Welcome to the website of the Barnes Literary Society (BLS)

Barnes Literary Society was founded in 2004 by a group of Barnes friends to provide a literary focus for members in the local area and beyond. The Society offers stimulating monthly evening events in a friendly atmosphere in the centre of Barnes, when there is an opportunity to hear published authors and other speakers give talks on a wide variety of literary topics. These range from novels to historical writing, drama, crime and contemporary issues. We also enjoy visits to places of interest once or twice a year and in celebration of our 10th Anniversary we are sponsoring the ArtsRichmond Young Writers Award.

BLS has proved to be increasingly popular over the years and now has a membership of over 300. On this website you can find out about our current programme, our previous distinguished speakers, and tour our gallery of posters and photographs. And, should you wish to join, just click on our Membership page.

Joan Bakewell with BLS members
Jan Pienkowski and David Walser with members
Helen Macdonald signing books
Sathnam Sanghera signing books
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Sarah Dunant (centre) with Isla Dawes and Claire Boyling

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