There are many book clubs in Barnes, mostly groups of friends looking for an excuse for a good read and a glass of wine once a month! We offer a 10% discount to book clubs who buy six or more copies of a book at the same time, and pay all together.
Interested in reading and all things literary? Then join the Barnes Literary Society for access to a programme of literary events from October to June. The BLS has around 300 members and has been running for over 12 years. Past speakers include Julian Fellowes, Alan Johnson MP, Andrew Marr and Salley Vickers. See their website for membership details and the event programme. Events are usually held at the OSO.
Writers on history and politics include Peter and Dan Snow and former politician and ex BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten of Barnes. Celebrity autobiographers number Tim Rice and Peter Bowles and novelists include Gyles Brandreth and Daisy Waugh. Barnes is also a haven for poets with two of the country’s best and most well known poets, Roger McGough and David Harsent being long-time residents.
Perhaps the area where Barnes writers stand out most is in children’s books with authors including Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came to Tea), Jan Pienkowski (Meg and Mog), Andy Ellis (When Lulu Went to the Zoo), Marcia Williams (Lizzy Bennett’s Diary) and Patricia Elliot (The Pale Assassin).