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.

World Book Day 2015

Tomorrow I will be in Cardiff for World Book Day, giving the Welsh Books Council lecture for World Book Day. Well, they call it a lecture. Really I will be looking at slides, re-evaluating my life’s work and talking about … Continue reading

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A Short Country Mile in the Rain

Today I walked a short country mile in the rain, on cliffs above a sea coloured like dull pewter. All sparkle had been pressed from the sea by low clouds. I do not usually walk in the rain. Being always … Continue reading

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Chasing words

Walking, working, chasing some words. Away from the house and the phone and computer. Snowdrops bloom in clusters and clumps in the garden.  The hut circle shapes stand out on the headland where the grass is close cropped by rabbits … Continue reading

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Welsh Books Council World Book Day Lecture.

  Please find attached to this posting an invitation to the Welsh Books Council World Book  Day Lecture. I will be talking about 30 years of working in the publishing industry, how I started in my career and what I … Continue reading

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In the mirror.

From The Wild Swans, to be pub 2015. She sat Eliza, draped in a great towel, down in front of a large mirror, and began her work. First her hair. The queen took out her own comb and ran it … Continue reading

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Fighting talk.

Saturday morning, waking early to walk dogs because I have to go to Cardiff. Lying in bed thinking, 3 minutes. A 6 hour car journey to speak for 3 minutes. So much work to do. I need to stay home … Continue reading

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National Libraries Day

To celebrate National Libraries Day I am going to Cardiff to add my one small voice to the protest against library closures and reduction in service. At 12 noon I will be at The Hayes, outside the library, rain, snow … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Hours.

It was a casual conversation with Nicola Davies that started it. I was saying how I had always wanted to spend time learning how to sculpt but that the relentless treadmill of publishing didn’t allow for time for self development. Nic said … Continue reading

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A question

  I have a new book coming out with Graffeg soon. It is a narrative non-fiction story about a peregrine and the relationship of this bird with a woman who rehabilitates the bird and sends it back into the wild. … Continue reading

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Dark desk

So much to do, means working late, although I still had time to take Ivy out walking, up the hill and down the beach. The last few days have involved doing battle with a double paged spread. Third time lucky-ish, … Continue reading

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