Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris
Born 1961 (age 59–60)
Birmingham, England
Education Bath Academy

Jackie Morris (born 1961) is a British writer and illustrator. She was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016 and won it in 2019[1] for her illustration of The Lost Words, voted the most beautiful book of 2016 by UK booksellers.[2] She is a recipient of the Tir na n-Og Award for children's book Seal Children.


Morris 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.[3][4]

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.

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[by whom?] 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.[5][6] 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.[5] This book was voted the most beautiful book by UK booksellers in 2016.[2]

An exhibition of The Lost Words was held at Compton Verney in 2017, featuring immersive floor to ceiling graphics of the poems and illustrations in the book.[7] The exhibition subsequently toured Britain, hosted by the Foundling Museum in London, Inverleith House in Edinburgh, Royal Albert Museum in Exeter,[8] and the North York Moors National Park’s art gallery in Danby.[9]

A Welsh language version of The Lost Words 'Geiriau Diflanedig' was published by Graffeg in 2019[10] with author Mererid Hopwood adapting Macfarlane’s acrostic spell-poems within Morris' illustrations.

An audiobook of The Lost Words has been narrated by Guy Garvey, Edith Bowman, Benjamin Zephaniah, and Cerys Matthews,[11] with ambient sound recordings Chris Watson.[12]


Works include


  • Cities in the Sea (1996) with Siân Lewis[13]
  • Illustrations in The Snow Whale (1996) by Caroline Pitcher
  • Illustrations in Out of the Ark: Stories from the World's Religions (1996) by Anita Ganeri
  • Illustrations in The Time of the Lion (1998) by Caroline Pitcher
  • Illustrations in The Fourth Wise Man (1998) by Susan Summers
  • Illustrations in Stories from the Stars: Greek Myths of the Zodiac (1998) by Juliet Sharman-Burke
  • Illustrations in Lord of the Dance (1998) by Sydney Carter
  • Illustrations in Grandmother's Song by Barbara Soros
  • Illustrations in a new edition of How the Whale Became (1963) by Ted Hughes (2000)
  • Illustrations in Marianna and the Merchild (2000) by Caroline Pitcher
  • Illustrations in Parables: Stories Jesus Told (2000) by Mary Hoffman
  • Illustrations in Animals of the Bible (2003) by Mary Hoffman
  • Illustrations in Lord of the Forest (2004) by Caroline Pitcher
  • The Seal Children (2004)[13]
  • Can You See a Little Bear (2005) with James Mayhew
  • Illustrations in Little One, We Knew You'd Come (2006) by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • Compilation and Illustration of The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems (2006)
  • The Snow Leopard (2007)
  • Illustrations in Singing to the Sun (2008) by Vivian French
  • Tell Me a Dragon (2009)
  • The Ice Bear (2010)
  • The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes (2011)
  • Queen of the Sky (2011)
  • I am Cat (2012)
  • Song of the Golden Hare (2013)
  • East of the Sun, West of the Moon (2013)
  • Illustrations in Starlight Sailor (2013) by James Mayhew
  • Words of Little Evie in the Wild Wood (2013) illustrated by Catherine Hyde
  • Something About a Bear (2014)[14]
  • The Wild Swans (2015)
  • Cat Walk (2015)
  • The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow (2016)
  • The While Fox (2016)
  • The Lost Words (2017) with Robert Macfarlane[5]
  • Illustrations in Walking on Water: Miracles Jesus Worked (2017) by Mary Hoffman
  • Illustrations in Lost and Found: Parables Jesus Told (2017) by Mary Hoffman
  • Words of Mrs Noah's Pockets (2018) illustrated by James Mayhew
  • The Secret of the Tattered Shoes (2019) with Ehsan Abdollahi
  • The Lost Spells (2020) with Robert Macfarlane[5]

Notable artwork:


  1. ^ a b Flood, Alison (2019-06-18). "Carnegie medal goes to first writer of colour in its 83-year history". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  2. ^ a b c Kean, Danuta (2017-11-21). "Doctor's diary This is Going to Hurt wins public vote for book of the year". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  3. ^ "JACKIE MORRIS | Children's Book Author and illustrator". brightstarbedtimestories.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  4. ^ "Biography". www.jackiemorris.co.uk. Archived from the original on 28 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Norbury, Katharine (2017-10-02). "The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris review – sumptuous". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  6. ^ Flood, Alison (2015-01-13). "Oxford Junior Dictionary's replacement of 'natural' words with 21st-century terms sparks outcry". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  7. ^ "The Lost Words - Past Exhibition". Compton Verney. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  8. ^ "The Lost Words". Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  9. ^ admin (2019-01-16). "National Park gallery becomes only Northern England venue to host The Lost Words exhibition". The Kirkbymoorside Town Blog. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  10. ^ "Graffeg to publish Welsh language edition of The Lost Words | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  11. ^ "The Lost Words". Audible. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  12. ^ Morris, Jackie (25 March 2020). "Yesterday". Jackie Morris. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  13. ^ a b c Ltd, Sequence Collective. "Tir na n-Og awards Past Winners - Welsh Books Council". www.cllc.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  14. ^ a b "Jackie Morris | Graffeg Publishing". www.graffeg.com. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  15. ^ Painting of three hares

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