Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone

By Jackie Morris

A pillow book of poems, dreams & stories typed on sheets of gold leaf.

Poetry
126% funded
664 supporters
Writing in progress

Publication date: TBC

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Hardback

A copy of the first edition hardback with your name listed in the back of the book.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Your name in the back of the book
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$45  + shipping
219 pledges

Signed Bookplate

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, specially designed by Jackie, and your name listed in the back of the book.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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$60  + shipping
127 pledges

The Silent Unwinding

A copy of the first edition hardback with a copy of The Silent Unwinding (both with signed bookplates) and your name listed in the back of the Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • A copy of The Silent Unwinding
  • Your name in the back of the book
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$75  + shipping
52 pledges

Read with a Friend

Two copies of the limited first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, specially designed by Jackie, and both your names listed in the back of the book.

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  • 2 x First edition hardback
  • 2 x Signed bookplates
  • 2 x names in the back of the book
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$100  + shipping
5 pledges

'Ma' Luggage Tag

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a hand-painted luggage tag using the Japanese ‘Ma’ symbol. (Limited to 30)

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Hand-painted ‘Ma’ luggage tag
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Limited to 30
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$150  + shipping
17 pledges

Gold Leaf Original

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with an original gold leaf sheet typed by Jackie but not used in the book. These are the rough drafts, some with mistakes, like sketches on gold leaf, with words. (Only 30 available)

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Original typed gold leaf sheet
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 30 available
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$195  + shipping
6 pledges

White Wren Print

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed limited edition print of the White Wren - a typed gold leaf sheet 160 x 160 mm strictly limited to 45. (Only 20 available through Unbound).

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Signed limited edition gold leaf print
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 20 available
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$225  + shipping

The Memory of Music Print

A limited edition 25cm x 25cm print of an original story, typed on a sycamore leaf from the A40, near Narberth. The story is about man who knew the value of music. We are making 7 available via Unbound (out of total edition of 21).

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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$265  + shipping

Two Oak Leaves Print

Original art work - gold leaf printed on Two Rivers rag paper, signed & dated by Jackie (only one available)

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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$375  + shipping
4 pledges

Gold Leaf Print - Stones

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed limited edition print of 'Where stones lean in' - a typed gold leaf sheet increased to a print of 240 mm x 240 mm, strictly limited to 80. (Only 10 available through Unbound).

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Signed limited edition gold leaf print
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 10 available
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$375  + shipping
2 pledges

Gold Leaf Prints - Letters

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed limited edition print of 'When letters join' - a typed gold leaf sheet increased to a print of 240 mm x 240 mm, strictly limited to 80. (Only 10 available through Unbound).
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$375  + shipping
2 pledges

Gold Leaf Oak Original

An original art work - gold leaf attached to hand-stitched silk, with a typed poem and oak leaf print, signed by Jackie.

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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$450  + shipping
6 pledges

Bookshop Partner

Join the growing number of independent bookshops that support Jackie’s work by becoming an exclusive stockist of the special edition.

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  • 20 copies of the special edition (with signed bookplate)
  • Your bookshop's name listed as a patron in the back of the book
  • Books supplied before the trade publication date
  • Bespoke Jackie Morris bookmarks for your shop
  • Social media shout-outs from Unbound & Jackie as a stockist
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$750  + shipping

Bookshop Event

All the benefits of the partnership but with Jackie hosting and event at your shop - COVID permitting. (Limited to 3)

PLUS:

  • 20 copies of the special edition (with signed bookplate)
  • Your bookshops name listed as a patron in the back of the book
  • Books supplied before the trade publication date
  • Bespoke bookmarks for your shop
  • Social media shout-outs from Unbound & Jackie as a stockist
  • Live event with Jackie
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$2,250  + shipping

Bookclub Visit

An evening of friends, gathering of a book group, to talk about the making of the Unwinding and Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone (Limited to 1 - UK only)

PLUS:

  • 10 x First edition hardback
  • 10 x Signed bookplates
  • 10 x names in the back of the book
  • Only 1 available
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$130  + shipping
10 pledges

Otter Luggage Tag

A copy of the limited first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a hand-painted otter luggage tag. (Limited to 10)

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Hand-painted otter luggage tag
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Limited to 30
$150  + shipping
1 pledge

Oak Leaf Print

Original art work - a gold leaf print, signed & dated by Jackie (only one available)

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
$180  + shipping
10 pledges

Labyrinth Stone Soul

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a sheet of gold leaf used to decorate a labyrinth stone complete with the hand-typed co-ordinates of where Jackie has placed the stone in the wild. (Only 10 available)

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Gold leaf soul of a stone labyrinth (with co-ordinates)
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 10 available
$675  + shipping
1 pledge

Lark's Soul Gold Leaf Original

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed original artwork by Jackie, composed of gold leaf sheets hand-typed, stitched with silk and signed together.

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Limited edition signed gold leaf sheet original artwork
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 1 available
$2,250  + shipping
1 pledge

A Romp of Otters

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed original artwork by Jackie, an 8-page concertina book of original otter paintings, worked in sumi ink, with gilded Ma symbols and handwritten text on the back. (Book i=100 mm x 150 mm – total length of extended image = 970mm ). (Only 1 available IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!)

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Original artwork book signed by Jackie
  • Your name in the back of the book
$2,250  + shipping
2 pledges

A Hand-Decorated Unwinding

ONLY ONE LEFT! This is a gift edition of The Unwinding containing 15 original paintings by Jackie added directly as vignettes to decorate the chapter headings. Signed with leaves painted and curling around the closed pages, this is one of a tiny handful of lavishly decorated copies: each one a unique work of art.

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback of the Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book

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'Jackie Morris is an alchemist; she has an extraordinary ability to throw all human infraction and grief into her ink pot and distill it into beauty, silence, stories and gold'. - Tamsin Rosewell (Kenilworth Books)

Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone is a quiet creature of a book that grew from the silence of lockdown from a desire to play, to see what happens if you type with a typewriter onto gold transfer leaf.

Small, to fit in the hand with ease, or be carried in a bag or a pocket, it is a natural successor to The Unwinding. Here, words revert to their natural form, becoming images, ink on gold, in their islands of leaf. Each sheet is a breathing space. The image on the cover is the Japanese symbol – 間- Ma - roughly translated as ‘gap’, ‘breath’, ‘pause’, and essential to all forms of art - negative space made positive.


The book may settle into sections – Birds, Hares, Hiraeth, Land, Sea, Sky, Dreams – but some sheets will stand alone. Again, as in The Unwinding, these can be catalysts for dreaming, a focus of vision, a small prayer to the wild. Some connect like a trail of pebbles through a forest. Some might be short stories told in gold pages. Through others, I explore my grief for my father who died last year and left me his vintage typewriter. The act of using a typewriter also hones my writing. Each word earns its space (which is what all writing should be).

I’m delighted to be working once again with the visionary designer Alison O’Toole, who helped me realise The Lost Words and The Unwinding. The book will be a challenge to produce, using metallic ink for the typed sheets and containing some illustrations. And, like The Unwinding, it should grow, change, develop in its making.

The book feels, right now, like a butterfly that has landed, cupped gently in my hands. With the support Unbound offers, and the support of readers who pledge, I can open my hands and look, really look, at that butterfly, with its gilded wings, and let it take flight.


Jackie Morris has laid a trail of breadcrumbs through the forest of uncertainty that gives the reader a lifeline of hope and enchantment.  Her words sing, heart to heart, across the void and create a calm yet uplifting place of sanctuary in a bewildering world.”
Tamsin Abbott (Artist)

The curious ramblings of a crazy woman
Edna Morris (Jackie’s mum)

About the book:

  • 224 pages
  • 135mm x 170mm (same size as The Unwinding)
  • 5 colour with gold metallic ink used throughout
  • Head, tail band and bookmark

 

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Signed Bookplate

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, specially designed by Jackie, and your name listed in the back of the book.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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    Jackie Morris

    Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator. She lives in a small house beside the sea in Wales, with cats and dogs for company. She studied illustration at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy and has illustrated many books, and written some. The Lost Words, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019. In the same year she published The Unwinding with Unbound, and they have committed to re-issuing and re-designing her backlist beginning with Song of the Golden Hare (Sep 2020) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Mar 2021) and The Wild Swans (Mar 2021).


  • 8th January 2021 Working hard, thinking hard, hard times.

    These are hard times. Hard to keep a focus on work when it seems that so much is threatened. So many people are suffering such huge loss. My friends who work in the NHS are struggling to keep heads above water. It's been almost a year now, of isolation. I really feel for musicians, whose lives are wrapped around performance. And meanwhile, in America.....

    And I try to focus on the beautiful things…

    1st January 2021 Working, walking, stone, gold, light and rainbows.

    It's growing dark. Rain is singing on the roof. The chimney sweep came, so I've a log fire burning, and soon I wish to sit beside it and read into the evening. The house is quiet with sleeping creatures. 

    I've been painting, working my way tentatively back into work. An idea has grown for a new pledge point as Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone shapeshifts towards completion. I am making small pieces…

    31st December 2020 The Evolution of a Book

    The special edition of The Unwinding is in the post at the moment, travelling to the winner of the draw. It will live in the Netherlands, and I cannot tell you how disappointed I was to have to fill in a customs slip for it as its journey will cross into our 'new' relationship with Europe. 

    These are hard times we are living through. I was supposed to be working next week with the Spellsongs group…

    26th December 2020 Something for Christmas

    As the storm rages outside here's something to listen to. Robert Macfarlane and I were invited on to Backlisted Podcast to talk about The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. I've had a wonderful few weeks lost in these five books that make up the sequence. Now the pocast is live. So get a cuppa and settle in by the fire, because, outside, the dark is rising.

    For Christmas I was given a copy of Piranesi…

    21st December 2020 Thank you

    The best way for me to say thank you to all of you who have given your support to this book is to continue to work to make it the best it can be.

    In the last week The Space Between has moved from 88% funded to 104%, ensuring publication. 

    This book is such an unusual creature. It doesn't contain the kind of images that I am recognized by. The words have become images. It is quiet, contemplative…

    12th December 2020 Some weeks are harder than others.

    This week has not been easy. Why? So many reasons, not least being the realisation of the permanence of death. It's always there. It doesn't go away. There is no re-run. Trying to work through a year of coming to terms with loss, well, it's hard. The weather inside my head this week has been a fierce, harsh storm, but through it all I have been moving slowly, trying ( and failing a bit) to be kind…

    8th November 2020 The organic growth of a book

    I am lucky enough to be working with a publisher who is open to the movement of a book. At the beginning of a project you present one thing, but in the making of it the book begins to change, turn in new directions. It's part of the joy of working with Unbound. 

    So, this book began with random typings onto gold leaf fragments, and now has moved to looking for other things on which to type. Including…

    2nd November 2020 A curious turning.

     

     

    26th October 2020 Finding peace in the spaces between

    Days are spent in quiet reading by fireside, walking with dogs and painting. And thinking and playing. And while lockdown suits my soul I am well aware that it isn't the same for others. I've friends with shops who have stocked for half term only to find themselves closed. Solva Woollen Mill have copies of all my books in print, signed, as well as beautiful rugs and woollen items and also, oh my,…

    17th October 2020 Day to day: an invitation to join me, from a distance.

    For a while I wandered the land, but now I am home again. There's a peace to be found here. I'm settling to work, though still busy with events, mostly would around the launch of The Lost Spells in the UK and in USA. Our next event is with Ottawa International Writer's Festival, 25th October and will be at 2pm Canadian time which I think is 7 pm BST.  Robert Macfarlane and I will be talking about…

    24th September 2020 Time

    This time last year I was in Dulverton. My dad had just come out of hospital, but was frail. I was about to do an event with Number Seven to launch The House Without Windows. I was tired, worried, and had one painting left to do for The Unwinding

    Back in Dulverton again, because I was supposed to be doing an event with Robert Macfarlane in Dunster, for The Lost Spells, because I wanted to round…

    31st August 2020 Welcome to the Space Between.

    How do we begin?

    I wanted to make the first update today. Waking in the night, feeling good, then a dream of my father knocked me for six on second waking. Beautiful to feel so close. Sad to feel so far away, separated by death. 

    Outside the air was cold autumn, sharp, sun rising, birds singing. Light, bright, cats in the kitchen.

    I'm away from home tomorrow and too many things to do…

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