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 350. 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

Elif Shafak

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

8pm Tuesday 19 November 2019
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World takes an unflinching look at the physical and mental trauma that women suffer in a social system defined by patriarchal codes. It is an extraordinary tale of a brutalised, broken, but profoundly courageous woman, who retains her humanity despite a world bent on crushing her. The book traces Tequila Leila’s memories – poignant, effervescent, and tragic – in the ten minutes after she dies. Each memory is sparked by a smell – the scent of cardamom coffee, or a taste – the spiced goat stew celebrating the long-awaited birth of a son and brother, but friends are also recalled at each stage in her life’s journey.

NEXT MEETING

Elif Shafak

Ten Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

8pm Tuesday 19 November 2019
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World takes an unflinching look at the physical and mental trauma that women suffer in a social system defined by patriarchal codes. It is an extraordinary tale of a brutalised, broken, but profoundly courageous woman, who retains her humanity despite a world bent on crushing her. The book traces Tequila Leila’s memories – poignant, effervescent, and tragic – in the ten minutes after she dies. Each memory is sparked by a smell – the scent of cardamom coffee, or a taste – the spiced goat stew celebrating the long-awaited birth of a son and brother, but friends are also recalled at each stage of her life’s journey.

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.