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.

Somethings beautiful

    My friend Astrid makes things from wood. She made my front door, my garden gate. She also made my favourite spoon. Nervous that the spoon might be eaten by a dog, should I be careless with my precious, … Continue reading

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Cultural Appropriation

The phrase ‘cultural appropriation’ rears its head every now and again. It’s understandable in some ways. Publishing has been for years a very white, very middle class industry, and the gatekeepers of publishing often reflect the world they know. There … Continue reading

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Out of the woods: Christmas card for Help Musicians

Every year, for eighteen years, I have produced a card for Help Musicians. As each year passes it becomes more difficult, but this year’s image came in like a blast of vision. I’d spent a very hard year working on … Continue reading

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Dreams and reality

For the first time in a long time I’ve been swimming in the sea. This desire for salt water came partly from walking with daughter, Hannah, of Slightly Salty Yoga fame. More though, it came as a desire to wash … Continue reading

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A week, a walk

Waking to find that summer has been given back to us was a great relief. This week has not been easy, made worse by headache and weather. But this morning we walked in sunshine to the top of the hill. … Continue reading

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Magic happens

Last week I took a few days out, around an event at The Master’s House in Ledbury. On the way Robin and I called in to see Nicola. It was hot when we arrived so we headed straight down to … Continue reading

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#AuthorsForGrenfell

To help raise some money for the people made homeless in the terrible fire at Grenfell Towers there is an auction. Authors for Grenfell Tower.  There are so very many things in the auction, and I have added my own … Continue reading

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Independent Bookshop Week 2017

Every week should be Independent Bookshop Week. To celebrate the week and her wonderful career Nicola Davies, until now more commonly known for her words than her images, has produced, with the help of her publisher, Walker Books, the most … Continue reading

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About writing

A poem, by Pablo Neruda, by way of Adam Johannes, which says how I feel, to read and to write. Poetry And it was at that age . . . poetry arrived in search of me. I don’t know, I … Continue reading

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When publishers listen

For years I have asked my publishers to produce my books without a title or my name on the cover. Just the picture. Graffeg, in a couple of months time, are re-issuing The Ice Bear and The Snow Leopard. These … Continue reading

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