Manuscript; The Seal Children

In 2004 The Seal Children was published. It was my first longer piece of writing, written in the 1990’s and it took a short while to find a publisher. The thing is, I kept it hidden, didn’t show it to anyone, but when I did, to Janetta and Jude at Frances Lincoln, it found a home straight away. It was the first story I wrote on a computer. Tidying up, some time ago I found the printed out manuscript and the edited manuscript.



So interesting for me to look and see how this is changed. Even the ending.



The book was published, in the UK, in Denmark, Korea and USA. It won the Tir Na N’Og, my first book award. It continued to sell steadily, it went into paperback……and then I realised that people were contacting me because it was impossible to get hold of. Hardback copies online were being offered at ridiculous prices. It was out of print. A couple of times I asked my publisher if they would reprint, but answers drifted off into the ether. Eventually, after more people getting in touch I asked for the rights to the book back. I knew there was a demand for it. The Hamilton Trust had built a program of lessons around it.

The book will be available again in hardback from April, with a new cover and a few changes, beautiful paper that isn’t shiny, and there will be a launch for the book in Solva Woollen Mill on 16th April. The book is on Solva Woollen Mill’s site now and as ever I am happy to sign and dedicate books. Anna and the team will post them anywhere in this world.

For teachers here are some ideas of how to work with The Seal Children.

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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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13 Responses to Manuscript; The Seal Children

  1. compostwoman says:

    I cannot wait to come to the launch and purchase a new copy of this 🙂

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    “I am a man, upon the land
    I am a Selkie on the sea
    And when I’m far, so far fae land
    My home it is
    in Sule Skerry”

    Have a look at ‘The People of the Sea – Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk” ‘ by David Thomson.
    Your’e part of the weave, Jackie.
    And, good on you for not sitting by while prices go crazy – for wanting your work to still be accessible, and then for making it so. Good on you.

    • Jackie says:

      I found People of the Sea years ago when in my teens. And have a Duncan and Linda Williamson Selkie book. George MacKay Brown and Kevin Crossley Holland ( he was the first place I heard of the creatures) and best and most beautiful of all, MArgo Lanagan’s The bride’s of Rollrock Island. Watch for the post. There’s a card coming your way.

  3. Bernie Bell says:

    You’re aware of George MacKay Brown? Hurrah! Mostly, folk outside Orkney have never heard of him. Pure magic. A great writer. OK, I won’t go off into a GMB appreciation.
    Remember Nalini Paul? I sent you her poem about finding a ‘ghost’ moth in a book as it echoed with me, when I saw your golden moths. I first met Nalini when she was here, as the GMB Fellow, some years ago. She also has a thing about Ravens and other members of the crow family.
    Birds of a feather.
    It pleases me, greatly, to find someone outside Orkney who is aware of George MacKay Brown. And even better, someone who appreciates him. Excellent.
    I’ll watch the post!

  4. Vicky says:

    This is good news! I recently went looking for this and was so disappointed to find it was no longer available. Thank you 🙂

  5. Amy Bogard says:

    As a huge fan of the Selkie stories, I simply cannot wait to get a copy of this! do twitter to the world when we across the vast pond can place our orders here. Looking forward!!

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