The 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.

BLS has proved to be increasingly popular over the years and now has a membership of over 400. 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. Membership entitles free entry to each of the six evening talks. No tickets are required.

NEXT MEETING

Tom Holland

Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

8pm Tuesday 31 March 2020
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster. His latest book Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, published in September 2019, explores the enduring effects of Christianity on Western thought. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, he examines what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive an influence and why in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion’s claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian.

Whether you are atheist, agnostic or believer, Holland’s argument could hardly be more topical.

NEXT MEETING

Mick Herron

Joe Country

8pm Tuesday 18 February 2020
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

Mick Herron has been described as ‘the John Le Carré of our generation’, earning a place amongst the very finest of spy novelists for his Slough House series. The first book in the series Slow Horses was praised by The Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the twenty greatest spy novels of all time’.

Published in 2019, Joe Country is the sixth and latest novel in the series featuring Jackson Lamb, head spook at Slough House – a place where the ‘slow horses’, those failed spies who mess up, go. In Lamb, Mick has created one of the most memorable figures in spy literature. Overweight, grubby with appalling personal habits, Lamb has no desire to return to where the action is. He prefers the lazy life tormenting his underlings, drinking too much and eating Chinese takeaways.

 

 

The 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.

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. Membership entitles free entry to each of the six evening talks. No tickets are required.