Books

Currently working on:

Something Secret: thinking about something, turning over ideas, playing with thoughts, haunted by dreams.

Cover for Song of the Golden HareSong of the Golden Hare

It began with a coming together of a few ideas while out walking. The day was crisp clear bright and from the top of the hill it was possible to see the distant land of Ireland. It began with a boy who loved music and hares. It began with a desire to paint hares, a whole book of them.

As the story came together the boy had a sister who joined him, so that now he was no longer alone. He loved music and often played upon a harp, but he never sang. Somehow he couldn’t find his voice, or maybe the courage, to sing.  And when the hares begin to move across the land the boy and his sister follow.

With luck and a fair wind the artwork will be completed by January and the book published in the UK in October 2013 by Frances Lincoln. For foreign rights contact Frances Lincoln.

 

New:

Cover for I am Cat by Jackie MorrisI am Cat written and illustrated by Jackie Morris.

I am cat. At night I prowl, but in the day I sleep, curled in warm places, ammonite tight. And when I sleep I dream…….

And what else would a cat dream about other than being a tiger in the deep green jungle or a snow leopard, high on the roof of the world.

Much help was given during the making of this book by the six cats who at that time lived with me. Watching them walking and sleeping and just being cats was the inspiration for this book. Watching them and trying to imagine, as paws and whiskers and tail twitched in dreaming, what it might be that a small cat might dream about.

At the back of the book there are facts about the small cat’s big relatives. Had there been more space there would have been more facts. For about cats there is just so very much to know.

Published in September 2012 in UK. Spring 2013 in USA and also published in Dutch, French, Korean and Danish.

UK £11.99/ USA 17.99

ISBN: 987-1-84780-135-7

 

Coming Soon:

East of the Sun, West of the MoonEast of the Sun, West of the Moon written and illustrated by Jackie Morris

From the moment she saw him she knew that the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamt of the bear….. Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams.

As the bear’s secret unravels a journey unfolds, a long and desperate journey that takes the girl to the homes of the four winds and beyond, to the castle that lies east of the sun, west of the moon.

The story is an old one, told here again, beginning on the edge of a city, in the house of a family displaced by fear and war. Illustrated throughout with small images that punctuate the text and full page spreads that paint a tapestry for the words to flow around this is the first book for older children, and adults who still love a good story, with pictures.

To be published in UK and USA by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in spring 2013. ( also available in Australia)

UK £9.99/USA $15.99

ISBN: 978-1-84780-294-1

 

Little Evie in the DarkwoodsLittle Evie in the Darkwoods written by Jackie Morris and illustrated by Catherine Hyde.

“Little Evie stepped over the stile and into the wild wood. She followed the pathway her mama had shown her when she was young….”

And in the heart of the wild wood Evie finds something dark and wild and beautiful with great big ears, all the better to hear her with.

This isn’t Little Red Riding Hood. As a child I hated that story because the wolf gets killed and the wild is the evil. This is rather a book about a child going out into the world for the first time. Evie has a task. She has a basket to deliver for her grandmother. Perhaps it is an apology for all the fear and that has been fed to children by the original tale of Little Red. Whatever is at the heart of this book it is stunningly illustrated by Catherine Hyde ( illustrator of The Princess’s Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy and The Firebird by Saviour Pirotta, both published by Templar).

Catherine took the words I had written and painted them into a beautiful dark world of woodland magic.

To be published in UK and USA by Frances Lincoln, autumn 2013.

 

For details of books in print go to my very old and creaky website books page.

 

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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3 Responses to Books

  1. Net says:

    Jackie, is it difficult (as an artist yourself) to hand over a task such as this to another artist? And then be content with the results which may very well conflict with your own thoughts/interpretations as not only an artist but also as the writer of the text? I must admit that I would find it impossible to do.

    Also, what is the background for having someone else do the illustrations for you (eg a lack of your own time or desire to free up more of your time to write rather than illustrate, help the progression of newly-established illustrators etc?) and the criteria for the choice of book to hand over for someone else to take on the role of illustrator?

    Apologies if this has been asked/covered previously. Please redirect me, if so. :)

    Net

    • Jackie says:

      In this case it was me who proposed the project to Catherine, and I was so pleased when she fell in love with the text and decided to take it on. I wanted to feel what it was like to have an illustrator take your words and add images to them. I was luckier than most writers in that I chose the illustrator.
      I’m not sure I would work with a newly established illustrator. It’s a job ( or as someone said to me one day, ‘goodness, painting is just like a full time job for you isn’t it!’). I want first of all to make beautiful things, small worlds for people to lose themselves in, places that people go back to time and again. I could only work with someone who I felt was able to make this happen, but also I need to get sales. Catherine’s first two books had both been nominated for and won awards. She has a reputation as an artist and now a growing one as an illustrator.
      I loved coming to the computer at the end of each day and seeing how she was shaping Evie’s wood, her world, her wolf. Loved watching her struggle with the difficult bits also. It looks easy when the thing is finished. It isn’t. Picture books are like swans I think, elegant on the surface but there is a hell of a lot going on under the water, if you know what I mean!

  2. I’ve been totally in love with Catherine’s art since your sisters show, and now, since I have her as a friend on FB, I can see more of it. It’s absolutely wonderful for me to have two of my favorite artists collaborate on a book. And, I’m excited about the Carol Ann Duffy book because I didn’t know about it. In my CMNS degree I did several essays on Duffy, the social impact of her poems…etc and now Chloe is studying her and writing similar essays in her third year. When I get back to OXON for Xmas I’m so buying all these wonderful books…and more. By the way, our little Ever can’t get enough of the books I bought from you at Art In Action. She loves them to pieces especially the tell me a dragon book and mostly loves the dragon who sings in her ear.

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