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.

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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Souls

Terry Pratchett built a world where lives had ‘lifetimes’. These were like hour glasses, but bigger. When the sand ran through, death came to collect you. My aunt lost her voice in old age. It made me think that perhaps … Continue reading

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The in-between time

Two days, beside each other, and yet they could not be more different, though both began with waking, reading, walking. But first I was tucked in bed, wrapped in cashmere and a warm, dreaming pup. Soft light met us at … Continue reading

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A Silence Like Intimacy

I painted her in 2002, at least I think it was then. I was emerging from a dark place, the break up of my marriage. I was seeing the world again as the beautiful place that it is, and I … Continue reading

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