Barnes BookFest 2024

About the Festival

Barnes BookFest brings writers of all genres to SW13 in London for a lively programme of talks and discussion. Authors join us to discuss their writing and share insights into their research and specialist subjects. Launched in September 2021, the festivals have been a great success with many sell-out events.

Previous speakers include best-selling authors Anne Glenconner, Robert Peston, Anthony Seldon, Ben Macintyre, Robert Harris, Anthony Horowitz, Sebastian Faulks and Bonnie Garmus; award-winning writers Oliver Soden, Natasha Brown and Yara Rodrigues Fowler; specialist writers Dipo Faloyin, Helen Czerski, Tim Marshall, Alicia Foster, Andrew Graham Dixon and Simon Heffer; plus, biographers and memoirists, from Gyles Brandreth, Hadley Freeman, Sam Delaney and Leslie Thomas KC to Dame Eileen Atkins, Theo Fennell and Richard E. Grant.

Barnes BookFest was initiated by The Barnes Bookshop, together with Magic Productions and The Friends of St Mary’s Barnes.

We are very grateful to work with Laurent Residential, the leading independent property company in Barnes. Laurent Residential was the festival’s founding sponsor and has provided on-going support and sponsorship each year.

Barnes BookFest is also generously sponsored by International Literary Properties (ILP), a global company that invests in the intellectual property rights to books, plays and other literary works. ILP works closely with authors, families, agents, publishers and producers to secure, protect and grow their literary legacies for future generations.