Hutchmoot UK

Fostering Christ-centred community and spiritual formation through music, story, and art

Frequently asked questions

Q: What's the Rabbit Room?

A: The Rabbit Room was conceived as an experiment in creative community. After author/singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson’s first visit to the Oxford home of C. S. Lewis, he returned to Nashville with a conviction that community nourishes good and lasting work. The Rabbit Room, the name of the back room of the pub where the Oxford Inklings (including Lewis, Tolkien, and Charles Williams) shared their stories, began as a simple blog of contributing authors, songwriters, artists, and pastors.

Over the years, with the help of Andrew’s brother, author A. S. “Pete” Peterson, as well as encouragement from the loyal Rabbit Room contributors and readers, the Rabbit Room has grown to include podcasts, a thriving music and book store, Rabbit Room Press, a yearly conference called Hutchmoot, The Local Show, and an office in a 150-year-old farmhouse called North Wind Manor. 

If you’d like to dig a little deeper into what’s behind the Rabbit Room concept, Andrew wrote about the experience that led to its inception here.

Q: What's a Hutchmoot?

A: It's a gathering. A meeting. A retreat. A conference. A powwow. A shebang. An entmoot, without the ents. And it’s been an annual happening in Nashville since 2010. But now, it is truly coming home. For the first Hutchmoot UK, where better to meet than in the Rabbit Room’s spiritual home: Oxford!

Q: What happens at a Hutchmoot?

A: Food. Good food, prepared on site with care and attention. Quality time among fellow Rabbit Room readers with whom you'll develop friendships that will last until you're 87. Sessions led by a variety of writers, artists, and musicians, including the roster of Rabbit Room contributors. Intimate group discussions on writing, songwriting, and more. Nightly conversation with dessert and coffee. And a lot of great music.

Q: Why should I go?

A: Because you must.

Q: No, really. Why should I go?

A: We want you to come and enjoy a weekend of music and conversation about the stories all around us in song, film, books--and most importantly the story being told through our lives; our own story--what it means to get to the holy hidden heart of it, how to tell a better story with the days we’re given, and how our stories intersect each other's and connect to the Great Story.

See? I told you so. You must.

Q: Who's going to be there?

A: A whole host of UK friends, but some of the Rabbit Room gang from the USA will be coming over too. And this year we’re thrilled to have acclaimed music journalist, poet and author, Steve Turner join us.

Q: What do I need to do?

A: Read the schedule and register here on the website, then tell your friends. Contact us if you have any questions and check back regularly for updates to the schedule and guest list.

Q: What do other people have to say about Hutchmoot?

A: Good question! We're glad you asked. Check out these links to see what folks had to say about:

Hutchmoot 2010

Hutchmoot 2011

Hutchmoot 2012

Hutchmoot 2013

Hutchmoot 2014

Hutchmoot 2015

Hutchmoot 2016

Hutchmoot 2017

Q: Who have been the keynote speakers in years past?

A: One of the things we most enjoy about Hutchmoot is that it gives us the opportunity to meet, listen to, and honour some of our favourite voices in the world of story, art, and faith. Past speakers include Walter Wangerin Jr., Sally Lloyd Jones, Phil Vischer, Leif Enger, Luci Shaw, Diana Glyer, and David Taylor. Other special guests have included N. D. Wilson, Charlie Peacock, Michael Card, Keith Getty, Brown Bannister, Fernando Ortega, Sho Baraka, and a whole lot more.