Love books? Culture-fiend? Poetry fanatic? Aspiring writer? Bare Lit welcomes everyone to enjoy the work of writers of colour. Discuss, debate, develop your career or come chill and have fun.

25-27 MAY

Bare Lit is a festival of stories, bringing together poets, journalists, playwrights and novelists. Join us for a weekend of readings and discussions, performances and debates, industry insights, networking and workshops.

Weekend Tickets £25 | Day Tickets £13
Online ticket sales end 26 May, at 12am. Additional tickets are available on the door for a small 50p charge.

Our third festival is set to launch on the evening of Friday 25th May and continue with a full programme all day on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 at The Albany in Deptford, South London.

Expect live poetry and fiction readings, discussions around politics, culture and writing, special workshops to help kickstart your career. We'll also have a marketplace featuring your favourite zine makers, a bookshop and exclusive access to publishers


Bare Lit is committed to being open and accessible for all to attend and enjoy, regardless of race, gender, sexuality or religion.


“Exceeded my expectations in that it was an intimate but warm, open and welcoming event - the talks were very enjoyable - speakers were so approachable and accommodating of questions and happy to interact.”

"...a truly welcoming space"

“It was great to hear from authors and creatives outside of my own interests and ethnic background.”

“It provided me with a rich eclectic pot pourri of ideas”

“[...] as a person of mixed heritage, representation is something that was sorely missing from the books that I read as a child / teenager - even as an adult until just last year - and I'm now determined to change things for the younger generation.”

“I was only an audience member but I left feeling that I shouldn't place limitations on myself when pitching stories to editors or pandering to their narrow ideals.”

"Expanded my network for work and also made friends with people who care about similar things."