Latest updates

Monday Milestones: Final edits & 600 supporters!

Monday, 19 July 2021

 

Such a great start to the week in the land of Lost & Found! I’m thrilled to have reached the 600 supporters’ mark.  Thank you, all of you, for your interest and generosity.  It’s so very much appreciated, especially at this stage of submitting the final edits of the manuscript.  We’re one step nearer to your bookshelves…

The collection was always intended to work as a narrative…

Lost, Found & Footnoted!

Monday, 7 June 2021

Exciting news to share today!  The final rewrite of Lost & Found has been completed and the manuscript has been duly dispatched to the Editorial team at Unbound.  We're one step closer to landing on your bookshelves.  Thank you so much for the ongoing support, it makes a huge difference to know you're out there cheering us on.

In addition to the fine-tuning of the tales, I've also been working…

Beautiful bookplate for the turning of the seasons...

Friday, 26 March 2021

 

Spring is on its way, and all sorts of wonders are emerging from the woods and the hedgerows... in both the Real and the Other World!  I'm just so excited to be sharing Phoebe's beautiful bookplate design. It has been specially commissioned for the collection and, as with all of Phoebe's work, it's a collectors' piece in its own right.

Each supporter can fill in their name on their bookplate…

A Love Token & A Stolen Moon

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Absolutely delighted to be able to offer a very special new pledge level.  Phoebe has been working away on this for a while now and it's been incredibly hard to keep quiet about it!  A real joy of developing Lost & Found has been the collaborations and creativity that have resulted from the Tales.  No more so than in this case...

As well as being a wood-engraver and illustrator, Phoebe…

Finding & Keeping In February

Friday, 29 January 2021

Belated Happy New Year to all!  Phoebe and I have been combatting the challenges of lockdown by retreating further into the fictional worlds.  We'll be sharing our work in progress with you as the book comes together... One of the great pleasures of publishing with Unbound is this ongoing connection with you, the supporters.  

The Finding & Keeping online workshops really bring this into focus…

Seasons Greetings from the fictional forest...

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Seasons Greetings and best wishes to you all for the turning of this very strange year.  The supoort for Lost & Found has really kept me going during these challenging months, thank you - all of you!

Phoebe has been working away in her studio and it's so exciting to see her initial sketches for the wood engravings.  The call and response between image and text is building a wonderful momentum.…

90 minutes of Folk Lore, Folk Tale and Fantastic Finds!

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

I had a lovely time the other weekend, sitting round the online virtual kitchen table with the wonderful Dr. Tim Campbell-Green sharing treasures from The Blackden Trust and tales from Lost & Found.  Some sample pictures below...  I know many of you were out there in the internet ether, listening in - it was lovely to have you joining us.  But for those of you who missed it, here's the link to the…

Second Samhain: Objects can and will tell stories...

Friday, 30 October 2020

It's very moving to look back at my update this time last year.  We'd been up and running for a week and had just got to the 15% mark.  Those early pledges really helped to gather momentum and belief behind the book... and now here we are at 104%!   Thank you so much for all the support along the way.

I am now delighted to now be able to offer a seasonal treat.  Back in March, just before the…

Workshop dates confirmed - and a few places left!

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

I've been combatting the change in the seasons by retreating further into imaginary worlds and planning the Finding & Keeping Folktales Writing Workshop.  Here's a sneak peek inside my notebook so you can see how it's all shaping up...  You can also find more details on the Featured Rewards link on the Unbound page.

The workshop will be online and interactive - probably on zoom, I'm just fine…

The Twisted Oak is growing...

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Since we reached the 100% mark  with Lost & Found Phoebe and I have been working away behind the scenes.  It's so very exciting to see the call and response between text and illustration gathering momentum. 

I'm delighted to be able to offer a glimpse into Phoebe's candlelit studio and share this initial sketch of The Twisted Oak which will form the basis of the wood engraving.   Here's the moment…

100% & A huge thank-you!

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Well, it's been an emotional morning!  So thrilled to have reached the 100% mark with Lost & Found.  We couldn't have got here without your help and support - and belief in the project right from the start.  It's so exciting to know that the book will be making its way out into the world.  I'll be in touch again soon as plans shape up and will continue to share progress.  But for now, I just want…

90% & The Whole Of The Stolen Moon

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

It's been another busy week in Lost & Found land!  Absolutely delighted to have made the 90% milestone today.  We really are at the final twist and turn of the Long Roads now.  Thank you so much for travelling alongside us - and please do continue to share news of the book to bring us home safely...

In celebration, I am sharing the full text of Stealing The Moon - I gave a fragment in an earlier…

Folk Tales workshop

Thursday, 20 August 2020

In these strange and challenging times I have been so touched to see the support for Lost & Found building to the milestone of 80%.  We do indeed need our Folk Tales more than ever - thank you all so much for backing the project.  We really are on the home straight now, and we couldn't have got this far without you.  Please do continue to share, the sooner we get to the finish line, the sooner we…

70% & Johnnie He Not

Friday, 29 May 2020

Both Phoebe and I have been really touched by the continued support for Lost & Found during these difficult times.  To have reached 70% is a real milestone.  Your generosity is hugely appreciated!  During these weeks of  isolation I have found our ongoing - albeit distanced! - collaboration a real source of comfort and inspiration.  We've both been working away, there are some treasures in store that…

Objects Tell Stories

Thursday, 5 March 2020

One of the really exciting things about researching and developing Lost & Found has been the collaborative conversations that have arisen as a result.  No more so than at The Blackden Trust! The head of research and archaeology Dr. Tim Campbell-Green and I have whiled away many hours and many cups of tea enthusing about the crossover between Folk Tales motifs and 'found' ritual objects. Shoes, coins…

60 % and Stealing The Moon

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

 

I'm so delighted to have reached the 60% mark over the weekend, it feels like such a significant milestone.  Both Phoebe and I really appreciate all your support.  Please do continue to spread the word and help us bring the book into being.

I'm also delighted to share the results of a wonderful folktales workshop I did with a class of Year 3 children a couple of weeks ago.   Stealing The Moon…

The Power of 3

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Any hint of January blues have been well and truly banished today - we have just hit the 300 supporters mark!  Thank you so much, all of you, for your belief in the book.  Phoebe and I do really appreciate it, please do keep on sharing the words and the woodcuts and help us upwards and onwards into the New Year!

300 has always been in my mind as an important milestone.  3 is a magical number -…

50% and more of Johnnie He Not

Monday, 2 December 2019

Another month, another threshold!  I am so delighted to reach the 50% as we go forth into December.  Both Phoebe and myself are absolutely thrilled by your support.  We wouldn't have got here without your belief in the book and you all, quite literally, spreading the word.  Thanks so much. 

In celebration I've released some more of the Johnnie He Not story, updated on the Exerpt link on the Project…

Hagstones, A Sparrow & 40%

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

I continue to be amazed and delighted by the support you are all showing to Phoebe and myself, thank you so much. I've been spending a couple of days field-bound at The Blackden Trust in Cheshire - the educational and creative charity that my parents founded and where the video for Lost & Found was filmed.  This is where my love of Folk Tales was nurtured, it's wonderful to have reached the 40% mark…

An amazing week & more of a story to tell...

Friday, 8 November 2019

What an amazing week this has been!  I'm so delighted by - and grateful for - the support that's gathering for Lost & Found.  There are now twice as many of you as there were on Monday... 200 backers and 34% funded!

It's just wonderful to know that there is such a strong, supportive community out there, cheering myself and Phoebe on.  Thank you for showing such faith in the book. Do please continue…

Another milestone reached & a new reward launched!

Monday, 4 November 2019

I was absolutely thrilled to reach the 100 backers milestone over the weekend.  It's so encourgaing to have so many of you signed up already, thank you for all your generous support and belief in the project, it's hugely appreciated!

I also have exciting news... As a result of  specific requests, we have put together a new featured reward: the Bespoke Bookclub.  It's a tailormade evening, where…

Happy Samhain!

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Thank you so much to all of you who have pledged so far and shown such generous support for the book.  It's so exciting to have got over the 15% mark in the first week.  Lovely to know that so many of you want these stories and these woodcarved worlds to make it onto the page.  Do please continue to post and share and help Lost & Found become a reality. 

It also feels very appropriate to have crossed…

Final designs
Publication date: May 2022
116% funded
603 backers