As a book moves out into shops, into the hands of readers, I feel I am learning.

I’m a single parent. When my children were young I found it so difficult when books were published and along with the book came lots of merchandising. Plastic, figures, pencil cases, things.

One of the things I love about The Lost Words is that much of the merchandising is free. Blackberries on the bramble bushes, acorns and conkers, the songs of larks and the bright song of wrens. Be outside. Go for a walk. Even in the inner city you might find a kingfisher on a canal bank.

There will, I am told, also be an otter scarf in Compton Verney.

And postcards, soon, soon.

But for now, the wild and the free, and flocks of goldfinches, starling murmerations, and the falling leaves of oak trees will remind people of our book. Wild magic.


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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4 Responses to Learning

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    Oh, yes, Jackie!
    When is merchandising not merchandising? When it’s FREE!!!!!!! Blackberries – free fruit. Bird song – free music.
    Like the walks in the woods with My Dad – it’s all there, and it’s FREE!!!!!!!
    Free stories, to.
    And that wood is in a city – Bradford.
    Deep joy.

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    Re. Tweets – at first sight – I thought the conker was a carved stone ball!!! Well, well, well.

  3. Otter scarf is wondrous, as is cushion. As are real otters, brambles, conkers, wrens etc …

    • Anita says:

      My copy of your book has arrived, and to my surprise, when I received the British Country Living magazine, it was proudly featured as a full page spread, (many pages). Congratulations! I love having my own, though I wish I had ordered to have the autographed one. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world–also loved seeing your parents holding hands. Special!!!-Anita.

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