Barnes Children’s Literature Festival


A two-day festival of stories for children of all ages to meet authors and illustrators and learn about the world of books – 14 & 15 May


The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival returns this year, covering two days, with more than 50 authors and illustrators. The Festival gives children a chance to meet the people who have created their favourite books and hear how the story-writing and drawing process evolves into the characters they know and love. Popular children’s TV presenters, such as CBeebie’s star, Cerrie Burnell.

Among the authors will be Lauren Child, author of Charlie & Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redford, along with graphic designer, David Mackintosh, who will talk about their working process – what happens to the artwork once it leaves Lauren’s studio and her incredibly long answerphone messages!

The Gruffalo creator, Axel Scheffler, will be drawing a selection of characters from his books – such as Room On The Broom and Snail And The Whale – and reading some of his stories.

Morris-GleitzmanThe internationally acclaimed Australian author, Morris Gleitzman, will appear at his only UK festival, sharing the secrets to his writing methods. His books look at serious subjects, such as the horrors of the Holocaust in Once, Then, Now, After and Soon, which has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, but with warmth and humour.

Judith Kerr, a long-time resident of Barnes, and best-selling author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea and Mog will make a special guest appearance, talking about her life and work with Nicolette Jones, the children’s books editor of The Sunday Times.

Other authors include Cornelia Funke, Kate Saunders, Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Womack – for full details and to book tickets, check out

Tickets from £5 –



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