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.

Flower bed.

 The way to the flowers is through woodland. A path filled with birdsong that slopes down to the sea.  The way to the flowers opens out into a valley where buzzards and magpies fly overhead. Then down to a cove, … Continue reading

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The week of the headache.

This week a headache has eaten my time….. My daughter decided that I needed to change the way I eat ( as in, not having breakfast, sometimes getting to the end of the day having eaten nothing because there is … Continue reading

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Where the air whispers through raven’s wings.

Waking again with headache. Can’t work. Can walk. To St Davids Head, with book and camera, in quiet sunshine and the cliffs are covered with waves of flowers. Great daisy flowers, perhaps the ox-eye daisy? Sea campion with it’s delicate … Continue reading

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The phone rings

The phone rings. I answer. “Hi, is that Ms Stowe?” “No.” “Oh, sorry to bother you.” “No, that’s ok, because I am her mum, do you want me to take a message? Who’s speaking please?” “OK, the thing is, don’t … Continue reading

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The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems has moved into its 11th edition. To celebrate I will be giving away a signed copy. But how to decide who to give it to? First published in 2006, this was a labour of love. … Continue reading

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A pilgrimage to the place where a story began.

Queen of the Sky, like any story, began with a stream of things converging. The idea for the piece as a ‘book’ began during a conversation with Rachael Misstear from The Western Mail. I had emailed Rachael to talk with her … Continue reading

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This Week.

This week, far from Westminster, I felt rather like a ragged feather. So I painted one, hoping it would settle me in to work. Painting this dark and ragged creature that had once flown was a kind of meditation and … Continue reading

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Miles From Westminster

I will not be miserable. I will not feel downhearted. I will not feel oppressed by a system that disenfranchises me. I will create, write, paint. I will strive for beauty, fairness, justice. I will. I will. I will begin … Continue reading

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The Early Life of Mister Finch; or the importance of reading.

It began with a sketch. Every year I produce a piece of work for an organisation in the USA, Kids Need to Read,  who work to get books into the hands of children who don’t have access to them, for … Continue reading

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The Way Through the Woods; or, The Lost Words, Found.

This is the way, the way through the woods. And Mary and Leopard had promised Little P they would take him, to find the stone seat, the bluebells and some words that were lost. “Are the words lost in the … Continue reading

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