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A book of a lifetime.

On May 5th, in the evening, Jane Johnson will be interviewing Robin Hobb about her latest book, Assassin’s Fate, published in the UK the day before. The event, with Toppings Bookshop, Bath takes place in Christ’s Church, Julian Road. Of … Continue reading

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A curious way to review a book: no 2.

Half way through reading this stunning book I realised I have to give it away. I am sending it to Theresa May, along with this letter. Dear Theresa May, I am sending this book to you as a gift. I … Continue reading

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When work becomes so beautiful.

Years ago I was told by all, from teachers to parents to other relative, “you can’t make a living as an artist”. Well, it’s not been an easy road to walk. Long hours, no holidays, no money, no sick pay, … Continue reading

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The White Cat, hunting.

Morning walking was at the airfield, all kingcups and marshland and golden grasses. Evening walking was trip to visit the stone. And The white cat came too, to see if he could find it. We sat for a short while … Continue reading

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Tatterdemalion

I was reading American Gods by Neil Gaimon, the folio Society one, with the amazing pictures. Then this arrived. Tatterdemalion. And I loved the way it had no title on the cover , and the wonderful production of it, making … Continue reading

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On pathways made by hooves

Yesterday, when walking up the hill and writing, I walked back down via a tumbled wall. Here the stones are alive with lichen. I picked one up, selected from the centre, and took it home. I promised the hill I … Continue reading

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Caerbwdi, Pembrokeshire

We parked at the car park, walked down the green lane. Only a short walk to the sea, past the blackthorn and wind woven tree. A suntrap of boulders and stones, with red Caerfai rock and a lazy sea. In … Continue reading

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Stone, gold and the beach

To the beach early, to leave a stone. This one may be found, before the tide takes it as Whitesands will be busy, but then the beach is big, maybe no one will walk past it. We walk down to … Continue reading

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Stone and gold

Painting on stone with gold.  This one, found by Robin on Abermawr, smooth and mottled like seal skin. The gold say well on the skin of the stone. I gave it back to him, changed with gold. I painted a … Continue reading

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Lark souls and wild magic

Last week I finished work on The Lost Words. I’ve worked for 30 years or more, illustrating and then writing and illustrating books, making covers for the books of others and making a living. So many books. And I thought … Continue reading

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