1. Overview

    Wimbledon BookFest 2018 will take place on Wimbledon Common in the autumn.

  2. Programme

    Taking place from 5-15 October, the festival site will host a book shop, local catering outlets, refreshments from Wimbledon Brewery, as well as the Baillie Gifford Big Tent.

    This year’s programme offers a broad range of events that encourage us to learn more about our world, whether that be through accessing fiction or non-fiction literature, film, comedy or music. Fiona Razvi, Festival Director, describes the programme as aiming to capture the zeitgeist - be it politics today, artificial intelligence, fake news, the future of education or what it is to ‘be other’.

    This year the festival has been working closely with the University of Roehampton on projects such as the Robert Graves Poetry Prize and a new series of Open Mind Sessions, showcasing their academic research and diversity.

    Visit the Wimbledon BookFest website to find out more.

    10 magical days on Wimbledon Common.
  3. Ticket Giveaway

    As part of our sponsorship, we are offering Trust magazine subscribers the opportunity to obtain free tickets to the events outlined below. If you would like to request a pair of complimentary tickets to one of these events, please complete our ticket registration form below before 4pm on Friday 31 August. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Successful applicants will be contacted by email before Friday 7 September. If you do not receive a confirmation email by this date you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. All unsuccessful applicants will be on a reserve list for returned tickets.

    The Ticket Giveaway is now closed. 

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    Nigel Shadbolt: Digital Ape

    Saturday 6 October 2018, 12:30pm

    The Digital Ape is an exploration of how AI and smart machines are shaping us – and what we should do about it. Shadbolt argues that when it comes to our technological future, we can retain control, but how we exercise that control is the crux of our future well-being. Join us for a stimulating discussion on what this future might look like.

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    Caspar Henderson: Map of Wonders

    Saturday 6 October 2018, 4:30pm

    The award-winning Caspar Henderson invites us to explore the wonders of the world, from nature to technology and the marvels of the human body. A New Map of Wonders is an awe-inspiring, uplifting guide encouraging us to see the world a little differently. It has never been more important to stop and cultivate our curiosity in the world.

    Jamie Susskind and Richard Susskind: The Impact of AI on Politics and the Professions

    Tuesday 9 October 2018, 6:45pm

    How far should our lives be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems – and on what terms? What does it mean for social justice when algorithms determine our access to jobs, insurance, loans and healthcare?

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies seem certain to bring huge changes within society and how politicians confront the shift is one of the great debates of the 21st century. In this session, Jamie Susskind (Future Politics) and Prof Richard Susskind (The Future of the Professions) will focus on AI’s impact on work and politics.

    Robert Plomin: G is for Genes

    Saturday 13 October 2018, 12:30pm

    The ability to use DNA to understand who we are and who we will become has emerged only in the last few years, and Robert Plomin has been at the forefront of this genetic revolution. He draws on a lifetime’s worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. This event promises to be a fascinating exploration into the choices we make.