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, capacity allowing.

Covid-19 regulations mean that pre-booking for all events is now required. You will need to leave your mobile number so that we can contact you in the unlikely event that an audience member becomes ill after the event.

There will be reduced capacity at all events to ensure social distancing. Our full Covid-19 risk assessment can be viewed below.

A film of each talk will be sent to all members after the event.

To book a place at any of our events please email [email protected]

NEXT MEETING

AGM with Roger McGough

8pm Tuesday 22 September 2020
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

BLS patron, Roger McGough, is coming to the AGM to share some of the poems he wrote during lockdown, as yet unseen and unheard.

Book your place now if you haven’t already done so.

Just a reminder that our BLS events for this season will be slightly different to what you have been used to.

There will be reduced capacity in the church and you must book beforehand, giving your address and phone number. This is so that we can contact you in the unlikely event that an audience member becomes ill after the event.

There will be hand sanitiser at the entrance – please feel free to use it!

Please note that inside you must wear a face covering unless you are exempt for medical reasons.

The church will be set up with socially distanced seating. There will be single chairs if you attend on your own and two together for couples or friends in a bubble.

Doors will open at 7:30 pm

Please email [email protected] to secure a place

NEXT MEETING

AGM with Roger McGough

8pm Tuesday 22 September 2020
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

BLS patron, Roger McGough, is coming to the AGM to share some of the poems he wrote during lockdown, as yet unseen and unheard.

Book your place now if you haven’t already done so!

Just a reminder that our BLS events for this season will be slightly different to what you have been used to.

There will be reduced capacity in the church and you must book beforehand, giving your address and phone number. This is so that we can contact you in the unlikely event that an audience member becomes ill after the event.

There will be hand sanitiser at the entrance – please feel free to use it!

Please note that inside you must wear a face covering unless you are exempt for medical reasons.

The church will be set up with socially distanced seating. There will be single chairs if you attend on your own and two together for couples or friends who are in a bubble.

Doors will open at 7:30pm.

Please email [email protected] to secure a place.

 

 

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.

Covid-19 regulations mean that pre-booking for all events is now required. You will need to leave your mobile number so that we can contact you in the unlikely event that an audience member becomes ill after the event.

There will be reduced capacity at all events to ensure social distancing. Our full Covid-19 risk assessment can be viewed below.

A film of each talk will be sent to members after each event.

To book a place at any of our events please email [email protected]