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.

The Lost Words Blessing

Many things have grown from The Lost Words- a spell book. Such fine and wonderful things. I love how the book has become a portal of escape for children into the outside, away from the classroom. I love how it … Continue reading

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Wrapped in work and happy at home

I love living in a place where I can walk out of my door and hear a cuckoo calling. I’ve been home for a few weeks now and it has been blissful not going anywhere and just working in my … Continue reading

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#CultureDeclares

A while back. Not so long ago. An email from my agent came, forwarded from Letters to the Earth. The request was for letters, to the earth, to be read at various venues, by people. Protest letters, love letters. Could … Continue reading

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Remembering Lark

I remember when the email came through with Lark, for The Lost Words. I remember reading it for that first time, sitting in an armchair by the window at Moundsey. I remember thinking, it was odd, because in a sense … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Anonymous Head Teacher

Dear Sir, In response to your recent letter to parents at you school where you state: Could I please point out that while listening to music might be your hobby, for many who work in the music industry it is … Continue reading

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1992

In 1992 I was living in Bath. At the time I was working as an illustrator and was lucky enough to include Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Oxfam amongst my clients. I worked with Oxfam to produce a calendar that was … Continue reading

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Hay Festival Foundation and an auction.

Last year at Hay Festival, live on stage, I painted an otter in river water and sumi ink. Robert Macfarlane had hand written the spell for otter on the paper, against gilded capital letters. You can watch last year’s event … Continue reading

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Talking books, mingling ashes.

While I was in Dulverton I made a podcast with Number Seven Dulverton. Not my first. There’s another coming soon from the wonderful Folk on Foot, so subscribe to their mailing list, and have a listen to the other sounds … Continue reading

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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. All sold now, for The Lost Words for Surrey at £300 each. Keep an eye out for more. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend … Continue reading

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