The Barnes BookFest

Barnes is justly regarded as a cultivated area of south west London.  It has a long history of the patronage of the arts with a thriving Literary Society which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

It is also home to the premier children’s literary event The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival which each year welcomes thousands of visitors, not just from London and the south east, but from across the globe.

It was with this tradition in mind that Venetia Vyvyan, owner of the Barnes Bookshop, together with St Mary’s Church and Anne Mullins launched the Barnes BookFest in 2020.

Delayed by the pandemic, the inaugural event took place in 2021. Speakers included Gyles Brandreth, Sebastian Faulks, Simon Heffer and Andrew Graham-Dixon.

The second Barnes BookFest took place last September with a wonderful weekend of bookish discussions and screenings.  Speakers included, amongst others, Ben Macintyre, Robert Harris, Dame Eileen Atkins, Patricia Hodge, Anthony Horowitz and Bonnie Garmus with events covering a wide range of topics: from history to the environment, crime to current affairs, politics to economics.  It is now firmly on the literary map.

The next BookFest will be on 22nd – 24th September 2023. Ticket are now on sale from the festival website or from us at the Barnes Bookshop. For detailed programme information please visit

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