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Tickets now available for Wimbledon BookFest Sunrise Festival

Now in its 15th year, Wimbledon BookFest comes to Wimbledon Common in June for the first leg of this year’s festival. And the composition has just been unveiled…

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Wimbledon BookFest has announced the program for its Sunrise Festival, which will take place in June.

The Sunrise Festival program runs from June 9-15 and brings together a diverse mix of high profile speakers, rising stars and local talent.

The program has more than 50 events focusing on climate change, the war in Ukraine and fiction.

Program highlights include a conversation with Julian Barnes, author of Booker Prize Winner The meaning of an end, on her latest novel, Elizabeth Finch; a conversation with Arifa Akbar, Mona Archi and Nikesh Shukla, three shortlisted writers for the the Jhalak Prize 2022 which recognizes British writers of colour; and author of Prisoners of Geography Tim Marshall offers his analysis of the invasion of Ukraine.

War reporters Martin Bell and Christine Lamb examine lessons learned from past wars and the impact of conflict on women, while royal biographer Tina Brown wIt challenges perceptions of the royal family in an event full of powerful revelations, nuanced details and insight.

Chefs and food writers Melissa Hemsley and Anthony Warner ask how we can eat well without harming our planet, and Justin Webbthe longest-serving presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme, talks about his memoir The gift of a radio and his life as a journalist.

There are also comedy and children’s events, an on-site bookstore, and places to grab food and drink.

The Sunrise Festival at Wimbledon BookFest will take place June 9-15 at Wimbledon Common. For full lineup and tickets, visit