The Unwinding

By Jackie Morris

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

Friday, 3 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-threads, streams for dreams.

And here are the words for an easier read:

The Unwinding Dream.

Sleep soft in dreams that bind
You to my soul,
Where nightingales sing
Sweet slumbering tunes
And everywhere dim lights
Pull day to a close.

Upon a bed of softest night
The moon gives off a perfect light;
It smooths the wrinkles of the day
And in the darkness shows the way,
It sprinkles light upon your face,
Bids welcome to that magic place.

Where peaceful rhythms rock your soul,
A special place where I feel whole,
Where each night I lay my head
And where a polar bear shares a bed.
And all around songbirds sing,
Softly touching wing on wing.

And in the corner of my dream,
Gently lapping from a stream,
A hare sits alert guarding my sleep
He waits, content the peace to keep
And happily contemplates a scene
That only happens in a dream.

Jennifer Yates

The books have gone out to homes,and some are working ther way in to schools and also into food banks for summer packs that are being gathered for children, and how very dreadful is it that there is even a need for such a thing, but also how wonderful that they can indeed be given. I hope some fall into hands where they might bring some peace of mind.

I'm still signing tip-in sheets for The Lost Spells, and also making films for various things. Folk by the Oak have a 'Family Nest Festival happening on 19th July. Part of this is a long film of me painting, and anyone who donates to the festival will be entered in to a draw to win the painting. 

Ben and Beth have been working with John to write, read and record the audio book edition, which should go live on Audible soon, and we are hoping to bring it into the physical world with a new form of selling in autumn. And I am hoping to make the space to just draw, a large form image in line that can be printed on beautiful paper to be stretched and coloured in with crayon or watercolour, or inks or whatever...... perhaps limited edition, maybe not, but the audio book could be listened to while you unwind into colour and line and story, away from this world of cares and of worries.

My mum is sitting by the fire reading the book. She said the pictures are lovely. I said, well, you would say that and she replied 'I'm not saying that just because you are mine.....' Belonging. Family. My people are the people who create, who make, who love the life and the wild, especially newts. Not those who create a lockdown then make it a mockdown and put commerce before lives. 'Because you are mine'....... she also said earlier of it, 'Your dad would have liked that'. 

How wonderful.

Tell me when your arrives. 

Maybe this doesn't finish here, as it meanders out into other forms.

Maybe this is the beginning.

There's talk of a Christmas Special edition. I need to write another short piece to hide beneath the cover. The Song of the Birds. But remember, a book is for life, not just for Christmas. It becomes part of the maps of your mind and if lucky the geography of your soul.

 

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Liz Thompson
 Liz Thompson says:

My copy of Silent Unwinding arrived yesterday! It’s so beautiful. I shall think very carefully about what I am going to write in it, although a poem by David Craig, which has haunted me for years, will be the first entry. The poem already has a patchwork quilt which sprang from the vision it gave me.
The Unwinding itself hasn’t arrived yet. I suspect it is in the post still.

posted 7th July 2020

Gini Wells
 Gini Wells says:

Dear Jackie,
Mine has arrived and I was proud to see my name among the many supporters in the back of the book - I cannot think of a project I have been happier to have been a tiny part of. I have taken a quick trip through the book, each picture giving delight or food for thought or just a nod in recognition of an emotion that has chimed with me. I am looking after my husband in these strange days of virus, who was diagnosed at the beginning of the year with dementia. I knew this was coming and that's why I knew your book would provide solace: and in this lockdown it has been just that. So, with a little additional care for Graham now being put in place, I shall have proper time to be with the Silent Unwinding and allow it to wind itself into my heart. Thank you. Gini x

posted 7th July 2020

Gini Wells
 Gini Wells says:

Dear Jackie,
Mine has arrived and I was proud to see my name among the many supporters in the back of the book - I cannot think of a project I have been happier to have been a tiny part of. I have taken a quick trip through the book, each picture giving delight or food for thought or just a nod in recognition of an emotion that has chimed with me. I am looking after my husband in these strange days of virus, who was diagnosed at the beginning of the year with dementia. I knew this was coming and that's why I knew your book would provide solace: and in this lockdown it has been just that. So, with a little additional care for Graham now being put in place, I shall have proper time to be with the Unwinding and allow it to wind itself into my heart. Thank you. Gini x

posted 7th July 2020

Lesley Peters
 Lesley Peters says:

This is surely a treasure a wonderful and beautiful companion that touches all the senses. Taking me to place of solace and calm in this strange and troubling time, a thing that’s meant to be.
I ordered 2 one for a friends big birthday but due to the printing being a bid behind it was late for that but no matter ..It arrived with her on the saddest day she was burying her beloved cat.. and there could not have been a more appropriate comforter.
It is a magical creation Jackie and I already keep it under my pillow.. Thank you.x

posted 7th July 2020

Lorraine Smith
 Lorraine Smith says:

I am patiently and eagerly awaiting my books. My copy of The Silent Unwinding is destined for my granddaughter who arrived in our lives 21 years ago today. What a joy she is, and she has a gift with words. I know she will be inspired by your beautiful creation. Hurry please Mr Postman

posted 7th July 2020

Sally Barnett
 Sally Barnett says:

Yipee. I got my copy. The first thing I did was feel it. All over its spine and around the edges. I love the way books feel in my hands. This felt soft and bountiful. And it is thick too, so it will take me a while to read and when I have finished, I can start all over again, new. The illustrations are stunning and the writing takes me to a magical place. Thank you, Jackie.

posted 7th July 2020

Linda Doughty
 Linda Doughty says:

I now have both versions, love them. For now I will wait until I start to write or draw in the Silent Unwinding though - it's so beautiful I just want to look and feel. Thank you, Jackie, for them both - I loved that you wrote on the inside cover jacket as well for the full version. Am reading a little each night before I sleep... a wonderful way to unwind at the end of the day.

posted 7th July 2020

Paula Whyte
 Paula Whyte says:

Hi Jackie. The book arrived safely and I really love it and also your posts. My married name in the back was very special and I too will keep the book under my pillow. I also have the Lost Words calendar so your inspirational art work is all around me. ❤️❤️

posted 7th July 2020

Ruth Stevens
 Ruth Stevens says:

Hi Jackie, my copy arrived safely. Im so happy to own such a beautiful book in my life. It is sheer pleasure to open it and drown in the stunning words and illustrations. Thank you xx

posted 7th July 2020

Alan Brannon
 Alan Brannon says:

Hi Jackie, If ever a books title and spirit was just right for the times this was it. Love it

I somehow managed to miss out on the notification about "The Silent Unwinding" Any chance that there might be a "trade" edition? There must be a market.

posted 7th July 2020

Fiona Fletcher
 Fiona Fletcher says:

My copy arrived last Thursday, which was my birthday, and is the most perfect gift to myself. Your illustrations are as beautiful and engrossing as I expect from you and the stories I have read so far are wonderful. Your book is beside my favourite chair, along with my crochet basket, waiting to be savoured in peaceful moments.

posted 7th July 2020

Sue Spence
 Sue Spence says:

I am impatiently awaiting my copy! Reading about and seeing everyone’s beautiful books is a subtle torture! Can’t wait for mine to arrive.

posted 7th July 2020

Jennifer Yates
 Jennifer Yates says:

I am astounded and delighted to see my poem in print with such beautiful illustrations. I am finding The Unwinding a brilliant stimulus to my poetic juices and have already written a further 3 poems!

posted 7th July 2020

Hilary Harley
 Hilary Harley says:

I was excited to see that mine is winging its way across land and sea and I can track its progress. Can't wait to see it!

posted 7th July 2020

Terry Culkin
 Terry Culkin says:

When mine arrived last week. the first thing I did after a quick, very quick, look was to go on Amazon and pre order a couple more as presents for friends. This is one of those really beautiful books that just jumps into your hand as you pass. The illustrations are its main attraction for me but as I look and read I see the peace throughout the words. This book brings a sense of peace page by page.

posted 7th July 2020

Jackie Morris
 Jackie Morris says:

You can get Silent Unwinding copies from good indie bookshops. Number Seven Dulverton, Solva Woollen Mill and Kenilworth books have them. Also Silent Unwindings and special editions still available from there and Sam Reads.
I can sign books in Solva Woollen Mill, and dedicate them.
And I do love the fact that Amazon do not have and never will have the special editions.

posted 7th July 2020

Anne Whittock
 Anne Whittock says:

Such a precious parcel came in the post and what deep joy to hold this beautiful book in my hands and to have another one to gift to someone who will love it and connect with it as much as I did. I swear I slept like a baby upon reading a little when I went to bed. Thank you, thank you,Thank You.

posted 7th July 2020

Charlotte Tefft
 Charlotte Tefft says:

All of these posts have comfort with in. Jennifer's poem warmed my creative mind. Unfortunately I have been informed my books will be delayed till August. Unbound is shipping when the Hare is ready. Then across the pond will take weeks during these troublesome times. So I will stay focused and calm while stitching my art.
Thank you Jackie for dedicating Mrs. Noah's Garden to my Granddaughter Ayla. She will be opening it tonight, in Wales, to read and dream on for her birthday.

posted 7th July 2020

Ellie Baker
 Ellie Baker says:

Jackie
My Silent Unwinding has arrived. I read it last night in bed but only got half way through cos of all The possibilities and wonderful walks and avenues.
I love it beyond imaginings.
I hope I have the chutzpah to put a mark on the page
Thank you for your gift of permission xx

posted 7th July 2020

Alison Mold
 Alison Mold says:

Hello there, my unwinding arrived first, and I love it and ha e put it under my pillow so hope for peace soon. The silent unwinding arrived the next day and I asked my granddaughter whether she would like it and she was thrilled, it felt greedy to keep them both and as an 11 year old she has lots of thoughts which are probably much more positive than mine!
Bless you for your hard work and for e wry one who has supported this. What talent you have .besr wishes to all.

posted 7th July 2020

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