Upcoming Events

Here you will find a list of open days in The Barn as well as all the events and fairs that Harriet will be at throughout the year.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Date: 22nd October 2019

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Island Sailing Club, 70 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7RE

I shall be presenting my book “Beyond that Last Blue Mountain” at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.  I shall be talking about my experiences in Pakistan’s North West Frontier, Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Bosnia and Syria during the years 1983 to 1995.  The book will be on sale.  Please contact Carole Topple for tickets c.topple784@btinternet.com

Afghanaid evening at The Royal Geographical Society

Date: 6th November 2019

Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Location: The Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7

Please come and  join  me for an evening in support of Afghanaid on Wednesday 6 November at the Royal Geographical Society.  

For 35 years, the charity Afghanaid has been working for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. They work alongside some of the poorest and most remote rural communities in Afghanistan to rebuild basic services, improve agriculture and other livelihoods, strengthen the rights of women and children, and respond to natural disasters.

Despite many continuing challenges in the country, Afghanaid is one of the longest serving and most widely respected charities in Afghanistan. In 2019 their projects will continue to make life better for over one million Afghan men, women and children. 

The evening will include a panel discussion, as well as an optional drinks reception with  speakers and music in the Main Hall.

A silent auction accompanies the event. Bidding via Galabid will open on 23rd October. 


Doors Open 6:30 pm
 Panel Discussion and Q&A 7:00 pm
 Drinks and Canape Reception 8:15 pm


Shoaib Sharifi is the Kabul Editor & Bureau Chief for BBC Persian, BBC Pashto and BBC Dari/Pashto News.

Shirazuddin Siddiqi is the former BBC Media Action Country Director for Afghanistan and  Afghanaid Trustee.

Harriet Sandys is the author of Beyond that Last Blue Mountain: My Silk Road Journey. 

Lyse Doucet, OBE is the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent and will serve as moderator of the discussion. 

For tickets, please email: rhodge@afghanaid.org.uk 


Beyond that Last Blue Mountain talk and power point presentation

Date: 11th November 2019

Time: 11.30am

Location: The Summerleaze Gallery, East Knoyle, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6BY

I am delighted to be presenting my book and talking about my work and travels in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Bosnia  during the years of conflict 1982 to 1995. The Summerleaze Gallery is situated just off the A303 near East Knoyle. The talk starts at 11.30am and there is lunch afterwards.  For further details please email Patricia Scott Bolton trish@summerleazegallery.co.uk or telephone 01747 830 480 or visit www.summerleazegallery.co.uk.

Christmas Open Days in the Barn, West Compton

Start date: 30th November 2019

End date: 1st December 2019

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Location: The Barn at the Manor House, West Compton BA4 4PB

Stocking fillers, small gifts, jewellery, oriental carpets and kilims from Afghanistan and Persia, silk scarves, cotton nightwear, block print tablecloths from India and lots more!

The Barn will also be open on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December and Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December 2-5pm.