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Jackie Morris - Author

About the Author

Ever since I was 6 years old I wanted to be an artist, and though at times during growing up my ambition wavered and I favoured being a cowboy, a nun or a vet I mostly stuck to the idea of being an artist. Secretly I wanted to write also.

At school favourite subjects were all wrapped around stories, like history, or drawing, like geography.

I used to get told off for drawing and dreaming. Now I get paid for it, so looking back all that drawing and dreaming was career development.

Now I live in a storybook cottage by the sea. I have two children who wear me out but are wonderful companions as well as being sources of inspiration, two dogs and five cats, including one called Maurice, who, had we lived 200 years ago would have got me burnt as a witch.

I spend my days reading, writing, drawing and colouring in and listening to music and the radio, walking on the cliffs by the sea and finding stories in the landscape, in the warm breath of the wind, in the odd snippet of over heard conversation, it the slant of light as it falls from the sky and in the whisper of the waves as they pull and pebbles on the beach.

I love poetry, the flight of hawks and owls, the colour of the feathers on a rooks back, bluebells, harebells, birds eggs in moss lined nest cups and much much more.

There are days when I love to paint, watching the colour spread from brush to paper, making an image grow out of the careful manipulation of coloured water. And there are days when I get fed up with it all and run away to watch the birds fly, or sulk somewhere and read a book.

As well as illustrating books I also paint for exhibitions.

Featured books by Jackie Morris

Other books by Jackie Morris

The Unwinding

The Unwinding

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

This book is not meant to be read from cover to cover. It is a book for dreamers. Slight of word, rich of image, its purpose is to ease the soul. The paintings between these covers were worked in the between times, an unwinding of the soul, when the pressures of work were too much. Dreams and wishes are the inspiration at times like this. Threaded through the curious world of The Unwinding are words, slight and lyrical. Their aim is to set the reader's mind adrift from the troubles of our times, into peaceful harbours where imagination can stretch, where quiet reflection can bring peace. The Unwinding is designed to be a companion, a talisman to be turned to again and again and a place of respite from an increasingly frantic and complex world.

Mrs Noah's Garden

Mrs Noah's Garden

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2020

The flood is over - but while Mr Noah builds a house out of the ark, Mrs Noah creates a garden. Luckily her famous pockets contain seeds and she has some help from the children - and the creatures. Midsummer morning brings some very special surprises! This magical story from the creators of Mrs Noah's Pockets explores new beginnings, care for nature and, above all, home.

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

Author: Jackie Morris, Ehsan Abdollahi Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Selected by The Guardian as one of the top children's books of 2019. The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is a fresh interpretation of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about twelve princesses who are locked in at night, yet whose dancing shoes are still worn down by morning. A young soldier is tasked to discover their night-time adventures. But unlike the story told by the Brothers Grimm, this soldier seeks a different ending. Jackie's dark and poetic text updates this well-known tale and shows how stories evolve and adapt over time. Beautifully illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, who has created stunning puppet-like illustrations in rich and delicate detail, this unique illustrative style brings the story to life and perfectly encapsulate the beauty and melancholy of the story.

The Lost Words: Spell Songs Calendar

The Lost Words: Spell Songs Calendar

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Calendar Release Date: 21/06/2019

The Snow Leopard Postcard Pack

The Snow Leopard Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 30/09/2018

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow Postcard Pack

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 30/09/2018

The Ice Bear 10 Postcard Pack

The Ice Bear 10 Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 30/09/2018

The Charm and the Flight Postcard Pack

The Charm and the Flight Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 28/09/2018

The Charm and the Flight Concertina Card

The Charm and the Flight Concertina Card

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 28/09/2018

Jackie Morris Tell Me a Dragon Postcard Pack

Jackie Morris Tell Me a Dragon Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 30/06/2018

Tell Me a Dragon

Tell Me a Dragon

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2018

Jackie Morris Fox & Hare Postcard Pack

Jackie Morris Fox & Hare Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 31/05/2018

Jackie Morris The Names of the Hare Poster

Jackie Morris The Names of the Hare Poster

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Poster Release Date: 31/05/2018

Jackie Morris Ice Bear Poster

Jackie Morris Ice Bear Poster

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Poster Release Date: 31/05/2018

Jackie Morris The Names of the Otter Poster

Jackie Morris The Names of the Otter Poster

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Poster Release Date: 31/05/2018

Jackie Morris Art of Reading Postcard Pack

Jackie Morris Art of Reading Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 30/05/2018