Author Archives: Jackie

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.

Empty Chairs

When your friend emails and asks if they can read you something, something that is a rough first draft, and that friend is Nicola Davies you know you are in for a treat. Nic face-timed me. I was doodling a … Continue reading

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A small cry in dark times

Dear Stephen Crabb, You are my member for parliament. Yesterday you voted against allowing 3 000 unaccompanied children into the UK. Now, as a children’s author and illustrator I should declare an interest here. I write books about the wild … Continue reading

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Seals, falcons, boats, books and mills.

Get a cup of tea. This blog post is about to break ALL the rules of blogging. It’s long. You will need refreshment along the way. But that’s what some rules are for, to be broken. Last weekend saw the relaunch … Continue reading

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Something About a Book

When a book is shortlisted for the Greenaway award they send a film crew to talk to you about the book. Some films are made in the publishers offices, but for me, the crew came to my house. And I … Continue reading

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International Children’s Book Day 2016

2nd April, Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday, and since the 1960’s International Children’s Book Day. To celebrate, here are some of my favourite International authors, books. Shaun Tan.  Rebecca Dautremer And I am pleased to say that many of my books … Continue reading

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Beneath the surface of the sea….

Beneath the surface of the sea silver seals swim. And when they come to land they lie upon the pebbled beaches, dappled skin blending with subtle sea smoothed stones. And once, when walking, years ago,  the landscape encased in mist … Continue reading

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Falcon Boats

On Wednesday, after months of very hard work, my wonderful friend Ffion, of Queen of the Sky fame, launched herself into a new venture. Ffion has worked the waters off the coast of Pembrokeshire all her adult life. She loves … Continue reading

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Three things

On 15th March I will be going to London for a party to celebrate the longlist of the Greenaway and Carnegie medals. Something About a Bear is on the longlist and I want to make the best of this. All … Continue reading

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16th April: Book Launch and Boat Launch

On 16th April we will be celebrating the relaunch of The Seal Children, written and illustrated by me. For more about the book have a look here. The book will be one of the first titles to be published by … Continue reading

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