The Unwinding

By Jackie Morris

A beautiful new pillow book, from the Kate Greenaway Award winning author Jackie Morris.

Art | Children's
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“Jackie's work is far more than just flawless wildlife painting. She captures the soul of her creatures - hares, otters, foxes, bears - revealing their true natures, and allowing us a rare glimpse into a world of magic.”

—Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat



The Unwinding is a pillow book, in the ancient tradition of Sei Shonagan, a book to tuck up the sleeve, in a pocket, under a pillow, containing fragments of dreams. Designed to be a portal, a talisman, it invites readers to enter its world, through word and image.



The Unwinding will be between 150 and 200 pages, rich in image, beautifully designed, hardback, with a dust jacket. It is a collection of paintings never before published.

Created over time, drawn first into the pages of sketchbooks, then emerging as large paintings in colour, each image carries many stories, and some of these are told in words to be read aloud or whispered in the head. Fragments of stories, part prose, part poem, catalysts for dreaming.



Unbound is a new way of publishing, one that invites a reader to be a part of the process of production, to follow the creative stages of a book from pitching the book to opening the wings of a book so the words, the images can fly into the mind of the reader. And as part of my work with Unbound they will reprinting my backlist, first by making Song of the Golden Hare available again to bookshops, libraries and readers.


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About the Book

  • 192 pages, full colour
  • 135mm x 170mm
  • Hardback with dust jacket
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    Jackie Morris

    Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator. She lives in a small house beside the sea in Wales, with cats and dogs for company. She studied illustration at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy and has illustrated many books, and written some. The Lost Words, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.

  • The Unwinding will be a small format pillow book, to keep with you at all times, the design of which will be led by the interplay of the final words and final artwork. Below is a taster of both:

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    4th December 2019 What is The Silent Unwinding?

    When you work on a book it evolves over time. This book began in paintings made over years. Tweets around this time of year grew into a lullaby thread. I hadn't wanted to do an 'advent calendar', not being a fan of Christmas ( though I am thinking of doing a reverse one- that moves away from Christmas day to a place of safety where false jollity fades and light returns to the world).

    Along the…

    28th November 2019 Because children are people too

    This is a rare thing these days:

    It is the manuscript for The Unwinding, written on a type writer. It also exhists as a digital formatted version for editing now. It began as thoughts, some moved into ink from pen, some straight to keys. Three different machines, two that belonged to my pa, one a new one I bought in Exter and from which I learned about miniscule and majuscule letters.

    I…

    26th November 2019 'Kicking off design conversations'

    An email from Alison. We’d spoken at some length last week about design ideas. Then I had waited. Towards the end of the week I had sent a plaintive message, can I see anything yet? The message back was Alison laughing. Next week she said.

    It’s never a good idea to check your email when you have to go to the post office, when you have to paint. But there it was. From Alison. To say she was sending…

    20th November 2019 Winding, unwinding, growing, shaping, learning.

    Work today has been all wound around The Unwinding. Yesterday became a day of some panic as many of the files sent to Alison were the wrong file sizes. Too small. Not enough dpi! From the contact sheets she sent asking for higher res files it looked as if more than half the images were of not sufficient quality to be used in reproduction. This posed a problem with in excess of 1062 copies pledged…

    15th November 2019 Meditations and curious creatures.

    There's a curious down-time that happens at the close of a book. I'm home again, working on something, and in the week I have been home I have written an essay for something, thought about things, walked on the beach and left a stone....with gold leaf. The tide was out and I left it fairly high up the beach, but sedom discover what happens to the stones. Sometimes people get in touch to say they have…

    6th November 2019 Back to the source

    As I reach what will soon be the completion of The Unwinding I am reminded of where it began. It was a series of tweets, each night, a lullaby, wrapped around images that became something more.

    Each night a moment of peace, an incantation, a wish.

    And they grew into short stories that are to become, I hope, catalysts for dreaming. 

    And some of the images are in the book, but others…

    2nd November 2019 Getting Closer

    It's Saturday, but every day seems like Friday, and I have travelled so many miles that I don't know what day of the week it is. I've been talking about The House Without Windows, signing books, being home for a brief time painting the secret thing and then away to London. And The House Without Windows is on the Waterstone's Book of the Year shortlist! How very amazing is that! Alongside the gorgeous…

    16th October 2019 On finishing a book

    Five weeks on the road, trying to write, paint, think, and now I am home, and have been for a week and in that time I have finished writing The Unwinding.

    It comes in at 4 084 at the moment, and is now with my agent who is having a look, editing. Though she did say that she didn't feel that it needed much editing. I've honed it back, worked over and over, read it to the cats ( and dogs). Written…

    25th September 2019 Rosehips

    The Unwinding began in Dulverton, when I should have been writing the introduction for The House Without Windows. This past week I have been back in the house where the idea for the book began, writing, painting, listening to owls. My views from the windows have been those of trees and birds, and rain, after weeks of sunshine. 

    On arrival I set myself up to paint in the kitchen. The house is small…

    18th September 2019 Beginnings and Endings

    That word 'deadline', it's a curious word to use. With books there is never only one deadline, and though it wounds final, fatal even, the deadline for delivery of text, images, is never really an ending, just another beginning. I'm moving towards the time when I need to deliver the words for The Unwinding. The book began in a small cottage in Dulverton. I had gone to the house a few days before doing…

    10th September 2019 A space and a place for writing

    Life can take unexpected turns at times. The past few days have been difficult, and have required me to be away from home at a time when I wished to be walking the landscape and clinging like a limpet to my studio space. Instead I am in England, learning different lessons, but also walking, and finding the space to write. Writing the Unwinding in the kind of circumstances the book is written for.…

    2nd September 2019 Unwinding The Keeper of Lost Dreams

    The Unwinding follows a series of images, with curious imaginings and stories that are sometimes more questions than answers. There is space in the book where a reader needs to step, quietly if they wish, and the space offers respect for the imagination of the reader. Not everything is spelled out, clear in ink. Some things drift, elusive, into dream.

    This small book begins with a woman. She…

    14th August 2019 How the time goes

    The world where I live is beautiful, no one season more so than another, but now is the time when heather scents the air and fledge falcons call from the sky, begging to hang on to their childhood, be fed by their parents, not face the fierce world alone on fragile wings. Their calls tug at the heart of any mother, but the disregard of parent birds also is appreciated, from where I sit, painting.

    6th August 2019 Where I go to find peace to write

    I live on the edge of the land, like to walk to the top of the hill to write. It gives me time to gather thoughts, takes me away from phone, brings me peace of mind. And often stories arrive on the feathered backs of ravens.

    Here, where the air is scented with heather, I searched for the scent of snow, and the textures of love, to accompany two of the paintings of women and bears in The…

    6th August 2019 Where I go to find peace to write

    I live on the edge of the land, like to walk to the top of the hill to write. It gives me time to gather thoughts, takes me away from phone, brings me peace of mind. And often stories arrive on the feathered backs of ravens.

    Here, where the air is scented with heather, I searched for the scent of snow, and the textures of love, to accompany two of the paintings of women and bears in The…

    30th July 2019 An Unwinding

    Last week took an unexpected turn when I was invited to be a guest on Woman's Hour, by Cressida Cowell, guest producer. Now, I love Woman's Hour. It has been the soundtrack of my working life (though since it moved to the morning I think it should be renamed Woman's Forty Five Minutes), but, well...... it's a long way to London. And it just happened to fall at a time when I had quite a lot of work…

    30th July 2019 An Unwinding

    Last week took an unexpected turn when I was invited to be a guest on Woman's Hour, by Cressida Colwell, guest producer. Now, I love Woman's Hour. It has been the soundtrack of my working life ( though since it moved to teh morning I think it should be renamed Woman's Fourty Five Minutes), but, well...... it's a long way to London. And it just happened to fall at a time when I had quite a lot of work…

    16th July 2019 The Winter Queen and her Fox Lover.

    This posting is a thank you to all who have taken The Unwinding to 108% funded in three short weeks. You can continue to support the book, by pledging for a copy. I hope to have a publication date soon, and the cover image should be revealed around Chriistmas time. These first editions from Unbound are always special things and everyone who supports can choose to have their name indexed in the back…

    9th July 2019 A Pillow Book

    I've been blogging for years. Maybe before blogs were called blogs? I had a diary on my website, then a cat blog, called WeThreeCats . It was how I practiced writing, or rather, one of the ways.

    One day I was emailed by a woman in America who said my writing reminded her of The Pillowbook of Sei Shonagan. I was intrigued. I bought the book and in its pages found such a beautiful thing. It's a thousand…

    28th June 2019 In the heat of summer, a cold tale.

    The Unwinding is a collection of images and stories worked over years. Many of these I have as high resolution files, the paintings themselves having long ago been sold. Some I have no files for, and so will rework. 

    Returning from my travels, having won the Greenaway medal for The Lost Words I found myself to be in great need of unwinding. London was so full, with the ceremony, interviews, meetings…

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  • Lizzie Clulee
    Lizzie Clulee asked:

    This sounds likie such a wonderful project! Is there a tentative release date yet?

    Jackie Morris
    Jackie Morris replied:

    I think the release date is planned for late spring 2020, BUT, I might deliver early to fit in with the designer's schedule. The book will be designed by Alison O'Toole, who designed the Lost Words for myself and Robert Macfarlane, and also the cover of The house Without Windows. Many of the images are already created. I just need to find the stories, the words.