A whisper to a shout

The world of children’s books is, from the outside, a cosy place of cuddly bears and talking animals. The reality is that it’s a tough industry to work in.

I’ve made many picture books, for children and adults to share. Now and again I wonder if someone is snuggling up to a bedtime story written and crafted by me and my publishers. But more and more these days I wonder about children who have no books, no home, no parents.And as someone who works in the industry of children’s books I feel I have an obligation to work to protect the rights of the child. No, that’s wrong. As a human being I have the obligation to protect those more vulnerable than myself.

So I ask you to help me. I don’t know what to do, but I can no longer sit by and do nothing. The news reports when you google lone child refugees are old, but pretty shameful.

24th Sept, Guardian. French hopes  Britain will honour pledges. Did we. NO. We have no honour.


4th August New fears about violence against lone children.

And even if they make it to the UK are they safe? No. As children ‘disappear’ and we have no idea where they are.

Old news. Children who have travelled alone, live alone, are lost alone. Wasted lives, damaged people. If this was your child wouldn’t you want something better? Is this the society we wish to live in.

So, what can be done? We are all busy. I don’t want to sit and wait for someone else to fix it. For now, this is all I can come up with, an attempt to bring those children to the front of the media. This is politics. Not the sham that is happening in our seats of democracy.

Every day I will tweet Theresa May, asking what she is doing, where the children are, when we are bringing more to safety. She can block me. But she can’t block everyone. So if you are on twitter retweet my tweet you can help me make a whisper into a shout. If you want to. And if you want write one of your own. One a day. No more. We don’t want to troll her. Be polite. Be kind. But be heartfelt.

If it was my child out there, vulnerable to child traffickers, and worse I would want someone to help.


I’m still learning about twitter. Have just learned to pin a tweet. I don’t want to use a hashtag, but each morning will pin a new tweet to the top of my page. It’s growing slowly. So please, help me roar.

Once a day, every day, retweet my tweet ( which I will try to do in the morning) let’s bring this back to the front of politics, where it belongs. Use social media to try and bring social change. With kindness. With intelligence.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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3 Responses to A whisper to a shout

  1. I cannot tweet or twitter or instagram….but I will post your post on face book if that will help. I’m angry with France for their actions against those camps, angry with politics and infighting and where oh where are the human beings? Blessed be whoever cares.

    • Jackie says:

      It does help. And people who you know will tweet. And some will join twitter just to do this. But every voice helps. And it’s time we moved away from party politics and top down democracy. It’s broken. We need a ground upwards movement and root and branch reform.

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    Jackie – you say you can’t sit by and do nothing. You’ve already done things – you’ve posted here, on your blog about these issues, and also posted the link for folk to donate to the scheme set up to send fresh food to the camps. So, you have done things. And now you’re doing something else. Like Michelle, I don’t do Twitter and all that stuff, but I’ll send the link for this blog entry on to folk, as most people do.

    One of the things which stuns me about this is…..this is happening in France, a civilized nation, in the year 2017. WHAT?
    It’s not the Middle Ages or the Dark Ages – it’s 2017. The money is there, the resources are there, the volunteers are there. The motivation to take action, on the part of the governments who could take action, is what’s missing. And why? I don’t know – I don’t understand the workings of the political mind.
    I do know that I simply don’t understand how this is happening in France – just across the sea from us – where people go for their holidays – passing through Calais on their way.
    I have contacted politicians before now about this. Mostly they don’t answer, but, drops of water wear away stone.
    I’m preaching to the converted here, so I’ll stop.
    More power to your elbow, and to our collective elbows.

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