See The Barn Poets at this year’s Winter Fayre

Our resident poetry group, The Barn Poets, are publishing their first collective works after just one year of working together.

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To celebrate and promote their book, they’re going to be performing some of their works at our Winter Fayre on the 22nd of November (just one week away!!), between 4pm and 9pm.

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Full Stop Cafe Finalists for Somerset Tourism Award

We recently had the brilliant news that the Full Stop Cafe are finalists for a Somerset Tourism Award. The café have worked incredibly hard this year and couldn’t be more deserving of this award, so we’re very excited for them.

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Last chance to book for our Winter Fayre!

Winter in retail can be absolute madness, trying to help customers to find the perfect Christmas gift for each of their loved ones. And for us at Bookbarn, it also brings us our Wonderful Winter Fayre.

We’ve been taking bookings since early September, and we’ve now got just 2 spaces left for stallholders. If you’re reading this and considering giving it a shot – we encourage you to do so. Email us at for an application form. It’s just £20 for a stall and we promise you an evening of festive fun (yes, that includes mulled wine)!

We also may be interested in outdoor exhibitors, if there is interest.

We love having new and different stall holders each year, and we’ve already got an exciting list of artists and craftspeople who are going to be filling up our café and shop with unique and irresistible items.

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We are also doing a special Winter Giveaway on our Instagram, all you need to do is keep an eye on our feed for the competition post during the last week of November. Once the post is up, give it a like, give us a follow and tag a friend, and you could be in with the chance of winning one of these lovely Christmas books.


Each one perfect as a gift, or just to give you some ideas of fun activities throughout the festive season. Don’t miss the chance to win!


Our Favourite Spooky Books

By Emma Bilsborough, Shop and Darwin Team Leader

October brings us cold weather, multicoloured leaves and trees, and spooky carved pumpkins, and for us here at Bookbarn, it means entertaining all of our little half term visitors to the best of our ability.

We’ve had lots of painted faces, silly headbands and scary masks visiting us this week, so we’ve being seeing out the season in a brilliant way. Before we move into Winter, which for us means Craft Fayre planning, recommending Christmas presents and putting up our Book Tree, we wanted to (belatedly) celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in our own special way, by making a list of our favourite spooky/horror/thriller books. We hope you’ve got a cushion to hide behind…

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Man Booker Prize Favourites

-By Emma Bilsborough, Retail Team Leader

The winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize was announced this week on the 16th of October, and it went, quite surprisingly, to the brilliant ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns.

Each year the Man Booker Prize brings us a longlist of nominees that we try to read in time for the winner announcement (and, if you’re like me, generally never make it through the list). This year’s list was filled with talent, from the likes of Daisy Johnson’s ‘Everything Under’, to Michael Ondaatje’s ‘Warlight’.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the prize, which began in 1968, then named the Booker-McConnell prize. It was first awarded in 1969, to P.H. Newby for his novel ‘Something to Answer For’.

I decided to look back at the shortlisted and winning books from the last 50 years (of which there are many), and choose my top ten favourites. Buckle in, everyone!

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Autumn and Winter at Bookbarn International

We’ve got lots of wonderful events coming up that we’re very excited about, but we know it can be a little overwhelming to see lots of posters and different event pages on Facebook, so we’ve decided to put them all into an events programme for you.

Autumn and Winter are the two best seasons to spend your time visiting bookshops, as the weather takes a turn for the worse, so here’s a list of things you can do at Bookbarn in the upcoming months.

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School trip to the Bookbarn!

There are very few things we love more than helping to encourage a love of reading in Children and young people. Last week, we had the opportunity to do so with a group of visiting young adults from Monkton Coombe school in Bath.

The students were just starting out their secondary school education, and had recently enjoyed lessons based on our wonderful Found in Books display, so were very excited to visit us and have a small Q&A session in our Darwin room.


They asked plenty of wonderful questions, and kept our shop team on their toes. They also took some time to explore our shop shelves, and left us with arms full of books to help them with the year’s learning.

We look forward to having more students from Monkton Coombe visit us soon.

If you feel that your school would enjoy a visit with us here at Bookbarn, get in touch by giving us a call on 01761 451333, or send an email to

by Emma Bilsborough, Retail Team Leader

It’s time to book your place for our Wonderful Winter Fayre!

Calling all craftspeople and artsy folk!

We’re hosting our annual Winter Fayre on the 22nd of November this year, from 4pm to 9pm, and we’re now taking bookings.

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For the last three years, we have hosted our Winter Fayre in late November, and it never fails to get us feeling all festive. We don our Christmas jumpers and put ribbons in our hair, and we welcome local craftspeople and happy customers en masse.

Previous years have seen woodwork, candles, clothing, chocolate, Christmas decorations and so much more – you can find truly unique and original gifts for your friends and family at great prices.

If you feel you could bring something new and different to our collection of stalls, get in touch now, places will fly out fast. At just 20 pound per stall, you mustn’t miss it!

Just give us a call on 01761 451777 or send an email to with information about your craft, and we’ll add you to the list.

Bookish Businesses We Love: Literary Emporium

Being an independent business in the book industry is a uphill struggle at almost all times. However, it’s rewarding and we love the climb.

In our first post in our Bookish Businesses series, we talked about the brilliant STORGY magazine. In this second instalment, we’re going to bring your attention to the wonderful Literary Emporium.

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