This exciting and fantastic festival is back and getting ready to welcome the public for the first in person festival this year! Read on for a message from Festival Director, Amanda Brettargh and for further details on their programme and events.
‘After such a turbulent year, everyone here in Barnes, and all our authors, illustrators and performers, are starting to get very excited about our return in real life on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2021, the first children’s literature festival anywhere in the UK to do so.’
Festival Director Amanda Brettargh said ‘Barnes is ready to celebrate the end of the era of literature festivals in living rooms and get back out there and do what we do best.’
‘We’ve got plenty of room to move here in Barnes and we’re confident we can deliver the maximum amount of book fun and keep families, our authors, illustrators, performers and volunteers safe,’ she said.
‘This has been such a tough year for many people, and Zoom has been a life saver. It’s opened doors that we didn’t have before and we’ve all learned so much but we strongly believe that we can build something better. And for those who feel ready and safe to do so, it’s time for normal festival life to resume.
‘Barnes is more than ready to be the champion for literature festival recovery. It’s time to get those kids back in the room for some fun with books,’ she said.
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, London’s largest literature festival for children, will return in real life on 26 and 27th June. It is the first festival to return in real life since the global pandemic hit and will welcome top authors writing for all ages including Julia Donaldson, Sir Michael Morpurgo, Helen Oxenbury and Jaqueline Wilson to its stages amongst many many others.
LONDON’S LARGEST CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL RETURNS IN REAL LIFE ON SATURDAY 26 – SUNDAY 27 JUNE 2021! EXTENDED FREE SCHOOLS PROGRAMME TO SIX DAYS FROM THURSDAY 17 – FRIDAY 25 JUNE 2021
‘Delightful, imaginative, innovative – and beautifully organised.’Dame Jacqueline Wilson
‘London now has a world class children’s book festival’SF Said·
Festival will headline with events from the UK’s number one bestselling authors Julia Donaldson and Sir Michael Morpurgo ·
First UK literature festival to offer in real life events since the global pandemic struck·
A rare festival appearance from Helen Oxenbury who designed this year’s Festival branding as a tribute to Barnes’ beloved Judith Kerr.
Over 60 events featuring Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Axel Scheffler, Lauren Child, Julian Clary and David Roberts, Lydia Monks, David Almond, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Maz Evans, Sarah McIntyre & Philip Reeve, and Guinness World record holder Rob Biddulph .