Plates, bookshops and November 5th.



This year I have visited so many independent bookshops, but now, apart from a trip out to Cornwall and an event at Solva Woollen Mill I need to stay home and paint.

Most of the shops I went to bought loads of stock, but it was soon gone. Some asked if I could send  signed stickers to put into books. But I didn’t want to just send a sticker that would look ugly, so have been musing about what to do. My solution is this, and it will only work for some books, where there is white space.

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So, if you are an independent bookshop and want to have some signed plates for Song of the Golden Hare and Tell Me a Dragon then email me.

And because I needed to try them out, to see what they looked like I now have two books to give away. To win the two books leave a comment on this post saying what your favourite independent bookstore is ( can be a small chain too, Rossiters in Monmouth and Ross has two shops, Jaffe and Neale have a couple, and I think Toppings do too).  The winner will be chosen from the comments below by a random number generator on November 5th.

And what is my favourite? Well, I have been so lucky to go to so many different bookshops this year, and what I love about them all is that they are all so very different, and how they reflect the character of the person who owns and runs them and the people who work there.


( Original art for the bookplates is for sale at The House of Golden Dreams. £120 for hare, £140 for dragon and I can now accept money via paypal.)


So far signed books are available always at:


Rossiters, Monmouth and Ross.

Winstones, Sherborne

Hunting Raven Bookshop, Frome

Yellow Lighted Bookshops, Nailsworth and Tetbury

Golden Hare bookshop, Edinburgh

Blue Ginger Gallery near Malvern

Obsidian Arts, near Stoke Manderville

Cover to Cover in Mumbles near Swansea

Simply Books, Bramhall near Manchester

The Book Hive, Norwich, Norfolk.

and then you can always get signed copies of all of my books in print from

Solva Woollen Mill, Pembrokeshire. They ship world wide.

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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31 Responses to Plates, bookshops and November 5th.

  1. Gail says:

    My favourite independent bookshop would have to be The Harbour Books in Kingsbridge, Devon ( … I spent many a happy lunch hour in there browsing when I worked in Kingsbridge … great selection of books and really helpful staff! xx

  2. Andy English says:

    My favourite independent is the fabulous Toppings Of Ely. The packed shelves are spread over three floors. The room of art books is one of the best I know. Its a great place to sit, sip (free) coffee and leaf through the TLS. Toppings also organise readings and literary lunches with authors and they have certainly put Ely on the map as far as books are concerned.

  3. Lorraine Valenzuela says:

    Your work is truly wondrous. Thank you for sharing your talent 🙂

  4. jane townsend says:

    I would have to say Scrivener’s Books & Bookbinding in Buxton, Derbyshire. Lovely little shop with lots of character. You can quite easily lose yourself in this place.

  5. Helen Stickland says:

    I always loved “The Poetry Bookshop” in Hay-On-Wye. Wonderful selection, the most peaceful, delightful browsing and a lovely dog when I last visited. (It may have been a visiting dog mark you).

  6. Jenny Evans says:

    It has to be Solva Woollen Mill. I adore the place and have had the most excellent service from the very friendly staff there who were able to post on the books that I ordered by next day courier, when illness prevented me from collecting them. They arrived on time, beautifully packaged with gorgeous enclosures.

  7. Kathleen Glenn says:

    My favourite independent bookstore is “Volume One” set in Historic, downtown Duncan (British Columbia, Canada) Rustic bells ring as you walk through the door, the old floor creaks charmingly as you wind your way through, hunting for literary treasures. There’s even a separate children’s entrance and area all scaled for littles! A wonderful destination to lose yourself in, even it’s only for a few minutes..

  8. Rob Auty says: My favourite would be The Carnforth Bookshop. They support local and independent authors very well. Helpful and an interesting shop packed with loads of gift ideas alongside a good, local, and popular, book selection 🙂

  9. Juliet says:

    Mine would be the bookshop at Salts Mill in Saltaire. Lovely selection of books, lots of browsing space and the scent of lilies everywhere.

  10. Judi Sillifant says:

    The White Horse bookshop in Marlborough, Wiltshire, on the High Street is my favourite. They always seem to have the books I am looking for. Judi xox

  11. Cat says:

    The one book shop that turned me onto the world of independent books and what they can offer was Che and Chandler in Bonn (Germany), who were not only well-stocked with all kinds of political books – hard to get then, pre-internet stone age 😉 -, but also were true bookophiles with a nice selection of thrillers and other delightful stuff…. and two cool dudes running it :-). A truly independent store in the best sense!

  12. Tigana says:

    Dear Jackie – you are an inspiration. Thank you for these images of beauty and joy.

  13. Diana Dench says:

    Has got to be the one I visited earlier on this year when I spent a month travelling the North West Highlands of Scotland, sleeping in my Toyota Yaris, accompanied by my best friend Jack (my dog)
    The Mountain Coffee Company and Bookstore, Gairloch

  14. Kerri Allen says:

    My favorite would be River House Books in Carmel, CA.

  15. Mo Crow says:

    your new bookplates are treasures Jackie, my favourite independent bookshop is “Better Read than Dead” in Newtown
    if you ever make it to the Land Down Under!

  16. Jenna says:

    I am a huge dragon fan, but I also adore all wild forest animals. I’m flying home to Finland tomorrow and I can’t wait – it’s been two years since I was there last time. The best thing is to go for a walk in the woods that surround my childhood home, usually with our dogs. I used to do that a lot when I was still living there and visiting my parents almost every weekend. Sometimes we scented a hare, heard a fox or even saw an owl. Never a dragon though. I love your work Jackie! They bring all these lovely memories of chilhood, happines, and the big forest and its lovely beasts <3 Luckily the forest is still there, waiting for me to return.

  17. Gill says:

    My favourite would be Clifden Bookshop in Clifden, Co Galway – the highlight of every Irish holiday for me!!

  18. Ruth Keys says:

    Love ‘The Holt Bookshop’ in Holt, North Norfolk. I have always have had a warm welcome from Cheryl and the variety of books is staggering.

  19. Stuart Hill says:

    I love so many book shops, but one of the best is The Astley Book Farm in Bedworth Nuneaton. Huge range of books, friendly and knowledgeable staff and a great coffee shop. One of my other favourites is in Leicester, again the staff are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. They’re always ready with a suitable and apposite recommendation and display a real and genuine love of books. The fact that it is a branch of Waterstones I know will preclude from this, but I think this lovely shop should get a mention.

  20. Sue says:

    Our local book shop is Henry Roberts in Kendal. They always manage to acquire books I haven’t been able to get elsewhere.

  21. nancy says:

    My favorite independent bookshop has to be the children’s bookshop here in Arnhem. The staff read all the books they have so they give some awesome tips and r

  22. Vicky Gillham says:

    I love and respect ALL indie book shops! Current fav is new(ish) children’s book shop a Bundle of Books in Herne Bay – the only indie children’s book shop in Kent! Bright, colourful and welcoming and putting on events to bring the kids in, as well as working with local schools. Just what I’d like to do in the future.
    Your work is beautiful and the book plates are a lovely idea.

  23. Rachael Whittaker says:

    I always loved Sweetens bookshop but it was one of the many independent stores that recently closed in my area. So sad! Magma in Manchester still has a lovely quirky range of books to keep me browsing for hours and, though a second-hand store, I cannot get enough of Barter Books in Alnwick. I would live there if they would let me. I’d curl up by their fireplace and read everything.

  24. Gemma says:

    Every independent bookshop I ever go into become my favourite! But I do love Mr B’s Bookshop in Bath ( and of course the lovely Yellow Lighted Bookshop in Nailsworth (

  25. Izzy Wingham says:

    Dear Jackie,
    I would have to say my favourite bookshop is The Book Hive in Norwich. I have bought so many books from there and loved going there when I was studying illustration at the art school. (I moved back home out of Norwich shortly after graduating and really do miss regular visits to the shop). Henry, the guy who runs the place, is really helpful and enthusiastic about books. I was there when you came in to show some of my course-mates and I The Snow Leopard. My passion is to write and draw for children and you are an inspiration to me. I love your books! 🙂
    Izzy x

  26. WOL says:

    Although I’ve never been there, Solva Mills is my favorite. Since I’m in Texas, because of the postage, if I get picked, donate my book to a deserving school or else make it a raffle prize for some deserving cause.

  27. Andy Forbes says:

    Jaffe and Neale in Chipping Norton are my favourite independant bookshop. They are helpful, will order books- sometimes without obligation to buy, they phone when the book has arrived. They encourage visitors and browsers are welcomed. They also have a small cafe.

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