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Wimbledon BookFest 2014

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A Week of Literary Wonder
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The wonder of stories can never be underestimated. They fuel our imagination, broaden our culture, and bring people for something to chat about. I was once told that a book is like a magic carpet because it sends us flying to far off places.

But next time you settle down to read, you might be transported somewhere a little more local. Like Wimbledon Common, perhaps. Wimbledon BookFest is returning for another Year, with readings, screenings, discussions, quizzes, and sing-a-longs.

The launch will be held in the Town Centre on the 27th September, with free events on the piazza. Sophie Hannah will also be at Wimbledon Library, who is the first crime writer to be given approval to write a new Poirot novel, originally written by the best-selling author, Agatha Christie.

Do you consider yourself a book boffin? Think you know your T.S. Eliot from your George Eliot? Put your knowledge to the test in a Literary Pub Quiz on the 30th September at the Fire Stables.

After the run up, the real BookFest will begin, running from 3rd - 12th October at Wimbledon Common and other nearby venues.

Alexander McCall Smith starts proceedings as he talks about his re-imagining of Jane Austen's classic novel, Emma.

Other events include a panel discussion on Disobedient Women, a performance by the Irish Poetry Theatre, a film screening of Les Miserables, Desert Island Books, a Glitterary Lunch, and Creative Writing Workshop.

Children also have lots to enjoy, with various storytelling events, A Mouses Tale Workshop, Womble Sing-a-long, and the announcement of the winner of the Young Writers' Short Story Competition.
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Why? Celebrate books
When: 3rd - 12th Oct
Phone: 020 8545 8342
Where: Wimbledon Common
Cost: 5 - 45
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