The Unwinding

By Jackie Morris

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

Tuesday, 10 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. Difficult times.

Today's posting has begun in pen, and moved to my dad's other typewriter. This typewriter is amazing. It writes in cursive script. 

I love the patters of its keys.

The words are to go with the painting below, called The Guardians. It is a first draft. The idea of this book is to share the images and for the words to be, not a description o fthe images. Each of the paintings carry in their souls as many stories as there are people to see them. And it is for the reader to read image as they read words. Rather the words should become a catalyst for dreaming. It's rare for a writer to share first drafts, but I feel that the experience of Unbound is one of the most collaborative experiences I have had in publishing. And to expect someone to commit to the purchase of a book that is as yet unwritten demands a respect from author towards audience. So, here, second draft, as the first is on my dad's typewriter. It will change, usually to hone back, get rid of repetition, add other thoughts. And the question asked is a serious one.

How do you dream? ( answers can be left in the comments box)


And she asked him, "What is the shape of your dreams?"

"What dio you mean?" he answered.

"Many things in one question." Her voice was soft as falling snow.

"What is the language of your dreams,

and when you dream, do you dream in images, words?

And are your dreams in colour, or black and white,

or colours known only to dreamers and dreams?

Are they visions, or something else?"


He asked, "something else?"


"Are they chemical,



What shape do your dreams take?"


He closed his eyes, became lost in thought, time passed.

Later, as the full moon tangled in winter trees she asked,

"Can you guide your dreaming?

Can you move in your dreams to follow pathways of desire?

Do you shape-shift in the places between dreaming

And, when you wake, do you remember those pathways

along which your dreaming mind has wandered? 

Or do your dreams dissolve in the light

of each new day?"


She could not tell now if he was asleep or awake, if her words had become a lullaby. And still she had more questions.


"Do you dream when you are awake?

Do you imagine,

in words,

in pictures?

Do you wander the pathways of what might have been,

what might yet be,

all that you might become?

What is the shape of your imagination?"


"So many questions," the bear said. " 

"Here, now, close your eyes."

Resting on the back of the great bear she opened her heart, her mind, into the dreams of another.






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Amy Bogard
 Amy Bogard says:

Looking so forward to holding this book in my hands. I too have a cursive script typewriter in my collection. Aren’t they fun? They bring forth different words. As for dreaming, pictures -of the most vivid kind. As well as smells and tastes. Delicious dreaming. Thank you for your work in this world.

posted 10th September 2019

Peta Greenough
 Peta Greenough says:

Wonderful question. Dreaming for me is coming home to myself. To drop into my deepest heart place and imagine the unimagined, the unallowed and the forgotten.It is a safe and sacred place that can opportune healing.Love and appreciation to you.

posted 10th September 2019

Karen Garner
 Karen Garner says:

I feel so honoured to be reading part of your story before it is seen in it's finished glory. I don't actually know how I dream, I think it takes the form of memories and feelings and smells, I don't recall seeing pictures. Many Blessings xxxx

posted 10th September 2019

Angie Willis
 Angie Willis says:

I dream most when I'm awake. I can never remember my night-time dreams (at least, not often). I love to use my imagination and day-dream visually. I am hopping from foot to foot waiting for this amazing book. Love and blessings xx

posted 10th September 2019

Alison Souter
 Alison Souter says:

Sometimes, not often, my dreams help me. They show me that life can be amazing, and that I can be confident. Or a dream might reveal my deepest fears. But the helpful, visionary ones last long in my memory - I always write them down! I am so looking forward to this Pillow Book - especially with beautiful type-script! Thank you for sharing these thoughts, Jackie!

posted 10th September 2019

Anne Plowright
 Anne Plowright says:

I have times when I don't remember dreaming at all. At other times I dream about someone who is no longer alive, but there he is in my present, and in my future as it is usually about something that hasn't happened.....yet...
I am so looking forward to this book to look through on nights when my thoughts won't allow me to sleep at all. I think your words already written above say it all, beautiful.

posted 10th September 2019

Lyn Gibson
 Lyn Gibson says:

My dreams are visual but also full of thoughts, tensions and emotions. I am sometimes able to follow or dictate pathways but not too often.
My sleeping dreams can be vivid and easily remembered and re-told (though usually make little sense to the listener), but sometimes they are difficult to grasp, leaving me with glimpses or a feeling which is hard to pin down.

Very occasionally I dream of flying or of breathing underwater, in both of these scenarios I feel initially afraid but then I will relax into it and allow it to happen.
In the flying ones, I never fly very high, usually just above adult head height as I'm afraid of dropping. It generally begins with me just leaning forward and letting myself hover; sometimes and proving to someone else that I can do it.

My best dreams are when I've met and spoke to someone very dear to me who has died. I know in the dream that they are dead but we have a conversation all the same as though it was perfectly natural. These dreams can be very comforting but occasionally leave me feeling bereft.

I too am looking forward to the book and thrilled to be part of this project.

posted 10th September 2019

Kathy Jones
 Kathy Jones says:

I most often dream in pictures and feelings and usually I only remember the feelings when I wake up. I’m also a day dreamer though - more as a child than now but something I still enjoy now. Thank you for this and the last update. Very wonderous!

posted 10th September 2019


I have already pledged but would like to buy for both my son and a friend as gifts as its going to be a wonderful book I am sure. I obviously want their names in it. How do I do this please?

posted 10th September 2019

Alice Rohdich
 Alice Rohdich says:

I daydream all day, I plot and plan and play with ideas and life, it sometimes feels like I live 2 parallel lives which sometimes merge into one, even though I have a business totally separate from my creative life, grown up children who still visit daily, one who still lives at home and a grandchild, my dreams are what keeps me sane and focused on my real life!

posted 10th September 2019

Sarah Blenkinsop
 Sarah Blenkinsop says:

I dream a lot, often after meditating before sleep. I have full colour dreams with sounds and smells and the feel of textures, indeed its like being wide awake, but yet not. If the dreams are horrible ( and often, they are) it can be difficult to work out if I'm actually, really, awake.
If the dreams are lovely ( which also happens) I often feel very sad that I'm not back in my dream world.
I hope all will be well Jackie and you can return to your beloved Pembrokeshire very soon xxx

posted 10th September 2019

Elaine Cameron
 Elaine Cameron says:

I love this creative process, which teases and whets the appetite.
My dreams reflect my inner world. Often angst-ridden, frustrating scenarios that I cannot bend to my will. The feelings engendered are visceral and oh so real. The experience is in technicolour, vivid, multi sensory. I long for the rare dreams that bring me some element of comfort or joy. The fear of what awaits me in my dream scape often keeps me awake long into the night.

posted 10th September 2019

Elizabeth Rognier
 Elizabeth Rognier says:

Such beautiful, evocative pictures and words! My Grandmother had a cursive typewriter. She had Parkinson’s, and her handwriting was shaky and toilsome, but she liked to exchange letters with her grandchildren, so she typed in cursive, then signed them by hand. She's been gone over 40 years, and I haven’t thought about those letters in awhile. Thank you for the reminder!

posted 10th September 2019

Dell Hollingsworth
 Dell Hollingsworth says:

I too feel privileged! My dreams are in vivid color, with sounds, feelings and whole conversations that I can sometimes remember. I grew up in west Texas and was entranced by thunderstorms and tornados, and they often appeared in my dreams when I was young. On occasion things would take off and fly, like mobile homes or water towers. I once had a series of dreams where I'd step into an elevator and it would suddenly hurtle off horizontally at high speed like a subway car. None of these were scary.

I've had sequential dreams, like chapters in a book, and there have been places I revisited over and over. Mostly these were houses, sometimes realistic, other times fantastical, but I could always remember the arrangement of rooms. Many dreams of just having moved into a house, putting things away etc., sometimes discovering hidden rooms or passageways. And like others I've had precious dreamtimes with relatives and friends who have died. These have been the most uncanny, real, and bittersweet.

Often these days I awake only knowing that I was dreaming, and the dream dissolves faster than I can grab hold of details.

posted 11th September 2019

Laura Smith
 Laura Smith says:

I am so enjoying seeing the creation as it unfolds. I know it is more work on your end, and I appreciate it. It is lovely.
I tend to remember my dreams as strong emotions. They are feelings rather than images. The colors range from vivid hues in some dreams to more misty, almost impressionistic hues in other dreams. There are definitely sounds. I am going to try to start noticing smells. I typically feel weightless and peaceful.
I too have had dreams that are like chapters in a book, one taking off where another ended. And I frequently visit the same places, sometimes with a similar dream but often with something else entirely. I have dreamed of future events which occurred just like in my dreams. I have dreamed of loved ones who have passed. I have dreamed of places I have loved. Often awake and can catch just a glimpse of a dream. It is quite satisfying to awake and remember dreams in vivid details.
thanks for letting me share.

posted 11th September 2019

Laura Smith
 Laura Smith says:

Oh, and I LOVE the cursive font typewriter!

posted 11th September 2019

Katie Stainsby
 Katie Stainsby says:

I dream of Skellig and dark eyed angels, tuneless imposters, otters unfurling and unweighted from lost words and silken water. Heaving, scarlet, spawning trout, and russet, stiff haired foxes. Fragments of thoughts and colour scatter with the day light, glimpses of memories caught and held tight.

posted 16th September 2019

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