TALK: with Interior Designer Jane Churchill


Friday 19 June, 6:30pm  Bookings

As part of our Living Within series of events, join us for a talk by the internationally renowned Interior Designer Jane Churchill.

With more than 40 years in the business, Jane Churchill’s Interior Design work has made her a household name both at home and abroad. Internationally renowned for her classically elegant interiors coupled with a contemporary flair her look is effortlessly timeless. Jane Churchill is one of House and Garden’s Top 100 Interior Designers.

Supper will be served by our Mess Restaurant team after Jane’s talk. Purchase a talk and supper ticket if you wish to join us.

TALK: with Author Clover Stroud


Wednesday 13 May, 6:30pm  Bookings

We are delighted to welcome Clover Stroud back to the barn gallery this time in discussion with fellow author and journalist Chloe Fox. Join us for supper afterwards created by our Mess Restaurant team.

Clover’s new book My Wild and Sleepless Nights – A Mother’s Story is an unflinching, deeply personal book about motherhood, female identity and sexuality – for all mothers and anyone about to embark on that journey.

My Wild and Sleepless Nights explores what it means to be a mother: the way that children and motherhood changes women – both strengthening and weakening a woman’s sense of identity. And it details how Clover, the mother of five children aged from one to seventeen, has navigated motherhood across two decades, both losing and finding herself.

Unflinching, brutally honest, – this is a book for all mothers, from those just exploring the idea to those who have just given birth but also those whose children are beginning to leave: it is a lyrical, funny, painful, sexy, moving and consoling look at the tension that exists between wanting to be a good mother, while holding on to the person with all the desires and longings you had before. Her first book, The Wild Other, was critically acclaimed and shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children.

Clover is also an experienced journalist and broadcaster making regular contributions to TV and radio. She has had three columns in the Sunday Telegraph and has written regularly also for The Sunday Times,The Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, The Spectator, Red, Elle and Tatler.

‘This is quite simply the best book about motherhood I have ever read.’ – Eleanor Mills, Sunday Times

‘The best evocation of the all-consuming, self-eroding reality of motherhood, while also being luminous with love’ – Sunday Times Style

‘What a beautiful writer Clover Stroud is! This honest look at the the high and lows of the roller coaster that is maternal life and love is both joyous and exhilarating.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘Rare are the books about motherhood; rarer still, the true, generous, tender, resonant ones. This is that book.’ SOPHIE DAHL

‘Clover’s writing is visceral and brilliant.’ INDIA KNIGHT

Chloe Fox is a journalist and author, whose work regularly appears in the pages of VOGUE, PORTER, THE TELGRAPH, and THE FINANCIAL TIMES to name but a few.

TALK: with the Interior Designer Emily Todhunter


Wednesday 17 June, 6:30pm  Bookings

As part of our architecture exhibition we welcome leading interior designer Emily Todhunter to the barn to discuss her work and inspiration.

Emily Todhunter founded the interior design company Todhunter Earle in 1988, with Kate Earle joining as her partner in 1998. Since then the business has expanded rapidly both in size and scope. Her projects range from classic English country houses to well-known restaurants, yachts, small boutique hotels, ski chalets and beautiful homes worldwide.

Todhunter Earle has been at the forefront of the international interior design industry for over 20 years. They are one of only a handful of leading designers to have been continuously included in House & Garden magazine’s Top 100 Interior Designers since the list first began in 1998.

Emily will be joining us as our guest for supper afterwards.

TALK: with the Author Michael Morpurgo


Friday 26 June, 6:30pm  Bookings

Talk and reading of ‘Muck & Magic’ the new book by the best-selling author of ‘War Horse’ Michael Morpurgo.

We are delighted that the highly acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo (Warhorse, Why the Whales Came, The Butterfly Lion) is coming to the gallery this summer to talk about his new book ‘Muck and Magic’. Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase.

‘Muck & Magic’ is an inspiring and empowering story about a girl who discovers a hidden talent. A contemporary countryside tale about the power of friendship and creativity, from the nation’s favourite children’s author and beautifully illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill (J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Bonny has always wanted to be a top cyclist, maybe even a future Olympic champion. But her world changes after meeting a sculptor named Lizzie, who is inspired by Elisabeth Frink, a great friend of Michael’s.

Michael Morpurgo has an unparalleled reputation as a children’s storyteller. He was Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005, has written over 100 books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children’s Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse is now both a critically acclaimed stage play and a highly successful film.