Book launch in Solva Woollen Mill

For some years now Solva Woollen Mill have been a fantastic supporter of my work. They not only sell my books, they also work to sell signed copies of the books online and post to anywhere in the world. They also do fantastic book launches for me, like this one for Song of the golden Hare.


Something About a Bear is being published in October. Cat Walk ( the book that is probably closest to my heart) is being published in September. Solva Woollen Mill will be holding a joint book launch for both publications on 24th September ( with pre publication copies of Something About a Bear on special early release from the warehouse) 4 pm – 7.30pm.

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September is a beautiful time to visit Pembrokeshire. It is quiet. There are still seals around and porpoise. The weather is usually brilliant and the sea as warm as it is going to get. If you can come do come. Bring a bear. It will be a grand occasion, and much fun will be had.

The launch will be from 4 pm-7.30pm, so you can come straight from school or have a quick bite and then early evening trip to the Mill.

There will be a chance to pre-order both books form Solva Woollen Mill, and even if you are coming to the event it is a good idea to pre-order so that Anna has some idea of numbers. We only ran out of books one year! As ever, an incentive to do so, for each copy of Something About a bear ordered or bought on the day from Solva Woollen Mill the buyer will get one ticket. ( One ticket, one book) Each ticket will go in to a hat and when the draw is done the winner will get this small painting ( 8 x 14cms) of Mary Bear’s Little Brother. He’s a Spectacled Bear from South America, a short faced bear.


For all pre-orders of Cat Walk there will be a ticket to win a rare print of the front cover photograph signed by me. Again, one ticket per book and Solva Woollen Mill will ship anywhere in the world. They now have a facility on the website that allows person messages to be added.



It has been such a busy  year for Frances Lincoln. There are now 4 mini books available ( just small versions of I am Cat, Lord of the forest, The Snow Leopard and Ice Bear as well as note cards and notebooks.) Best of all are the wooden jigsaws, made in the UK by Wentworths.

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Have a browse around Solva Mill’s website if you can’t make it to the launch. Anna has a wonderful eye for beautiful things. And if you can come be sure to bring a bear so that we can get a photo of Mary with as many friends as possible. Mary has a growing gallery of photos of ‘Mary with…..’ and becomes more famous with every day. Her recent appearance in in The Guardian online is her attempt to help save libraries by getting as many people to join as possible.

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Please share this post, spread the word about the launch, and leave a comment on this post. On the day of the launch I will pick a comment at random and send the person one of the mini jigsaws from Wentworths and a few postcards and bits and pieces by way of a thank you.


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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24 Responses to Book launch in Solva Woollen Mill

  1. Bríd Wyldearth says:

    Oh good another excuse to visit the woolen mill and St Davids and spend lots of money on presents I know friends will love 🙂

  2. Judy says:

    Oh, joy!

  3. lyn says:

    I have just emailed the Mill to pre-order Cat Walk, I am so looking forward to seeing the photos of your walk with your beautiful cats again.

  4. Julie O'Rafferty says:

    Something about a bear is beautiful and I can’t wait to see Cat Walk, featuring your own gorgeous cats.
    Wish I could come to the launch day but will have to settle on ordering a book.
    Have a great day at the launch Jackie

  5. Diane corbett says:

    I shall be at the launch – looking forward to it already. Will Mary Bear be making a star appearance?

  6. Karin says:

    Oh I so wish I could be there. Mary’s brother is just beautifully beautiful!

  7. Tonia says:

    Actually considering the drive over the border for this: the triple temptation of book launches, autumnal Pembrokeshire and Solva (one of my favourite places) may be too much to resist!

  8. Audrey Hetherington says:

    Really looking forward to this, it’s going to be so special coming to the lovely Solva Woollen Mill again and seeing everyone.

  9. Ruth Keys says:

    Love your books and so look forward to seeing Mary in your posts. I will definitely order the books. I am now on a mission to see if I can get to the launch… 🙂

  10. Nancy Palmer says:

    I keep trying to convince my family that a UK trip would be a lovely gift for me. Ah, well. I shall for the time being simply have to treat myself to a book.

  11. Tricia says:

    Oh – coming to Pembrokeshire just a bit too late for the 23rd and a bit too early for this one. But I shall try to visit the mill.

  12. Eliene says:

    It is times like this that I wished I lived in the same country. Oz [Australia]is a bit far away unfortunately but thank goodness for postal services. Look forward to the book being released.

  13. Helen Anthony says:

    Sadly, I will not arrive in St.David’s until 28th Sept -to stay 11 nights. I have already pre-ordered the cats -walking book & will now pre-order the others. We exchanged e-mails before about your Edinburgh Bookfest visit. I hope to see you when you are painting in the Book-tent. I very much hope you enjoy your time in Edinburgh & that it is successful in every way. Best wishes. Helen

  14. Mary says:

    I wish I could think of a way to get down to Pembrokeshire for this – I always seem to time my visits badly 🙁 It was good to catch up in Edinburgh though.

  15. frankie perry carboni says:

    I’ve just had a look at the website, admit to being a bit stupid today as I can’t see if I can order CatWalk directly online or not ( as it’s a book) I’ll try and wake up a bit and get out of my teacup and see if I’m any less silly – probably not but always worth a try. I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages and ages, I can’t wait to show my four lazy Sardinian cats what they could actually achieve if they got off the sofa – they could fetch the newspaper, carry some shopping, make the bed, go for an ice-cream or an espresso….

  16. compostwoman says:

    Can’t wait to return 🙂

  17. Linda Parker Haecker says:

    Maggie bear and I would so love to join her sister Mary and you as we all celebrate the launch of Something About A Bear and Cat Walk. We will be there in spirit and so look forward to both these special books so that we can read them together. And of course, we love seeing all the pics that will be happily taken at the book launch party. And I must add a note from me and Maggie to Mary. We both so adore, and are so proud of, your wonderful Guardian piece to promote joining the libraries!! You and Ashley deserve much praise and love for each precious photo, and you, Jackie, for each treasured word! 🙂 xx

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