Book Fest for several years, as part of its aim to encourage the study and enjoyment of great literature. After the success of last year’s festival, the University signed a three year partnership with the organisers to confirm long term support.

Headline speakers for the 2015 Wimbledon BookFest include: best-selling novelists Louis de Bernieres and Sebastian Faulks; George the Poet; TV adventurer Ben Fogle; and the biggest selling female historian of all time, Alison Weir.

Other programme highlights include:

  • Tennis superstar Boris Becker.
  • Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.
  • Doctor and broadcaster Ben Goldacre talking ‘Bad Science.
  • SAS soldier and writer Andy McNab discussing the 'inner psychopath'.
  • Sir Max Hastings, Tessa Dunlop, Tom Holland and Dan Jones talking history.
  • Political discussion with Vince Cable, Chris Mullen and Charles Moore. 
  • Sports talk with John Inverdale, Brian Moore and David Lloyd.

The University of Roehampton has an active circle of leading authors, critics and academics working in the fields of language and literature. Among the writers speaking at BookFest will be Vice Chancellor Paul O’Prey on the subject of women poets in the First World War, and Zachary Leader who will present the life and works of masterful American prose writer Saul Bellow. Read more about English literature and Creative Writing at Roehampton.

TS Eliot Prize winner David Harsent, will also lead a highly-anticipated creative writing workshop during the festival.

Tickets are on sale now for the festival which also includes film screenings, live music, workshops and the popular comedy on Wimbledon Common event headlined by Sean Walsh.

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