Alastair Campbell to Launch New Book at Wimbledon BookFest Event

The Rest is Politics co-presenter will be in conversation with Jo Coburn

Alastair Campbell

Wimbledon BookFest is hosting an event with Alastair Campbell in which he will be launching his new book ‘But What Can I Do?’

The former media adviser to Tony Blair who is now the co-presenter of The Rest is Politics, one of the UK’s most popular podcasts, will be in conversation with the BBC Politics Live presenter Jo Coburn.

It will be the first event that the political strategist will be doing to mark the publication of his new book, which is sub-titled ‘Why Politics has gone so wrong, and How You Can Help Fix it’.

The event takes place on Tuesday 9 May from 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the New Wimbledon Theatre just two days ahead of publication.

But What Can I Do? Is described as both a call to arms and a practical handbook. Opening with an analysis of our polarised world and the populists and extremists who have created it, it goes on to explain how we might effect change for the better.

Alastair Campbell was official spokesman and director of communications and strategy in Tony Blair's government from 1994 to 2003. He continued to act as an advisor to the Labour Party during subsequent election campaigns. A consultant writer, strategist and broadcaster, he is still engaged in politics in Britain and overseas. He is also a leading advocate in the field of mental health.

As part of Wimbledon BookFest’s commitment to increasing access to cultural events, 100 tickets will be given free to local state school students of politics.

Standard tickets including a copy of the book cost £25 and you can book online at for every standard ticket you can purchase another without the book for £20.

Wimbledon BookFest is a London literary festival founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane. BookFest’s aim is to develop the role of arts and culture in the area, working with community and arts partners, schools, libraries and businesses.

This year’s Sunset Festival takes place from Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 October with over 80 talks, readings and activities. From politics to art, memoir to fiction, there should be something for everyone. Full event listings are due to be released in June 2023.

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April 24, 2023