Barnes Children’s Literature Festival Schools Programme

From Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Resource type: Literature Festival

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2

Region(s): England - Greater London

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival is London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival. Alongside the ticketed weekend Family Festival, it offers a free Schools Programme for state-funded primary schools. This year’s BCLF Schools Programme will run from Thursday 18th May – Friday 23rd June 2023 across a number of London boroughs.

The stellar line-up for this year’s programme of 25+ in-person events includes Dapo Adeola & Nathan Bryon, Rob Biddulph, Jasbinder Bilan, Emma Carroll, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Joseph Coelho, Hannah Gold, Vashti Hardy, Serena Patel, Onjali Q Rauf, Joshua Seigal, Nadia Shireen, Piers Torday and Ross Welford. Visit the BCLF website for details of all the events.


  • Tower Hamlets – Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May.
  • Kingston – Tuesday 13th June.
  • Wandsworth – Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June.
  • Twickenham – Monday 19th June.
  • Barnes – Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd June.

Bookings open on Thursday 23rd February 2023. 

Cost: Free

About Barnes Children’s Literature Festival: Barnes Children’s Literature Festival was launched in 2015 by a group of parents with a love of books and a desire to inspire the next generation of readers. The BCLF Schools Programme was launched in 2018 and is now the largest free schools programme of its kind in England.

Further resources:

  • The main Barnes Children’s Literature Festival 2023 will take place over the weekend of 24th and 25th June on Barnes Green.
  • BCLF also runs a monthly LitSoc children’s book club that takes place on a Saturday afternoon at St Paul’s School, Barnes.
  • The BCLF Youtube channel has videos of previous online author events from 2020 and 2021.
  • Find more literature festivals with dedicated schools programmes here.

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