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Books. A feast for the imagination, an outlet for the soul, and the best way to get people talking. Come to Wimbledon for the Wimbledon BookFest 2013, and enjoy a wealth of literature, history, social bonding.

Between 28th September - 13th October events will be taking place all over town. Whether you're a history buff, culture cat, or just in need of a laugh, there will be something to suit you.

The festival will start off with an illustrated talk by Richard Surman at Southside House. The best selling author has recently published The Churches that Betjemen Forgot. At 2pm on the 28th September he will be discussing the history of Scottish churches. Then at 7.30pm, you can join Sir Nicholas Kenyon will be giving a centenary celebration talk on Benjamin Bitten, which will be followed by a performance of the composer's 'Second String Quartet'.

On the 29th September, choose between a Tale of Two Snows. First Dan Snow will take you on a historical journey to Dover Castle and the Welsh fortress of Conwy. His most recent book Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare explores the importance of castles in Medieval life. Alternatively, Peter Snow will be travelling a little further across the pond, discussing his book When Britain Burned The White House

If you're looking for something tasty to bite your teeth into join Penny Vincenzi for a Girl's Night Out at Cannizaro House; she will be giving a reading from her book The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris. Too couture? Then how about a Literary Quiz at The Swan Pub?

There's plenty of children's entertainment as well: storytelling, a magic show, sing-a-longs with the Wombles, and more.

Tickets range from 3-15 and can be booked online or at Wimbledon Library.
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Why? Get into reading
When: 28th Sept - 13th Oct
Phone: 020 8545 8342
Where: Around Wimbledon
Cost: 3-15
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