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Celebrate the Return of the Swallows

with Jackie Morris

When we celebrated the publication of The House Without Windows last autumn, guests were invited to walk the labyrinth while musing a question inspired by Barbara Newhall Follett's writing and posed by Jackie Morris. The author of the most compelling answer won its author an inked butterfly.

To celebrate the return of the swallows to our skies we thought we would ask you the same question. . .

First Prize: A Jackie Morris original of a swallow, Sumi ink on Two Rivers handmade paper.

Plus signed first edition of The House Without Windows and Letters to the Earth

Second Prize: Signed first edition of The House Without Windows and Letters to the Earth

'Little Eepersip doesn't want to live in a house with doors and windows and a roof, so she runs away to live in the wild - first in the Meadow, then by the Sea, and finally in the Mountain. Her heartbroken parents follow her, bringing her back home to 'safety' and locking her up in the stifling square of the house. But she slips away once more, following her heart into the richness of untrammelled nature and disappearing forever.'

And who hasn't, at some point in their lives,

wished to walk away,

from all the familiar?


Would you walk


to the meadow,


the sea,


the mountains,


to seek a quiet sanctuary, a new beginning?

Give your answer space to breathe, go walking if you can, take a stroll in the garden, open a window wide, and then in no more than two hundred words write your reply.


To make it a little more immersive we are encouraging entries to be handwritten or typed and sent by post to:

Number Seven

7 The High Street




TA22 9HB

Please remember to include your name and contact details including an e mail, even if you are sending by post.

For those of you unable to get out to your local post office we will of course also accept entries via e mail:



Jackie Morris and Number Seven Dulverton will select the winning entry, who will be notified by email on the 15th May 2020. *The Post is understandably slightly slower at present so to ensure Jackie has plenty of time to read your entries the winner will now be notified on the 21st May*


Good luck, enjoy the creative process and we look forward to reading and sharing your responses.

The Small Print

By entering you are agreeing to our terms and conditions set out below:


*Your e mail will automatically be added to our address book to receive regular newsletters from Number Seven Dulverton. We value your privacy and your e mail address will not be shared with anyone else and you may unsubscribe at any time

* There will be only one prize winner and one second prize winner

* No cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable

* Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted


*The winner will be notified by email, and MUST respond within seven days of the date of contact. If the selected winner fails to respond the second prize winner will be made the first, no alternative second prize winner will be selected

*The winning words will be published on our website and shared via our social media channels, you may choose to remain anonymous if you wish

*This competition was originally open only to residents within the UK but we are now welcoming international entries.

The team at Number Seven are excluded from entering.

*By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions set out here


*Gifts of cake are most welcome but will not sway us in any way!