The House Without Windows 

with Jackie Morris at Loyton Lodge

Friday 27th September 2019

an afternoon lost in words & wilderness

Tickets £24.00

3pm to 7pm with picnic tea to be served at 4pm

The House Without Windows due to be published October 2019

inky swallow which will feature on the book's endpapers

Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris reading in the woods at Dulverton


Babara Newhall Follett young in the ferns

Copies purchased at Number Seven are to be stamped with a silver mountain hare. . .

Babara Newhall Follett in the snow 1926

The Lost Words: 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

We are delighted that Jackie Morris is returning to Exmoor this September. Following on from the phenomenal national and international success of The Lost Words many will be intrigued to discover the next publication to feature her award winning artwork.


Those of you that have joined us previously know that we like to create a little magic and this event is to be no exception. Once again we have teamed up with Loyton Lodge who will be rolling up the sides of their marquee to provide our 'venue without windows.' 

A relaxing afternoon is planned, hopefully capturing the essence of The House Without Windows which is an irresistible and entirely unique story of one little girl's desire to escape into the wilderness.

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.

First published in 1927 and written by a child of just twelve years old, The House Without Windows is an extraordinary paean to the transcendent beauty of the natural world, and the human capacity to connect with it.

silver ghost labyrinth by Jackie Morris

Our house without windows

cellist Julia Vohralik photograph by Reuben Jelley

principal violinist Katherine Shave

Jackie will be inking and painting

The Loyton meadow

count your steps in the labyrinth

Christopher Jelley labyrinth and wish maker

Throughout the afternoon Jackie will be painting and discussing her desire to illustrate and republish the lost words of Barbara Newhall Follett. Copies of The House Without Windows will be available to purchase and there will be an opportunity to have your copy signed.  

There will be musical accompaniment provided by cellist Julia Vohralik and principal violinist Katherine Shave. Julia has played with the Hallé and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and Katherine was leader of the English Touring Opera Orchestra. Both currently play for the Britten Sinfonia. They have put together a suitable repertoire for our afternoon at Loyton. 

Bring your wishes. Christopher has mown a labyrinth into the long grass, which apparently if completed in the correct number of paces guarantees your wish will come true. . . 

And of course there will be food!


The chef at Loyton has planned a picnic of sandwiches, colourful cakes and pots of tea. Fresh homemade lemonade will be served on your arrival. All of which is included in your ticket price. Do bring some extra pennies though as the Loyton Lodge bar will be open throughout the afternoon serving a selection of wines, spirits and non alcoholic delights.

We hope the September weather is kind as we wish to be in 'the meadow' as much as possible, so please do dress appropriately, bring layers. Eepersip, would choose to be barefoot and stocking free. If the rain does fall we can retreat into the marquee.

Tickets and Booking Information

Tickets are £24 each and can be purchased from Number Seven, the price includes your entrance, a glass of homemade lemonade on arrival and picnic tea.
If you wish to pre-order copies of The House Without Windows these may be paid for when booking your ticket and are priced at £12.99*
*Book RRP was originally advertised at £15.00 by the publishers - those of you that have already pre ordered copies will be reimbursed the difference, apologies for this change in price 
Simply call the shop on 01398 324457 with your credit or debit card details to make your booking. We also accept payment via bank transfer.
All tickets must be booked and paid in full in advance, tickets will be mailed out two weeks prior to the event or be available to collect on the door.

Please notify us at time of booking of any dietary requirements or if you need any extra assistance or require wheelchair access.
If you require Accommodation Loyton is a wonderful place to stay and obviously the most convenient!
Venue Details: Loyton Lodge Morebath Tiverton Devon EX16 9AS
Telephone: Isobel Barnes 01398 331051
free parking available on site