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About Hayloft

Hayloft is a small independent company and publishes books on a range of subjects, including history, mountaineering, poetry, humour, rural life, novels and memoirs. The company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.  

The company has won seven awards at the well known Lakeland Book of the Year competition, and one of our books Rock Queen was a winner in the 2016 prestigious international Banff Mountain Literature Awards. This first translation into English of Catherine Destivelle's incredible story won the Mountaineering History award.

Lakeland Dales was winner of the Striding Edge Productions Prize for guides and places, at the 2017 Lakeland Book of the Year awards. Susan Breeks of Helbeck won the Bookends prize for Arts and Liteature at the 2016 Lakeland Book of the Year awards. In 2015, Espen Ash Lad had an excellent review in the Times Literary Supplement and is also being promoted by the Norwegian tourist industry. In 2014 Undressed for Dinner by Simon Bennett won the prestigious Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year award.

Founded in 1988 at first the company was only working part-time on books as we were involved in writing and publishing Icetalk magazine to raise awareness and funding for the protection of Polar regions in association with Prof. Robert Swan OBE, the first person to walk to both North and South Poles.

Hayloft founder and director Dawn Robertson was honoured to become an Associate Member of the Alpine Club for services to mountain literature; she also holds a Prince of Wales Award for rural community work. She studied French, European Studies and English Literature at one of the top European universities. She is a member of the Centre régional du livre de Bourgogne.

Hayloft's publishing experience includes books, newspapers, magazines, brochures, reports and websites. The company previously published the north's first all digital newspaper, the Westmorland Messenger. Hayloft employs freelance experts as each project demands and has now published nearly 200 titles, some now out of print. 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 Oscar Wilde's comment on books: "Whatever is beautiful is well made."

Reviews of Hayloft books/publishing:

Main publisher in Norway about Espen Ash Lad: 'the book is beautiful and superb in every way...'

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 professor about Walking on Bridges: '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.'

British author and teacher: 'Thank you for the latest cheque; you are the only publisher I have ever dealt with who provides so much information and pays royalties so promptly: I am grateful.'

British professor: 'Hayloft Publishing is something of which you can be very proud. I think even in these days of electronic publishing there will always be room for a book. For myself, a book is the physcial manifestation, in hand, of a mental process. I think ever since our ancestors fashioned stone tools, there must have been the same sense of achievement of the mental construct becoming a physical thing to be held in the hand.'

British doctor: ' Many congratulations on producing such a lovely book... the photos are superb and the actual presentation is lovely. I'm really impressed.'

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Hayloft is a limited company, registered in England, company number 4802586. VAT registration number GB 758 8712 77 77 ot

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