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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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Publication date: July 2020

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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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  • 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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    11th July 2020 The day after the day after publication day

    There is something new and beautiful abroad. Over the past few months I have been working with amazing and talented people including The Bookshop Band and Number Seven Dulverton. 

    Now there is a film, live from today. I had hoped to embed it here but can't find the way, but here is a link to where you will find it. Be sure to turn the sound up. 

    Today I should have been in Number Seven in…

    3rd July 2020 As The Unwinding makes its way out into the wild places.....

    This week copies of The Unwinding have been arriving in the homes of people who have pledged. I have yet to see a copy of The Silent Unwinding out there, but I have had many wonderful responses from readers, including a poem from Jennifer Yates. She says that it was an immediate response to the book, and I think it really rather wonderful that already it begins to form chain-links of creativity, rope…

    28th June 2020 Waiting, waiting....

    and copies of The Unwinding have begun to creep out into the wild......

    This is such a difficult time for bookshops, publishers, readers. 

    The books were a little delayed in their printing, and delivery. A couple of bookshops who had pledged for large amounts received their books direct from the warehouse. My author copies were delayed, as were those that were delivered to the publisher, but…

    23rd June 2020 And then there were three

    I've been so longing to write these words- 'today my advance copies of The Unwinding arrived in the post'. But actually they arrived a few days ago and I have been too busy to reach my computer. I have been painting though, and this is good. It's what I like to do most I think, appart from sit and watch cloud shadows over land, the tide ebb, flow, birds fly.

    I've been painting a piece of work…

    25th May 2020 Waiting, Unwinding and Acts of Rebellion

    This may be the last posting here before the printed, bound, finsihed copies of The Unwinding arrive, first in the hands of the publisher, then to my hands, and then to you.

    Today I have skylarks to paint for someone who has waited far too long in these curious times. And I have been Unwinding. There is so much to do, and my list doesn't get shorter and I need to clear it so I can take some time…

    29th April 2020 Playing with The Silent Unwinding

    The Unwinding must be printed now. It went to press last week. And it now has a German and a Romanian edition. And I have been continuing to play with The Silent Unwinding proof pages, learning lessons.

    I encourage others to just doodle in their copy when it arrives, not be scared, and then sit in front of a spread and worry about what it will look like, when it is finished, rather than enjoying…

    21st April 2020 Unwinding in the age of uncertainty

    Today The Unwinding goes to press. 

    Soon it will be printed, bound, boxed and shipped. Soon there will be signing, packing and posting. Soon. 

    In these uncertain times it is difficult to fix on precise dates. But we have plans.

    In these uncertain times, these times of bee-quiet and birdsong, I have discovered that I am blessed to live in a place of peace and space where I can walk from…

    1st April 2020 How we are working

    It;s a curious thing this social isolation. It limits some things, but for the most part my working life continues as usual. There are plusses for me, as meetings happen online and I hope will continue to do so afterwards, cutting down travelling time, meaning I spend more time in my studio. And other things grow, new ideas, ways of working.

    My days are still spent in walking the dogs ( and cats…

    20th March 2020 Small miracles in times of stress

    I'm so sorry for the silence on the progress of The Unwinding. Times have not been good, and we are all dealing with incredible challenges. I've been away from home now since February, only touching base for an  evening before returning to Broadway. My father was ill, and on 7th March he met death with a brave heart and no fear. Our family are still reeling from this and struggling to cope with trying…

    29th February 2020 A notebook, with illustrations.

    In the book world when you present a project to a publisher it is usually fully formed. You write a synopsis, then you create the book. These days my projects have evolved as they grow between commission and completion. It takes a rare publisher to give you the freedom for an idea to evolve, but I have that freedom with Hamish Hamilton and with Unbound.

    With Hamish Hamilton The Lost Spells was…

    26th February 2020 Cover story; warning, contains mild jeopardy.

    We are nearing the end of the design process for The Unwinding. I't 6 am now, and I have been awake since 5 am messaging Alison, who lives in Australia. 

    Last week she sent me an email:

    Hi Jackie,

    I've just noticed on the cover image scan for The Unwinding of the woman in the red dress, that the scan appears to jump – there's an obscure line running through it which is an issue because I think…

    19th February 2020 Preparing for print

    Things are getting more exciting now as we move towards the final stages of print. I'm away from home, and as a result had a quiet and lovely meeting with John from Unbound in Jaffe and Neale bookshop in Chipping Norton. I'd phoned ahead to ask them to order a book for me. I had stayed at Nicola Davies' house near Crickhowell a few days back and fallen in love, deeply and fiercely with this book…

    5th February 2020 Late nights, early mornings, working.

    The Unwinding is in the stage now that is known as 'final designs'. Alison has been working so hard. The text has been copy edited. Pdfs of the document have been winging their way through the virtual labyrinth of the web. Revisions have been made. It's almost there for sign off and print and the publication date is 17th September BUT those who have pledged for it not only get listed in the index…

    29th January 2020 Almost there

    I have almost finished the artwork for The Lost Spells and we are in the closing stages with The Unwinding. The sun is shining, and today I will be painting gorse, which is wonderful, and just coming strongly into flower. Also, there's a huge gorsebush in my back garden, so, not so far to go to research my subject matter. Soon the hillside here will glow golden with the flowers and the air will be…

    21st January 2020 Secrets, and other things.

    Secret came out on Monday that all this time I have been working away in my studio on another book with Robert Macfarlane.It will be published in October, IF I get the artwork finished. So, as we move into the final design stages of The Unwinding, where there is little for me to do other than marvel at the work Alison has been doing, I am frantically trying to finish all the artwork for The Lost Spells…

    16th January 2020 Update

    The weather outside is fierce and blowing a gale, bending the trees, throwing birds about. And the weather inside? Well, if I am honest it's not brilliant. I've had problems with my ears since before Christmas, but this weekend it escalated and I now look like a boxer and feel like I have been  punched in the head! The fire is lit, and the animals seem to know that I need their company alongside the…

    31st December 2019 The in-between time

    The day is moving towards an early dusk. It's a kind of colourless day, and I have been quietly painting, listening to The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman. I'm working on something that I can't talk about, can't show the work, but soon will be able to, and the deadline is such that I was able to take just a few days off over Christmas to visit my parents. A five hour drive to the Cotswold hills…

    18th December 2019 Making the best that we can, of everything.

    Another week, and work has been hard, but on Monday Alison sent through new design pages and it's wonderful to see how The Unwinding is winding together to become the book it can best be. And it's also been a tough week for me as I watch politics turn more right wing, but this isn't the place for politics. This is a place for light.

    It is such a delight to receive the work from Alison, to see…

    18th December 2019 Making the best that we can, of everything.

    Another week, and work has been hard, but on Monday Alison sent through new design pages and it's wonderful to see how The Unwinding is winding together to become the book it can best be. And it's also been a tough week for me as I watch politics turn more right wing, but this isn't the place for politics. This is a place for light.

    It is such a delight to receive the work from Alison,…

    18th December 2019 Making the best that we can, of everything.

    Another week, and work has been hard, but on Monday Alison sent through new design pages and it's wonderful to see how The Unwinding is winding together to become the book it can best be. And it's also been a tough week for me as I watch politics turn more right wing, but this isn't the place for politics. This is a place for light.

    It is such a delight to receive the work from Alison, to see…

    10th December 2019 Like a badger with a teapot.

    The wind is rising outside and I am struggling with the political landscape of this land, but finding escape into books, both making and reading them.

    So, picture me now, in my kitchen. The animals are all sleeping on sofa, chairs, a dog bed in front of the stove. I am weraing cashmere fingerless gloves, wrapped in a scarf Jan Jan from Number Seven Dulverton knitted for the book launch of The Wild…

    9th December 2019 How to launch a book.

    There will be three launches for The Unwinding as three bookshops pledged for bookshop visits to support the publication of the book, Kennilworth Books, Number Seven Dulverton and Elementum Gallery.

     

    I've been longing to talk about the first of these to be arranged, an Unwinding Retreat in Bossington Hall, with Number Seven Dulverton. Bossington Hall is a beautiful place, by the sea in…

    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.

    Mary Arney
    Mary Arney asked:

    The virus has knocked so much off schedule, I'm wondering if there will be a delay with the release/ posting of The Unwinding as well? I'm in the US and am so eager to share the books with my daughter. She's 7 and has been scream singing curses at the virus and writing nasty grams to it on rocks for a while now. It's made some interesting art for me, but the kids all look so feral and torn between staying safe with the excruciatingly known adults or taking back the parks Lost Boys style. All the best and hopes for better days soon, mary

    Jackie Morris
    Jackie Morris replied:

    We are hoping there won't be a delay. I will talk to John about how the progress is going, as when I thought the book was on the press it still hadn't quite made it. Finding a quiet mind is so difficult. And also helping children understand the risks. There's so much talk from leaders about 'a war on the virus'. It's not about war. It's more about being sure to wash your hands, not touch your face, and keep some distance so the virus can't form a bridge between one host and another. There is an element of frenzy. I think it's mostly caused by a constantly chattering and vacuous media and politicians who ultimately have very little power and no sense. The virus may just be like the child peering behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. But what a terrible path it walks and what sorrow it leaves in its wake. It's time we woke up to our wonderful world and began treat it with the respect it deserves, before it teaches us any bigger lessons. So, I hope it will come soon, soon, and bring a sense of peace with it.