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

Tom Holland

Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

 

8pm Tuesday 20 October 2020
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster who has published best-selling books on topics including classical and mediaeval history and the origins of Islam. 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, Tom’s argument could hardly be more topical.

Widely regarded as one of the leading popular writers on the Ancient World, he has been admired for his gift for summoning up the colour, characters and animation of the past without sacrificing factual integrity.  Barnaby Rogerson reviewing his 2012 book In the Shadow of the Sword in the Independent called him ‘a divertingly inventive writer with a wicked wit … [recalling] something of both Gibbon and Tom Wolfe in his writing’ and Dennis Drabella reviewing Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar in the Washington Post in 2015 praised him as ‘a master of narrative history’.

In addition to his writing, he has worked with the BBC and Channel 4 to create and host historical documentaries including Islam: the Untold Story, based on his book of the same title, and Isis: the Origins of Violence.  Tom has also created adaptations of classical authors such as Homer and Herodotus. Listeners to Radio 4 may also have heard him presenting Making History, the popular history series connecting up the past with the present.

Although Tom is best known as a scholar of the ancient world he has many other passions, including cricket and campaigning to save London’s hedgehogs, something dear to the hearts of many Barnes residents.

Please email [email protected] to secure a place

NEXT MEETING

Tom Holland

Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

8pm Tuesday 20 October 2020
St Mary’s Church, Barnes

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster who has published best-selling books on topics including classical and mediaeval history and the origins of Islam. 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, Tom’s argument could hardly be more topical.

Widely regarded as one of the leading popular writers on the Ancient World, he has been admired for his gift for summoning up the colour, characters and animation of the past without sacrificing factual integrity.  Barnaby Rogerson reviewing his 2012 book In the Shadow of the Sword in the Independent called him ‘a divertingly inventive writer with a wicked wit … [recalling] something of both Gibbon and Tom Wolfe in his writing’ and Dennis Drabella reviewing Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar in the Washington Post in 2015 praised him as ‘a master of narrative history’.

In addition to his writing, he has worked with the BBC and Channel 4 to create and host historical documentaries including Islam: the Untold Story, based on his book of the same title, and Isis: the Origins of Violence.  Tom has also created adaptations of classical authors such as Homer and Herodotus. Listeners to Radio 4 may also have heard him presenting Making History, the popular history series connecting up the past with the present.

Although Tom is best known as a scholar of the ancient world he has many other passions, including cricket and campaigning to save London’s hedgehogs, something dear to the hearts of many Barnes residents.

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]