Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone

By Jackie Morris

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

Saturday, 12 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 to myself. And also trying to work. Books have been both harbour and storm as I read by the fire, The Dark is Rising sequence. This week it has been the end of the Greenwitch and most of The Grey King. I was trapped in the pages this morning. Susan Cooper is astonishing. I read these books as a child and it was part of what made me a reader. Part of what led me to find that books can be a harbour for the soul in turbulent times. 

I've been working, or trying to work, mostly on the Book of Birds, but also aware that time is drawing near for delivery of what passes as a manuscript for The Space Between. There's still full funding to be achieved, though we inch closer. 

Meanwhile The Unwinding has been born again in a special gift edition. This one is very like the pledged version, the original special, so the cover again has no words on, well, not the front at least. But lift the flap of the dust jacket and you will find beneath a new short piece of writing called The Spape of a Bear.

And you may notice that there is also a foiled fish, delicately traced on the cover. Endpapers also, and now a ribbon to keep the place of the reader.

You can order from Seven Fables ( Number Seven Dulverton's new name), Kenilworth Books, Solva Woollen Mill and also direct from the publisher. They are selling through with some speed though.

I've been signing labels to go with the books ( I can sign the books at Solva, and dedicate, but not everywhere, so, labels it has to be. And while I have been signing I've been listening to My Albion by Zakia Sewell. I need to listen to this again, it's so sharply filled with wisdom and finding. Also listening to Josie Long's Short Cuts, which is a brilliant and beautiful adventure into sound.

Far away across the sea my Child has her  first book out to submission with publishers. I've read the beginnings and the marvellous imaginings of it, and it's a heartsong that I love. And she's making things. Beautiful things. In between writing. I think she's only one of these small fellows left, but am curious to see what else she makes. You can see her work on instgram.

I dedicated The House Without Windows to Hannah.

Anyway, it's Christmas soon, but before that is Winter Solstice. To celebrate I will give away a doodled on special edition of The Unwinding. Not sure what or where I will doodle yet, but there will be a key, and leaves around the pages. To be in with a chance of winning this, and it will be one of the new specials, then leave a comment on this post. If you can then share if you've twitter, or instgram or facebook, a link to this post, or to the Space Between Pledge Page. Every share will help to achieve the target and ensure publication. If you don't do social media, then just tell a friend..... but anyway, leave a comment then check back on 21st December to see who has won. I will try to wrap it beautifully for whoever wins and find things to thread through the pages, curious bookmarks. 

Huge thanks to Charlotte for sending me swan feathers that I hope will be used in The Space Between. Do take a look at her beautiful work.

The weather in my head is more peaceful now. Storms come and go. Outside it feels later than it is as the nights grow and the light receeds. The Dark is Rising, but this is a dark I enjoy, when skies are clear. The moon is the slightest sliver of a silver old-moon, and the stars, the stars are bright. A bear flies over my house, keeping the souls safe within, showing us which was the wind blows.

Peace to you, and thank you for reading. Tell me, what do you do to weather a storm? Is it a book, a craft, music you turn to?

 

 

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Sarah Blenkinsop
 Sarah Blenkinsop says:

Oh this looks even more beautiful than the original pledged The Unwinding!
You are a marvel, Jackie.
I hope your storm passes soon, and you can find some peace
xxx

posted 12th December 2020

Dorothy Hallam
 Dorothy Hallam says:

Hard to believe anything could be more beautiful than the first edition but this looks like it will outshine it's predecessor. Making me want to reread The Dark Is Rising now. So much for getting the cleaning done! Have a wonderful Christmas.

posted 12th December 2020

Valerie Harrison
 Valerie Harrison says:

Many are going through or have gone through the dark storm this year. We too have suffered a loss and so many beautiful people lost this year.
Beautiful words and beautiful work. x

posted 12th December 2020

Laura Jones
 Laura Jones says:

Didn't imagine it could get any more beautiful Jackie. Absolutely stunning xxx

posted 12th December 2020

Ade Saunders
 Ade Saunders says:

I hope the impending return of light helps with everything.
Death has stalked so many of us this year sadly. I lost my best friend last month. I've found quiet time with my dog and listening to music help me just now.
Peace and love, there will be better times ahead.
Ade x

posted 12th December 2020

Sue House
 Sue House says:

Hold fast. x

posted 12th December 2020

Katharine Aylett
 Katharine Aylett says:

I weather storms by heading into my garden, even in the middle of winter, to try to make something new and listen to the birds. I also re-read the Aubrey/Maturin books, because I love the characters and returning to the books comforts me.

posted 12th December 2020

Linda Verstraten
 Linda Verstraten says:

This is so beautiful! I simply want to dream away with The Unwinding now in these dark days. Your books and paintings bring so much joy and lightness. Wishing you the same! Have a wonderful Christmas xxx

posted 12th December 2020

Melanie Bruce
 Melanie Bruce says:

Your pictures and words always capture me, so looking forward to the Space Between, wondering where it will take me, where my mind will wander. I find peace and happiness in many ways, listening to the robin as he sings in the still dark morning, the bright lights on the Christmas tree, walking, painting knitting I could carry on but the one happiness that eludes me is the happiness that being with my grandchildren brings. So miss that physical contact, making them some dinner, cuddles and stories, making things together, normal life. Soon, hopefully soon.

posted 12th December 2020

Maggie Christie
 Maggie Christie says:

I've been trying to track down a copy of The Grey King since I saw it on your Instagram. I like the idea of being trapped amongst pages of a book like that (I should probably start at the beginning of the sequence, though). As for storms, it depends on the storm. In the weeks and weeks of hospital stays with my daughter I listened to comedy, mostly the BBC's Cabin Pressure. For an actual stormy storm the Audible versions of the Lost Words and Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse are perfection.

posted 12th December 2020

Joshua Johnson
 Joshua Johnson says:

Looks like a lovely edition. I recently took the dust cover from the lost spells to be delighted at what was under.

posted 12th December 2020

Jo TC
 Jo TC says:

I also love the Dark is Rising series at this time of year. I've been listening to the audio books and just love them! For me being outside in the fresh air amongst nature is the best medicine even when the weather is rubbish...my job involves a lot of screen time, taking a short break with a cup of tea and The Lost Spells or The Unwinding has become a much anticipated highlight in my day - thank you!

posted 12th December 2020

Beth Barton
 Beth Barton says:

To weather a storm, I batten down the hatches and let the glow of a real fire melt the flurrying snowy pages of a good story into my trembling heart, until I’m able to breathe deeply again.

posted 12th December 2020

Kristina Kriss
 Kristina Kriss says:

Your work is always breathtaking and I love sharing it with my children. I have not read the Cooper books but must look for them now. The book from my childhood that made me both a reader and a writer was Patricia McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. While I love reading, my safe harbor is actually art. It brought me so much solace when my father was going through cancer and we almost lost him. He was a really good artist but he gave up a free art school education to marry my mom and have me. I drew all over his gorgeous work with crayons as a toddler. Your art is special to me for it’s connection to nature. It’s something my father and I both love and I hope to pass on to my kids - a love of nature, art, and the written word. Thank you for sharing your art and stories with us. Winter blessings to you!

posted 12th December 2020

Jane Kuesel
 Jane Kuesel says:

How to weather the storm? Beauty lifts my heart, gives me courage, brings peace. But the hurt from losing a loved one needs to gradually fill in, from the lowest layer to the top, needs time. So, beauty and time. Thank you for giving me certain beauty in your work.

posted 12th December 2020

Katherine Alker
 Katherine Alker says:

Listening to my favourite songs & singing along at the top of my voice - usually with no-one else around - frees my mind and encourages me to take deep breaths to give my lungs a workout! And in complete contrast; silence.... to give my mind time to process and sort my thoughts.
I love your books, your art and your wise words Jackie.
Very best wishes. Xx

posted 12th December 2020

Jacqueline Smallwood
 Jacqueline Smallwood says:

These times are surreal and there's been no guidebook on how best to traverse the shifting sands....but we are all in it together....your work and words of wisdom help to soothe the soul. Thank you and Solstice Blessings to you and to yours.

posted 12th December 2020

Shona Fraser
 Shona Fraser says:

It's too long since I last read the Dark is Rising. Time to dig my battered old copy out of the book cupboard. Thank you for reminding me of it.
The permanence of death - it creeps up on you doesn't it? Losing fathers leaves us feeling less safe, even as adults I think. I realised last week that my own dad has been gone for exactly half of my life now. It would've been his birthday on the Solstice so candles will be lit and a toast drunk.
Keep weathering that storm Jackie. There will always be waves out there that will take you by surprise and currents that want to drag you under but there are calmer water too where the memories don't hurt so much.
Solstice blessings to you. x

posted 13th December 2020

Orla Whalley
 Orla Whalley says:

I wish I could leave as eloquent a comment as others - but I am exhausted and hunkering down until the year has turned. I have my copy of The Dark is rising, because it came to my attention again last week and I thought ‘I should read that book’. It turns out it was already on my daughter’s bookshelf as I had bought it for her last year. How books find you.

posted 13th December 2020

Elisabeth England
 Elisabeth England says:

Your words and painting have helped to sustain me this year, and I’m sure it has been the same for so many others, you can take strength from that. I also love your book recommendations, and will be looking out for The Dark is Rising. Thank you for being there.

posted 13th December 2020

Jenny Hawkyard
 Jenny Hawkyard says:

It’s such a beautiful book! The lucky winner will be fortunate indeed!

posted 13th December 2020

Kathy Jones
 Kathy Jones says:

Hi Jackie. Generous as ever - with your words, your art and your gifts. When it’s stormy in my head I often turn to music and dance and sing. Sometimes I walk though. Especially if it is windy to blow the storm away. Other times I write. Thanks as always.

posted 13th December 2020

Mary Mayfield
 Mary Mayfield says:

I'm a little further along this journey of grief. Losing mother, father and Dylan the dog within nine months of each other was appalling, but this year has given me time to sit quietly, let grief wash over as it willed, and slowly start to put the pieces back together. It never goes, but life continues xxx

posted 13th December 2020

Elizabeth Charlesworth
 Elizabeth Charlesworth says:

Didn’t think The Unwinding could be improved but new version looks amazing!! Will have to gift the original so I can have an even more embellished one!!
Keeping sane by diving & getting submerged in the Starless Sea, also discovering the art of bookbinding which is very satisfying!
Just been writing my Christmas cards & thinking of you- I bought your beautiful swan card designed to Help Musicians. It’s so beautiful & calming & love the moths! Take time, take care. X

posted 13th December 2020

Dora Szuromi
 Dora Szuromi says:

With a two year old running around, we are no strangers to storms in this house... talking about flying bears over the house, you know what calms him? The Can You See a Little Bear book. We snuggle up. I read it once. He asks for it again. The third time around we usually end up just looking at the details - "Look, the penguin's found his hat!" - and all the sub-stories hidden in the illustrations.

All we need is a place to snuggle and a book to weather any kind of storm; it will pass by the time we turn the last page.

And this is why I have sent all my good friends with small kids your "Bear book" and The Unwinding for this Christmas. One for the little kids, one for the big ones. Thank you, Jackie.

posted 14th December 2020

Matthew Scott
 Matthew Scott says:

Ah Jackie, I’m glad your mind’s weather has calmed somewhat. I’m so looking forward to ‘The Space Between’ & the new edition of The Unwinding looks glorious. I know the dark weather of grief & loss well. It appears still for me, often when I least expect it. Other times I hear its thunder & feel it looming on the horizon of my mind. Either way, when it appears I turn to your beautiful work. Noting more memories of good times in Silent Unwinding, reading aloud from your books, savouring your pictures. I read Barbara Newhall Follett’s ‘The House Without Windows’ - which you resurrected - aloud to Shell in the place where she lies. I slow down & watch nature, try to lose myself in its detail & colour. I look to honour those I’ve lost by perpetuating their generosity & kindness to others.

Sending peace & all good wishes to you Jackie. May the light stay bright for you, always.

posted 14th December 2020

Pamela Roy
 Pamela Roy says:

Your work is amazing and something that is needed in these especially dark times.

posted 14th December 2020

Maria Lewis
 Maria Lewis says:

Dearest Jackie, I’m sorry you’re having to navigate a truly difficult path. This has been such a difficult year, for me too without even beginning to consider the world’s troubles. Loss of a parent. I can’t even imagine but I am on that road and have been since January when my already poorly mum was diagnosed with leukaemia. I can’t count the times she has been in and out of hospital, back in again on Saturday and now we are waiting again. Suspending in a half life of unknowns. I cannot imagine how it feels in the empty and I dread it to be honest. I have read of your journey with a keener eye because of where I am at and I send much love to you and heartfelt thanks for sharing words, images, stories and imaginings. Thank goodness for the Joy your Child brings, and the light x Maria Jessica

posted 14th December 2020

Jayne Truran
 Jayne Truran says:

You must be kind to yourself Jackie and allow the grief to flow with you through the good and bad days. It is almost 3 years since Philip passed and the grief is as strong but different and I guess manageable. Big hugs xx Jayne

posted 14th December 2020

Meri Brady
 Meri Brady says:

We just passed the 8th anniversary of my mother’s passing. My husband noted that he prefers to celebrate the birthdays instead, but you don’t have one without the other, and I’m keenly aware of the way dates mark the ends of certain chapters. Meri the child (with mother), Meri the woman (with mother), Meri the woman (without mother).

The Dark Is Rising is fundamental to my being, and I’ve had the privilege to meet Susan three times now (she doesn’t live far from me.) I will recommend Seaward by Susan Cooper: a different little book that is all about coping with grief and loss. It has been my stalwart companion for years.

I will share widely on social media, for you bring beauty to us, beauty and light, so desperately needed this year (and all years).

posted 14th December 2020

Christiaan de Haes
 Christiaan de Haes says:

Hi Jackie,
Thanks to 'The Lost Words' and 'The Unwinding' I am only a recent admirer of your works, both in paint and words. Reading your books is such a rich combination of beauty (drawings), philosophy, thought provoking and peace giving experience. It is something I can dip into before resting my head on my pillow to go for a good sleep!
I have lost out on the 'Song of the Golden Hare' (the meaning of my Dutch surname is Hare') and that wonderful Wentworth jigsaw, so, so disappointed that they are no longer available although I am hoping that I can get hold of a copy of the 'Song of the Golden Hare' if it goes back into print (on 'Back Order' through 'Independent Bookshops')!
So looking forward to getting 'The Space Between' which I have backed through 'Unbound'.
Thanks for brining that bit of light, joy and reflection into my life, I needed that.
Thanks again,
Christiaan de Haes

posted 14th December 2020

Carol Lenox
 Carol Lenox says:

Jackie ... Live your work! I look forward to this new offering. Lost Spells is a treasure!

posted 14th December 2020

Pamela Watson
 Pamela Watson says:

It's a privilege to share your beautiful work. I didn't have a childhood surrounded by books but my house is now full of them. My children benefit from your beautiful illustrations regularly with favouries such as The Lost Words, The White Fox and The Ice Bear. Thank you for the joy x

posted 14th December 2020

Janet Fearnley
 Janet Fearnley says:

This is stunning! Thank you for bringing these delights to everyone. I am so looking forward to The Space Between. Your work is so beautiful and brings so much to my life, thank you.

I look forward to checking out your daughter’s work on Instagram.

I hope that you take good care of yourself and that the joy of the season will bring you love and laughter, peace and happiness.

Jx

posted 14th December 2020

Rebecca Woodward
 Rebecca Woodward says:

I came to your work through the Lost Words and love how you capture the beauty and magic of nature. Thank you for all the ways you contribute beauty and hope for me to immerse myself in during the bad weeks and I hope your coming weeks are much better x

posted 14th December 2020

Racheblue Love
 Racheblue Love says:

Music is my main solace - its constellations guide me through dark nights, its wild winds whisper words of consolation, its waves raise me up to joyous heights and pull me down into melancholic depths, and it always, always lets me know that I am not alone.

Thank you for the wonderful trail of links you leave for us to follow - so many gems to be discovered..

And thank you for continuing to work through stormy times and sharing the beautiful magic of your words + pictures that emerge. I love gifting your creations to my daughter + niblings (and to myself too).

May your storm clouds be brief and leave you with fresh horizons x

posted 14th December 2020

Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth
 Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth says:

More beautiful things, so needed in this strange and horrible year. Some things have been good for me (I have vastly preferred working from home and being with my cats and dogs, but I do appreciate my good fortune in being able to) but others have been hard, and so much worse for others. I am trying to share what I can of beauty and light.

posted 14th December 2020

Amber B
 Amber B says:

I have my Dark is rising close to hand , as every year for Solstice it will be my reading matter. This year it will be accompanied by The silent unwinding and Celestine’s Lightbringers the perfect companions for the turn towards the light. Stay strong, we are all here for each other.

posted 14th December 2020

catherine melser
 catherine melser says:

I have been enchanted by your books - the words and imagery are treasures
so fitting to use gold leaf - so fragile and beautiful - I will spread the word
as for weathering the storm - I go out in it to feel the full force then return to sleep and dream and heal

posted 14th December 2020

Kimberly Campbell
 Kimberly Campbell says:

It’s the dark time of year. It is entirely right to move slow, to feel dreary and stormy in the climate of our minds, and to acknowledge the inevitability of death. It’s a time of sleepiness, a time of dreams... both lovely and uncomfortable.

And it’s almost time to pass over the threshold of the longest night of the year and the unique joy that comes with making it through. The days, each one, a little longer, a little lighter. Reminding us that we are still part of the beautiful cycle.

The miracle is that we are alive at all.

Like you, I return to the books from my childhood that had a part in forming my identity or view of the world. Mine were the Anne of Green Gables books.

I am a gardener and I suppose gardeners are among the most hopeful of beings. And I help myself through rough spots by sowing seeds. The act itself is calming and therapeutic. But it is an act of hope and a belief in beauty to come.

These are hard times, Jackie. But your dedication to your dreams and your art is a beacon of light to all of us who treasure you.

posted 15th December 2020

Sharon Heels
 Sharon Heels says:

What beautiful and honest words Jackie Thank you for sharing.
To weather my storms I cuddle the fog or get out into nature.
I especially like to look at water or the big skies we have round my village

posted 15th December 2020

Bailey Roe
 Bailey Roe says:

I'm sorry things were rough when you wrote this post.
From your Instagram it sounds like you're feeling better now though!
I love the idea of creating an extra-special version of the book by doodling in it <3

posted 15th December 2020

Suzanne Britton
 Suzanne Britton says:

It is always darkest just before the dawn, but our dawn is coming. And birds will sing again and lighten our hearts.

posted 15th December 2020

Charlotte Foskett
 Charlotte Foskett says:

I find weathering storms easier to navigate through in Winter. It is the rising of a pale, lemony sun and a misty morning that smudges a drained landscape and encourages me to see another day and to help those who need me the most.
It is a crackling cold day on the beach that makes my breath ache and my eyes sting that sets me to fight for those I love.
It is a solitary candle flickering in the darkness like a holy beacon that makes me call upon the Angels and ask for their help.
All this and more helps to weather storms.
The Dark maybe rising but the light always returns.
Peace this Winter Solstice. xx
Charlotte

posted 15th December 2020

Emma Smith
 Emma Smith says:

What a truly beautiful thing. I am glad to hear that you have weathered your storm and although there may be more storms, there is always more light too.
Emma x

posted 15th December 2020

Linda Fraser
 Linda Fraser says:

Beautiful words and images - Thank you for them. Grief is now an intrinsic part of my journey. Sometimes the cloak of it weighs heavy, a rain-soaked woollen burden, sometimes a gossamer light fairy wing. For my son's birthday each October I buy bird food and on black storm laden days I sit and watch. Each bird a blessing and them sometimes you are given gifts; a charm of goldfinches in sunlight twirling, the shyest of yellowhammers or that blue on the wing of a jay. That stops me. It also gives me joy. We breathe, we live, we weather the storms and accept the joys. Know others hold you gently in love. Linda

posted 15th December 2020

Robin Sydow
 Robin Sydow says:

You are lovely and a light in my days. A friend gifted me one of your books to inspire my art, and you inspire so much more than my art.
Thank you for sharing so much with us
Robin

posted 15th December 2020

Stephen Hackett
 Stephen Hackett says:

These past few weeks have indeed been hard. Your work never fails to enchant, whether capturing the simple beauty of 'everyday' nature or taking our imaginations to fantastic and magical worlds. That edge between the real and the not-quite-real is the place to be at this time of year, the place where 'The Dark is Rising', but the light will also rise.

posted 15th December 2020

Mary Southcott
 Mary Southcott says:

I am trying to learn to be weathered by the storms instead. It's hard though. I do love a good bit of weather mind x

posted 15th December 2020

Amy Fox
 Amy Fox says:

It would be easy to tell you the 'acceptable' things I do for myself in stormy times. But nothing is normal, ugly things are acceptable and being polite about who I am has grown stale. I rage. I eat. I seek solitude. I rage again. I eat..again. I cling to my very dearest of friends. I have sobbed so primaly I didn't know I could make sounds from my soul as I have. And I listen.

I listen. And sit with the grief of loosing things most precious. I've sat with what feels like the cloak of shame. The chaos of fear. The dangerous silent abyss of pure, pure rage. And somehow listening to it, just listening, has brought a gentle acceptance to things I may never have answers to.

Storms are storms and who are we to say we can tame them, whatever form they take.

posted 15th December 2020

Amber Hancock
 Amber Hancock says:

Oh! Unwinding looks so gorgeous. I love your art and how much you keep going even though it’s hard. It’s the little steps that matter the most, the little daily goals because that is how we keep looking forward and trying our best. Even so self care is not selfish and we need to help us heal and be strong so we can help others.

posted 16th December 2020

Puk Vinit
 Puk Vinit says:

This book looks outstanding! Drop-dead gorgeous!! Wow!

posted 16th December 2020

Jancy Overell
 Jancy Overell says:

It's glorious to gain more insight into your writing and reading process. Thank you for sharing your projects with us. Warmest solstice wishes to you!

posted 16th December 2020

Sonia Goulding
 Sonia Goulding says:

I love your work and I would be beyond thrilled if I were to win this exquisite book. Like yourself and many others on this thread, I too, lost a family member earlier this year, when my poor step-mum succumbed to Covid-19. Obviously, only a few people were allowed at her funeral, so we're going to have a beautiful memorial service for her sometime in the coming year hopefully. I hope that you will soon be able to find peace X

posted 16th December 2020

Nima Dehghani
 Nima Dehghani says:

We love your artwork...truly beautiful and mesmerizing..we have three books that you and Macfarlane did together: lost words, lost spells and lost spell songs. They have been specially wonderful in these times, since in the mornings while I am having my coffee, I read a few pages for my young daughter (4 yrs). She loves it and will be receiving one of your books for her Jan birthday. The older one (8 yrs) picks them up and reads them in her reading times and draws pictures inspired by your style. Many thanks for your beautiful work... looking forward to upcoming ones....

posted 16th December 2020

Linda Verstraten
 Linda Verstraten says:

This is growing into something beyond beautiful! I have completely fallen for your beautiful paintings! These are the books that will stay with me for ever, to keep close and find comfort in. It’s a joy to share this far and wide.

posted 16th December 2020

Petra Ashby
 Petra Ashby says:

What a lovely few recommendations. I shall investigate them.
I hope you are having a better week now. Books as a shelter and storm is a very strong image. I imagine you could illustrate it beautifully! All the best.

posted 16th December 2020

Gillian Evans
 Gillian Evans says:

Always a pleasure to get your books, they are true works of art and I never tire of them. The space between is giving me something to look forward to!..thank you for doing the giveaway, what a fabulous prize to be in with a chance of winning x

posted 16th December 2020

Susan Shelbourne
 Susan Shelbourne says:

To weather the storms in my head I take myself off to the River Dee near my house in beautiful Deeside, Scotland and watch the water pass me by, sometimes calm, sometimes raging. I love The unwinding, I have a signed copy. I've read it so many times and yet imagine a different story each time.I love chapter five, the winter queen and her fox lover, makes me smile every time as I have a young fox come into our garden every night to steal the birds coconut shells filled with food.Thank you for the give away, what an amazing prize.

posted 16th December 2020

Debbie Dean
 Debbie Dean says:

I too am on a journey which has been very dark at times but there is light. Your words and art are inspirational and creativity is a true healer. Be well and continue creating exquisite stories. Debbie

posted 16th December 2020

Rebecca Christie
 Rebecca Christie says:

Jackie, your beautiful books have given me comfort during this dark year. I look forward to the solstice and the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Thank you for your generous give away offer.

posted 16th December 2020

Patricia Michel
 Patricia Michel says:

I'm sorry to hear that the year's losses are wearing heavy on you. Books are a great way to find escape and comfort. I'll definitely look for the Susan Cooper books. I continue to enjoy the dreamy magic of the Unwinding because it helps me to let go of the daily stresses and just enjoy peaceful words and illustrations. I was born on the winter solstice, and it has always held a special meaning for me. I love that you also celebrate it. Thanks for all your beautiful words and paintings over the year, Jackie!

posted 16th December 2020

Jonathan Shipley
 Jonathan Shipley says:

Another book that will be enjoyed by the family. The illustrations and text captivate the family.
Three generations of us live together, and the books we have by you so far are enjoyed by all from the youngest, age four, to the eldest, age 77, and all in between.
The importance or books and art can never be underestimated.
Thank you for what you do.

posted 16th December 2020

Bethan Lewis
 Bethan Lewis says:

So beautiful. Magic for a whole new generation just like The Dark is Rising was when I was young x

posted 16th December 2020

Chloe Truslove
 Chloe Truslove says:

I’ve love all your books and artworks, so I’m sure this new one will be absolutely stunning as well! xx

posted 16th December 2020

Amber B
 Amber B says:

All your books are made with such love in every page. They inspire, they move and they draw the reader in. For that alone thank you . I look forward to this newest book and I have shared with friends about it.

posted 16th December 2020

Claire Ward
 Claire Ward says:

The Dark is Rising Sequence was my Port in a storm of a very turbulent childhood, and is my safe harbour when times become troubled. I hope your books bring you peace and allow you the space to be kind to yourself xx

posted 16th December 2020

Emma Leaf-Grimshaw
 Emma Leaf-Grimshaw says:

My family adore your books and illustrations and The Unwinding has been by my bed and opened for moments of solace and comfort. I didn’t know that a new book was on the horizon, I am going to pledge now and spread the word! Thank you and Bright Blessings for the Solstice.

posted 16th December 2020

David adams
 David adams says:

I found you a few years back now through a very special friend who always had a keyring (cover picture of "quiet music of gently falling snow") held tightly in her hand...

I didn't know it was from a book until I googled your name and saw the image.
I got her a signed copy of the book from solva for her birthday..
from that day the bear has taken us on so many magical journeys and experiences.you wouldn't believe some of them if I told you!
I cannot thank you enough jackie.

posted 16th December 2020

Tim Harwood
 Tim Harwood says:

This edition looks gorgeous. The First unwinding was a phenomenal collection of dreams enchanted into words.
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful paintings

posted 16th December 2020

Emma Thomas
 Emma Thomas says:

My mum bought a signed copy of The Song of the Golden Hare for my children years ago. We all loved it. I have shared Tell Me A Dragon with my year 6 class and, more recently, with my reception classes. You were kind enough to write to us and your letter and postcards are pride of place in our reading nook. I watched your painting during the virtual Hay Festival this year and it was mesmeric. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful perspective with us. X

posted 16th December 2020

Clare Alonzi
 Clare Alonzi says:

Stunning artwork. I have The Dark is Rising ready for a seasonal read.

posted 16th December 2020

Nicola Finch
 Nicola Finch says:

I couldn’t be more proud to have my name in the end pages of the Unwinding. I bought two copies, now wrapped up and going to my nieces for Christmas. I also bought a copy of the Silent Unwinding which was going to be my next journal however I decided to give it to my 96 year mom in law for her birthday on Jan 2nd. She journals Every Day and always has. She is a master weaver still creating magic every day. She needs the Silent Unwinding. And so now I am Unwinding-less and feeling a tad bereft. ❤️ I need to bring more of your beautiful work into my life Jackie!

posted 16th December 2020

Jane Smart
 Jane Smart says:

You fill us with an alchemy of nature, art and magic and I feel so lucky to be gifted your books. I weather storms with my spirit guides: animal shaped crystals I have carried daily for many years. They bring the teachings of the animal with the healing of the gem. Be it tigers eye Hawk to rise above, yet see below or howlite Great Bear to protect and enable my spirit to run free, they both lift and ground me to Mother Earth and are cleansed by each guise of Lady Moon or Father Sun Solstice or Equinox. Solstice love to all. Jane Smart

posted 16th December 2020

Zoe Lynch
 Zoe Lynch says:

The beauty that resides in your heart and on the page you create brings me joy. I love these beautiful books you have created, it allows me to believe there is still goodness and purity in the World. That others live in a dreamworld and are willing to share those images and dreams. It lets me a child that I never was and loose myself in the magic. I am so grateful that you share with us all. There is nothing in your illustrations, words and collaborations that is not to love. Thank you. X

posted 16th December 2020

Mary Jo Clancy
 Mary Jo Clancy says:

Your artwork (and the words you weave together!) are beautiful, Jackie -- I turn to quilting with fabric when my mind and life are troubled....thank you for all that you bring to our world <3

posted 16th December 2020

leila Demetriou
 leila Demetriou says:

My copy of The Unwinding arrived today and it just lifted my spirits no end. It is pure beauty and magic...thank you Jackie. I can't wait to escape into this little gem again tomorrow. I love it so. x

posted 16th December 2020

Alice Cimino
 Alice Cimino says:

I love to weather a storm with a hot, lavender bath surrounded by candles whilst listening to classic fm. A good book and glass of red wine at the same time is the cherry on top. Thank you for your magickal work, Jackie. X

posted 16th December 2020

Barbara Roidl
 Barbara Roidl says:

I look for your posts to find lovely pictures (both the ones you paint and the photos you post) that help me find the underlying magic in my everyday life; and I come for your words as well, those that you put into poems and those you seem to speak to us when we read them on our screens. The combination of pictures and words in your books may be the BEST: Most of all because they are always and all ways available to me. Thank you, Jackie Morris!

posted 16th December 2020

Janet Loy
 Janet Loy says:

My dad died two years ago today and I find myself missing him even more now, but I find solace in walking in the flats above my home where he also grew up and roamed about. Your work sustains me and I am grateful for the daily view into your world. Thank you.

posted 17th December 2020

Barbara Challender
 Barbara Challender says:

This looks so beautiful. Much needed in these dark and dismal days, Thank you Jackie x

posted 17th December 2020

Brittany Huston
 Brittany Huston says:

I just recently discovered your work and i truly adore it!! Right before we had a lockdown again in our state (i'm in NM in the US) I was able to snag a copy of Lost Spells from the local library. I've been reading a poem a night and letting it calm and fill my soul. I am also about to join a lovely make-a-long inspired by it. Many warm regards!!

posted 17th December 2020

Pearl Melvill
 Pearl Melvill says:

This year has been so unsettling in so many ways, but it has also brought out compassion and a sense of community. I have felt so connected to home and to nature which has always been my saviour. I haven’t had as much time to do that as long hours at work mean leaving home in the dark and returning in the dark. I do see the beautiful sunrises and rolling fog lying in the valley which lifts my soul. Simple pleasures....

posted 17th December 2020

Marion BE
 Marion BE says:

May 2021 be a year filled with joy!

posted 17th December 2020

Tracy Fisher
 Tracy Fisher says:

My beautiful mum Irene Blanche died on March 15th
We planted a cherry blossom tree in the garden with anemones around the trunk.
No funeral but we listened to Frank Sinatra and drank prosecco as she loved both.
After the winter solstice we will be heading down the mountain towards the spring .
Love and light to you all

posted 17th December 2020

Lucy Tipper
 Lucy Tipper says:

I wish I had the eloquence of language to be able to fully express a valued response. The waves of grief seem to wash over the body. Every time you think you are walking up the beach to recovery another tsunami crashes into the back body rendering you spitting sand and stones. Sodden and weary, you try to pull to standing once more.
I am learning not to turn my back to the waves, to face the ebb and flow instead.
This year saw the sudden loss of my best friend and Mum. The loss of my soul companion my beloved dog. The loss of my business. I also lost quite a bit of sanity too.
In all this loss I did gain some things, mostly bitterness and sorrow. But I also gained some wide gaping spaces, cold and raw at first I began to line these spaces with books, with paintings and with folklore, filling in the gaps with the sounds of the wild.
I opened the pages of The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow as soon as it arrived in my hands. Immediately my eyes fell on page 115, a perfect image of the dog I had lost, Mona was just sat there looking regal and proud. I took it as a sign she was OK and I would be too.
From here I found that I could paint away some of the pain, allow the wild to wrap its tendrils around me, buffering the emptiness. Hibernating and hunckering down until a different air fills my lungs and draws me out.
They say that loss makes space for newness and opportunity and what a shiny, beautiful thing that is to look forward to. Thank you for the hope.

posted 17th December 2020

Katherine Lewis
 Katherine Lewis says:

Unwinding.
Even your posts help me do that.
Your words, your images, the generosity of your creative & deep-thinking soul shines through in everything you do.
I don’t need to win ...I just want to say ‘Diolch’. O’r galon.

posted 17th December 2020

Ali Walters
 Ali Walters says:

I saw this briefly before being drawn out into the sunrise. Jackie your words even when storm drenched are such balm for the spirit. A strange morning woke early thinking of my father who died in 2012. His suffering is over and his treasured memory lives on.

posted 17th December 2020

Kate Coleman
 Kate Coleman says:

Oh so beautiful. I have gifted this to myself and many others, more than I can remember. Each time each person unwraps and reveals the book there is an intake of breath, an exclamation of beauty and a settling down. Thank you for this beautiful book. This gift.

For me the storms come and go. I quite like them. I feel good after. Different things each time. A book, a walk, a bath ... Always write. Always words. Words to ride the storm.

Wishing you the most wonderful Solstice Jackie Morris.

posted 17th December 2020

Julie Bull
 Julie Bull says:

Weathering those sorts of storms requires all sorts of attention. For me, artwork helps, both practically and aesthetically. I find that looking at images I love helps to lift spirits and trying to make some of my own absorbs and distracts me. One of your own artworks hangs in my hallway, of a hare painted with oak gall ink, and it draws my attention every time I pass. Thank you for that and good luck with your wonderful book. Julie x

posted 17th December 2020

Fiona Taylor
 Fiona Taylor says:

Hi Jackie
I have just supported your Unwinding fundraising. Looking forward to adding to my collection of your books. I first came across your work at Solva Mill where I bought The Snow Whale. Good luck with your Unbound project.

posted 17th December 2020

Amy Victoria
 Amy Victoria says:

As soon as I saw The Space Between materialise on your Instagram, I knew I had to have it so I'm a proud pledger. I was in my very own Space Between this year as I suffered (yes, suffered) a really difficult pregnancy since March. Thankfully, I am out the other side now with my beautiful darling boy, who has since been sung to sleep by The Lost Words Spell Songs. He is my heartwood.

All the very best with your treasure of a book, and all those you will continue to bless us with.

posted 17th December 2020

Wanda Allard
 Wanda Allard says:

I am eagerly awaiting the publication of this beautiful book and have already become a supporter of its publication. I look forward to supporting further books that Jackie Morris is a part of. Beauty is an essential part of feeding your soul. Beautiful books are a passion of mine since the first beautifully illustrated book I was given as a small child.

posted 17th December 2020

Alison Tait
 Alison Tait says:

So sorry to hear of your struggle. I get outside when I'm in a storm and I try to notice the tiny details around me and to be aware of my own tinyness in the universe. This somehow calms me.
I'm not much of a wordsmith myself and so the worlds you create with your words and paintings appear as pure magic to me. Its clear here that, to many people, your worlds bring warmth and light. I hope that the words of these people who love your work have brought you some warmth, light and peace. Happy solstice, hoping for an easier time for all as we move into the light.

posted 17th December 2020

Mandy Curnock
 Mandy Curnock says:

For years now my mother has sent the Christmas card you design for Help Musicians. It was my introduction to your work. I got them for her this year. She has managed to write around half of them in a spidery hand that betrays her weakness. She’s currently asleep in the next room. She isn’t well, but this afternoon she will sit at the table and write more greetings to old friends enclosed in a card that gives her joy to send and for others to receive. Thank you.

posted 17th December 2020

nicky thomas-davies
 nicky thomas-davies says:

Susan Cooper is such a beautiful storyteller and those books were also a part of my childhood in Birmingham. My dad was a huge Tolkien fan so we also spent our days being Hobbits in Moseley Bog! Christmas is always such a hard time if you have a loss. I miss my dad so much at Christmas. All the traditions that we built up as a family I try to keep, but so many of them are intermingled with his memory.
Anyway. Lovely, bautiful book. I shall social media the hell out of it! Nicky (Kosmos)

posted 17th December 2020

Marian McHugh
 Marian McHugh says:

Absolutely beautiful. Love that there is an option to share the Gifts of Reading. I chose this as my pledge so I could share this beautiful book with my dear friend in reading Jeannine. We have been sharing the Gifts of Reading together and with others (we are both librarians) since we met at university thirty years ago. Keep smiling :-) Marian

posted 17th December 2020

heather foley
 heather foley says:

I don't have your gift of words but I hope with the storms come many rainbows to bring you joy and comfort....Blessings... Heather

posted 17th December 2020

Anna Berry
 Anna Berry says:

May your sun always be in the ascendant Jackie. X

posted 17th December 2020

Julia Collins
 Julia Collins says:

You create such wonderful pictures and words which calm the soul. I love reading a chapter of the unwinding when I need a moment.

posted 17th December 2020

Anu MacIntosh-Murray
 Anu MacIntosh-Murray says:

This new creation will be exquisite; beautiful to read and lovely to hold.
I am delighted by The Unwinding, Quiet Music, and your Classic Nursery Rhymes. My copies arrived yesterday—cause for great celebration—shipped overseas with great care by Seven Fables. (They are not yet available in Canada, despite diligent efforts of my local independent bookshop here in Stratford, Ontario). They join Lost Spells and Lost Words in a glorious array on my reading table, and I revel in their enchantment—thank you.

posted 17th December 2020

Jo Blackshaw
 Jo Blackshaw says:

Your beautiful work (The Lost Words, The Lost Spells, watching you paint the Hare at The Hay Festival to the bewitching tunes of The Lost songs was pure magic that took me to a different and kinder planet, The Unwinding and The Silent Unwinding) has been one of the highlights that got me through this strangest of years. This latest creation could only be imagined by you. It will be something to cherish!

posted 17th December 2020

Louise Crossley
 Louise Crossley says:

Your work is an utter delight. So exquisitely imagined and executed. I just adore The Lost Spells and always look forward to the tiny peeks, through social media, into life with the cats, dogs and nature that inspires such wonderous work. More power to you to continue what you do. And, in the quiet times, might I recommend Katherine Kerr's 'Deverry' series - if you don't already know her work, of course. It positively hums with Celtic mythology and seems very apt!

posted 17th December 2020

Em D
 Em D says:

I would say I turn to books, first. but also to art and to music. and creating, if the storm has calmed enough to allow it, helps a great deal. I am still learning how to get there: to being in a storm & painting or writing.

your work is lovely, a talisman.

posted 17th December 2020

Brid Wyldearth
 Brid Wyldearth says:

Hello Jackie, I am sorry to hear about your father passing. Deep peace pf the quiet earth to him and you. I am completely entranced and inspired by this project and have posted on Facebook. I go to Snow Leopard again and again when grief stricken. I gave it to my dying mother and the friend who read it to her asked to keep the copy. I had a lovely afternoon in bed with Spell Songs and Lost Words during first lockdown huge thanks to you and all the musicians and the poet.

posted 17th December 2020

Jeanie Montgomery
 Jeanie Montgomery says:

I'm hibernating gently, surrounded by fairy lights and darkness. Like so many others, your work strikes a chord in me which resonates with beauty, thank you.

posted 17th December 2020

Rachel Burch
 Rachel Burch says:

Shared on Twitter , I have several of your books and I treasure them. Thanks for all the creative joy you bring to the world.

posted 17th December 2020

Sara Bankes
 Sara Bankes says:

I fell down a rabbit hole looking for the right words to respond.
The phrases and mantras we repeat to ourselves can catch like a barbed thorn when we pass them to others.
I found myself carefully checking:
tearing comforting words into small pieces, like searching for aphids on a bouquet.
Digging through ancient meanings of each letter, pictorial forms twisting and turning.
The building blocks of language combine to tell a story with each word.
Finding harmonic camels, sunlit swords and leaves in a book.
'This too shall pass'
And I need to grasp each page.

3 R C for a harmonic camel under a crescent moon,
7 Z J the leaves on a tree, the pages in a book, as one is to many.
10 G sunlit swords,

posted 17th December 2020

Sara Bankes
 Sara Bankes says:

No ability to edit my stream of consciousness , wandering, wondering.
Show your working.

posted 17th December 2020

Matt Imrie
 Matt Imrie says:

Your words and your painted works as always are things of beauty and poignancy! You are one of a small number of creators who have brought tears to my eyes with what you have created! I am sorry for your loss
Matt x

posted 17th December 2020

Hazel Tufton
 Hazel Tufton says:

Hello - I must admit i had not heard of you before but I bought "The Lost Spells" and it is such a wonderful book. I sat alone in my room and read the "spells" out loud and they are beautiful. I don't know much about your work but I am now following you on instagram and if I could win another of your books that would be lovely. Merry Christmas.

posted 17th December 2020

Joana Blair
 Joana Blair says:

I have always loved reading however I have gotten married and I have had two kids and I slowly have been losing myself. Until, recently I have been slowly but surely have been rediscovering old passions and reading was on of them and that is how I became a huge fan of yours.

posted 17th December 2020

Thalia Charles
 Thalia Charles says:

The Dark Is Rising series is one I have heard so much about but have not read yet. I know that this past year has been hard in that it's been difficult for me to pick up a book to read, aside from a few. I did just get Carl Safina's new book, Becoming Wild, and I think I may try to set aside time around Christmas to fall into that book.

Your work, as always, is wonderful and mythical. I hope the internal storms subside and you have more safe harbor time.

posted 18th December 2020

Penny Reilly
 Penny Reilly says:

Beautiful work again, Jackie.
My way to weather a storm... and a I hope you are riding yours... is to go with the flow of it... let it carry me to often, unknown destinations but then comes the stillness afterwards... and we can pause to look at the bits and pieces washed up on the shoreline. Be well... Penny

posted 18th December 2020

Amanda Schreier
 Amanda Schreier says:

I stumbled across your work for the first time today - funny I can't even remember what I was originally searching for when I happened upon a drawing of yours. Down the rabbit hole I fell (as they say) and now it's almost 3am and I don't want to stop exploring this entirely new world I've found. Thank you for creating it! As for difficult times: I always turn to the words of Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue when I'm having a hard time. His wisdom both anchors me and makes my mind imagination soar. In a whimsical, delightful way, your work feels like a companion of his. Like they'd enjoy exploring the world together, meeting new people, and causing good trouble. I'll leave you with a poem/blessing of his, that I hope help lifts your spirits. Take care, ~ Amanda (from Colorado)

“Beannacht / Blessing

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.”

― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

posted 18th December 2020

Brittany Miller
 Brittany Miller says:

I’ve been singing your praises to all who will hear. I’ll continue to do so until this new one is fully funded. I can’t wait Jackie. <3

posted 18th December 2020

Debra Elizabeth Williams
 Debra Elizabeth Williams says:

Susan Cooper shared so much of my childhood with me transporting me from Liverpool to the mystical land of Wales with its wild creatures and old ways. How lovely that you share these memories too. My little boys 6 and 3 have your words winding around their hearts now in my Welsh home with my children they are finding your Geiriau diflanedig and learning to speak the landscape they walk. We tell tales of our dragons ga i Hanes ddraig and i sink Spell Songs to the trees that are so much part of our lives Oak Willow and Silver birch.
Diolch yn fawr for winding your words around our hearth

posted 18th December 2020

Terri Hackler
 Terri Hackler says:

Thank you for reminding me to slow down and gather in the small wonders of the season, cherished stories, creating small things, allowing and moving through my own grief for my father that had been making me move through this month with blinders on.

posted 18th December 2020

Anna Sandford-James
 Anna Sandford-James says:

Firstly I would like to show appreciation for this opportunity to read the wisdom of others on this topic. Your generosity to give away such a thoughtful gift is also inspiring. I have been considering buying the unwinding for my friend (my sisters true love). We both recently experienced the loss of my twin sister. To love and lose is heartwrenchingly instabilitating. And stormy weather can completely take you. My friend really struggles to find peace of mind when things get dark physically (and mentally). To fall asleep is the 'rest in peace' that we hope lucy gained indefinitely- but is also what we need to keep facing this world, whatever the weather. Personally, storms happen often inside my mind and they are very destructive. I wish I had more to offer about how i navigate with confidence. I find trying to maintain faith in the beauty of universe/experience and recognising the love held within others adds light to a day clouded with storms.

posted 18th December 2020

Anna Bear
 Anna Bear says:

The Shape of a Bear, how could I possibly resist having a copy... I love the Unwinding, that and the Lost Spells are by my bedside, to turn to for comfort. It's been an incredibly hard year and words and beauty help.
I'm also loving your daughters work!! I'm blessed with some beauties from her. I'll be curious to read her book too.
Take care of you and yours and sending love and happy wishes for the Solstice. It's always comforting to see the season's turn.

posted 18th December 2020

Sally Tedder
 Sally Tedder says:

I am finding this a hard storm, as the first place I turn is my family and we have been cut off from each other for so long. My current refuge is in revisiting the books and music I enjoyed when I was young and in the animals that share our home.

Cat 1 giving us a live mouse in bed at one in the other morning was an excellent distraction; cats and dogs alike burst into life to try to recapture Mr M, and objected most strongly when they were ushered out of the bedroom. We corralled him into a box for release a fair way away and we all made it through the night -tired but unscathed.

(It isn't that we did not care enough to give Cat 1 and Cat 2 names - they are Susuwatari and Sootica, but I would not be able to tell you which is which, they are jet black and inseparable. Cat 1 is whichever is closer to us at the time of discussion. To be honest I think cats see names more as an imposition anyway.)

posted 18th December 2020

Renée Sigel
 Renée Sigel says:

In the shadow of that golden ache; the palm imprint of impermanence, along which the unwinding of memories tumble, blue tracings scathe this unbound-ness of breath, bearlike to our inner feline, on her ever-prowl for this fleeting kiss of small thunderous joy, and always, impervious to the weather ... x blessings x

posted 18th December 2020

Grace Tuttle
 Grace Tuttle says:

How gorgeous Jackie... I understand the brain fog and the dark weather. It comes and goes in this time of turbulence and transformation. I am slowly collecting your works over here in Virginia, USA and I’ve had my eye on the Unwinding. Thanks for sharing your work with us, it’s a light in the dark.

posted 19th December 2020

Robyn White
 Robyn White says:

Just finished reading your East of the Sun, West of the Moon with my four year old daughter. We both adore books and picture books and your book was a light to us this December. Your prose is lyrical and your pictures poetic. My daughter looked at me when Berneen chose the wind over the prince and smiled and exclaimed, “she chose who she wanted!” Hoping she grows up to be fierce and courageous and strong like your heroines.

posted 19th December 2020

Robyn White
 Robyn White says:

Also I am now lusting after a print of your Reading by Bearlight for my library ;-)

posted 19th December 2020

Brittany Miller
 Brittany Miller says:

Music helps me flow with the storm, but a good book can close the blinds to it all together. Thank you for your honesty in this post, I hope time’s healing powers eventually ring true.

Your words and illustrations are mesmerizing Jackie, and this book looks to follow suit. I can’t wait to see it fully funded.

posted 19th December 2020

Phyl Foley
 Phyl Foley says:

Out there somewhere, at the edge of the darkness there is light and as you go through this darkness know that it will come. In the meantime watch for the little things, like the way of the rain or sit alongside the quietness of stone and know that the dawn will come - Can't wait for The Space Between, the Unwinding and the Silent Unwinding are never far away.

posted 19th December 2020

Cornelia Rémi
 Cornelia Rémi says:

My life has been falling apart for months now, and has been even before the pandemic sent it spiralling and centrifuging out bits and shards and pieces that seemed so firmly rooted inside it even a mere year ago. I am questioning and doubting. I am fumble through fog so dense and viscous it feels like white tar swallowing all my senses at times. My anchor and light have been things that store and make and graps and hold on to sense and meaning. Trees. Brooks. Books. Stones. Birds. Poems. Stories. Images. Your books are one of these sources of immense sense and meaning for me, and calling one filled with so much additional meaning my own would fill me with joy.

posted 19th December 2020

Deborah Gerzon
 Deborah Gerzon says:

Miss you and your beauty, my friend. The space between is filled with longing and uncertainty, and yet there is hope... for a return to joy and beauty, love and laughter xx

posted 19th December 2020

Jill Martin
 Jill Martin says:

This looks just mouth-wateringly stunning! I can’t wait to see it.

posted 19th December 2020

Anne Dunn
 Anne Dunn says:

This decorated book is going to be absolutely beautiful, like everything you have a hand in. Whoever wins it will be blessed. I hope your storm passes and you have a peaceful walk up your hill, with accompanying animals. Thank you for all the loveliness x

posted 19th December 2020

Louisa Chandler
 Louisa Chandler says:

To see the beauty of nature come to life on Jackie's pages is a wonderous thing. The darkest days are made that much more opulent, bringing the hope of lighter warmer days; a chance to venture outside again and be at one with nature again. Your books bring so much joy to so many people, of all ages. My grandson is falling in love with the Spellsong and Lost Words books, learning new words. Blessings for this Yule to you and your family Jackie and good luck to the person blessed in receiving this joyous gift

posted 19th December 2020

Avril Horn
 Avril Horn says:

Somehow for me, the week before the winter solstice is the hardest to get through. This year even more so. Your books bring me so much joy. Every drawing, every painting, feeds my imagination and brings colour to my mind.

What a generous place this page of comments is. I wish everyone well as we weather the turn of the year.

posted 19th December 2020

Christina Cairns
 Christina Cairns says:

More beauty in a world that so desperately needs it now, thank you Jackie. I think that between them, Susan Cooper and Robin Williamson made me who I am. 'The Dark is Rising' series still thrills me in a way that I cannot explain, my 13 year old self rises inside me at the mere thought of it, and recites the poems by memory, even now, almost 40 years later. And what a beautiful gem the small film is...with your gorgeous grey hound, so like my own beautiful boy Fergus, a rescue dog who came into our lives three years ago and filled a hole we didn't even know was there. He is a shaggy grey ragamuffin, with a heart as big and soft as a cloud, and golden eyes that see the wind!

As much as I'd love to, I don't need to win your beautiful book, Jackie. It seems there are people commenting here who need it so much more. I have been lucky these last few months, lucky to live where I live, my life not touched too deeply by the pandemic. I feel rather more like a helpless bystander, watching the global train wreck unfold in front of me and unable to do anything to stop it, seeing the suffering, fearing for how the world might emerge from this. I hope everyone here who is struggling finds some solace this season, and I wish and hope with all my heart, that next year will be better for all.

posted 19th December 2020

Laura Baxter
 Laura Baxter says:

In this tightly wound up world, we all need a key to unlock the peace within. I think your books might be that key. Thank you.

posted 19th December 2020

Lesley Kay
 Lesley Kay says:

So beautiful - just what we all need now

posted 19th December 2020

Sarah Manton
 Sarah Manton says:

This too shall pass... We are in the stormiest of times, but your glorious creations have bolstered me so often during this difficult year and for that, I thank you... I'm particularly excited about this title, as in Nottingham we have just begun a project called 'The Spaces Inbetween', asking the public to help us map all of the tiny patches of green in the city that are important to them, but not necessarily a 'park', in order that they may be protected from development and given the status they deserve... Thank you for bringing joy to soul x

posted 19th December 2020

Donna Wright
 Donna Wright says:

As quite possibly your biggest fan, I think I now have the good fortune of owning all of your books currently in print and consider myself extremely lucky that all, bar one, is personalised and signed by you. To own such a special edition of The Unwinding, as the one you are currently working on, would be a dream come true. All of your illustrations are sublime and a real inspiration. Initially I was a little nervous about writing/sketching in my copy of The Silent Unwinding; I now look forward to it and find it a lovely way to relax. It goes without saying that I have already supported The Space Between and have promoted it to others on social media but I will continue to do so and wish you the very best of luck in reaching your goal.

posted 19th December 2020

Kate Parsons
 Kate Parsons says:

What do I do to weather the storm? Well, looking at your beautiful artwork certainly helps! It allows me to escape into my imagination and (luckily) I've always had a vivid imagination. Too often that phrase is used in a derogatory way, but it really is a gift, and one you help to kindle. So thank you Jackie.

posted 19th December 2020

Laura Roach
 Laura Roach says:

During this year, like a lot of people, I've not been able to see my mother. She loves your work, so I've periodically sent her parcels featuring your books and a jigsaw with your artwork. Thank you for helping us keep a connection beyond screens and calls. Nadolig Llawen.

posted 19th December 2020

Anne Goldsmith
 Anne Goldsmith says:

A beautiful project, thoughtful and skilled work

posted 19th December 2020

Qudra Goodall
 Qudra Goodall says:

I have followed your work for many years and enjoyed each aspect of your publications and artwork. It really does feel like you are unfurling the magic of nature and imagination with each turn of the page. We are embedded in each cycle and turn of the seasons. Thank you for bringing me and my children such wonders. Q

posted 19th December 2020

Angela Townsend
 Angela Townsend says:

Today has been so sad, so to dispel the gloom I have ordered two copies of the Space between and will retreat to The Unwinding to dream and hope for a better day tomorrow. A journey in sleep that I cannot make in real life.

posted 19th December 2020

Sarah Mathew
 Sarah Mathew says:

Your work is absolutely beautiful! My son and I spend many special moments reading your work and marvelling at your incredible illustrations. I love the way that your work slows down time and creates little moments for us to get lost in.
I can only imagine how wonderfully proud you must be of your daughter to see her own creations enter the public world. My son wants to be an author and illustrator and I can't wait to see what he wants he wants to share the world. No doubt he'll be influenced by you and the special memories your writing and illustrations have created for him (and many, many others!)
I hope you have a peace-filled Christmas. I can't wait to see what beautiful work you create in 2021. x

posted 19th December 2020

Bonnie Ann Burnett
 Bonnie Ann Burnett says:

Storms seem to be the norm in life at the moment, regardless how sunny it is outside. "The Snow Leopard" lays at quick access on my bookshelf. It reminds me the transformation happens, that it is natural, and that someone or something is there when we let go and move on. That story and your glorious paintings bring peace to my life now and to the time, whenever it comes, that I'm no longer here. Such peace. Thank you Jackie.

posted 20th December 2020

Laura Keeble
 Laura Keeble says:

Wishing you all a happy winter solstice, particularly this year with the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn said to be the actual star of Bethlehem. May the light remind us of the continuing cycle of life. Ms Morris I adore you work, the animal friends are true guides for me and I want nothing more to feel safe amongst them and journey with them. You are extremely gifted at reassuring safety and comfort .. it’s a total gift! Thank you for sharing it xxx

posted 20th December 2020

Deborah Zitomer
 Deborah Zitomer says:

Your work is absolutely stunning. What a gift you bring to those who absorb your words and images. Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us.

posted 20th December 2020

Nicola Dennis
 Nicola Dennis says:

Hi Jackie. You are my inspiration. Your work has added to a very special bond I have with my daughter Emma. She now lives abroad and we dont see each other often but happy memories of reading your books and looking at your beautiful artwork from when she was very small to now as she plans her wedding still bring us joy. Thank you for being you. Xx lots of love Nicola.

posted 20th December 2020

Rachel Allan
 Rachel Allan says:

Such beautiful work. I love that your books can be enjoyed by the young and 'older' generations together. Drawings that spark the imagination and creativity of so many. Proudly from Pembrokeshire.

posted 20th December 2020

Erica Paton
 Erica Paton says:

How magical! Your work always makes me feel like a tiny child in a vast enchanted place.

posted 20th December 2020

Zuzana Walton
 Zuzana Walton says:

I came across your artwork a few years ago when we were given a book called ‘Can you see a little bear?’. My then, 3 years old son spent hours and hours talking about the pictures, these were my favourite times! Your illustrations helped us to create some beautiful memories and brought out a sensitive and caring feelings towards the nature around us. Ever since, we followed your journey, which helped us to cope with our own challenges just by knowing that someone else is in the same place. Your words and your art are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing it x

posted 20th December 2020

Victoria Dilnot
 Victoria Dilnot says:

I adore your work. As a child, I never enjoyed books. Perhaps I never came across the right ones. Your work has captivated me and helped to change this. Keep spreading your magic. It matters. X

posted 20th December 2020

Philippa Francis
 Philippa Francis says:

Wishing you light and healing Jackie. May the magic from the spaces between always find the right readers.

posted 20th December 2020

Martha Richler
 Martha Richler says:

Jackie, your illuminated pages are a joy to behold and to hold and to read and imagine. We hope you find the peace and happiness you bring to all of us with your work. Saw a blackbird taking a bath today after a storm. That's the way!

posted 20th December 2020

Jamie Normington
 Jamie Normington says:

I’d forgotten I’d bought The Dark Is Rising this year. Will have to find it - it’ll be in the ‘cupboard of good intentions’.

I knew it first as a lyric in Spell Songs. (I hope it’s as good!).

Have been taking field mice for a walk again today. From my garage to the far better hedgerows. Was glad to have caught another before the trip, I never like to release one on its own.

Have a peaceful solstice. As Amy-Jane cryptically said a week or two ago, we’re almost round the corner...

posted 20th December 2020

Tanja Reus
 Tanja Reus says:

Dear Jackie, life makes us modest at times like this. To get through all the feelings loss brings, wisdom will unwind it secrets to you. Thank you for your beautiful, comforting work, I'll keep on sharing to pass it on to young or old on the other side of the waters. Take care and keep on keeping on. Lots of love from Holland, Tanja

posted 20th December 2020

Jo Glen
 Jo Glen says:

Thank you for enchanting us with your magical worlds and the pure joys of nature - we need both so much right now.

posted 20th December 2020

Sheryl Cooper
 Sheryl Cooper says:

My mind went instantly to a poem by Ted Hughes in which he perfectly captures how cats comfort, calm and protect us from the most turbulent of storms-

“For into your hands
Will flow the power
Of the beasts who ignore
These ways of ours

And you’ll be refreshed
Through the cat on your lap
With a leopard’s yawn
And a tiger’s nap.”

My cat was a street cat. If he had a name then he had forgotten it a long time ago. We met by chance but as soon as he saw me he knew my name, my name is home. And his name? I knew his name instantly too, his name is love. It is an unconditional love, a love that does not judge and never falters no matter how strong the storm.

posted 20th December 2020

Becks Rossiter
 Becks Rossiter says:

Your beautiful art has been one of my covid discoveries & joys...it has been a privilege to contribute to launching another glorious creation of yours..can't wait to see The Space Between. I hope the light returns for you in these tricky times. Know that you bring much to others..
Here's to a better year ahead x
PS..thankyou for reminding me of The Dark is Rising!! Your art reminds me of childhood favourites so it figures that you would also have read books that I adored

posted 20th December 2020

Claire Williams
 Claire Williams says:

To unwind I walk in the countryside. We are fortunate to be a few minutes walk from beautiful beech woodland. Just the aroma is enough to start to lose anxious thoughts. Your books are sublime and quite magical. My grandchildren have a copy of the Lost Words to enrich their appreciation of nature.

posted 20th December 2020

Bridge Blankley
 Bridge Blankley says:

This looks beautiful, there is something so special about these books, pictures to bring calm in turbulent times. Thank you

posted 20th December 2020

Samantha Easter
 Samantha Easter says:

Jackie, your words and beautiful illustrations are just magical.... so much so that my lovely Mum has bought me a framed print from The Unwinding which will take pride of place in our home. I have pledged for The Space Between which I can’t wait for. Who knew there were so many ways you could draw a key! You are a very talented Lady.
“ When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy”
- Rumi

posted 20th December 2020

Indigo-Syreni Watt
 Indigo-Syreni Watt says:

Hello Jackie,
I’ve been meaning to write you a letter of thanks for many years now and maybe this space is the right space for such a thing. It has been few years now since I first laid eyes on your artwork and it has never left my side since. Through all the pain that can happen in a life your artwork has always been there to hold my hand. The scenes that you draw related to my internal landscape I have had ever since I was a child and when I found your artwork in the middle of my teens it was like seeing my own dreams in front of me. You see during all of the trouble with Covid this year I have been drawn back into my own world of struggles with the fact that I am one of the people who had swine flu back in 2008/2009. I don’t know if people still remember swine flu at all now that again we have been hit with another horrific pandemic, but I was a child of 13 when I had it and today I would be know as what the people are dubbing a ‘long hauler’. It’s been the most painful of times and it upsets me to see people start their journey of what it’s now going to be something that they’ll fight against now for, unfortunately I don’t how long, as it is now 12 years later for me and my effects from have it still effect me as if it were yesterday. I turned 25 on the 11th of this month and it hurts that sometimes I have to walk with a walking stick and I can’t do things always normally like how sometimes people my own age can. I haven’t been for years but I think it very important to point out that there’s always parts that I’m always so grateful for and moments that even in the bad shine beyond compare. Like the first time I got to see your very large beautiful pictures you drew and painted displayed in the art gallery in the New Brewery Arts in Cirencester. I put all my strength into going and I saw them all, a whole room of the most magnificent paintings and it made me so, so happy and calm, like there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I still carry around with me my, unfortunately now very battered copies of The Wild Swans and East of The Sun, West of the Moon. They are with me everywhere I go, I can’t leave them, I’d be lost without them. They are my compass in all things and it because of that, that this evening also is very fresh in my memory on this beautiful winter solstice eve as I went with my mother up onto the hills to try and see Jupiter and Saturn together and I did, and in the most unexpected way. There was a kind gentleman there with a telescope and he was kind enough to let us see through it. I climbed up and looked through the telescope and saw beautiful Jupiter and all it’s beautiful moons and Saturn and it’s rings and it was such a miraculous sight to see and such a rare sight to see as well. I realise I am very lucky to see it with my own eyes and all thanks to this lovely man who when we left blew kisses and said he was glad we could see it, and in a way I suppose that’s what I wanted to say to you and what I hope I could say to all those now dubbed long haulers, in these probably poorly cobbled together words and sentiments, that there is hope, brilliant hope in this world and love. Yes, sometimes you have to look in the most unexpected places to find it but it’s there, always there, waiting and it’s brilliant. So thank you Jackie, Thank you very much xx

posted 20th December 2020

Gill Clifford
 Gill Clifford says:

I've recently re-read the dark is rising and, it's true, death and the memory of it is never far from us. The art that flows from your mind and through hands is a bliss that sustains us through the storms of life. To be fleet as the hare as it races across the face of its home, to glide like the fish as it floats weightless through the cradle of the earth, to lie in peace at the waning of the day and share dreams with the bear. These are the things, big and small, we all share in life, if we can only open our minds and senses to see them, to realise that, in the end, we are all the same. Love and light to you and yours and a peaceful and blessed Solstice to all. Keep being kind to yourself and keep all the love you have and will ever receive, in your heart.

posted 20th December 2020

Alexandra Earl
 Alexandra Earl says:

So much of storm weathering necessary at the moment. I am trying to keep calm and take it one day at a time. people’s generosity (like this gift from you) never ceases to amaze and inspire me. I hope your storm is passing.

posted 20th December 2020

katie mcneil
 katie mcneil says:

Hello Jackie, I felt really called to send you a message recently and I was guided to this post!

I have loved reading these messages on this blog from everyone.

I have adored reading your book, the unwinding, I was in Waterstones and I am in love with polar bears and I saw it sitting in the window, and when I went to purchase it, the shop assistant said that she left it there hoping that someone magic would find it.

I went to a ceremony almost three years ago and in my visions I met a polar bear mother, she cuddled me and I felt so held and supported. She told me that one day I will love my mum as much as I loved her, I didn't understand how this could be possible at the time. My amazing mum had cancer, and three months later, in the last week of her life, I lay next to her and I closed my eyes, and we drifted into the stars, and she became the polar bear that I met in my ceremony... and she was right... I did love her as much as she said I would. I felt every pain in my heart melt away. She died a few days later, on world polar bear day. It snowed the day she was born, and the day that she died. I went to a park that day, and I took bunches of roses and lay them inside a hollow tree. The earth was covered in snow. I took two marble polar bear statues to guard the space and I came back a week later, and the roses were still alive, and the statues were gone, but in the hole of the tree the wood had turned into a polar bear silhouette. I have felt my mum with me ever since through every snowy landscape and polar bear story I come across.

I was at work one day, and the polar bear mother came to me again and told me to sit down, and get a pen. I did, and she told me four herbs to make a tea for grief. I have given this tea to many people and heard so many magical healing stories...I would love to send you some of this channeled tea if you would like some :)

I thought you might like this story.... I cried tears of happiness reading your beautiful book and it Is such an honour to support your work and the magic that you weave into peoples lives... thank you...

so much love and polar bear cuddles... Katie XXXXXX

posted 20th December 2020

Suzan Baker
 Suzan Baker says:

I discovered your art this autumn through your Lost Spells book. Your talent is wonderful to behold and gives great joy. I’ve pledged ( I think!) for a book and gift and am very much enjoying watching your drawings and words.
And lease take comfort from the very real, tangible happiness you pass to others.
Thank you x
Suzan

posted 21st December 2020

Kaspalita Thompson
 Kaspalita Thompson says:

Happy to support this work - I gave my 5 year old niece a copy of the Lost Words for her birthday (an apology present as I missed the date by a considerable margin!) and it is now her favourite book.

posted 21st December 2020

Sarah McPherson
 Sarah McPherson says:

How gorgeous! The winner will be very lucky!

These are tough times for everyone, and people who create beautiful things and put them out into the world help is all get through it.

posted 21st December 2020

Jack Green
 Jack Green says:

What a beautiful book. My wife Rachael is a huge lover of your work and has introduced me to it too. Your style manages to walk the line between being timeless and nostalgic and being fresh and unmistakably you. Merry Christmas!

posted 21st December 2020

Helen Barker
 Helen Barker says:

On this darkest day, I've shared this to bring some light.

posted 21st December 2020

Hilary Morgan
 Hilary Morgan says:

This week seems particularly hard and your words are especially meaningful right now. The country seems almost breaking under the weight of so much sadness and division. An escape into beauty has never been more urgent.

posted 21st December 2020

Miranda Whiting
 Miranda Whiting says:

So very beautiful as always. Can't wait to see the real thing.

posted 21st December 2020

Sean Gibson
 Sean Gibson says:

Hoping we all find some peace this Christmas in these difficult and trying and times. Looks like this will be another beautiful book Jackie!

posted 21st December 2020

Julie Gabrielli
 Julie Gabrielli says:

Hello Jackie. Your work is a warm light in dark times. The work speaks for itself, and it's a treat to hear more of your experience in creating it. Happy to share this on FB. Peace to you.

posted 21st December 2020

Richard Charlesworth
 Richard Charlesworth says:

What a beautiful looking book, Jackie. Your artworks always summon positive emotions within me and the children I share your books with.
I’d recommended your words recently with James Mayhew’s illustrations (in the form of ‘Mrs. Noah’s Pockets’) to a student teacher hoping to get a job at a school in January... they got it! Some nice positivity to brighten the darker end of 2020. And an inspired teacher going on to share superb examples of children’s literature in their classrooms.
x

posted 21st December 2020

Jackie Morris
 Jackie Morris says:

The treasure hunt is now over. The random number generator picked no 8, which is Linda Verstraten. So, now my task is to ask Unbound to get in touch with Linda and for her to email me her address. And to whom she wishes the book to be dedicated. Thank you so much everyone. I will do a further update soon. As I type the book is on 104%. Your faith in me to deliver something you wish to invest in is wonderful, heart warming. Thank you x

posted 21st December 2020

Patricia Sommerville
 Patricia Sommerville says:

I just discovered your work today, as someone used art from The Unwinding to mark the Winter Solstice. I'm enthralled. Thank you for your illustrations.

posted 21st December 2020

Kimberly Campbell
 Kimberly Campbell says:

Awww. Congratulations, Linda!

posted 22nd December 2020

allison mitchell
 allison mitchell says:

I hope we are all able to take a deep breath, exhale slowly and give some long heartfelt hugs in the coming year. Peace and good health to all

posted 26th December 2020

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