Auction no 6: something different.

These days I don’t tend to keep books. I pass them on. I like them to be living in the hands of readers rather than slumbering on my shelves.

Over Christmas I joined in the mass read of The Dark is Rising, that stemmed from a comment on Robert Macfarlane’s twitter account and was taken up by Julia Bird. Cosy by the fire I stated doodling in the book. Reading is a solitary experience unless reading aloud. I enjoyed this curious experiment.

Now I am going to offer my copy of the book up for auction to raise funds for the crowd funder to raise money to buy The Lost Words for Scottish Schools. ( In the event of the initiative not reaching its target I have an alternative charity for auction winners, but I also still have hope that the target might be reached.)

To bid, please place a comment on this posting. This one is going to be closed in a few days from now I think, unless I am out walking the dogs. Sorry if the process is a bit ramshackled. I have to action the comments, so it takes time.

If you win the auction I will ask you to donate the money directly to Jane’s amazing initiative to place a copy of The Lost Words in every primary school in Scotland.

The book is a paperback edition with cover by David Roberts and illustrations by Filipe Fernadez, and then added doodles by me. I bought it in Waterstones in Cheltenham.


This Auction is now closed.

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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20 Responses to Auction no 6: something different.

  1. Nancy says:

    20 pounds

  2. Heather Kendall says:

    Love your work, Jackie! My tattered copy of The Dark Is Rising has just fallen apart so this would be the perfect replacement. I bid 50 GBP ( I live in the USA so no pound sign on my laptop!)

  3. Jon Dalladay says:

    I’ll start the bidding at £100 (though I expect to have to bid again!)

  4. Elizabeth Urquhart Irvine says:

    What a wonderful idea. I bid £150 for this. Wish I could afford more for such a worthy cause.


  5. Teresa Cotterell says:

    What a beautiful copy. I truly love this author and can only afford to bid £30.

  6. Rosalind Bartlett says:

    May offer a bid of £300 for this lovely book?
    Is this where & how one bids?
    A great idea & I hope we can do the same for schoolchildren in England.

    • Jackie says:

      Indeed that is how you bid, and thank you. Because of the nature of having to action bids yours has slipped behind others, so will put your bid further down the comments list.

  7. Andy says:

    £175, great cause, great teachers’ notes on Lost Words too. Going to start using them soon.

  8. John Vater says:

    I can’t see my earlier reply: I bid £165.

  9. Jackie says:

    Further up the comments thread Rosalind Bartlett has bid £300, so current bid is £300.
    Thank you.

  10. Terri Hackler says:

    Well I cannot compete with the going bid, but I pledged £20 on the crowd fund site and shared on facebook. I love The Lost Words and reading The Dark is Rising with you and everyone was magical. I challenge all those who do not win to do the same.

  11. Curzon Tussaud says:

    I bid £325.

    Curzon Tussaud

  12. Compostwoman says:

    I can’t afford to bid on the book either,now, so I’m doing what Terri suggested and giving to the crowdfunding page instead. Brilliant ideas both auctioning the book and suggesting making a donation direct 🙂

  13. John Vater says:

    £350 from me. Don’t tell my wife.

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