Talking books, mingling ashes.

While I was in Dulverton I made a podcast with Number Seven Dulverton. Not my first. There’s another coming soon from the wonderful Folk on Foot, so subscribe to their mailing list, and have a listen to the other sounds on their site while you wait.

This Ex Libris podcast with Chris and Davina has an unusual premise. Imagine you are laid out on a funeral pyre ( I do love a good bonfire). You have a coat on, with one pocket, and in that pocket, a book. So Which book would you wish to mingle your ashes with? Which words would you burn, together with your remains, so that in an afterlife you were part of that story.

To find out which book I chose you will need to listen. There could have been others. The one I am working on now is one that I have, off and on, spend 5 years of my life in. I’d be happy to live there. It’s wild and free, but more of that soon.

I almost wish I had chosen a blank notebook. For isn’t that what life is? A story we write about ourselves every day, if we don’t let others write it for us? The other book I might have chosen is The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. A place of peace, beauty and lists.

So tell me, and tell me true, what ashes of pages would you like to live your afterlife in and why? As Davina says, it doesn’t have to be a favourite book, nor a weighty tome. Give thought to the shape of that world. For though they contain only 26 letters, in patterns, these letters make worlds within the leaves of their covers.

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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1 Response to Talking books, mingling ashes.

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    That’s a hard one, a very hard one.
    I’m tempted to say – Tove Jansson – maybe because I’m reading ‘The Listener’, now.
    But no, I think I will stay with Tove Jansson – for her humanity – her understanding, and her use of words to express those things.
    And her kindness. And her naughtiness.
    A very hard question to answer Jackie. Very tempting to go off onto other possibilities – but, you’ve asked for one, so I’ll try to stick with one – I know, it’s not one book, it’s one writer, but…well….discipline is good, and a bit of leeway is good too.
    It’s not just her book, it’s her world.
    Stay incurably groovy.

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