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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David Almond‘s notebook for Counting Stars.
East of the Sun notebook.
Little Evie notebook.
Notebook for new book of cats to be published by Graffeg next year.
Three from Dylan Thomas ( via Dorian Bowen) showing notes for Under Milk Wood and lists of rolling rhyming words.
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.