The Unwinding

By Jackie Morris

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

Wednesday, 19 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 ( below). Until now I have always found tellings of The Mabinogi a little inpenetrable. But this flows the words into the mind like warm mead. Gorgeous honeyed words that give space to the reader to grow images in the mind's eye.

I read the first few lines to John and Patrick (Mr Jaffe, or is it Mr Neale?) who then ordered a copy each. It sings to be read aloud, off the page.

Anyway, John and I spoke of the up-coming Unwinding, and what to do and how to try to make it visible in the noisy world of publishing, over coffee and cake. We spoke of festivals and radios and other books and authors ( much more interesting).

But this isn't really what I wanted to say. What I wanted to say was a thank you, for the support you've leant to this project. Almost there. By the time of apple blossom we should have a book, after the swallows have arrived, before the fox gloves are in full bloom. We are hoping to have copies for Hay time. If it wasn't for you this wouldn't be the book that it is.

So, let's see what happens next. Alison is in teh final stages of design. Meanwhile I am away to read by the fire. Struggling to keep myself from turning to the Fourth Branch of teh Mabinogi and the story of Blodeuwedd.

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Sally Barnett
 Sally Barnett says:

cant wait. The momentum is building and the anticipation of Spring is already here. Wont be long now. xxx

posted 20th February 2020

Charlotte Tefft
 Charlotte Tefft says:

Thank you! for these wonderful sharing updates. Smile on my face to see this warm hearted fellow and the reflection in the window. Appears some one is giving you a warm gloved cuddle.

posted 20th February 2020

Dell Hollingsworth
 Dell Hollingsworth says:

THANK YOU for The Mabinogi! After reading the first few pages I promptly bought a Kindle copy, so I wouldn't have to wait to see what happened next!

posted 21st February 2020

S Beale
 S Beale says:

So excited for this book to be in my hands. its like waiting for the first spring bulb to appear and flourish. The updates for this project have been so heartwarming, I hope your fully recovered from that horrible ear infection you had. When you say Hay time will you be at Hay festival in May?

posted 21st February 2020

Jackie Morris
 Jackie Morris says:

I will be in Hay, for an event with Mrs Noah. Details not firm yet.......and will probably roam the Hay bookshops signing books....

posted 24th February 2020

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