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.

A walk.

Walk with me, across the airfield and into the boggy places. The hedges are lined with tangles of brambles. The day is grey, calm, quiet, the land golden. I decide to see if I can walk a walk I only … Continue reading

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Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

A secret is only yours as long as you don’t share it. I make no secret of the fact that I love this woman’s writing. I have read more books by her than any other author. When I turned the … Continue reading

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Read without prejudice

I have been somewhat tangled up in thorns of late, both metaphorically and literally. But, today is a day to celebrate, because it is #BookGivingDay. And I would like to give everyone a book, but then in a way I … Continue reading

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An exhibition

Some time ago I was asked if I would agree to an exhibition of artwork at Compton Verney, for the art from The Lost Words. I hadn’t started work on the book then, and it’s quite a delicate time. I’d … Continue reading

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Gifts

A while back I put up a post about The Quiet music of Gently Falling Snow. Usually the competitions I put out get more entries. This one disappeared quietly into electronic purgatory, but I did get a lovely entry from … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones

This is a short blogpost, stepping stones to elsewhere. I’m struggling, being close to the end of a book. It’s always like this. It becomes a monster. I was asked to write an article for Folklore Thursday. You can read … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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#Bookshambles

As someone who often does giveaways it’s great to win one. Today a box of books turned up, from #Bookshambles. Now Shambles helps me amble through my work often. It’s a podcast that pretends to be about books but is … Continue reading

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A Letter to Toast.

Dear Toast It’s a wonderful opportunity that you are offering to artists. It would be better if you were offering a fee also. You see, artists need money to live on. We have mortgages, and children. Some of us are … Continue reading

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Time, in days and weeks and months

Working away so hard on The Lost Words and hope that soon I will be able to show something of the books. In the meantime there are 38¬†calendars at Help Musicians, needing homes. So, I thought I would help them … Continue reading

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