It's been a busy half term week here at Bookbarn, full of lots of excitable kids, Halloween treasure hunts, and a very successful children's Bookbinding workshop.

Alongside all this excitement, we've been running a photo competition on our Instagram (bookbarn_international, if you were wondering). The competition is a simple one to enter, all you need to do is send us a direct message on our Instagram with a photo that sums up the Winter season to you, and then explain why in one sentence.

On Monday the 30th of October we will be announcing the winner on our Instagram page, and said lucky individual will win a free copy of Ali Smith's brand new novel, 'Winter'.


Here's a synopsis of the novel to give you that little extra incentive to enter:

Winter? Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter.

The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire.

In Ali Smith's Winter, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter.

It's the season that teaches us survival. Here comes Winter.

(Taken from the Penguin website)

We're so excited to read this novel, after having enjoyed the first in the series, 'Autumn', and if you haven't read any Ali Smith, we at Bookbarn recommend her work highly!

Come find us over on Instagram and share with us what Winter means to you - the photos we have had so far are leaving us feeling so cosy and festive!