The UK paperback version of Between Stone and Sky was be released on July 4, 2019. In August, I will be back in the UK to promote the book with talks here and there (if you’re a bookshop, festival, or book club interested in a visit, please get in touch: whitney@whitneybrownstone.com).

I will also be teaching a dry-stone walling course focused on gapping and field walling for Black Mountains College from 27-28 of August 2019. We will also be discussing writing and landscape, and will be joined by the writer Owen Sheers. Please see the BMC website for details: https://blackmountainscollege.uk/project/dry-stone-walling-and-writing/

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:30pm
Elementum Gallery, South Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LU

This is a special spot for me, as I wrote for Elementum, Ed. 4, not long after the publication of Between Stone and Sky. Catherine Hyde’s original art from my piece on the Elan Valley is currently hanging in the gallery space, and Jay Armstrong, the journal’s publisher and editor, has been a wonderful ally as I have begun to make my way through the world as a writer.

Drinks from 6:30, with reading and discussion beginning at 7:00. Tickets are £9.99 and include a signed copy of Between Stone and Sky (or £6 and redeemable against a copy of the book, if you so choose). Tickets and additional information here: https://www.elementumjournal.com/products/whitney-brown-between-stone-and-sky?utm_sq=g4w0mezzlx

Elementum Gallery
South Street
Dorset DT9 3LU
tel: 01935 813775

Friday, August 9, 2019, 7:00pm
An evening with The Edge of the World Bookshop, The Exchange, Penzance

Hosted by The Edge of the World Bookshop, we’ll be gathering at a local gallery for the talk. Delighted to make my first visit to Cornwall and have a look ‘round for its renowned Cornish hedges! Please visit https://edgeoftheworldbookshop.co.uk/index.php/forthcoming-events-2/ for more information, or contact the shop on +44 (01736) 365 607 or enquiries@edgeoftheworldbookshop.co.uk.

Princes Street
Penzance, TR18 2NL

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:30pm
An evening with The Stripey Badger Book Shop, Grassington Town Hall

I’ll be appearing at Grassington Town Hall. Bar opens at 7:00, half an hour before the talk will begin. Tickets are £5, with £2.50 redeemable against a copy of the book. Please stop by the Stripey Badger or ring +44 (01756) 753583 for tickets.

Octagon Theatre
Town Hall, Grassington
Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5AA

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 7:30pm
An evening with
Cogito Books, Hexham, Northumberland

Excited to make my first visit to Northumberland! We’ll be chatting in the bookshop itself. Please contact shop@cogitobooks.com or +44 (01434) 602555 for more information.

I will announce additional UK and international dates as I have them. For now, I am available by request, eager to talk to bookshops, book clubs, school groups, and the like. Some of this we can do by Skype, don’t you think? Don’t let geography be a limiting factor. Y’all, I just like to talk and meet folks, and if you’re interested in the book, too, that’s great.


I took some time away from building in the summer and autumn of 2017 to write a book about my journey into dry-stone walling and all the places that has taken me since I began learning the craft in 2009. The result is Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller, published in hardback on May 17, 2018 by Constable, UK. The UK paperback is due out in the summer of 2019, with a specific date to be announced soon. US publication information to follow as it becomes available.

For press and event inquiries, please contact Beth Wright, Press Officer, Little Brown Book Group: 

+44 (0)203 122 6597 or Beth.Wright@littlebrown.co.uk

For rights and translation requests, please contact Tim Bates, Senior Agent, Peters Fraser & Dunlop:

+44 (0)207 344 1033 or tbates@pfd.co.uk

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:30pm
An evening with
Griffin Books at Waterloo Tea. Tickets are £10, available here.

Includes a glass of wine (or alternative) on arrival and a chance to purchase the book at a discounted price.

Waterloo Tea Room
1-3 Washington Buildings
Stanwell Road
CF64 2AD

Sunday, September 30, 2018, Crickhowell Literary Festival, 5:00-6:30pm

I'll be on stage to read and discuss Between Stone and Sky. Very much looking forward to it! Tickets are £6 and can be purchased here.

The Parish Hall
Church Lane
Crickhowell, POWYS NP8 1BB

Saturday, October 6, 2018, An evening with Sam Read Books, Grasmere

Emma’s Dell. Doors 7pm.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - official London launch, The Approach Tavern, Bethnal Green, 6:30-9:00pm. Free!

47 Approach Rd
London E2 9LY

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - official Welsh launch at Farmers's Welsh Lavender, 11am.

I'll be in conversation with my friend, the writer, teacher, and sailor Emma Beynon. Free! But please RSVP so we can plan for seating and drinks: farmers@welshlavender.com or +44 (0)1982 552467

Cefnperfedd Uchaf
Builth Wells, Powys
Wales LD2 3HU

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, 7:30pm.

Tickets £6 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of Between Stone and Sky). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).

26-28 Church Street
SY11 2SP
01691 662244

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Hay Festival, in conversation with Francine Stock, Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage, 1pm. 

You can listen to this event on Hay Player, which, with a £10 annual subscription, gives you access to Hay Festival's entire online archive! (That's a steal, y'all--seriously.)

There was also some really nice blog coverage of the event. Access it here.

There was also some really nice blog coverage of the event. Access it here.








Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC

In June I will be building a small dry-stone wall as part of the fence line for the Basque: Innovation by Culture program as part of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It will be on display from approximately June 25-July 15. Look for the wall on the north side of the mall, not far from the main entrance to the National Gallery of Art. I'm excited about this project since this brings me full-circle, right back to the place where I first learned what dry-stone walling is.


Spring Retaining Wall Workshops @ SEEDS, Durham, NC

March 14 & 15, and March 21 & 22 from 10 am – 3pm each day I'll be teaching dry-stone retaining wall workshops at SEEDS in Durham, NC. I'd love to see you there. Please click here for more information.