Free Programme

Calling all new, independent & aspiring authors: be part of our Free Programme

Applications for our Free Programme for 2021 are now closed. Soz!

Yep. We do save a few spots at London’s largest children’s books event for new, aspiring and independent authors as part of our Free Programme. So if you’ve got an amazing idea for a family-friendly event we want to hear from you.

We’re offering sessions of about 45 minutes or so for your reading. You can bring along your books, your bongos, art and craft, puzzles, puppets – anything you like that you think will wow the kids.

We receive a gigantic number of applications and we genuinely appreciate every one of them. Unfortunately  it’s just not possible to respond to everyone individually, so it you haven’t heard from us by the end of March, we’re very sorry but you weren’t selected this year.

Thanks so much for sharing –  and keep writing!

Love, the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

    BCLF 2020 Free Programme Application
    Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2020

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    See our terms and conditions

    • Applicants must be 16 years of age to apply for the Free Programme. If the applicant is under 18 years of age they must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians before applying.
    • The completion of an application does not guarantee a booking for the Free Programme.
    • Applications for our Free Programme must be received by midnight on Friday 28 February 2020. Please don’t apply after this date because late applications will not be considered.
    • Given the hundreds of applications we receive, we cannot respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us by the end of March 2020 we’re very sorry but you haven’t been selected this year.
    • We’re a very small team so absolutely no correspondence can be entered into regarding the status of applications.
    • We cannot be held responsible for any application which is corrupted or not received as a result of any technical error.
    • The Festival is put on by families, for families, on a for love, not profit basis so we regret that we are not able to offer a fee to authors, artists and performers in our Free Programme.
    • Transport to and from Barnes for the Free Programme is the applicant’s responsibility.
    • The applicant is responsible for providing all props, equipment and other materials for their event and for the setting up, breaking down and removal of these from the Festival site.



    Please email if you have any problems uploading your application.

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