An Evening with Author – Jackie Morris – Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone/5 Years of the Lost Words
We are delighted to welcome Jackie back to Gloucestershire to celebrate both her latest book (Feather, Leaf, Bark and Stone) and the fifth birthday of her acclaimed publication The Lost Words.
Jackie is well known as being one of the most talented artists working in the UK today, but she is also an accomplished storyteller, poet, and essayist. Her work breaks boundaries and captures the imaginations of readers both young and old.
She will be looking back over her career and discussing her latest projects.
The Lost Words is a book of “spells” by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Morris. The book has clues to words like acorn, blackberry and conker. The book was said to be inspired by 21st-century editions of the Oxford Junior Dictionary in which some words like kingfisher associated with nature were omitted in order to include technical terms like attachment, broadband and chatroom. In 2017, Laurence Rose organised a protest letter to the dictionary and it was signed by Margaret Atwood, Sara Maitland, Michael Morpurgo, Andrew Motion, Macfarlane, and Morris.
Much debate ensued but the creative outcome was an idea for joint work by McFarlane and Morris. This book was voted the most beautiful book by UK booksellers in 2016.
Was born in Birmingham in 1961. Her family moved to Evesham when she was four. As a child she was told that she couldn’t be an artist, but despite this she learned to paint. Morris went to High school at Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham and afterward the Bath Academy of Art.
On leaving college she found work in editorial, illustrating magazines like Radio Times, New Statesman, New Society and Country Living. She worked for years illustrating books and in 2016, she was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Something About a Bear. The book includes her water colours of different types of bear.
She lives in a small house by the sea in Wales, painting and writing