Books will be on sale after each event from our book-selling partner West End Lane Books.

Tickets for the live in person events at The Henrietta Barnett School can be purchased below. 

  • Each live event ticket is £10, unreserved. Under 25s can attend for £7.50 per live event.

  • All events will be viewable online from  2 July. Individual recorded events are £5 each.  



  • Online Pass - An online pass is available to view all recorded events for £25, saving up to £20 if events purchased individually. 

  • Free Tea or Coffee and Cake - Buy tickets for 3 or more live in person LitFest events on Saturday or Sunday and get a free tea or coffee and cake in the LitFest Cafe. 

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25 June 2022


The Henrietta Barnett School
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Francis Spufford
Francis Spufford

Light Perpetual

Claire Berliner

In this powerful novel, Francis imagines the possible futures of five children killed in a wartime rocket attack on London. He lets them experience the unimaginable changes of the 20th century and live out their triumphs and disasters.

Ingenious and profound, critics have called it “full of warmth and beauty, “a story of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting” and “a sweeping and intimate celebration of the gift of life”.

Francis began his writing career producing non-fiction and quickly attracted great reviews and won awards. His 2010 book Red Plenty, about the Soviet Union in the 1960s, blended history and fiction and was translated into nine languages.

As well as teaching creative writing, Francis edits and writes essays. His wife is a canon at Ely Cathedral and Francis was a member of the Church of England General Synod until last year.

He is in conversation with Claire Berliner, writer, editor and Head of Programmes at The London Library.

Ticket Options:


In Person Event - £10 - Ticket to attend the LitFest event at The Henrietta Barnett School. Public Sales open on 25 April.


View Event Recording - £5 - Ticket to view a recording of a single event. Recordings will be posted online on 2 July.


LitFest Pass - All Recordings - £25 -Ticket to view all 9 LitFest recordings to be posted online on 2 July, saving up to £20.