Here are our favourite events taking place across the weekend at the Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Top five picks from Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

This weekend, Barnes will be taken over with festival fever as the Children’s Literature Festival returns with the primary purpose to get children excited about literature and creativity with workshops, special talks and demonstrations. Here are our favourite events taking place across the weekend


Jim Smith – Waldo Pancake

Winner of the acclaimed ‘Roald Dahl Funny Prize’, Jim Smith, will be entertaining little ones with an hour of stories and live drawing where he’ll bring characters to life and may even draw members of the audience. Also known as Waldo Pancake, Jim has doodled on just about everything from cards and gifts to walls of coffee shops. He is now working on his Future Ratboy series – a selection of tales that won the Laugh Out Loud Awards in 2017.
11 May; 10am-11am
Barnes Green Centre


Lauren Child

Author of much-loved children’s series, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort, Lauren Child will be introducing her latest character, a child genius named Hubert Horatio. Most notably, the award winning author has won over the hearts of children across the nation with troublesome twosome, Charlie and Lola, so kids will be excited to get to know her latest creation.
11 May; 10am-11am
Barnes Book Marquee


Judith Kerr

The author of the iconic children’s story, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, the Mog series, and her fascinating autobiographical novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Ker, will be coming to St Mary’s Church for an in depth Q&A session. Art editor Ian Craig will be asking the long-time Barnes residents question and talking about her work and the process behind putting the books together. The event is aimed at a more adult audience, but children are also welcome to attend.
11 May; 12pm-1pm
St Mary’s Church


Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Kids can come along for a special Alice in Wonderland Mat Hatter’s Tea Party of sandwiches, scones and baked delights at the Betty Blythe Vintage Tea Rooms on Barnes Green and transport into the magical world of Lewis Carroll, complete with grinning Cheshire cats. This fun dining experience is suitable for all ages.
12 May; 12pm-1pm; £13.50
Betty Blythe Tea Room


Kensuke’s Kingdom Theatre Workshop

For children keen to get into drama, this workshop is presented by Barricade Arts, and presents an interactive take on Sir Michael Morpurgo’s adventure. Join the characters to learn survival skills and help protect the creatures as Michael and his faithful dog are dramatically stranded on an island in the Pacific. Suitable for ages 8+
12 May; 3pm-4.20pm; £10 per person
OSO Arts Centre