Get Involved!

We can’t do it without you!

Be part of London’s largest dedicated children’s book festival

Do you love Barnes? Do you love books? Especially books for children?
Would you like to be part of an important community event?

Perhaps you’re a student who is looking for experience for your CV; or would you like to be part of the development of a national event?

Whatever your reason, we can’t do it without you! Come and get involved by joining our volunteer team.

Our volunteers are in charge of making our authors, and our audience, feel welcome. By joining the team you can contribute in lots of different ways from ticket taking to helping our families to find a seat or an author to find their venue.

At times you might have to roll up your sleeves but you will also have the chance to meet some interesting people, make new friends and hopefully have a lot of fun too!

If you fancy becoming one of our volunteers, then have a word at [email protected]

Suzanne Curley tells us about her experience volunteering for the Festival in 2015.

support-SuzanneI heard about the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival through Roehampton University, where I am studying a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature. As the festival was well suited to my degree and my interests, I signed up, and I am certainly glad I did!

Volunteering was fantastic fun, it was a lovely atmosphere around Barnes village, and seeing so many children enthused about books was wonderful.

I got to meet lots of amazing authors like Sally Gardner, Karen McCombie, Mary Evans – a personal favourite! – and of course, Roger McGough, as well as some new names that have become firm favourites.

After volunteering at the festival, I then applied for an internship at the Wimbledon Bookfest. My experience at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival played a key part in my success in the internship. I learned a lot about events planning and management, and of course, a lot about children’s books! It was a fantastic experience and one I intend to repeat for many years to come.