Last week I had the great good fortune to meet David Almond on the occasion of the launch of his anniversary edition of Skellig. 15 years. Brilliant writer. I asked a question about how he writes, with a pen, on a computer? He showed his notebook for Counting Stars. Just wonderful. It gave me the idea to post a page of author’s notebook photos.
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Above David Almond‘s notebook for Counting Stars.
Below, Robert MacFarlane’s notebooks. Robert said, “all notebooks here from current long-term book on underworlds and underlands. One of the pics shows the consequences for language of working in part-flooded cave systems!” I love the drawing, and the theft by the dark words in the black ink by the spirits of the underworld, or damp.
Below, Benjamin Myers, author of The Gallows Pole, pub by Bluemoose Books.
Below, four pages from the notebooks of Max Porter who wrote Grief is the Thing with Feathers
And then, William Blake.
Below Frank Cottrell-Boyce who says, “I make a scrap book on the left hand pages then write the text on the right – leaving a big gutter for notes. I enjoy the juxtapositions it creates. For instance here you’v got my description of being admitted to A&E in Wrexham on one side and stuff from Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy and Gawain and the Green Knight on the right.”
Below is Tom Bullough, author of The Claude Glass and Addlands. He’s unbound when it comes to notebooks.
And below again, Amir Darwish, British/Syrian poet/writer/translator, also writing on sheets of paper, rather than in a notebook.
Above: my East of the Sun notebook, which is now in the archive of Seven Stories in Newcastle.
My notebook for Cat Walk, now published by Graffeg. And below notes for my next book, also with Graffeg:
Above, three from Dylan Thomas ( via Dorian Bowen) showing notes for Under Milk Wood and lists of rolling rhyming words.
Below, Karin Celestine, one for a book already published and one for a work in progress, with her writing companions, Little P and Emily and friends.
Below, Jane Johnson, author of The Sultan’s Wife and The Salt Road, and editor of George RR Martin and Robin Hobb.
Below, Pat Cadigan, calculating distances from earth to other places.
Above, from Jo Nadin, notes for stories and ideas.
Above 4 notebooks are from Joe Craig.
Below, 4 from Elizabeth Wein who says, “I send you notebook pages for your perusal. I just finished this one yesterday. It is a “paperblanks” publication and the cover is the Evangelii from the Book of Kells. I love the size of these paperblanks notebooks, their tactic breadth and covers, how easily they fall open to the page you’re writing on and the way the signatures are bound with twine. Very old-fashioned. For page samples I’ve sent you my annual Christmas stamp collection from 2012 (I do this every year in my notebooks, saving the stamps from all the Christmas cards that I receive); a sample notebook entry; and a list of Things to Do, including my then 12-year-old’s parent/teacher conference!
Above, Jeffrey Ford’s notebook.
Above 2 notebooks are from the wonderful Nicola Davies who wrote The Promise, one of my favourite picture books of the year.
Above C S E Cooney’s notes.
Above, Gillian Philip, hiding any spoilers! But she says she folds her pages over like this anyway.
Below, Terri Windling.
Below, from Australia, from Mo Orkiszewski, lyrics, from Old Man Crow.
Below, two from Theodora Goss
Below, Angela Koenig.
Above Tade Thompson, ideas, thoughts, sketches, mingled.
Below, Lyn Huggins Cooper, coming over all Haloween.
Below, Roz Morris using a whole room as a notebook to plan out a book.
Below, 2 from Elizabeth Hand who says “Back home in Maine I have a highly photogenic oversized old accounts book which I’ve used as a notebook for many years. But I’m in London with this, my working notebook for Flash Burn. The only artistic part is the cover, which I made from a photo of the late flaneur Sebastian Horseley, who inspired a character in the novel.”
Hoping when she gets home she might send a photo or two.
Below, from William Alexander. Love what looks like a bone flute on the table.
Below, Carrie Osborne, words and pictures.
For artist and writer’s desks see: The Day of the Desk.