Barnes BookFest 2024

2024 Festival Event

Laura Cumming
photo by Suki Dhanda

Laura Cumming – ‘Thunderclap’

Award-winning art critic Laura Cumming talks about Thunderclap, an examination of the Dutch masterpieces interwoven with the story of her painter father. Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction 2024, the book explores a life in art, from seventeenth-century Delft to twentieth- century Scotland, from Rembrandt’s studio to contemporary London, and it considers what a painting can come to mean. Laura is chief art critic for The Observer and the author of On Chapel Sands (2019) and The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Veláquez (2016).

Laura Cumming - Thunderclap
Tickets cost £18 or £12. There is a 25% saving on all festival books pre-ordered with event tickets.

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2024 Festival Schedule

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8pm

10am

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The festival programme and schedule are also available to download here as a PDF.
A printed booklet containing the same information is available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.