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Jackie Morris - Author

About the Author

Jackie Morris lives in Wales, where she writes and paints. She has two children, a small pack of dogs and a small pride of cats. She exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide. Her internationally bestselling picture books for Frances Lincoln are Ted Hughes’ How the Whale Became; Mariana and the Merchild; The Snow Leopard; Can You See a Little Bear?; The Snow Whale; Lord of the Forest;  as well as those she has both written and illustrated, The Seal Children; The Time of the Lion; Little One We Knew You’d Come; Tell Me a Dragon; The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes; The Ice Bear. She has also written and illustrated a critically acclaimed novel for older children, East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

In 2019 she won the Kate Greenaway Medal for her illustration of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane. In her acceptance speech, Jackie Morris, said: “The times ahead are challenging. It seems to me that artists, writers, musicians have one job at the moment – to help to tell the truth about what is happening to this small and fragile world we inhabit, to re-engage with the natural world, to inspire and to imagine better ways to live. Because there is no Planet B and we are at a turning point. And because in order to make anything happen it first needs to be imagined. And as writers and illustrators for children we grow the readers and thinkers of the future.

“I’m learning so much as I watch our young people call politicians to account. Together we can make a change. And we must. While politicians nod and pretend to listen to Greta Thunberg, declare Climate Emergencies, then continue with ‘business as usual’ finding money always for bombs and seldom for books we need to stand beside these children and hold our deceitful leaders to account.”

Featured books by Jackie Morris

Other books by Jackie Morris

Feather, Leaf, Bark and Stone

Feather, Leaf, Bark and Stone

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2022

Feather, Leaf, Bark and Stone is a book of poems and meditations with a difference. Each short text has been typed onto a small square of gold leaf, then photographed. There are 144 of these pieces arranged in a sequence which culminates in a glorious final section where the texts are typed directly onto leaves, bark and feathers. Jackie started to write the pieces in 2020, shortly after her father died and just as lockdown began. For the first time ever she found herself unable to paint. The words grew out of her grief and, guided by her deep intimacy with the natural world, these short, hand-typed objects emerged to fill the space her paintings had left behind. The texts are exquisite: full of the light and wind that fills the Pembrokeshire coast where they were written, each one anchored to the landscape by the mechanical rhythm of Jackie's eight antique typewriters. The result is a collection of individual works of art that form a sequence to be both looked at and read. It is poetry re-imagined by a visual artist; words transformed back into their original function as images. Feather, Leaf, Bark and Stone announces a new departure for Jackie Morris and confirms her as an artist and writer at the peak of her power.

The Wild Swans

The Wild Swans

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

A girl loses her beloved brothers when they are turned into swans by her wicked stepmother. She embarks on a vital quest with one purpose: to find them and turn them back into boys again. But the task is complicated. She must pick nettles with her bare hands and turn them to yarn, to spin and knit into shirts for each of the eleven brothers. And all the while she cannot speak, for if she does, even so much as a whisper, it will be like a knife in the heart of each swan-boy. And so she knits, silent. And where there is silence people will put words. The Wild Swans is a beautiful and lyrical extended version of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen in Jackie Morris's enchanting retelling, complete with delicate watercolour paintings throughout this new edition. A story about love and bravery, about how to listen, and about how, when we do not listen, we hear what we wish to hear.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

From the moment she saw him, the girl knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamed of him? Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams. This encounter marks the beginning of a long and extraordinary journey. At the bear's secret palace in faraway mountains she is treated so courteously, though troubled by the bear's unfathomable sadness. As the bear's secret unravels, another adventure unfolds, which takes her to the homes of the four winds and beyond, to the castle east of the sun, west of the moon. In this new edition of Jackie Morris's captivating picture book, the acclaimed writer and artist retells this classic Norwegian fairy tale - a mysterious story of love, loyalty and freedom.

The Song of the Golden Hare

The Song of the Golden Hare

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

He had been waiting all his life, hoping to hear the hare's song. . . The boy and his family are special. While others hunt the hares, his family search for leverets orphaned by the hunt and keep them safe. When the hares begin to move across the land, the boy and his sister know that their greatest challenge has begun. They must follow and watch and wait until the time comes for the old queen to leave and her child to reign in her place. But others are searching for the golden queen of the hares, a hunter with two hounds, one silver, one black. Can two children, on their own, keep the golden queen safe from the man and his hounds?

The Jackie Morris Book of Classic Nursery Rhymes

The Jackie Morris Book of Classic Nursery Rhymes

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2020

A wonderfully illustrated and sumptuous collection of nursery rhymes for all ages, including many favourite rhymes as well as some that will be a delightful discovery. Originally published as The Cat and the Fiddle in 2011, this edition includes a new introduction by Jackie Morris - a spirited defence of the nursery rhyme, which she fears is in danger of being forgotten in a digital world. The beautiful and detailed watercolour paintings combine with over 40 rhymes to make this a unique treasury and lifetime possession for children and adults of all ages.

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2020

Queen of the Sky

Queen of the Sky

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2020

The Silent Unwinding

The Silent Unwinding

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2020

This book is a companion to The Unwinding. It contains within images that tell stories, but it reads like a silent film. Each of the images is an invitation to dream. The tales of this silent edition are not pinned to the page by words. Each dreamer will find their own path, perhaps a new one each time they return. The illustrations are intended to inspire: there is space to draw and write, to paint dreams and stories, thoughts and verse, in new worlds, wherever your pen may guide you.

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