Schools Programme - Q & A Twickenham

Onjali Q. Raúf with children attended the Barnes Children Literature Festival Schools Programme

Any questions? We hope these answers might help.

How much does it cost?

Places are free to every pupil, teacher and parent helper in state maintained schools in London.

How do we book?

Just fill out and submit the online booking form. Bookings are made in order of receipt and demand is high so early booking is recommended. Subject to availability, you’ll receive an email from us confirming your booking.

How many places can we book?

We are requesting one year group per event please. This means that more schools can take part.

Where do the events take place and how do we get there?

Twickenham Stadium

Our events in Twickenham take place in Twickenham Stadium’s Live Room, 200 Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7BA. The Live Room is located on the ground floor of the South stand and features its own dedicated entrance and foyer. The Live Room is about a 10 minute walk from Twickenham Rail Station and 20 minutes from Whitton Rail Station or St Margaret’s Rail Station. 

Buses 281, 481 & 881 are all a one minute walk.

Bus H20 is a 5 minute walk and Bus 267 an 8 minute walk. 

Buses R68, R70, 33, 290, 110, H22 or 490 are all a 10/15 min walk.

Please click here for a Twickenham Stadium map showing the location of the Live Room

Please allow plenty of time to arrive before the scheduled start of your event.

How long do events last?

All of our events last for one hour which includes an opportunity for the children to ask their questions.

Where are our seats?

Schools will be seated in their school ‘bubbles.’ A member of our Schools team wearing one of our red aprons will greet you when you arrive and guide you and your class to your seats. All of our seating is unreserved.

Can we have our books signed?

Our authors love meeting their young readers and wherever possible events are usually followed by book signing. Otherwise we will organise pre-signed copies or signed bookplates.

Authors are also very happy to sign a pupil’s own books, school or library copies and sometimes pupils’ notebooks.

Do we have to buy a book?

Buying a book is not obligatory but all schools will receive an order form when their bookings are confirmed and they may wish to send this out to parents/carers.

Can the children buy copies of an author’s book on the day?

There will be an opportunity for pupils to buy books from our book stall in the foyer  of the Live Room both before and after the event. Please do try and ensure the children have the correct money wherever possible.

Friday 14 June 2024

10.00am Karl Newson & Duncan Beedie
I Really, Really Need A Poo RRP £7.99

11.30am Louie Stowell
A Bad God’s Guide to Ruling the World RRP £7.99

1.00pm Sharna Jackson
The Nine Night Mystery RRP £7.99

Monday 17 June

10.00am  Zoe Antoniades
Cally & Jimmy: Twins Together RRP £6.99

11.30am  Nadia Shireen
Grimwood: Party Animals (hardback) RRP £12.99

1.00pm  Martin Brown
Paws, Claws and Jaws: The World’s Wildest Animal Tails (Horrible Histories) RRP £6.99

We need to change our booking. What should we do?

If you need to change your booking, please let us know as soon as possible at We may be able to reassign your seats to another lucky class or school from our waiting list.

We need to cancel our booking. What should we do

If you need to cancel your booking or part of a booking, please let us know as soon as possible by submitting this Cancellation Form because we may be able to reassign your seats to another lucky class or school from our waiting list.
As per our Primary Schools Programme terms and conditions, in the unlikely event that your class or school fails to attend an event you have booked or that you cancel a booking within 30 days of the event date, we reserve the right to apply a cancellation fee of £2.50 per seat booked.
We understand that absences happen, so no charge will be incurred if only a few members of your group are unable to attend.

What if we’re running late?

All our events start on time so if you’re delayed on the day please do let us know so we can arrange to slip your class in at the back if necessary.

Can we go on a waiting list if our event is fully booked?

Please contact us at if the event you have chosen is fully booked to discuss our waiting list procedure.

I’d like to carry out a Risk Assessment. Can you help?

If you’d like a copy of our Risk Assessment template, please contact us at:

Why are you taking photographs?

We want you to know that official Festival photographers and film crews may be present at your event. We use this material in our reports and for promotional purposes. It’s possible that your school may be named but we never name individuals.

If you have any other questions please contact us at:

Is the venue accessible to children with mobility issues?

Yes, the Live Room is fully accessible and we will help accommodate you in any way we can. Please let us know at the time of booking about any special access requirements. 

What should we bring?

Your pupils might like to bring a packed lunch. There is a paved area outside the Live Room for them to eat but sadly we can’t guarantee perfect weather, something to sit on or a place to eat inside if the weather is poor. Don’t forget your sunscreen and plenty of water if the sun shines!

Don’t forget to bring your books with you if you would like them to be signed, or money if you would like to buy a book.

Are there toilets nearby?

Yes, the Live Room has accessible toilets on every floor. 

We’re coming by minibus or coach. Where can we park?

Drop-offs and pick-ups for minibuses and coaches can be made from the Marriott Hotel turning circle, see location map, which is a one minute walk from the Live Room entrance. After drop off, your minibus/coach driver will be directed the appropriate Twickenham Stadium car park where they can park free of charge until pick up time. 

Please note that minibuses and coaches cannot remain parked on the Marriott turning circle, it is to be used for drop off and pick up only. 

If you have any other questions please contact us at:

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