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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

Jackie Morris Polar Bear

Jackie Morris Polar Bear

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Cards Release Date: 01/04/2016

Jackie Morris Queen of the Sky

Jackie Morris Queen of the Sky

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 01/04/2016

Jackie Morris Hare

Jackie Morris Hare

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Cards Release Date: 29/02/2016

Queen of the Sky

Queen of the Sky

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2015

Robin Hobb Notecards: Dragons

Robin Hobb Notecards: Dragons

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Cards Release Date: 15/04/2015

Cat Walk Notecards

Cat Walk Notecards

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Cards Release Date: 01/11/2014

Cat Walk

Cat Walk

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2014

Song of the Golden Hare

Song of the Golden Hare

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2013

A beautifully illustrated magical environmental tale about a boy and his family who hold the secret of the song of the golden hare. 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?

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2013

A beautiful, mysterious story of love, loyalty and above all, freedom, magically retold and illustrated in this captivating picture book. From the moment she saw him, she knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamt of the bear.... Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams. I will come with you, Bear, she said. It is the beginning of an extraordinary journey for the girl. First to the bear's secret palace in faraway mountains, where she is treated so courteously, but where she experiences the bear's unfathomable sadness, and a deep mystery...As the bear's secret unravels, another journey unfolds... a long and desperate journey, that takes the girl to the homes of the four Winds and beyond, to the castle east of the sun, west of the moon.

Tell Me a Dragon

Tell Me a Dragon

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2009

Everyone has their very own dragon, and this book describes many different varieties of the beast, showing in words and stunning pictures exactly why their owners find them so entrancing. They range from a dragon as big as a village to a tiny dragon with whisper-thin wings, from a snaggle-toothed dragon to a sea-dragon which races dolphins on the waves - ending in a page inhabited by every dragon in the book!

The Seal Children

The Seal Children

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2005

When a fisherman called Huw falls in love with a selkie - half-woman, half-seal - she gives him her sealskin as a sign of her love, and bears him two children, Ffion and Morlo, before returning to her own people. A few years later a stranger comes to the village, telling of a land far away, and Ffion and Morlo remember their mother's stories of the cities of gold and pearls beneath the waves...This is a beautiful, atmospheric story of love and freedom, and the first picture book written and illustrated by Jackie Morris.