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Stamps, crowdfunding, finches.

I am dreaming in ink and wishing to write in otters. But I have made promises, so other work needs doing before I can play. This week I have been working on a Christmas card design for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. … Continue reading

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A lullaby of salt water, fresh water and ink.

Since Christmas an extraordinary thing has happened. People have joined together, from all over the UK, to support fundraising campaigns to purchase copies of The Lost Words to be placed in schools. Such open hearted generosity towards our book has … Continue reading

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Riversong: The language of liquid continued.

Down to the stream, where otters swim to the sea, with a stone and a bottle. River water for painting.   River water, collected at Ninewells for otter painting. Stone gift left, with palladium   A post shared by Jackie … Continue reading

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Otters made from Ink and Riverwater

Mixing watercolour, gold leaf, ink, otters, stone. Large piece. £1 500 Below, smaller swimmer…… £375, ink and riverwater Below, two small round otters to make into stamps with the English Stamp Company. Below, small, curled otter £400. Sleeping, and dreaming … Continue reading

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The Lost Words, Sexism and the Press. The Curious Case of the Lost Illustrator

The Lost Words has been out in the world for a while now. Both Robert and myself were delighted when we heard that it was shortlisted for The British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, alongside Goodnight Stories for … Continue reading

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The Language of Liquid #3: St Cuthbert’s Otters

First, gild a stone to leave as a gift, then walk, along the path that leads to a beach of stones, a small beach, Aberbach. Here, place a stone in the water, where the fresh rushes down to meet the … Continue reading

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Seven Questions

As an author/illustrator, especially in the field of books for children, we are often asked to go in to schools to talk about our work. It’s wonderful to be asked, and I have learnt so much from children on my … Continue reading

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The Language of Liquid #2

Day began with waking to the call of a curlew, winter on wings, piping in the day. Day began with posting something off, a proposal, for something new, which may happen, but might not. Then walking the hounds. Beautiful horses, … Continue reading

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Time, ink, courage and breathe.

First a thought, carried around all day, then a sketch, swift onto paper. Then calm, breathe, grind the ink with water, for fifteen minutes, setting the sand to run through the timer. Which reminds me, this. Listen to this.  Anyway, … Continue reading

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The Language of Liquid

Evening. Time settles, quiet in the heart, but outside a storm builds. The day was spent inside, working steadily, irritated that even when away from the computer and emails the phone rang, and rang. But work was done, real work, … Continue reading

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