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Inside

Beautiful, cold. I held it to my ear, but no sound came. Patterned like river ripples. Inside, a life, trapped in stone. Outside, a desire. Beneath my pillow, tucked, it lay for forty nights. By day, though heavy, I carried … Continue reading

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Court of Lions

Court of Lions arrived on the day I finished reading one book. Perfect timing. And so beautiful in its production from the turquoise case to the gold glitz on the cover and the texture and the ribbon and the size … Continue reading

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Taking stones for walks

Last week I went away to a friend’s wedding. It was wonderful, peaceful, just lovely. They’ve been together a long time, and I think are glad to still be together as one of them almost checked out of life not … Continue reading

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Migrations: an exhibition. With peregrines.

Recently I was informed that two of my books had been chosen to represent the UK in the Biennial of illustration in Bratislava. The two books are One Cheetah, One Cherry from Otter-Barry Books and The Quiet Music of Gently … Continue reading

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Beneath the tree and where fresh meets salt

This week I have felt myself uncoil, unwind, relax, for the first time since finishing The Lost Words. Perhaps because now it is really finished. Before there was still the cover to complete, and rework, then polish. Now, all is … Continue reading

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#TreeCharter and the Hay Festival

This year I spoke at Hay Festival for The Woodland Trust. Both Zaffar and myself were very nervous. I had asked to go first so that I could listen to the other speakers without being nervous. Matt chaired the event … Continue reading

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Catching up with myself.

Hay Festival is a big event in the book industry. This year I was doing four days at Hay. Maybe because I was there for so long, this year I learned far more about the festival than I had before. … Continue reading

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Thinking about trees, chasing words, following stones.

Today, on the hill, chasing words for The Woodland Trust. I’m on stage with Tobias Jones and Zaffar Kunial for The Woodland Trust at Hay Festival. The event is sold out but we will be signing books afterwards, in the … Continue reading

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Acts of Rebellion

If voting could change anything it would have been made illegal. That’s what the establishment think. We have a system of democracy, but it’s failing us. Why? Because we as voters are becoming disengaged with those in power and those … Continue reading

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Where Fresh Meets Salt

Writing today at Aberbach, then Abereiddi for a while. I placed a stone again, where fresh meets salt and watched some people walk past, not see, some people walk past, stop, pick it up and replace. The other that I … Continue reading

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