Sunday’s Spotlight on Volunteers by Alexandra Potter

Sunday’s Spotlight on Volunteers by Alexandra Potter

We couldn’t do it without you!


Everywhere you look at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival you’ll see distinctive red aprons emblazoned with our logo, dotted among the crowds. Wearing those aprons is our team of wonderful volunteers who make this festival possible. If they’re not helping out behind the scenes, taking tickets at events, helping families find their seats or authors find their venue, they’re providing refreshments, taking photographs, writing up exciting copy for our website and a million other things to ensure it’s a fun-packed weekend for all the family.


So what inspired our volunteers to get involved and what did they think of the first day of the festival?


“I thought it sounded really fun and a great opportunity to hear some really interesting authors speak and gain some experience in the book industry. Hearing Judith Kerr and John Burningham talk today was truly inspirational.”

Katherine Archer

“I’m doing the Children’s Literature MA at Roehampton University so thought this festival would be a wonderful opportunity. Today was a fantastic experience.”

Maike Bamberg

“As a writer myself I’m fascinated by it all. “

Henrietta Grant

‘It’s been really interesting seeing how it’s organised and all the work that’s gone on behind the scenes. Seeing the kids today makes all the hard work worth it!”

Gwen Clark


“A great community event, with talented authors and inspiring children.”

Mary & Jo



Replies for “Sunday’s Spotlight on Volunteers by Alexandra Potter”

  • Nicola

    A huge thanks to all the people who organised this festival. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival and will definitely be back next year. All the writers and illustrators we met were inspirational; some were hilarious (especially Maz Evans), and all were hugely interesting. Thank you so much! The helpers and booksellers were all great too and without their hard work events such as this can’t happen so feel proud!

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