About Us

About Books at the Barn

Books at the Barn is a series of author talks for adults and children. It is based in The Old Dairy on a farm in the village of Hatherden, just outside Andover in Hampshire. It was started in January 2012 by Louisa Symington, ex-Publicist from Penguin Books, and Sarah O’Rorke, of Forton Fine Art, www.fortonfineart.co.uk

Events are held at The Old Dairy, Hatherden or at Farleigh School. Adult events are aimed at a Book Club audience, whilst children’s events take the form of talks or creative writing sessions.

During 2014, Books at the Barn held  author events with Kate Adie, Douglas Hurd, Robert Sackville-West, Henry Blofeld, Peter Snow and Anne de Courcy.  Previous speakers have included: William Dalrymple, Max Hastings, Ed Stourton, Lady Carnarvon, Helen Dunmore, Marina Lewycka and Anthony Quinn.

For children, we have held events with Cressida Cowell, author of the bestselling HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series, and Lauren St John, author of the White Giraffe trilogy and the Laura Marlin mysteries.

Books are on sale at all the events and the authors do a signing after their event. Andover is one hour’s train ride from London, and is thirty minutes drive from Salisbury and Winchester. Events are held in the evening or afternoon, and a glass of wine or cup of tea is included in the ticket price.