Hayloft is an independent publishing company and publishes books on a range of subjects, including history, mountaineering, humour, memoirs, novels and rural life. In a wider sense Hayloft books celebrate life in Cumbria and the North, and the company has won five awards at the Lakeland Book of the Year competition.
In 2013 Hayloft founder and director Dawn Robertson was honoured and delighted to be invited to become an Associate Member of the Alpine Club for services to mountain literature.
Based in the Pennines, near Kirkby Stephen, Hayloft's publishing experience includes books, newspapers, magazines, brochures, reports and websites. Hayloft previously published the north's first all digital newspaper, the Westmorland Messenger which was honoured to receive the Prince of Wales Award for rural community work.
The company was founded in 1988 though at first it was only working part-time on books as the company was involved in writing and publishing Icetalk magazine to raise awareness and funding for the protection of the polar regions in association with Prof. Robert Swan OBE, the first person to walk to both North and South Poles.
Though the company is small, we employ freelance experts as each project demands. For instance, James Deboo is a freelance editor and indexer, specializing in anything literary or historical. He has worked with Hayloft on a number of projects, and can be found at www.jamesdeboo.co.uk.
Hayloft has now published more than 125 titles. For a full list of books see the pages to the left or the Site Index.
We are lucky to have customers all over the world and will continue to bring our books to the widest possible audience. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the bookshops, customers, writers, artists, journalists, photographers and authors who have supported us. Our motto is what Oscar Wilde said about books: "Whatever is beautiful is well made."
Hayloft is probably the loneliest publishing company and bookshop in the UK and possibly the highest at around 1,000 feet above sea level - so it's worth a visit even if just to see the view 40 miles down the Eden Valley as far as Saddleback in the Lake District and, on a clear day, as far as the Solway Firth.
|Reviews of Hayloft books/publishing:
British professor: 'This is a beautiful production. The contents about the walks is very interesting. It is also very well designed and laid out. I like the paper as well... Congratulations on a very good job... It is a privilege to be associated with such a splendid production.'
US librarian, New York: 'The book is very well-made and organized; the photographs are terrific! Overall, the quality of this book is very high, more than I expect a major publisher would offer.'
British doctor: ' Brilliant, highly evocative book... The company has, of course, done an excellent job overall.'
British doctor: ' Many congratulations on producing such a lovely book... the photos are superb and the actual presentation is lovely. I'm really impressed.'
The company's offices and a book display are in a converted hayloft. The display is open by appointment - please see contact us.
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Hayloft is a limited company, first registered in England, company number 4802586. VAT registration number 7588712ph ot