Leading writers will enthral audiences on Wimbledon BookFest stage

Wimbledon BookFest audiences this are set to be enthralled by a trio of leading writers from the University of Roehampton at this year's festival, which takes place in October, it has been confirmed this week.

Posted: 9 July 2015

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Roehampton alumni and poet Joshua Idehen with Alexander McCall Smith from BookFest 2014

The festival takes place on Wimbledon Common for 10 days from 2 October, and the full programme has just been published. The University is BookFest’s lead education partner, supporting its aim to raise awareness and excitement about great literature.

Confirmed University speakers

  • TS Eliot Prize-winning poet David Harsent, Professor of Creative Writing at the University will lead an afternoon creative writing workshop.
  • Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Modern Literature, will discuss three of the most prominent women poets of the First World War, with Dame Shirley Williams. 
  • Professor Zachary Leader will talk about masterful American author Saul Bellow, following publication of his biography into the Pulitzer and Noble prize-winning writer.

Professor Laura Peters, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University said: “We’re pleased to be bringing three of our foremost writers to Book Fest audiences this year, and I’m sure visitors will be encouraged to continue their lifelong learning.

“The University has formalised its support for the BookFest for this year and the next two years, which will help it grow ever bigger, bringing the joys of literature to wider audiences from across London. Doing so is a key part of our work to support the south west London community, in this case by sharing our expertise with people from all walks of life who want to explore the joys of great writing.”

Education programme
As well as bringing some of the University’s leading authors and academics to festival audiences, as a partner of the BookFest, the University also supports its Short Story competition, Young Writers competition and young Film Makers programme.

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