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.

Questions and answers

Yesterday I was visited by the film team working on the Carnegie/Greenaway awards. The Lost Words was first nominated, then longlisted, and now shortlisted for the Greenaway. So wonderful. I’ve been shortlisted once before and it’s such an honour, for … Continue reading

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A romp, of ink

These otters are inked from river water and sumi ink. 25cms x 10. I am offering them for sale for The Lost Words for Surrey at £300 each. This would put 30 books into 30 schools, or if all sell … Continue reading

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Moon, tide, gold, stone, words.

At the beach the tide is peeled so far back to leave an expanse of sand, and we walked in places where human feet can walk only a few times a year. I carried 3 stones from home, fresh gilded, … Continue reading

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Where the sea carves the rock into pools for water to rest

Today began with walking on the beach. Here where the sea meets the land. Here, where time and tide have carried sand, moved it to expose rocks smoothed by sea and stone. I walked to see if the Porlock stone … Continue reading

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Pool, gold, card, shadow

At the beach this morning the dogs were dogs and the people were shadows. At the beach this morning I left a gilded stone, as the tide was coming in. The stone came from Porlock Weir. It’s harbour is a … Continue reading

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Stepping sideways, for a while

This was my week. Last Thursday I picked up Eva John and we drove to Dulverton. Eva wrote the Explorer’s Notes for The Lost Words and is writing the same for The Spell Songs, so we had much to talk … Continue reading

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Luggage Tag Otters

I’ve been resting my head in ink and the shape of otters for an hour or so. I have now seven luggage tag otters for sale for The Lost Words for Bournemouth and Poole’s Schools campaign. These are the otters. … Continue reading

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This blog post is Not for Children

I know a lot of teachers follow my blog, and also children read it. This blog post is not for children, please don’t read it to your class, and if you are under 18 please don’t read it. When I … Continue reading

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#BookIllustrationOfTheDay

For over a year now James Mayhew has been highlighting the world of illustration and the work of illustrators on his twitterfeed. Every day he posts the work of an illustrator, some working now, some from the past, many from … Continue reading

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Salt, sea, seals, stone, gold.

Being home, settling into a gentle routine of walking a bit, painting, thinking, reading, working, playing with gold and stone, settling my head. Evening light and gold and stone paint beautiful pictures on the camera’s memory card. I think most … Continue reading

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