Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is an internationally best-selling author who lives in a small cottage on the Pembrokeshire coast. Originally from Birmingham, Jackie visited Pembrokeshire over 20 years ago for the weekend and never left. She shares her home with her two children, her beloved cats, and two dogs.

Jackie’s work is informed by her deep love of nature, exploring the worlds of bears, cats, birds and whales. She combines these explorations with her dreamlike vision in which all of her work is immersed. In September 2014, Jackie published her first book with Graffeg, Cat Walk. She has written and illustrated books for over twenty years, both her own titles and illustrating for others, but has said that on a personal level no book has ever brought her as much joy as Cat Walk.

Jackie’s second book with Graffeg, Queen of the Sky, was published in May 2015. It is the true story of Ffion Rees who rescued a peregrine falcon from the sea and dedicated eight months to restoring her back to health before setting her free into the wild.

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow is collection of twelve illustrated folk tales, based around a series of musically-themed illustrations first created by Jackie for Help Musicians UK. The book was published in September 2016 and received a nomination for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Both Queen of the Sky and The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow are now available in compact A5 editions, with Quiet Music featuring a linen textured hardback cover with a silver foil title and printed paper dust jacket, a silver page marker ribbon and textured uncoated off-white paper, the same quality as the popular larger edition and an ideal gift.

Graffeg have published new editions of three of Jackie’s children’s books, The Ice Bear and The Snow Leopard in September 2017 and Tell Me a Dragon in June 2018. All three have been reproduced in a large, deluxe format, matching the high production quality of The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow.

In November 2017 Graffeg launched The Lost Words postcard pack, featuring artwork and poetry extracts from the award-winning title The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie. Jackie went on to win the distinguished Hay Medal for Illustration in 2018, the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and the Shadowers’ Choice Award for The Lost Words.

In September 2019 Graffeg published the Welsh-language edition of Tell Me a Dragon, Ga’ i Hanes Draig?, followed by the Welsh edition of The Lost Words, Geiriaeu Diflanedig, in October 2019, both adapted by Mererid Hopwood. Graffeg successfully crowdfunded over £16,000 to gift a copy of Geiriaeu Diflanedig to every primary school in Wales with the aim of inspiring fresh engagement with nature and the Welsh language.

Jackie’s most recent work includes The Unwinding and other dreamings, a collection of poetry for children, published by Unbound in July 2020, and the sequel to The Lost Words, The Lost Spells, with Robert Macfarlane, forthcoming from Hamish Hamilton in October 2020.