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.

What I was doing yesterday.

Yesterday my daughter asked for my help with something. She needed someone to film her for a short promo film for a few yoga days she’s running on Ramsey Island. I know I said I was taking a sabbatical, but … Continue reading

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A book of a lifetime.

On May 5th, in the evening, Jane Johnson will be interviewing Robin Hobb about her latest book, Assassin’s Fate, published in the UK the day before. The event, with Toppings Bookshop, Bath takes place in Christ’s Church, Julian Road. Of … Continue reading

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A curious way to review a book: no 2.

Half way through reading this stunning book I realised I have to give it away. I am sending it to Theresa May, along with this letter. Dear Theresa May, I am sending this book to you as a gift. I … Continue reading

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When work becomes so beautiful.

Years ago I was told by all, from teachers to parents to other relative, “you can’t make a living as an artist”. Well, it’s not been an easy road to walk. Long hours, no holidays, no money, no sick pay, … Continue reading

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The White Cat, hunting.

Morning walking was at the airfield, all kingcups and marshland and golden grasses. Evening walking was trip to visit the stone. And The white cat came too, to see if he could find it. We sat for a short while … Continue reading

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Tatterdemalion

I was reading American Gods by Neil Gaimon, the folio Society one, with the amazing pictures. Then this arrived. Tatterdemalion. And I loved the way it had no title on the cover , and the wonderful production of it, making … Continue reading

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On pathways made by hooves

Yesterday, when walking up the hill and writing, I walked back down via a tumbled wall. Here the stones are alive with lichen. I picked one up, selected from the centre, and took it home. I promised the hill I … Continue reading

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Caerbwdi, Pembrokeshire

We parked at the car park, walked down the green lane. Only a short walk to the sea, past the blackthorn and wind woven tree. A suntrap of boulders and stones, with red Caerfai rock and a lazy sea. In … Continue reading

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Stone, gold and the beach

To the beach early, to leave a stone. This one may be found, before the tide takes it as Whitesands will be busy, but then the beach is big, maybe no one will walk past it. We walk down to … Continue reading

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Stone and gold

Painting on stone with gold.  This one, found by Robin on Abermawr, smooth and mottled like seal skin. The gold say well on the skin of the stone. I gave it back to him, changed with gold. I painted a … Continue reading

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