Away from home.

I travelled, leaving behind a small flock of swallows souls waiting to be stitched.

I stayed for a while in a small house where I drew, and wrote and thought and watched the birds.

The small house was a harbour to rest, but then back out onto the road, and to Compton Verney, where the walls are now decorated with a flock and a charm.

Below, though, are the limited edition prints from The Lost Words, produced by Aquarelle, and now for sale through Compton Verney.

Then on to Kenilworth books where Tamsin had one of the three known perfectly ironic copies of The Lost Words.

( and meanwhile Robert was holding the fort doing a wonderful radio interview for Canadian radio with Sabine Jessen) 

Love this photo of Tamsin, who never ceases to astonish me with her wisdom. She had helped to put books into a school, building a library, for children who have no books at home, changing lives. This is the power of a great indie bookshop, that they care enough to help a school find funding for a library ( Siobhan Dowd Trust and Foyles Foundation) and then help them choose the books.

Back then to Dulverton via a visit to my Child in Plymouth and via otters.


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At Number Seven Dulverton the shop looked beautiful. Working with Davina and Jan and Chris is like working with family. They create enchantment and the evening with Kerry Andrew and Nicola Davies was just that. Blissful, wild magic.

Kerry began with the wren spell. Listen. Listen. Hear the bird’s wings.


The Lost Words Supper with Number Seven Dulverton and Loyton Lodge from Christopher Jelley on Vimeo.

Kerry Andrew’s You Are Wolf set was just the most amazing thing. Listen with headphones. She sculpts sound.

In the shop next day I painted hares and otters, played with Bideford Black, a pigment found locally and 300 million years old! So black, deep black, dark as the darkest moonless night and darker still.

Home, after Dulverton. Davina still has a few signed copies of the special edition Lost Words, with goldfinch print enclosed. And more can be found at Solva Woollen Mill where they have signed copies of all my books in print, and Bookish in Crickhowell, where Emma successfully fundraised to buy 163 copies for schools in Powys.

There’s now a wonderful map of Britain that lights up where The Lost Words has been funded into schools.

Home now. There are Christmas cards for sale, for The Suffolk Wildlife Trust, with goldfinches.

There is an audio book of The Lost Words. It’s beautiful. The sonic illustrations are by Chris Watson. You can only find it on Audible at the moment, but physical copies will be available after Christmas. It is balm for the soul, beautifully spoken.


Time, now, to sit by the fire and read.

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.
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1 Response to Away from home.

  1. Love your work. I am an artist too, and love to write although I am unknown I too live in a small abode not far from Sea and Mountain in New Zealand. I love to read and enjoy animals company finding them more true than a lot of humans. Thank you for sharing your work it is amazing.

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